“Again, you have heard that it has been said to the ancients, “You shall not swear falsely, but you shall perform your oaths to the Lord.” But I say to you, Do not swear at all! Not by Heaven, because it is God’s throne; not by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet; not by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King; nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your word be, Yes, yes; No, no. For whatever is more than these comes from evil” (Matthew 5:33-37 MKJV).
Why would the courts and other institutions require that one swear on a Bible, when the very Bible they use expressly commands that one not do so? One cannot so much as make a promise to be virtuous in any way:
“I know, LORD, that we humans are not in control of our own lives” (Jeremiah 10:23 CEV).
So what may the Christian do when haled before the authorities who require an assurance that one will speak the truth? I would word it somewhat this way:
“Your honor, I cannot swear on the Bible because I desire to live by the Bible, and It commands me to not swear at all. Therefore, meaning no contempt whatsoever for this court, I understand such swearing to be hypocritical and a contradiction of the first order.
“However, the Bible does command that we tell the truth and do not lie. Therefore, I can only say that my intent and desire, so help me God, are to tell the truth in this place and to honor you, the authorities, as God would have me to do.”
– Victor Hafichuk (February 15, 2009)
From: Alexander To: The Path of Truth Sent: Monday, August 29, 2016 12:51 PM Subject: How to tell if Jesus restores you Paul and Victor, My name is Alex. I just turned 25 last week. I live in Chicago. Growing up I went to a large non-denominational church in the suburbs. Big light show, positive message, preaching "basic salvation" of accept Jesus into your heart. You probably know the type. Anyways I went to this church growing up, got baptized at 10 (mostly to be able to eat the crackers with the adults in service) and went to church camp and some short mission trips in Jr. High and High School. Didn't have much in the way of a relationship with God or Jesus. The Holy Spirit was an abstract concept to me, and not a real person. I believed in the sense that I really didn't have a good reason not to, because everyone around me, my family and friends and church community believed. So I didn't have srong convictions about it. Didn't really pray or read the bible. Pretty much jumped into trouble as soon as I could in high school by drinking and smoking and chasing girls, and was mean to my sisters and my parents since puberty and a jerk to a lot of my peer group - basically I never really ever tried to obey Jesus's commands. But I had enough of a fear of Hell not to totally blaspheme. As I got later into high school, ages 16-17, I was starting to doubt the whole thing. Stuck somewhere between not really willing to believe it with my whole heart and soul but no...
From: Zettie To: The Path of Truth Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 7:42 PM Subject: In order to have the gift of the Spirit one has to have the Holy Spirit. ..In order to have the Holy Spirit you have to have a love for God's Ten Commandments. John14:16 I find with most churches there two commandments that have been replaced. The 1st commandment and the fourth commandment. 1st commandment , we shouldn't make a man-made god, we have (the guy on portraits around the world we teach he is Jesus). Fourth commandment remember the Sabbath to keep it holy,the seventh day. It was instituted before sin came in the world. Genesis 2:2. When Jesus redeemed us He rested on theSabbath and rose on the first day It is a sovereign law. James2:10. A sister that love God's truth Zettie From: Paul Cohen and Victor Hafichuk To: Zettie Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 7:12 AM Subject: Re: In order to have the gift of the Spirit one has to have the Holy Spirit. Hi Zettie, We partially agree with you, with certain qualifications of details. Perhaps you know that already because you’ve been reading our site? We need more than obedience to the Ten Commandments. We also need to love and obey the Lord by keeping His Personal Commandments to us. That’s the only way we can be truly saved. Read: Obedience The Cross - Only the Death Sentence Will Avail The Baptism in the Holy Spirit Paul and Victor From: Zettie To: Paul Cohen Sent: Saturday, July 09, 2016 9:...
Didn't Hebrews say the old has gone ? Also didn't Yeshua nail all the ordinances to the cross ??