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James 2:10


James 2:10 is often misunderstood and used out of context, and sometimes used to support a false teaching that was never meant.

Here is the verse;

James 2:10 "For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty for all of it"



Men twist this to say he meant if we sin once then we are guilty of all sins, which is not true, and many try to use this as if it's some sort of excuse to break the Law.


Their false teaching on this verse can sound somewhat consistent with the wisdom shared from the Apostle Paul(that if we have sinned only once then we have fallen short of the glory of Elohim and are no longer truly righteous in the sight of
YHWH), 
so it may be easy for those who have not put effort into studying and reading for themselves to accept this false teaching, but it is not the same subject, not the same context.


Looking at this specific verse in context, James is telling us to keep the ENTIRE Law of
YHWH, and to not be partial by choosing to ignore certain parts.

So, we have another verse that is telling us to keep the Law, yet modern teachers have caused it to be hidden it in their twisting interpretations.



For example, You keep the entire Law and are especially diligent in eating only clean food, but intentionally choose to ignore the commandment to not bear a burden on the Sabbath of
YHWH..

If you choose to ignore the Sabbath then you are a Law breaker since the same Elohim who said to only eat food he has set apart as clean, also said to not work on the Sabbath day, therefore if you ignore the Sabbath then you're in the same category as a person who does not keep either the clean food commandments or  the Sabbath commandments, a Lawbreaker!


Another example, today it's common someone may decide to rest on the 7th day, but not worry about the other commands dealing with the sabbath such as not kindling a fire, which while they are keeping 1 commandment, they're still breaking another making them a Law breaker, and we need to realize the importance of keeping every instruction from YHWH.


If you read more than just the single verse, you can clearly see what is meant, and that it also contradicts what many people try to falsely teach with the verse.


Here is the verse again, but with the surrounding words as well;


James 2:1 "My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord
Yahushua Messiah, the Lord of glory, For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, You sit here in a good place, while you say to the poor man, You stand over there, or, Sit down at my feet, have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Listen my beloved brothers, has not Elohim chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him?
But you have dishonored the poor man, Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself', you are doing well, But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors, For whoever keeps the whole law but offends in one point has become accountable for all of it, For he who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder, If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the Law, So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty"




When you read more than just a sentence, you can clearly see James is trying to teach us to obey all of the commandments.

So, put importance on every commandment, not just a select few of them, just as Yahushua the Messiah taught us to obey every single part of the Law, and he rebuked those who were keeping commandments from the Law yet neglecting other commandments from the Law at the same time.


Even today such a practice is very common.

We have modern Christianity saying do not obey the commandments, but at the same time they also do insist to obey some of the commandments, such as for men to not perform homosexuality, yet they turn around and ignore the bulk of the rest of the law.

Again, the same one who said for men to not perform homosexuality also said to remember the 7th day Sabbath of YHWH and set it apart, and also do not eat pigs.
(2 commandments widely being ignored today)



For the final point on this subject, I would like to point out to you, James in that passage calls the Law of YHWH the Law of liberty/freedom!