Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Tradition v Truth

Scripture: Matthew 15 v 8 - 9:
"This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

Some people don't like what I am writing or saying because it goes against the main stream of living for pleasure and entertainment. I suppose the Cross was entertainment for some but for those who know and love Jesus; who worship the Father in Spirit and truth, it was the darkest day in world history. The day man killed God because Jesus flouted the traditions of the priesthood and it offended them. 

He did miracles on the sabbath; He called them hypocrites and vipers; He read Luke 4 v 18-19 quoting Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." 

He then shattered them by saying "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." Verse 28 says that all who heard these words in the synagogue were filled with wrath. Tradition met Truth and declared war. So which side are you on?

If you are following religious tradition you christen babies; celebrate Christmas and Easter (pagan festivals); because all these came from the Mary-worshipping Roman Catholics. Easter is celebrated this week but the word comes from Oestre a fertility goddess of the Roman-Babylonian tradition. 

When the Roman-Babylonians needed to blend their beliefs with Christianity they fused their gods and goddesses into the mix. They had no use for Passover, a Jewish feast, which formed The Last Supper. They replaced it with Easter, already a known feast in most of the known world. That's why we have chocolate eggs, bunnies, chicks - fertility goddess. It has nothing whatsoever to do with Jesus and His death and resurrection. 

Everyone enjoys the Easter treats and there is nothing wrong with that but let us respect what it actually means and teach our children truth. Do not tell them the eggs represent new birth in Jesus Christ. Tell them the eggs represent Oestre from which the word Oestrogen comes. 

I love the Passover. I am not a follower of the law, nor a keeper of the sabbath, but the Passover has a wealth of spiritual insight for Christians and Jews.  The Passover was the Jews liberty from slavery through the blood of lambs. Jesus is our Passover Lamb whose Blood sets us free of slavery to sin and demons. 

This is Truth v Tradition and tradition should bow to truth but it never will. Sadly traditions cause many to disobey the commands of God and make them of none effect. Jesus was not born at Christmastime on 25th December. His arch-enemy, Nimrod the hunter of men's souls, was. Nimrod's mother, the witch Semiramis, is now worshipped as Mary. Superimposed on the story of Mary and Jesus is this travesty. 

Most people know that not even the cruel Romans would expect people to travel in winter on foot to register to pay taxes. The shepherds would not be watching their sheep out on the pastures on a mid-winter night. But tradition dictates that we celebrate His birth when the Roman Catholic Church demand it. I will never hurt Jesus like that. I celebrate His birth, death and resurrection every day by being obedient and walking in His truth. 

In Romans 14 v 5 says we must make up our own minds about what days we choose to celebrate special holy times on. There is no rule. Jesus set us free of condemnation. Just be aware of the parameters of tradition and the power of truth. Jesus hated those traditions because they caused people to compromise truth. It has led many into errors. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I speak the truth in love to those who will hear. I pray it has an impact on those who desire to walk in your truth and not in the doctrines of man. There are many pitfalls, please steer Your people clear of them. In Jesus' name. Amen.   
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