- For most certainly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished. Whoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:18–20)
Many argue that sin did not exist until the law was brought into being and, now that Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled the law and nailed it to the cross, the law is of no avail. This is based on a misinterpretation of what Paul states:
- What shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it never be! However, I wouldn’t have known sin, except through the law. For I wouldn’t have known coveting, unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, finding occasion through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of coveting. For apart from the law, sin is dead. I was alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. (Romans 7:7–9)
- For until the law, sin was in the world; but sin is not charged when there is no law. (Romans 5:13)
As for people teaching others to violate the Ten Commandments and going to Heaven, this is extremely doubtful. The prophet Baalam did this and we read:
- But these, as unreasoning creatures, born natural animals to be taken and destroyed, speaking evil in matters about which they are ignorant, will in their destroying surely be destroyed, receiving the wages of unrighteousness; people who count it pleasure to revel in the daytime, spots and defects, reveling in their deceit while they feast with you; having eyes full of adultery, and who can’t cease from sin; enticing unsettled souls; having a heart trained in greed; children of cursing; forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of wrongdoing; but he was rebuked for his own disobedience. A mute donkey spoke with a man’s voice and stopped the madness of the prophet. (2 Peter 2:12–16)
- But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to throw a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. (Revelation 2:14)
- Woe to them! For they went in the way of Cain, and ran riotously in the error of Balaam for hire, and perished in Korah’s rebellion. (Jude 1:11)
Those who teach people to break the least of the commandments. They are not like Balaam, who knowing taught people how to seduce the people of God.
When people teach salvation is by grace alone and not by faith, these are the people who break the least of the commandments. This is why they are weak in faith and are called the least in the Kingdom of God. These people in their ignorance think what they are teaching is the truth. Fortunately, for them, God overlooks ignorance.
Hypocrites are not so fortunate. They join Balaam and his ilk, even if they believe that they are saved by grace alone. This is why Jesus said that our righteousness has to exceed that of the Pharisees and solicitors (of the day), who know what is right to do, but think they are cute, because they use technicalities to wiggle their way around the law of the land.
Faith in the Son of God is required for salvation no matter what one does. The more faith one has, the more faithful, one becomes.
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