Let’s examine the third chapter of Boundary Stones, “God’s People are His Servants.” Aaron Eby’s boundary stone states:
Human beings are born sinners. Human beings are reborn as the “righteousness of God” in Messiah. Before receiving salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, a person is in spiritual bondage to sin, unable to keep God’s Law. God redeems us through his Son, Jesus, just as he redeemed the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt. He rescues us out of our bondage to sin. Just as he set the children of Israel free from Egypt so that they could serve him, God sets us free from sin to be slaves of righteousness. He gives every believer a spiritual rebirth through which we are granted the ability to lead lives of righteousness.
Taken out of the greater context of Boundary Stones, this sounds like a thoroughly orthodox Christian viewpoint. However, when Mr. Eby says God makes His people slaves of righteousness and grants them the ability to lead lives of righteousness, he means a righteousness defined by the Torah. He’s got one thing right: his theology leads to slavery.
The New Testament is crystal clear: the righteousness of God is received as a gift through faith in Jesus Christ, apart from the law.
Romans 3:21-28 ESV
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
Could the Apostle Paul have made this any more clear?
Salvation is by grace through faith alone. Salvation cannot be through Torah or faith + Torah. The law is not of faith. Faith and Torah do not mix.
Let’s compare faith and Torah.
The Torah holds is captive. Jesus did not set us free to observe the Torah! You will never find a verse in the New Testament to support that notion. Those who follow the law of Moses are like prison inmates who continue to live in the prison after serving their sentence.
Galatians 5:1 ESV
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.