Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
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Apr 18, 2010                 "Why the old testament law cannot save you!"

Sun Am Worship

Text: Romans 7:1-13 (King James Version)

"Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

Romans 7:1   Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

Romans 7:2   For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

Romans 7:3   So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Romans 7:4   Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Romans 7:5   For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

Romans 7:6   But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Romans 7:7   What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Romans 7:8   But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

Romans 7:9   For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

Romans 7:10   And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

Romans 7:11   For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

Romans 7:12   Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

Romans 7:13   Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Romans 7:14   For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Romans 7:15   For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Romans 7:16   If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

Romans 7:17   Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Romans 7:18   For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Romans 7:19   For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Romans 7:20   Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Romans 7:21   I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Romans 7:22   For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Romans 7:23   But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

Romans 7:24   O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Romans 7:25   I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Romans 8:1   There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 8:2   For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:3   For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:


Ephesians 2:8   For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Ephesians 2:9   Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2:10   For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.


Have you ever walked out of a restroom with a trail to toilet paper trailing behind you? Have you ever been caught in one of those embarrassing situations in which everyone around you knew that something was not quite right except for you? You knew something was not right when you noticed everyone laughing at you or someone had to come up and tell you something wrong.
What about some of the Redneck jokes out there. Have you ever listened to them and said, whats wrong with that?
Sometimes we have deeper problems that take courage for someone to confront us with.
 This is the problem that the religious leaders of Jesus day had. They had a deep problem that Jesus was going to confront them with.
The religious leaders let their religion get in the way of a true relationship with God. These people got so wrapped up in their little man-made rules that they lost their love and passion for God.
Jesus was always in trouble with these people because he did not keep their man-made rules. The religious leaders were so focused on their religion that they could not even recognize who Jesus was so they crucified him! And he advised us that the world will hat us as well!
Tragically, this ball-and-chain mentality keeps us from giving ourselves in fresh, innovative ways to others.

Often time Good people will fall into this trap. I have come across people who know all the rules they know how to say the right things, but along the way they have lost their faith and love for Jesus. In trying to DO more instead of simply being more They trade their love for Jesus for guarding rules that more times than not have very little to do with loving Jesus. If you truly love someone your desire is to please!
Not because you are forced to or have to but you do it because you love them and do not want to hurt them.


I heard a sermon  once where the speaker proudly proclaimed that he was a Christian Pharisee. Is that what Jesus called us to be?  We are called to love the Lord God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, we are also to love our neighbor as ourselves. Not to push legalism of law down their throat with condemnation!


Religiosity is marked with legalism.
One of the most serious problems facing many so-called Christians today is the problem of legalism. Legalism puts off the joy of the Lord in the life of those who believe. Nothing is left but fear and guilt that haunt a person all the days of his life.  And yet there is would be prophets declaring this same old message that has been addressed by much greater men than myself.. Even Jesus had a word for them when he addressed them a vipers and hypocrites whitewashed Sepulchree's looks good on the outside but on the inside full of dead men's bones

Nowadays if you say you are a Christian some people equates it for a gloomy kill-joy religious. Listen to me religion without relationship will send you to hell..


A. Jesus warned us to "beware of the corrupting influence of the Pharisees in Matt. 16.6. The word for "leaven' here is zuma, "zuma," a metaphor for a pervasive "mental and moral corruption, viewed in its tendency to infect others"


Here are some of the distinguishing marks of Pharisaical Christianity that identifies the conditions that exist in a system of bondage and abuse:

1. Members of a particular group suppress in others their ability to critically analyze and instead to accept the teachings of its founder or leadership.
2. Once a person has accepted the group, they are then isolated (and insulated) and discouraged from association with Christians of other denominations or groups who do not believe as they do, especially in practice or in critical areas of pet or cardinal doctrines.
3. Pharisaical Christianity becomes cultic when religion --rather than God-- controls a person's life. They seem unable to make the distinction between religion and faith.
4. Personal religious works, standards and traditions are required in order for one to be found acceptable to the group and, ultimately, to God.

