65 Is it a commandment?

“This is not a request. This is an order.” That is the movie version of today’s topic. The Sunday school version is the pupil’s question, “Is the rule against smoking a commandment?” People seem to need certainty. Preachers tend to say that the Decalogue is not “the ten suggestions.” Nevertheless, I shall demonstrate that in real life it doesn’t matter. A class for young children presented my favorite title for this: “the ten best ways.” I was shocked in a Sunday School class when the teacher asked, “Do we need commandments?” I answered with a resounding “No!” and held under …

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