1 John 2:3-7I'm sorry but I have to respectfully disagree with you. You are so correct that Christ doesn't condone willful sinning but you're mistaken if you think that Christians are bound by the mosaic law. Ill say it again, Jesus fulfilled the law. Fulfilling the law doesn't simply mean showing us how it's done, He met all the demands of the law therefore it no longer has any bearing over us. There's plenty of guidelines in the NT thats repeated from the OT so it isnt just a free for all. We're guided by the spirit and our actions should be reflective of Christ and his holiness, that's what sets christians apart IMO. Christianity is ultimately about your relationship with God, not with how well you follow the law because ...'for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ' Romans 3:23. Salvation is obtain through Christ alone, nothing can add or take away from that. The pharisees criticized the disciples for not cleaning their hands, sure, but Jesus in his usual fashion answers them beyond what they question/criticize. He literally says 'There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. ' Mark 7:15
'For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 'Romans 6:14-15
'But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.' Romans 7:6
'For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.'Romans 10:4
'knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.'Galatians 2:16
Now that we're clear that we're no longer under the law let's also acknowledge that eating certain foods will not defile you spiritually.
'Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.'I Timothy 4:1-5
I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 'Romans 14:14
'Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the Lord ’s, and all its fullness.”'I Corinthians 10:25-26
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
Christ is the Word. Why would God tell us not to do something, then say "never mind, now you can". Is it so hard to have discipline and put down your crab legs and bacon?
It's amazing people will fight to disobey the law, when they usually don't give so puch back to their own government! Like the law is burdensome..Christ says his burden is not heavy. The law is good for all, physically and spiritually. Why would God have given it to us at all? It's our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ. Faith is following the commandments: faith without works is dead after all. We must make it a habit to really understand scripture and not excuse ourselves. Grace covers us before coming to the knowledge and if we slip up, which we all do. It's not Mose's law. The law was given to Moses from God himself.
I'm not gonna go back and forth when the scriptures are clear but I leave you with this:
Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.