The carnal ordinances of men….their commandments and doctrines…do not “save” us. Why be subject to them when all that do them are PERISHING from off this earth. They lead us away from the Truth….away from having love for one another…and into our own destruction of the flesh. Colossians 2:20-23 KJV (20) Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (21) (Touch not; taste not; handle not; (22) Which all are to perish with the using after the commandments and doctrines of men? (23) Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. The first carnal commandment was inserted from the very beginning by the woman in the garden… “touch not”. Genesis 3:2-7 KJV (2) And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: (3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. The carnal ordinances of religious-sounding men lead us astray from having love for one another. “Ye shall not surely die” should be translated literally into: “dying, you shall not die”. What is being said here is that by “killing” another (speaking evil of them), you shall not die. You shall have “peace and safety” because the false prophets preach “peace” when there really is no peace between brothers. (4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: Religious-sounding men who fight with each other think that they are doing God service….”for God doth know…” They are as “gods”…. “elohim”…that is, JUDGES. By speaking evil of another, they are being JUDGES….knowing what is good and evil. (5) For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. If we see ourselves as judges…. “gods”…knowing what is good and evil in our own eyes, we are tempted to speak evil of others who do not adhere to our denomination’s particular commandments and doctrines. We are then not a doer of the law….the law of Christ who said that we are to have love for one another. We condemn others to “hell” because they do not follow our particular carnal ordinances. There is only one Lawgiver who is able to save and destroy. Religious- men judge each other over their handwriting of ordinances . James 4:11-12 KJV (11) Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. (12) There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? Men will believe a lie when they will hear the knowledge of the Truth. They think that they will be doing God “service” by “killing” others whom they do not agree with as they put them out of their assemblies. They will “kill” with the sword of their tongues as they will speak evil of any one that they will not agree with. They will not have “peace and safety” to do these things. John 16:2-3 KJV (2) They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. (3) And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. We eat the “fruit” of the tongue. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. We are to choose life and not death. Men, professing themselves “wise” will reach out to speak evil of another with their tongues. The tongue….the “woman”…will give “fruit” to the “man”. What comes out of the mouth is what defiles the “man”. It defiles the whole body. Genesis 3: (6) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. The wages of sin…evil speaking…is death. And if we continue to do these things….speaking evil of others….eating of that tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we shall die….our mortal bodies shall return unto the ground from where it was taken. What comes out of the mouth defiles the whole body until it returns to the dust. We PERISH. Genesis 3:17-19 KJV (17) And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; (18) Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; (19) In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. The eating of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” is the using of the SAME mouth for blessing God (the good) and also cursing men who are made in the image of God. James 3:8-18 KJV (8) But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (9) Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. The eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (10) Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. (11) Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? (12) Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. The woman desired to be wise. If we desire to be see as wise, let us show out of a good conversation our works with meekness of wisdom and not reach out to partake of that tree. Lie not against the Truth. (13) Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. (14) But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. (15) This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. (16) For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. (17) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (18) And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. For if we continue to sin willfully after we have received the FULL knowledge of the Truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins….. Hebrews 10:26-29 KJV (26) For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, (27) But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. (28) He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: (29) Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?