5. The "earn as you go" philosophy places the individual's future in the range of their own human capability to achieve. Dutiful adherents are made to feel guilty if they do otherwise.
6. They are encouraged to take on the "giving to get" mentality, making receiving God's gifts and blessings dependent on their own performance. It is no longer grace,
7. There is a general attitude of superiority manifested in the actions and words of those within the group toward those who are different from or might ask questions or challenge their particular belief system. They will argue with you or leave you church because of their belief system
8. The members of the group are condescending to others outside of their fellowship, stressing that they are particularly special and are the ones with whom God is working. It fosters an intolerant "us versus them" mentality. Pharisees do not feel a part of the universal Christian community outside of their own narrow society.
9. Any idea or thought expressed that is contrary to what is commonly held by the group, congregation, or denomination is considered an attack on their belief system and often strongly resisted and condemned.
10. Legalists believe that only members of their special group, congregation, or denomination, unlike other groups, have truly forsaken and sacrificed all to follow the Christ.
11. Attendance and involvement in the group's meetings, activities and works are used as a measure of one's faithfulness to God. Good works outside the structure of the group don't count.
12. They live in their own narrow, isolated and insulated world with their own set of rules and are generally unwilling to associate with anyone who does not abide within their subgroup.
13. Often, the founder's (or leader's) words are more often quoted than the Scriptures and are used to clinch a point, being regarded as convincing proof on the understanding of a topic.
16.The focus is based on the group's system of doctrinal tenets, usually pet-doctrines, rather than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
17. The members of the group are convinced that only they have had special knowledge or revelation entrusted to them and that their mission is to convince all others of their doctrinal correctness.
18. Labeling and judging other religious groups to be Babylonish is commonly practiced.
A. Liberty is defined as having freedom from slavery

Legalism is not only a problem of today's church. In fact, it is one of the problems that plagued the early church in the New Testament.
That is why Paul had to deal with it in his epistles (Romans and Galatians) frequently. Especially, when it comes to the relationship of Christians with the law.
Going back to chapter 6 verse 14 of Romans, the Apostle Paul unequivocally declares that Christians are no longer under the law, that is, they are given freedom from the Law of Moses.

When the Apostle Paul used the word "law' in that verse he was referring to those laws written in the five books of Moses plus a whole lots of man-made rules and regulations handed down through generations of Pharisee's and scribes! These people operating out of  Ray Comforts  Way of the Master needs to go back to the cross and do their first works over again and quit placing people under the curse of the law when Christ died to set us free of the curse of the law. They have the odassity to tell you that if you are not keeping the ten commandments. You are a false convert! And not  truly saved
Listen, through the death of Jesus Christ alone "Not Ray Comfort or Kirk Cameron or any other that the law of the Old Testament finds their perfect fulfillment. He did not destroy it HE alone fulfilled it because we simply could not!

And because of believers' union with Christ by faith they are no longer under the curse of the law. Christ himself took it and finished for us on the cross (Gal. 3:10)! That's what it means to have freedom from the law.
Now in this section of Romans Paul explains why the law is totally incapable to provide salvation:

I am going to give you FIVE reasons why the law cant save you!

I.                   The Law is Binding
The binding characteristic of the Law is illustrated by Paul through the imagery of marriage. We all know that marriage is a life-long relationship. It means so long that you and your espouse are both alive, you are bound to each other (vv. 1-2). But once your espouse died, you are no longer bound to him or her. In other words, you are free.
In the like manner, one who is under the law is bound in the strongest possible obligation to keep the whole of it (cf. Gal. 3:10; James 2:10).

Not just the ten but the whole of it… If you even break as much as one you are guilty of breaking all seven hundred and something levitical laws
But in the case of Christians, we are set free from the bondage of the law (v. 4). But it does not end there, we are united with Christ. Joint heirs saved to the uttermost from the guttermost BY Faith alone in CHRIST alone!

II. The Law fails to Produce Righteousness in us
The Apostle Paul describes the law as holy, righteous and good (v. 12).  And it is Nevertheless, it is weak in itself. Because left to itself, it has no power to produce righteousness in a person. the law fails to produce the desire to pursue what is actually right in the sight of God.
Imagine yourself, with no formal training in aeronautics, being asked to fly an airplane. You are left to yourself. You are on your own. I think that is a scary picture of a person who tries to live in the standards of the law with no power or ability to do so. That's tragic!


a)We are  SAVED BY GRACE alone in Christ Alone
1. Galatians 1:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.
4. If you think people have to do and keep your rules, then you might be a Pharisee.

2. Had a leader once who I asked on three separate occasion's for some AFFIRMATION - "oh yes I agree!"
A few days later he said, "Well, I talked it over with my wife and we think you're wrong." After the third time I just kindly told him, "It looks like I just need to start going to your wife cut out middle man."
That was the truth. Many people want pastors to dilly daddle around with the truth.

1. Gossip about pastors
2. Have secret meetings

1. Usually churches who have strongholds of family members. PASTOR, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
2. DEACON RAN CHURCHES - God didn't ordain deacons to lead churches. I KNOW CHURCHES that are ran by a family of deacons ALL RELATED.....

