We believe that the Ten Commandments are perfect and that they are valid guidelines for the life and conduct of all men.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Matthew 5:17, 18 – Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Romans 3:28, 31 – Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law… Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Romans 7:12 – Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Revelation 12:17 – And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 14:12 – Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
The Bible teaches that God Himself spoke the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai and wrote them on the two tables of stone with His own finger. When we acknowledge and keep God’s holy Ten Commandments, we show that we love God the Father and His Son. God’s law is a revelation of His will and character. It is a picture of the divine perfection and reflects the true character of God. The law especially displays the principles of love, righteousness, and divine order.
Deuteronomy 4:12, 13 – And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice. And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
Exodus 31:18 – And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
Exodus 32:15, 16 – And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
Romans 13:10 – Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
1 John 5:3 – For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Since it is spiritual, it can be kept only through the power of God and faith in Jesus Christ. Thus, amid trial and persecution, the only answer should be, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
Acts 5:29 – Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
The Ten Commandments, given by God (Exodus 20:2-17), read as follows:
I. “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”
II. “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments.”
III. “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.”
IV. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
V. “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”
VI. “Thou shalt not kill.”
VII. “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
VIII. “Thou shalt not steal.”
IX. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”
X. “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”