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What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

    Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.

    James 2:8

    If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

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    What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

      Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.

      Romans 13:9

      For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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      What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

        Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction.

        Leviticus 19:3

        Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

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        What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

          First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God.Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence, honoring also his Word and works.

          Deuteronomy 6:13–14

          It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you.

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          What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?

            You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below—you shall not bow down to them or worship them. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

            Exodus 20:3 and Deuteronomy 5:7

            You shall have no other gods before me.

            Movie Reviews: My Love/Hate Affair with Christian Films. 


            I am of two minds when it comes to Christian films.  On one hand I really long for something that speaks to the Christian worldview, something intelligent and interesting.  Something that doesn’t dumb down the Gospel but actually presents it clearly.

            Yet at the same time, I have seen such stuff as well this:

            Now I will admit when I first saw this as a callow youth just barely a Christian. I was fascinated.  It appealed to my ignorance about the Bible, theology, and eschatology.  And that’s one of my biggest gripes with many “Christian Movies” is the pablum they promote as Christian teaching.  Let’s take the latest Left Behind movie.  

            Now no serious dispensationalist Christian is going to say that this movie even begins to explain their views on eschatology.  At the very least it is a gross caricature of what they espouse.  And yet I still have friends, who are good Christians,  and would think nothing about having this movie play in their church because they think it’s going to bring in non-christians.  Which it won’t.

            But it doesn’t have to be this way.  Consider this movie one made by Hollywood but in my opinion more Christian than those that are supposedly blatantly so.  

            Sergeant York is an entertaining and enjoyable film about the real Alvin York a hero of World War I.  Alvin York was a fighting and drinking rascal that was changed by the preaching of the Gospel.  And you see that in the movie.  The Gospel changed York, he became a Bible reading and believing man.  And because of York’s convictions regarding war and violence he didn’t want to fight in the war but rather wanted to be a conscientious objector.  But it was through the commander that he came to realize that some time to save lives you must take some lives. 

            Sergeant York contains the elements that make a good film.  Its based on truth, it’s well acted, and it treats the Gospel seriously.  If we could actually get those qualities into Christian movies then we could have great Christian movies.  

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            What does the law of God require?

              Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done.

              Matthew 22:37–40

              And Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”