2 Corinthians 3:6 says, “who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”  The letter is the Old Covenant of the Law, and the Spirit is the New Covenant of righteousness by faith.  Three verses later, Paul calls “the letter“ the ministry of condemnation.

It is interesting that scripture says being under the Law causes death and condemnation.  The reason the church has been full of poverty, sickness, strife, etc. is because the church has been sin conscious.  Telling people to follow the law brings condemnation and literally causes their relationships, businesses, etc., to decline and die.  It also causes sickness and diseases in our physical bodies.  1 Cor 15:56 says, “the strength of sin is the law.”  The more we tell people to follow the law, the worse sin gets, and the more people feel condemned and unworthy to receive God’s best.

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