Responding to the letter of Aug. 30 from Al Knowles:
Al, you write that “from the beginning of this country through the ‘50s, the majority honored God.” But then you don’t give even one example to back up your statement. However, in my letter of Aug. 16, I gave many examples to show that the majority never did honor God in this country and that moral standards and decency have ‘always’ been low.
You said that “Colossians 2:14 does not mean that the commandments of God were nailed to the cross.” So you are saying that the apostle Paul was a liar when he plainly and clearly stated that the law given at Sinai was nailed to the cross.
Al, are you aware that the law of Moses – which includes the 10 Commandments – was not only nailed to the cross, it was also given only to the Jewish nation, and not to non-Jews? God spoke the 10 Commandments from Mt. Sinai only to the Jewish, Hebrew people at the foot of the mountain (Exodus, 19 and 20).
You mention Romans 6:15. You say that we are “under grace by faith in Jesus Christ and by keeping God’s laws.” But Romans 6:15 doesn’t say that. Al, what part of the phrase, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace?” don’t you understand?
You say that “those people who want to do away with God’s laws want to live their way, not God’s way.” So, Al, I guess you are including the apostle Paul with those who want to “do away” with God’s law, since Paul twice made the statement that Christians are “not under law” (Romans 6:14,15).
I also notice, Al, that you have this fixation with the Jewish sabbath day (Saturday). If anyone changed the sabbath day it was the Lord Jesus Christ who rose from the dead on the first day of the week (Sunday) and not on the Jewish sabbath day (Saturday). And true Christians are so happy to hear that their savior was raised from the dead that we call that day, “the Lord’s day” (Revelation 1:10).
(Editor’s note: As both writers in this matter have each had a counterpoint to the other’s replies, this particular discussion on the opinion page is now closed.)