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Doctrine of Morality

August 16, 2013

1. One of the areas of confusion for believers is the concept of morality. Many
believers and unbelievers think that morality is the spiritual life. You first get
saved and then you start acting moral. However, the Christian way of life is
growing in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2Peter 3:18). As a new
believer, you must first learn how to get back into fellowship (after you sin, you
name that sin to God; or, after you commit a variety of sins, you name them to
God—1John 1:9). At the point of salvation, we are given the grace assets by
which we may grow spiritually (a human spirit, the filling of the Holy Spirit, and the
ability to understand, categorize and store doctrine). As we begin to grow
spiritually, we will begin producing divine good, which is not the same as human
good and is not the same as human morality.
2. God designed morality for the human race as morality protects and perpetuates
the human race.
3. God has ordained 5 divine institutions: the individual person (or soul),
employment, marriage, family and nation. There is a moral code for each of
these divine institutions. These are institutions which will continually be under
satanic attack.
4. Take marriage, for instance: infidelity, spousal abuse, lack of commitment are
acts or attitudes which destroy a marriage, and, in turn, impact a family (if there
are children involved; and divorce within a family often affect the siblings of those
who divorced ). The 1 result could be the dissolution of the marriage, and children
raised by a single parent are much more likely to be involved in drugs, underage
drinking, teen pregnancy and crime, all of which negatively impact the nation.
This is applicable to believer and unbeliever alike. The family is the key to the
stability of a national entity; destroy the family and it will destroy the nation from
within.
5. Commandments 4–10 of the Ten Commandments (found in Ex. 20) are an
example of a basic moral code, which can be applied to believers and unbelievers
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alike in any nation. This is why it is appropriate to have the Ten Commandments
displayed in any courtroom and classroom.
a. Commandment 4: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days
you will labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to
Yahweh your God: you will not do any work. Although the Sabbath was
given to the Jews of Israel specifically, there are aspects of it which are
important to all men. Man needs a day off; he needs to recharge his
batteries. Ideally speaking, man ought to turn toward God as well on a
regular basis. Because creation is fundamental to all mankind, the 7-day
work week is a part of almost every culture. Interestingly enough,
providing more and more time off does not make a people any happier (as
has been shown in Europe).
b. Commandment 5: Honor your father and your mother, that your days may
be long in the land which Yahweh your God gives you. Again, even
though this was specifically given to the Jews of Israel (this prepared them
for establishing the nation Israel), this commandment is fundamental to all
societies. A child may have some pretty lousy parents, but even lousy
parents tend to have more wisdom than their own children. A child who
listens to and obeys his parents is going to be a happier, more welladjusted
child, and society will benefit from this. Furthermore, in most
cases a normal parent wants to raise his own children well.
i. This concept is constantly under satanic attack. Some examples
are:
ii. The anti-capitalism, pro-socialism indoctrination which has found its
way into our public school system.
iii. Politicians, political activists, and propagandists often appeal to
children, suggesting that they are wiser than their parents and know
things which their parents do not.2
iv. Schools are continually introducing materials into the youngest
grades possible which are contrary to the concept of family.3
c. Commandment 6: You will not murder. The Bible is very clear on the sin
of murder; this is not the same as executing a criminal nor is this the same
as killing in war (also covered in the book of Exodus). This is intentional
murder of another person, whether done during a crime or to eliminate this
person from your life. You remove this person from this life when you
murder them, which is the first divine institution. A society cannot be run
by vigilantes or by criminal organizations. When using the oft-quoted
phrase An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, the Bible is referencing a
system of organized justice, and not justifying vigilantism.
d. Commandment 7: You will not commit adultery. The 2nd divine institution,
marriage, must be protected. It does not matter that a male’s normal
inclination is to wander; there are boundaries to the institution of marriage,
and sexual fidelity is a fundamental boundary.
e. Commandment 8: You will not steal. Men (and women) are allowed to
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accumulate wealth, possessions and land. This commandment protects
property rights. Individuals should not steal from others nor should the
government steal from its citizens.
f. Commandment 9: You will not bear false witness against your fellow man.
You do not lie about someone else. Lying, as we have seen, is what led
man to sin.
g. Commandment 10: Never desire to take your neighbor’s household away
from him. Never desire to take your neighbor’s wife, his male or female
slave, his ox, his donkey, or anything else that belongs to him. Having an
intense desire for the things which belong to your neighbor is a sin which
plagues mankind, and today, in the United States, this is rampant. Some
people actually believe that they have the right to determine how much
income is too much and how this income ought to be used. At this point
in time (2009), it is this very sin which threatens to undo the economy of
the United States. Rather than being satisfied with what he has, Charlie
Brown thinks that it is the government’s job to take a large chunk of hedgefund
trader Lucy’s wealth and to properly distribute it to those who deserve
it (this is called redistribution of wealth, spreading the wealth around, or
economic justice). What is most disconcerting is, there are actually
churches which teach this.
6. A nation depends upon its citizenry as a whole to exhibit some reasonable
amount of morality. If murder, stealing, and lying are rampant, that nation will
destroy itself from within. A nation cannot simply survive based upon Christians
alone exhibiting morality (however, mature believers in a nation will positively
impact that nation).
7. The unbeliever who goes from immorality to morality will have a better life, and
sometimes people are confused by this. Let me explain: a person may become
a Jehovah Witness, a scientologist or a Buddhist, and their lives may improve,
and their family and friends must grudgingly admit their lives have improved. It
is not because these organizations are good organizations; it is because the
person involved is now engaging in moral behavior rather than immoral behavior.
8. In the end, morality will make for better volitional choices, a better family life, and
a more stable nation, but morality will not save. No one is moral enough to be
saved. Luke 18:18–23 Titus 3:5 Eph. 2:8–9