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Kindly make it clear to the readers that since the people could not keep the Old Covenant, which incorporated the Ten Commandments, God annulled it completely and drew up a brand New Covenant, not based on keeping the Ten Commandments, but relying on the righteousness of Jesus Christ alone. Tell them that striving to attain perfection by keeping the Ten Commandments amounts to “filthy rags” in God’s sight. Thank you.
—Subscriber in South Africa
Editor’s Note: You seem to have fallen for a common false teaching. For instance, every one of God’s Ten Commandments can be found in the Bible long before Mount Sinai and the Old Covenant, and Abraham, the father of the faithful (Romans 4:11), was praised by God for obeying them (Genesis 26:5). And Jesus Christ, Himself, when asked how to have eternal life, answered that “if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17) and then listed several of the Ten Commandments so that He could not be misunderstood (vv. 18–19). It would be an odd thing, indeed, to consider following Jesus’ own teaching—by keeping the Ten Commandments—to be “filthy rags.” Our January 2021 article “Grace: Freedom to Sin?” might help clear away any confusion you have on this issue and help you discover a closer walk with your Savior, who loved His Father’s commandments, kept them, and taught His followers to do the same.
I have followed your articles for years. First those by Herbert W. Armstrong and now yours. I finished reading your magazine (for the third time) today. Your understanding of the truth and unflagging courage to expose the ugliness of our present age is very reassuring. I encounter a lot of displeasure when I do the same here in prison, and that also grants me a goodly amount of courage. The article on “Are You Going to Hell?” was spot on.
—Subscriber in Louisiana
I want to thank you sincerely for the magazines and booklets and your television program. You are inspiring and make everything so simple to explain the Word, and the more I study and listen to you people of God, the easier it becomes to find the Truth. In these last days, we all need encouragement and good teachers to help us be prepared and worthy. I pray for all of you and your ministries. Thank you for all your work and dedication in bringing the truth to all the people around the world, including me.
—Subscriber in Queensland
Thank you again for being there for me. I am so joyful that I have you as my teacher. Faith is believing and faith without works is dead, but the ones that say they are saved say, “What is works?”—they don’t know that works is obedience. You taught me that.
—Subscriber in Arizona
Thank you for the books that I received. I was glad when I opened them. My heart rejoiced. Once again, thank you and God bless you all. My prayer is that God will continue to bless all of you in your works.
—Subscriber in Vanuatu