It still amazes me how professed believers in Christ continue to place a lot of importance of observing the traditions of men while nullifying the Commands of God and excusing themselves and others from keeping the revealed SPIRIT of the LAW that CHRIST and HIS Apostles kept and taught.
“BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN. Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.” He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.” (Mark 7:8-7-9)
In the above scripture text, Christ expressed the importance of keeping God’s Commandments. He never said that God’s Commandments were to be ignored or that they will pass away. He would not say that since “All of YHVH’S works are perfect, and all HIS ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is HE.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)
Therefore divine perfection doesn’t change and God’s perfection is eternal as He is eternal. (Malachi 3:6)
As a matter of fact, during Jesus’ sermon in Matthew 5 where He was teaching on the Spirit of The Eternal Ten Commandants of God (Not Moses’ Laws) and demonstrating how we are to think about GOD’S Commandment, He said, “Anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)
Man’s theology and traditions have managed to teach nations and a multitude of folks to set aside many of the commands of YHVH. (Daniel 7:25) And mankind’s own sinful and arrogant nature has practiced neglecting the commandments of God in favor of their own traditions, festivals and twisted perceptions of righteousness and religions.
This deviation from the TRUTH has gone on for centuries and is so embedded in the Christian thought and mind that it has become commonplace and normal in the majority of Christian congregations to ignore any Commandments of GOD that does not fit into their religious traditions or theological beliefs. A good example of this would be Sunday worship. Sunday has been called the “Christian Sabbath” when in actuality it is not a Sabbath at all nor was it ever acknowledged, practiced, observed or taught as the Sabbath of GOD by CHRIST and His Apostles. Many Christians have set aside the fourth commandment to hold to the traditions of men. (Ref. Who Changed The Sabbath?)
Many professed Christians, and I was one of them, planned for, observed and kept, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween and other manmade occasions like Saint John’s Day, Founder’s day, Church and Pastor Anniversaries and national holidays while totally setting aside many of the eternal Commandments of God.
I have since repented of my ignorance and disobedience and have asked The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY TO please forgive me and to help me to live in such a way as to be Faithful to HIS Commands while obeying HIS call, witnessing to His GREAT LOVE through CHRIST and revealing HIS SAVING TRUTH to All.
Let me be clear. I am not against anything but sin. And the only thing I am advocating for is Repentance that will lead to obedience to all of God’s commandments in CHRIST our LORD and the indwelling of HIS promised gift – The HOLY SPIRIT.
Therefore, before we engage in any of the traditions of men, let us examine ourselves and make doubly sure that we haven’t set aside the Commands of God in favor of manmade traditions, festivals, holidays or events. Let us examine ourselves against the backdrop of CHRIST and HIS APOSTLES and see if we are seeking to please FATHER YHVH as CHRIST did or are we idol worshipers who are slaves to our traditions.
Let’s be certain that we haven’t set God aside.
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