Friday, August 04, 2006

The Ten Commandments:

1. "I am the Lord your God who brought you up out of Egypt; You shall have no other gods before me."
2. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
3. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
4. Honor your father and your mother.
5. You shall not murder.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor's house.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

The Modern Evangelical Ten Commandments:

1. "I am Morality, the lord your god, who brought you up out of Egypt; you shall have no other gods before me."
2. Don't drink.
3. Don't smoke.
4. Don't chew.
5. Don't go out with girls who do.
6. Hide the beer the pastor's here.
7. Don't curse.
8. Don't dance.
9. Don't spend time with non-believers.
10. Honor Christian celebrities.


At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah John, had to laugh at the "New Ten Commands".....

God is a perfect balance of grace and truth. We tend to lean too much towards one attribute or the other. Too much grace and we look no different from the world and do not fulfill the command to be holy. Too much truth and we become cold legalists who live as your blog states. To live under the law is like being married to a spouse who is always better than you, tells you so every day and is someone who you can never please. God gives us grace to obey His commands but mercy to forgive when we fall short. - Romans 6-8

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Joe Branca said...

just an aside on your listing of the real 10 commandments, is this how all Lutherans divvy them up? it skips the command against making graven images, then at the end separates the coveting of neighbor's house from the other prohibitions of coveting.

At 12:19 PM, Blogger West70 said...

Are you saying that I can go out with girls who chew tobacco? Whoo hoo!

At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good blog dude

At 11:03 PM, Blogger J Do said...

Comments on the comments The ten commandments are always a good discussion-starter. They are numbered differently by Lutherans than other Protestants. Joe, the LCMS has an explanation on the numbering of the commandments Additionally, you might take a look at a short comparison between the Lutheran numbering and other churches at I hope this proves helpful. Exodus 20 verses 3-6 are combined as one thought, so the "graven image" portion fits into "you shall have no other gods before Me". Basically, idolatry; bad. Dan, thank you for your thoughtful response. If I understand you correctly, I think you are saying that there is a separation between grace and truth, where truth is the commands of Scripture. I absolutely agree with this: Historic Evangelicals have categorized these as "Law and Gospel". The Law demands and condemns the sinner's conscience (Ro. 3:20), while the Gospel brings grace, faith and peace to unbeliever and believer alike (i.e. Ro. 8:1-4). The Reformed hold to a "Guilt, grace, gratitude" model of preaching, first giving the law, then the Gospel, then instructions on how to live the Christian life. The Reformed place a greater significance on the avoidance of sin through obedience than Lutherans do (Dave and Joe, pleace correct me if I'm wrong). Most conservative Lutherans do not preach the "gratitude" portion. They believe that the Gospel, which brings peace and faith, pours out in spontaneous "good works" toward the believer's neighbor. My confession then is, the Gospel must predominate over the Law. Does this sound like a law? :)


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