How do we handle the traditions of men? I prefer to follow the word of God. I went to a religious Institution for college and it was a Wesleyan Methodist University. Thus we studied about John Wesley and his interpretation of the Bible. When I study the Bible I prefer to study it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As such I rejected the traditional teachings of Wesley. The Holy Spirit teaches me comparing spiritual things with spiritual. By way of an illustration, the Holy Spirit will take me to an Old Testament reference and then compare it to a new testament text. Therefore I prefer the teaching of the Holy Spirit to any man-made Institution. Do I now seek to persuade men or God? That is a question from Galatians 1:10. If I still pleased men, I would not be a servant of Christ. That’s pretty clear-cut. Often times in church today we have the Pharisee type of religion.
Those that do such a thing follow the law of Moses to the letter. The New Testament teaches us that the letter kills but the spirit gives life. Which would you prefer? I shudder to think of how you might answer that question because some people are so used to the rules and regulations of their Church superseding scripture. That should not be so. Then there are those in church who are so tolerant of sin that it makes me sick. These are the affirming churches who will affirm nearly everything but the word of God which is often out of season in those churches. Paul said that that we are to preach the word both in season and out.
Are you a Pharisee of the false love that has invaded the church? Are you part of the solution or part of the problem? Until we get back to speaking the truth in love the church will flounder and be without any power whatsoever. There’s a caution flag here though because remember the seventy whom Jesus sent out.
They returned with great joy saying, even the demons are subject to us in your name. I can almost imagine how Jesus looked at them shaking his head. Do not rejoice in this that the spirits are subject to you but Rejoice because your names are written in heaven. Absolute power corrupts. They were more joyful in the power they were given then the fact that they were serving Jesus Christ. When one is given power they can become Power Mad which destroys the gift. Simon the Sorcerer was like that as he wanted the power to make himself look great. He even asked to buy this power. Your money perish with you because you thought you could buy the power of the spirit. You can’t. The power of the spirit in my life issues understanding and to know scripture better by the day. Sanctify them by your word. That is found in John 17:17 which means set them apart by Your Word. Your word is truth. To me that is the power of the Holy Spirit. When he the spirit of Truth has come he will guide you into all truth from John 16:13. Do I follow the tradition of men? Absolutely not because then, I would not be a servant of Christ.
This series will focus on 1st Timothy 4:1. This time I will be looking at the Holy Spirit. The spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. The Holy Spirit expressly says. Do you know that the Holy Spirit talks? Several times in Acts, He speaks including separating Paul and Barnabas for the ministry. In the prophet Ezekiel the Holy Spirit also speaks often. One of the chief aspects of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of our sins. Right now he is warning us of dangers to our faith. In our next post, I will be examining the time aspect.
There are many religious philosophies that we are to be aware of because they contain empty deceit. It is after the traditions of man and after the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ. How often do we follow tradition? How many Traditions does your church have? And what is the Bible have to say about tradition?
The Roman Catholic Church, for example, relies heavily on Apostolic Authority coming from the Vatican City and the Pope. The New Apostolic Reformation in 2002 restored the apostolic office themselves. They were self-ordained much like David C Pack of the Restored Church of God made himself an apostle. In Revelation Jezebel ordained herself a prophetess. Maybe I can ordain myself as Superman? All this is ridiculous and pits Apostolic Authority against scripture. Judaism regards the Torah or the first five books of the Bible highly but not quite as high as the Talmud which is Jewish tradition. Tradition can be classified as a philosophy written by men. Whether you believe it or not the Bible was not written by men per se but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. Christadelphians and Bible students also follow their own traditions which supersedes the word of God and each Congregation of those bodies believe differently as there is no uniform Doctrine. Just like in the Book of Judges when everyone did what was right in their own eyes yes. I follow the word of God and place very little impetus on tradition.
I will conclude this series in part 3.
I will pick up on this theme in part 2 of our precious children. I would ask for prayer for children everywhere that they remain safe and secure with loving parents. Oh Lord put a hedge of protection around our children and keep them safe from any and all harm. In Jesus name. Amen!
This is a must see video on this topic Vatican sex scandal. The video states that in 2013 the Vatican set up a conference to combat this issue but like many promises on the Roman Catholic Church this conference was never set up. To the Discerning world this shows the sincerity of the Catholic hierarchy in dealing with this crushing issue. They have been more concerned with the monetary cost this is causing the church over that of the children that are being molested. Can you believe that? This worldwide plague is current and many of the charges current. The United States now is investigating this crime in 47 States. Thousands of children had been misused not only by the offending priests but those in the hierarchy who have covered this up for so long. The Pope I knew all about this for you before situations arose where he can no longer keep it in hiding. Now he is being forced to deal with it. A Godly Man would not to be forced to do anyting but this shows that the papacy is corrupt.
Islamic Shahira law cannot coexist with the United States Constitution. They are not compatible one with the other. Therefore no city under any circumstances should be required to have Islamic law. If they can’t live without it why immigrate to the United States of America where it violates the principles of the Constitution? If any foreign National desires to live under Islamic law, let them live in nation’s that practice them. You can’t bring foreign laws into the United States of America and expect to live under them.