Christians have somehow “just accepted” that there is a “Domestic Code” in scripture telling us all how to live, what our “roles” are, and how we should conform to manmade expectations and demands. When did Jesus Christ authorize “The Domestic Code”? That men wrote in letters and made “the law” of manmade commandments? Answer. Jesus strictly forbade this.
Jesus told us that no one was to be set “over us” exercising authority “upon us” treating us like perpetual children: making themselves “our fathers”.
You know, when you grow up ~ you’re an adult. You’re not under the supervision of a paternal figure telling you “his rules”. “The Domestic Code” is a perpetually patronizing “father” telling us all how to live and treating us like “his children”.
That’s fully inappropriate.
First, let’s talk about what “The Domestic Code” is. Men wrote letters. Other men “decided for us” that letters that men wrote were “the inspired, infallible Word of God”. Then those men printed those letters, handed the letters bound to us in a book and said, “This is the New Testament”.
However, these books are not what Jesus taught and commanded during His earthly ministry. The teaching and commandments of Jesus are from Heaven. His teaching and commandments are spiritual, not cultural or institutional; and know no cultural nor institutional boundaries of limitation.
Because the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ are spiritual, not cultural nor institutional, they apply to all of us equally in a timely manner unto the end of human history. In fact, Jesus declares that His Red Letter teaching of His earthly ministry is unchanging unto the end of human history: and we are to teach new believers to observe His commandments unto the end of the age.
What you will find in the teaching and commandments of Jesus Christ is the Great Commission of Matthew 28. In Matthew 28, Jesus tells all believers equally that we are limited in what we are authorized to teach new believers to observe as commandments. That limitation is the teaching and commandments of Jesus Christ that Jesus Christ already spoke during His earthly ministry as our God, King, Savior, Lord, Messiah, Rabbi, Teacher, and Master.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you [past tense; we are authorized by Jesus Christ equally in the Great Commission to teach new believers to observe all things Jesus already taught in His timeless spiritual teaching of His Red Letters]: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
You will not find “The Domestic Code” in the teaching and commandments of Jesus Christ. Because “The Domestic Code” is cultural and institutional. Men spoke it out of their own cultural and institutional framework, bias, and bigotry. Then, other men who disobeyed Jesus in Matthew 28 ~ added the cultural, institutional, biased, and bigoted words of men to what they called “The New Testament”. Then, they told us, “This is The New Testament”. Is it?
Because “The New Testament” is spiritual, not cultural nor institutional, and knows no cultural nor institutional boundaries of limitation. The New Testament is the Covenant that was instituted by the Messiah Jesus Christ. Which is why Jesus Christ commanded that no one add to His spiritual words from Heaven their own words of cultural and institutional framework, bias, and bigotry.
Because no cultural and institutional framework, bias, and bigotry can possibly be called “The New Testament”. It’s just men talking out their orafices about their own time, place, and vision. And what these men have to say is earthly and carnal; not Heavenly and spiritual.
“The Domestic Code” is earthly and carnal because it is cultural and institutional; full of the bias and bigotry of men’s own framework of vision.
“The Domestic Code” is not discussing the Kingdom of Heaven: but life on earth as a culture and an institution. By no means can “The Domestic Code” pretend to be “The New Testament”.
Letters written by men who claim to be believers in Jesus. These men communicate to us that they are not our equal brothers writing to us. Rather, they pretend to be our supervisory fathers. They demand power over us to rule over us in perpetuity ~ telling us how to structure our relationships, homes, culture, and lives.
These men posing as our fathers ~ Roman fathers ~ rejecting humility to be called our equal brothers ~ demand we conform to their own personal social decrees and cultural dictates. As they “build Roman institutions” from their own limited earthly and carnal scope of vision: by which to enslave us to themselves.
Here is an excerpt of an article by Carolyn Osiek.
Household Codes by Carolyn Osiek
We perhaps think that “the family” is timeless and always the same. On the contrary, many cultures have very different ideas of family than what we are used to. In the New Testament world, “family” could mean all those related by blood and marriage, or those who lived in the same household, including slaves, or something like what we would call nuclear family or ancestry.
What is a “household code”?
Some New Testament texts, especially the Epistles to the Colossians (Col 3:18-4:1) and Ephesians (Eph 5:21-6:9) as well as 1Tim 6:1-2 as well as 1 Pet 2:18-3:7, contain descriptions of the ideal family according to societal expectations of the time. These so-called “household codes,” already begun by Aristotle, depict relationships of the male head of household with his wife, children, and slaves—an integral part of the affluent household in Roman society.
