“Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;…” (Matthew 28:20).

The literal, “all whatever,” means this is not an accommodating approach to the teachings of Jesus. Only a comprehensive pursuit of anything and everything he taught is fitting of the One who calls us to follow after him. To only cherry-pick the commands of scripture with which you are comfortable is to compromise both scripture and one’s opportunity for growth; diminishing the one standard by which the practice of life and faith is to be guided and measured.

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