God’s laws violated

May 12, 2014 by

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Has the Anabaptist peace teaching become a god? It seems like it, to the point where Jesus’ death on the cross is questioned because it was violent. He was the fulfillment of the Passover, and without that there is no forgiveness (Heb. 9:22).

How can there be peace in the Denver and Hyattsville, Md., Mennonite churches when the laws of God are so blatantly violated? The turning point came years ago when the words “in Christ there is neither male nor female” started to be interpreted literally and unequivocally, in spite of what both the New and Old Testaments teach.

In the books of Kings, we repeatedly see phrases such as “following the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit” (2 Kings 13:2). In the divided kingdom, King Jeroboam of Israel worried that everybody would go to Jerusa­lem to offer sacrifices. Then he made two golden calves, setting up one in Bethel and one in Dan. “And this thing became a sin” (1 Kings 12:30). Next he “appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Le­vites” (12:31). Sound familiar? Are God’s judgments not just? The leaven of unrighteousness continues to grow un­checked.

Jonathan Stoltzfus
Goshen, Ind.

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