THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE
with Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum
Shalom Dr Frucktenbaum,
I am studying your book "in the Footsteps of Messiah" which I am enjoying
very much. There is much false teaching about, and mindful of Galatians 3
and Dr Poyner -Levison's article on the Law of Moses and the Law of
Messiah. My question is, if one is saved by grace is it possible to return
to being under the law and therefore lose your salvation?
Thank you for your e-mail letter of February 19, 2008.
To answer your question, the primary thing to keep in mind is that
salvation is by grace through faith, given as a free gift that one
receives by faith. In other words, there is no work you can do to earn
salvation, and therefore there is no work you can do to lose your
salvation. Furthermore, once you are born again and receive eternal life,
it means that you cannot lose it, otherwise it was not eternal life to
Yes, there are believers who often go back to the Mosaic Law, but even
those who go back to the Mosaic Law are never able to keep it
consistently. Furthermore, they fail to recognize that the Mosaic Law is
not a rule of life for today, but the rule of life for today is the Law of
the Messiah. Going back to the Law of Moses does not affect salvation but
it does affect sanctification. That means that it will affect our
spiritual growth, and also it will affect our attainment of spiritual
maturity. It is not the Law of Moses that brings us to maturity today, but
the Law of the Messiah.
This does not mean that it is wrong to keep aspects of the Mosaic Law.
What we are obligated to keep are the commandments of the Law of the
Messiah. Insofar as the Law of Moses, we are free to keep those
commandments that would not contradict the Law of the Messiah (and some
do) and we are certainly not free to keep the commandments that would
contradict the Law of the Messiah.
For example, we are certainly free to observe the Passover but we are not
free to demand that any Gentile guest has to be circumcised before he eats
at the Passover table, since that part would contradict the Law of the
So again, these issues do not affect salvation, which is by grace through
faith apart from any work, but does affect spiritual growth and maturity.
Yours for the salvation of Israel,
Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum
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