Traditions that oppose God

Posted: June 25, 2012 in Authority, Identity
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Mark 7:8-9, 13

King James Version (KJV)

For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

Think about this for a moment. What traditions are you holding on to? What do you perform in your local church and in your home? Are you doing the same things that others have done? Do you have traditionalism racing through your church? I ask these questions because Jesus spoke these words. I ask these questions because the church needs to evaluate itself and see if they’re doing things because of tradition.

Jesus spoke on this because He was dealing with people who made His Father’s Word to have no effect. There was no demonstration of power. This is like people who preach and nothing happens. It’s just words! Christians who call themselves Christians, but still go out and make a mockery of being a Christian.

People were more in tune with doing things that were natural. The traditions were followed more to the letter rather than the commandments God gave them. People follow people! The question is… What do you get when you follow a person of tradition? You get tradition, natural things and loss of supernatural things. What happens when you follow Jesus? Power, might, strength, miracles, wonders, signs and supernatural things.

If your tired of the same old traditional things, then it’s time to start operating according to the Word of God. It’s not hard, it’s a choice and command from God’s Word. Why? Because God’s Word is powerful and mighty. If you operate only on man’s word you will miss supernatural things. Man is natural and if the Word of God is not first you will get a natural word. If man is preaching and teaching the Word of God according to the Spirit of God then you will get supernatural results.

Jesus does not want traditions of man preached! Jesus wants His Father’s Word preached. Mans tradition is “Genetically Altered Religion.” This is a quote from Kenneth Copeland.

When you are performing more of mans word then God’s Word, you have a tradition. Mans tradition opposes God’s Word. Mans word is usually what causes occults to come about. Take a moment and think about how you can make some changes. Am I a Christian of tradition? Or do I have a relationship with God? Relationship means intimacy. Intimacy will occur with daily bible reading and prayer. Spending time with the Father will help you to stay fresh and keep you from tradition.

Scripture Study: Isaiah 41:1-10

Be Blessed!

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Comments
  1. Tony Puccio says:

    This sounds like it is taken from the pages of Frank Viola’s book Pagan Christianity. Many of the “traditions” that have been held as having biblical roots have pagan roots instead and have absolutley no biblical foundation for their existance. Excellent Post and someting the body definitely needs to hear

  2. Paul says:

    Amen Pastor Phil. The traditions of the apostles are cool, but as you pointed out the traditions of men that are not God sanctioned are born to die…. sometimes going back is the only way forward. I guess the traditions of the apostles for me would be unique today! what do you think.
    Bro Paul

  3. I’m not a muckraker, I would just like more input on the topic so I will put forth a question/situation:

    There was a Sunday that I strongly prompted NOT to go to church. I prayed on it further, confused and convinced it must be ploy of Big Red (aka el Diablo). Finally, after nagging Him in prayer I was convicted so we stayed home. As instructed, we took the kids out on the porch and had a Sunday study in the shade. Our neighbor was sitting outside and declined my friendly invitation; as he always has to ANY and ALL church invitations. Focused on our study, I never saw him until after he had pulled up a chair. He dusted off his bible, pulled out pieces of papers dated as late as 2005; the last time he even opened it he said. The bible itself was worn, well highlighted and had all the signs of use; only not recent use. A couple of months earlier, in one weekend, the same weekend, my neighbor lost his elderly father and wife; not 48 hours in between. By the end of our gathering, my wonderful neighbor was reading, participating and even smiled for the first time in months. Before long other men walking to and fro stopped by and the wonderful discussion of the Good Word continued openly and cheerfully. Since that day I have watched some of these same people dressed in their Sunday best going and coming from church; sometimes visiting and providing company for my neighbor when I can’t. I was one of my most blessed weeks ever and I thanked the Lord for letting me be part of His story.

    I often wondered: Does obedience sometimes include seemingly contradictory ideas (such as go to church vs. don’t go)? Is the scheduled appointment for praise and worship (i.e. a traditional Sunday church time) more important than prayer directions? Was that “church” we participated in (when people gather in His name)? Lastly, I will add this: I am sad (even downright embarrassed) to admit it but shortly thereafter was a Sunday I felt compelled to stay home; not convicted or prompted. In other words, I convinced myself to stay home. No blessing came of it, and all week I was guilt ridden and unfocused in the Word; I fell short. Very
    I find the hardest part of being a Christian is trusting in my prayers. I just don’t feel strong enough/worthy enough or special enough to be a servant of God. There are so many distractions, fears and skewed messages that distinguishing God’s true will from worldly ideals and earthly traditions is sometimes hard. But when I do fight through the doubts and I just trust and obey I get such a joy I can’t wait for the next instruction. Sometimes they are big tasks and others are small but always glorious. Is that all part of it, trusting and obeying even against the norm? Or especially when it is against the norm?

    I am learning. Be kind but don’t hold back, I want to be a better servant.

    • Let me sum up all of these questions that you have on the second paragraph… God has NO confusion in Him. Where there is confusion, there is every evil work. God is not the author of confusion. Sometimes people walk in confusion because they do not like what God has told them or they are confused because of traditionalism/Religiosity. Prayer directions are so very important. God told you not to go to church and look at what happened. You had an opportunity to touch someones life. God used you to be a blessing. Remember you’re a vessel. Vessels get used. When we listen to the Holy Spirit we will be directed to be a blessing. God is not in the confusion or hurting business. God is in the blessing, receiving people business… You had church right on your porch that day! Praise God!

      My friend remember the bible says in Hebrews 10:25 King James Version (KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. It’s important to fellowship with one another. Why do we go to church? We go because… how can one learn without a teacher/preacher.Romans 10:14 King James Version (KJV) How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? We gather together to learn and sharpen our iron. We gather to encourage one another.

      Just because God told you to do something once does not mean that you’re supposed to do it always. That’s where you ask the Father for instructions on what to do next. Does God have you at a certain church or did you just pick it yourself? If God told you to go to the church your going to, then you need to keep going. When God has you stay at home and minister on your front porch then do it. When God has you do something specific do it. There is purpose for what God wants. It always leads to blessing Him and encouraging you.

      Let me say this to you… Obedience is the most important thing you can do. Listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit is very important. If you are struggling with who is talking to you, God or the devil. You can do this according to the Word of God. You ask yourself the following questions… Is it peaceable? Kind? Encouraging? Profitable? Loving? Does it line up with the Word of God? If they do, then you follow. If you find that it does not line up with the Word of God then take the thought captive and cast it down. I hope this helps you and I look forward to hearing more from you. Have a blessed day! Pastor Philip

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