The Apostle is expounding on the Book of James today. It's not a pithy read at all. Typical Malmism's fill the article demanding that you be a law keeper because salvation only comes through the law.
God’s law is a law which brings about liberty. It delivers us from the chains of sin, from the burdens of sin.
That statement along exposes all that is wrong with Malmism and the rest of the harlot Armstrongite splinter cults. The law takes precedence just like the "piggie" does in Armstrongism.
Imagine making a mistake and bbq some burgers for a quiet Saturday afternoon. In Malmism you are damned to the lake of fire for that mortal sin.
If you show no mercy to others, no mercy will be shown to you; by God in the
judgment. If you break the smallest law you are guilty of breaking the whole law itself. If you cook a meal on sabbath, have a barbeque ect; you face the same judgment as the homosexual if you do not repent. For the wages of sin is death.
Since Malm does not keep the entire law, he breaks them all every single day. Is he damning himself here? And, why are the COG's so titillated by "homosexuals?" They seem to be the favorite scapegoat for everything wrong..
His next comment shows how completely ignorant he is of any of the concepts that are brought out in the new covenant.
This is also the issue of Law and Grace; for if we break the law silfully (sic), their is no more grace, no more forgiveness.
A great many of us are in danger of damnation and we know it not. Christ will reject us UNTIL WE REPENT, and if we do not repent we shall be condemned.
Malm would do well to heed the wise words of Martin Luther on sin. "Be a sinner and sin boldly..."
Of course the concept that Luther is trying to get across is totally oblivious to those Armstrongites steeped in their legalistic bullshit. The law and piggies have more power than their "jesus" does.."If you are a preacher of Grace, then preach a true, not a fictitious grace; if grace is true, you must bear a true and not a fictitious sin. God does not save people who are only fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly. For he is victorious over sin, death, and the world. As long as we are here we have to sin. This life in not the dwelling place of righteousness but, as Peter says, we look for a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. . . . Pray boldly-you too are a mighty sinner." (Weimar ed. vol. 2, p. 371; Letters I, "Luther's Works," American Ed., Vol 48. p. 281- 282)
Next the Apostle wants you to know that you are not to be friends with the world and society around you.
I cannot help commenting and I know many will take this the wrong way, but when
Herbert Armstrong used to brag about how he was friends with the world and he used to say that he is friends with this king, and that prime minister, and this ruler,
and those people, and those members of parliament, and he valued the friendship
of the world. He should have read the Scripture, “Know you not that the
friendship of the world is enmity with God. Whosoever therefore will be a
friend of the world is the enemy of God.” It is wrong to try and be
friends with this world, with this society.
This is the verse and reasoning that Armstrongisms has always used to get around feeding the homeless, the poor, the disenfranchised, etc. Why dirty our righteous clean hands when God will deal with it all later.
If we stop breaking God’s commandments, we can be forgiven. If we don’t stop,
how can we be forgiven?
How can we possibly be forgiven if we’re continually repeating the same sin, continually repeating the same criminal act of breaking the law of the kingdom?
If we are continually repeating and continually committing criminal acts, we will be judged a criminal and we will pay the penalty for our crimes.
It is only if we stop being a criminal, stop committing the criminal act, stop breaking the law of the kingdom, only then can we be forgiven, only then will our sins be covered by the sacrifice of the Lamb of God!
Sigh........, Malm just doesn't get it! Doesn't get it at all!