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The Hagar Excuse
Hagar was an Egyptian woman who became a surrogate mother for Sarah, before the LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') miraculously made it possible for Sarah herself to have a child. Hagar was the mother of Abraham's son Ishmael, while Sarah was the mother of Abraham's son Isaac.
"16:1 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 16:2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai." (Genesis 16:1-2 KJV)
"They which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God"
One of the most lame excuses for Christian-professing people to declare themselves lawless (i.e. they claim salvation from Christ's sacrifice while, in effect, proclaiming they can do whatever they please to disobey His Word - see Grace Into Licentiousness) is the blatant mis-reading of what is written in Galatians about Hagar (the King James uses "Agar" for her name in the New Testament).
"4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
What was the context of Paul's statement about Hagar? Was he just talking about Hagar, or did he use Hagar as an example of something else that he was talking about? The answer was that Hagar was referred to merely as an explanation of what Paul was talking about - circumcision, and all other rituals that were merely intended as temporary physical signs of obedience before the coming of the Holy Spirit i.e. "I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing."
"5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 5:2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love." (Galatians 5:1-6 KJV)
Circumcision today is neither good nor bad in God's eyes i.e. "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision" (quoted above). The "slavery" that Paul was talking about were the things that were and are merely symbols of obedience e.g. a lamb at Passover rather than The Lamb of God. He was telling them to do away with the symbols and actually obey the LORD (unlike those even today, such as Jews who are physically circumcised but who reject the Messiah, or Christian-professing people who arrogantly refuse to obey what Christ actually commanded).
"5:2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." (Galatians 5:2-4 KJV)
Continuing on, did Paul then say that doing away with the symbols of righteousness gave people the right to do away with the actual Laws of Righteousness i.e. The Ten Commandments? Certainly not. In Paul's own words, "that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
"5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV)
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