The Faith We Keep

NO OTHER GODS

"His servants ye are whom ye obey."

When God uttered the Ten Commandments with a Great Voice from the top of Mount Sinai, the first one was, "Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me."

Jesus declared that He came "not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it," and quoted this commandment to the devil when that being promised Him dominion over the world if He would but fall down and worship him.  Sinai's law was up to date with Jesus.  Hence it is entirely applicable to every Christian.

We keep the faith with Jesus and with the Father by refusing to pay homage to anyone but God.  Tobacco is a false god, and no true Christian can serve it.  The same applies to drunkenness, which means we leave intoxicating liquors alone.  In fact, keeping faith with this command means maintaining ourselves utterly free from indulgence of any appetite which would form a habit and enslave us physically.  It also bids us turn away from worldly entertainments which capture the mind as well as the body.

We keep faith with God and His Word by refusing to yield any of the members of our bodies to do service other than to the Living God.  "Him only shalt thou serve."