1. Matt 7:4 How can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
3. ONE PERSON MAY SIN ONE WAY BUT YOU SIN ANOTHER - you just see theirs more

I.                   But notice what happens when we are free from the law; we receive a new life in the power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to live in godly ways (v. 6).
He that hath the SON has life not he that has the LAW! And he made his ascension so the Holy spirit could and would come. Only when the sin debt was fully paid… The blood of bulls and goats could not fully pay the sin debt Only Gods son could appease a holy and lofty God.

III. The Law only Reveals the Reality of Sin
In case his remarks about the law is misunderstood, the Apostle Paul goes on to indicate that the law itself is not evil, rather it is an instrument whereby a person becomes conscious of the reality of sin (v. 7). I like the comparison of the evangelist Fred Brown made to the law with the dentist little mirror, flashlight, and plumb line.
he dentist little mirror when put inside the mouth helps to locate cavities but it cannot by itself take away cavities. Suppose one evening the lights go out. You use the flashlight to guide you through the darkened way to the electrical box. When you point it toward the fuses, it helps you see which is burned out. After removing the bad fuse, you don't try to replace it with the flashlight. Instead, you put a new fuse in it. And in the same way, the builder uses his plumb line to see if his work is true to the vertical. And when he finds that he made a mistake he does not use his plumb line to correct it!
That's precisely illustrated what the law does: it points to sin but offers nothing to solve it!

IV. The Law Stimulates the Desire to Commit Sin
The fruit of revealing the reality of sin by the law is the ignition of the desire to commit sin (v. 8). According to Paul the very commandment "Do not covet' provides a way for the arousal of all kinds of covetousness, which in the absence of the law would not be activated. As Paul wrote elsewhere, "…the strength of sin is the law" (1 Cor. 15:56).
There is something in human nature that wants to rebel whenever the law is give. Take a look at the example in our society. You will notice a sign on a particular object, "Do not touch' but as you observe you see a number of people deliberately touching the object. Instruct a child not to go somewhere and that is exactly what he will do!

V. The Law Condemns
Here is now the full force of the law: it condemns. The Apostle Paul reminisces his past experience wherein, according to him, before he came in contact with the law he was alive, that is he was not yet conscious how guilty and condemned he was; but when the time he came to know the law that's the time he became conscious of his guilt and condemned state because he violated the law (v. 9). That's why he lamented that the very law which is given for holiness led him to sin which resulted in condemnation.
Anyone who tries to live under the law is under its condemnation. And that is inescapable apart from the mercy of God.

Such condemnation further shows how the law views sin –it is "utterly sinful" (v. 13).
B. Legalism, in the hands of its practitioners, is, purely and simply, a power play for control.

The Pharisees were the masters of legalism and went to the extreme to maintain their religious influence and control over the people, even to having our sinless Savior crucified.

But as Christians united with Christ by grace through faith and not by obedience to the law, we can rejoice with the Apostle Paul,

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1)

1. Luke 17:1 Jesus said to his disciples; "things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to the that person through whom they come. 2) It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin

In the light of the things said about the law it is now clear the Law of Moses is totally incapable to provide salvation for anyone. It is not a means to secure the favor of God. I agree with the theologian, Dr. Earl Radmacher, when he said in his book, SALVATION,
"The Law of Moses was not a means of deliverance from the penalty of sin. The Law was given that mankind might have a vivid picture of the character of God and how far short we fall.'

CLOSING. We have an obligation to our Lord Jesus who paid the supreme price for our spiritual emancipation.
A. His death has set us free from all bondage.

1. To live in bondage to sin is to nullify the grace of God.
2. To live in bondage and be subject to Satan's wiles nullifies the grace of God.
3. To live in bondage to the edicts of any religious group or system nullifies the grace of God.
4. To live under the tyranny of trying to please others at all costs nullifies the grace of God.
5. To live under the constant demands of having to perform in order to be Saved!


The Bible tells us that as Christians we are to fulfill "the law of Christ' and "the perfect law of liberty' (Gal. 6:2; James 1:25).
Freedom from the law is to be under the new administration of God with new sets of principles to guide us in the new pattern of living in His grace.


Galatians 5.1 - Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

The New American Standard Bible translates the first phrase of this verse to read, "It was for freedom that Christ set us free." In other words, Christ did not lay down His life to pay the awesome cost for our liberty for us then return to servitude to law, traditions and religious regulations. This is precisely what the Galatians were doing. And it is what we do when we choose to rely on personal performance, and not on God's grace, to find approval with God.