In our verses below, (Psalms 19:7-9) we read our title in that very first verse. We as Fundamental Independent Baptist’s are called “legalists” because we feel separation from the world is God’s calling to us. We call on the commands of our scripture and believe these are the things to do. Therefore, the world says we “follow the law.”
First, let us define “law” from a Baptist perspective. As a Baptist, we have two sets of law. The first is Scriptural Law. The Scriptural Laws we follow are the Ten Commandments God gave Moses, and Jesus’ Commandments. We are also given other Laws within The Old and New Testaments which we as separated Christians follow.
The second set of laws we adhere to are secular, governmental laws, and civil laws. Jesus tells us:
(Matthew 22:21) They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
Secular laws do not override our Scriptural Laws. Therefore, what are we talking about when God states, “The law of The Lord is perfect.” The Psalmist King David tells us that God’s Perfect Law is the Lord Jesus Christ, which is God’s written Word.
(John 1:1-4) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
We find that men continue to change God’s Word. These changes benefit them and their ways and thoughts. They bend things so they appear to be lawful without actually following the law. They create new bibles (yes lower case) with a lot of God’s Perfect Law, but Jesus the Christ removed. They have taken Christ’s blood out; they have changed Jesus from a Deity to a prophet.
God’s Perfect Law does not change. You, other men, and I change hourly, more likely minute by minute because Jesus never changes.
(Hebrews 13:8) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Let us each look into our heart and ask, “Does God’s Perfect Law reside in our hearts?” You see, you as an individual are the only one who can look into your heart. Do it humbly, with repentance, and make sure Jesus is your Master.
Bro John R. E Chastain
(Psalms 19:7-9) The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD ispure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.