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Traditions of Men

Traditions of Men

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Published by: eltropical on Mar 16, 2013
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The Traditions of Men
in the Churches of Men
Are Traditions of Men Really “Neutral”in God’s Sight?
Te truth is that these traditions that we’ve held so dear have done massivedamage to the Body o Christ. Tey have become a comortable substituteor the Headship and Lordship o Jesus Christ in His Church.
 Jesus answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy o you hypocrites,as it is written: ‘Tis people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is ar rom Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments o men.’ For laying aside the commandment o God, you hold the tradition o men...” (Mark 7:6-8).
Jesus Himsel continually violated the seemingly “harmless” traditions and“expedients” knowing ull well that it would stir the religious indignation o His religious leaders. One example:
 And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat. And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not rst washed beore dinner. But the Lord said to him, “Now you Phariseesmake the outside o the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is ull o  greed and wickedness. Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside makethe inside also? But rather give alms o such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you. But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rueand all manner o herbs, and pass by justice and the love o God. Tese youought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like graves which arenot seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware o them.” Ten oneo the lawyers answered and said to Him, “eacher, by saying these things Youreproach us also” (Luke 11:37-45).
Notice how simple it would have been to have just gone ahead and washedhis hands like the religious leaders wanted Him to. Doesn’t showing a littleChristian love and courtesy and patience dictate that we “go the extra mile”?
What could it hurt? “We have to meet people where they are” and be “allthings to all men,” don’t we?Actually, you know, Jesus
the ull personication o love—HE and HEALONE is our denition o what Christian love and patience and courtesy are. “All things to all men?” Only the lie o Jesus can dene what “all thingsto all men” really means to the Father. And Jesus did many things like thisseemingly rude religious-tradition-busting dinner event. Other times, Jesusand the disciples went through the grain elds on the Sabbath Day andpurposely, in the sight o the religious critics, devastated their
 and binding o what had begun as a genuine principle o God. Tese sincere“experts in the Law” had put themselves in opposition to God Himsel by the way that they 
Scripture. And Jesus took it right to them, with noallowance or their man-made interpretations. Why? We hope to discoverthe answer to this question as we continue. Be prayerul!Te amount o ritual that Jesus developed as He walked the streets with Hiswelve riends is just
the amount o ritual that He intended or HisFollowers o today. Te welve, well trained in what Christianity was and wasnot to be, were then to lead the 3108+ new Christians into the Lie o Christaer the Day o Pentecost, into the ullness o their lie with Jesus. What they brought to the growing multitudes o those that had committed their livesto the Son...is the right amount o ritual and pre-programmed choreography (“order o worship,” “men to serve list,” etc.) or us also. And, the truth beknown, even with many thousands o members in one “congregation” o the church o Christ o the Bible, there isn’t even a hint o any programs,ritual or gimmicks. Tere was no organizational ramework—at least theway we have done it—IBM or AMWAY style. Not without verse-pluckingand an active imagination. Once again, our man-made additions to God’sChurch, oen reerred to as “harmless traditions”, have eectively blocked(along with lack o personal holiness, inrequent aith-walking, and socially acceptable complacency)
o God’s desired activity on this planet sincesometime even beore 100 AD.Tough we have dried ar away rom the best ways o Jesus, these programsand gimmicks and hierarchies have at least been something to hang on toor these many generations. Some would rightly argue that most o the“ruit” that we truly have had in our churches has been the product o theseexternals, hierarchies and programs. So true. And children do need rulesand an external ramework to operate rom. Crippled men do need crutchesand wheelchairs. But what i the children grew up? And what i the shriveledand atrophied Body was healed? And what i the church matured into theStature o the Son...?
Food For Thought...and Digestion!
Some Religious Vocabulary That Is Actually Non-Existent in theBible
(Poor Translations Teach Shallow or Wrong Concepts)
“CHURCH” “Ministry” “Baptism“Religion” “Pastor” “Prayer”“Christ” Apostle” “Salvation”
While these words are commonplace in today’s Christendom, and thetranslations o the Bible that we have in our language do, in act, use thesewords, I’d like you to think with me or just a moment. What i the words thatJesus spoke to the multitudes, and the words that Paul wrote to the churcheso his day conveyed an entirely dierent meaning than that which we hear orread today? Te word “gay,” or example, doesn’t mean what it used to mean,does it? Te “gay nineties?” You get the point. Te religious system o today has (more by inheritance than overt deception, or sure) adopted a vocabulary o ecclesiastical (churchy), poorly translated, or “transliterated” words romthe Bible. Unortunately, these words do not represent at all what Jesus, orPaul, or the others had in mind when they spoke them or wrote them. As youread your Bibles, henceorth, try to hear what
heard, rather than hearingthese religious terms in their degenerated meanings o the present day. Deal?Look into it—it’s a un and challenging search or ruth.
Some Foundational Concepts of Today’s Religious World—
That are Non-Existent in the Church of the Bible
Worship Services Sunday SchoolSermons Christian CollegesHiring and Firing Preachers Choirs(resumes, tryouts, interviews)Sunday as
special Day Men chosen in advance or Christian Meetings to pray, preach or lead singingetc., etc., etc., etc....
A Touch of History...
Paul Didn’t Carry A King James, Preach Sermonsand Go to Bible Classes and “Services”
Church Buildings
.................. Te original roots o christian “church

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