Seen today as patriarchal and perhaps abusive, these descriptions assume a social world in which dominant males control all women, children, and other men, in which women are essentially inferior to men, and in which slavery is pervasive and seldom questioned. Those who consider the subordinate relationships that these texts describe to be authoritative today must be prepared to legitimize not only male dominance over women but slavery as well.Household Codes Article
Carolyn asks the righteous questions of how is it? Persons could believe? That an antiquated Roman vision? Of a Roman culture of institutionalized male domination and slavery? In a Roman society that regarded women as slaves and property of their husbands? Could possibly be considered “timeless” and “authoritative” as “scripture”?
I add questions: How could Jesus Christ have died to institute Roman institution, culture, society, family, home, and marriage? Don’t people remember? Caesar killed Jesus through Roman soldiers. Now, suddenly, we’re all supposed to be Roman? Because men said so?
Well, I would like to go a step past that…
I am confident those Roman cultural and institutional letters of “Domestic Code” Laws of Pharisees are not “The New Testament”.
They’re just “Outdated 1st Century Roman Heathen: Cultural & Institutional Heresy”. Those books are just a time-bound pack of letters full of men’s own earthly and carnal, cultural and institutional ideas.
These men’s letters are not “the inspired, infallible Word of God”. God’s Word is not “culture bound” to become time bound.
God’s Word and the true teaching and commandments of The New Testament never change. The true teaching and commandments of the New Testament are the Red Letters of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ speaks to teach and command the New Testament Church as the Only Messiah and One Master/Rabbi of the New Covenant of His own blood.
#1. I would like to know who authorized men to put letters in our Bibles that are carnal and earthly, being cultural and institutional, as “The Domestic Code”? Who authorized men to add their words to the Red Letter Teaching of Jesus Christ? Who authorized men to call letters reflecting their own cultural and institutional framework, bias, and bigotry, “The New Testament”?
The teaching and commandments of Jesus in His Red Letters will never change. They were never of earth, manmade culture, or manmade institution to begin with [like these men’s ideas are]. The Words of Jesus are spiritual from Heaven about the Kingdom of Heaven.
#2. I would like to know who “decided” they would overrule Jesus Christ in Matthew 28? Because Jesus Christ in Matthew 28 gave us all the same Great Commission equally: to teach new and fellow believers what He Himself already taught in the Red Letters of His earthly ministry. Teaching timeless unto the end of the age, spiritual, Heavenly ~ knowing no cultural nor institutional boundary lines ~ because the teaching of Jesus is spiritual from Heaven; neither carnal nor earthly.
Let’s look at 2 John and think about it.
2 John 1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; 2 for the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. 3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. 5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.
If we believe what Jesus said in Matthew 28 ~ and we believe what the Holy Spirit said through John the Beloved in 2 John:
Any man who comes teaching new commandments of “The Domestic Code” has transgressed the commandment of Jesus Christ. Such a man is not abiding in the doctrine of Christ ~ and is an antichrist.
I have thoroughly examined Mark, Luke, Acts, Romans,1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 3 John, and Jude. I have found blasphemy, apostasy, and false doctrine in each and every one of those books. I have determined every last one of them to be a gnostic forgery.
So that, the conclusion of the matter is that the warning of John the Beloved in 2 John stands true: to leave the doctrine of Jesus Christ alone in His Red Letter teaching and commandments of Matthew and John “opens the door” for the antichrist to come in; by transgressing the commandment of Jesus Christ in His doctrine of Matthew 28.
You cannot believe and obey Jesus Christ in Matthew 28: and receive Acts, Romans,1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 3 John, and Jude.
And you cannot confirm what John the Beloved says in 2 John without throwing each of those books out of your canon of New Testament scripture either.
In Mark and Luke [which contradicts the genealogy of Jesus Christ of Matthew; same author of Acts] I found multiple instances of gnostics denying the Exclusive Deity of Jesus Christ. So, I threw them out as false gospels – written by gnostic forgers.
What I can tell you quite plainly is this…
Any letters containing the cultural and institutional teaching and commandments of men in letters they wrote after Jesus ascended: are not “The New Testament”.
They’re just letters men wrote.
And they’re outdated.
They should never have been canonized as “The New Testament”. Because they’re not.
And it’s time to throw them on the dust heap of history.
The words Jesus Christ spoke remain: for they are unto the end of the age…
Matthew 28: 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you [past tense; meaning “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have already commanded you“]: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.