Creflo Dollar — Experiencing the Freedom of Grace
The Bible promises where there is a law, then there's gonna be sin. Where there is the law, there's the knowledge of sin. Where there is the law, the Bible says that the law strengthens sin. When you live by the law, there's sin.
Everything about our lives is gonna be based on Jesus. Just like in the old covenant, the condition of the priest was the condition of the people. He swore to Himself to make sure you will always have a perfect Priest that will be your guarantee for a better covenant. He said, "I swear to Myself, you'll never be without Jesus, you'll never be without a priest, you'll never be without a better covenant."
So the law doesn't encourage or praise us. You know that, right? The law doesn't encourage or praise us. The law is like a controlling, perfectionist husband. And what do I mean by that? You can do everything right, but when you miss that one little point, you're gonna be treated like you've done everything wrong.
That's what the law is like. That you do everything right for a long time, but then you miss that one little point. Then you'll be jumped on as if you did everything wrong. In fact, the Scripture says that in James 2. Flip over there. James 2. And in James 2:10, notice what he says. Are you there?
James 2:10: Think of that! You done kept every-- You done kept 612. Now, you've got to understand what he's asking you to keep. There's a law about what to eat. There's a law about not eating certain animals. There's a law about not eating pork. There was even dos and don'ts about how to go to the bathroom and when to go to the bathroom.
So let's say you done kept every last one of them and then you messed up and you've got a rib in your mouth. Goddoggit, you done messed up with all of them. Or let's say you done kept every last one of them and you had to go to the bathroom really, really bad, but according to the law you can't use it right now.
You're like, "I can't help it." You done broke the law. You're guilty of the whole thing. Can't you see the condemnation and the-- Can't you see the issue here? Can't you see the bondage there? And it was-- It was amazing to me.
You know, one time we had this dude going around, going to churches teaching the Church about the law. And I got a call one day. He wanted to come here. Like, "No, I don't-- I don't want us to learn about the law." If we want to know about the law just for, you know, knowledge sake, then we go through Bible school and we can teach you historical things of the law.
But I don't want nobody in the pulpit teaching people how to live by the law. I'm trying to get Gentiles away from something that wasn't even given to them in the first place. Jesus didn't come to give us more law.
The Bible says that law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus. Jesus came to give us more grace and more truth, not more law. And y'all gotta understand what I'm saying. You know the little prayer shawl? I mean, you know, I ain't got no problem with that. Good little thing, wonderful history, great, hallelujah, but the prayer shawl-- I see some of y'all wearing it during corporate prayer.
That ain't gonna make your prayer no more powerful. That's not gonna make your prayer no more better. You could wear five of them shawls, it ain't gonna make your way better. You don't live under the law. And if you're living under the law and just trying to wear your little prayer shawl, then put the rib down, cancel th of July, because if you offend in one, you offend in all areas.
See, you can't debate with me about the prayer shawl, talking about we're supposed to have it--have our head covered and stuff like that. No, Jesus got rid of all of that. You're living by the wrong covenant! So I ain't got no problem with your prayer shawls, I ain't got no problem with your trip to Israel, I ain't got no problem with none of that.
Love Israel, love the Jewish person, love the prayer shawl. I got me a prayer shawl, but I'm not getting up every morning and putting my prayer shawl on, sticking some Jesus music on, and going into prayer as if that's gonna make it better. See, what am I doing? I'm thinking that my performance is going to get an answer to prayer, I'm thinking that when I dress up and perform, that God is gonna answer my prayer the more!