Deja Vu All Over Again 0113

Deja vu all over again.

True Judaism and Christianity claim to be based on a relationship with God. The Old Testament documents both godly and ungodly behavior of leaders and followers. Jesus challenged the Jewish leaders of His day and called them white washed tombs. The Bible claims to be the only authority of righteousness and practice. Paul commended the Bereans for verifying every claim, including his with the scriptures, and told us to do likewise! The Bible also warns us of false teachers and leaders, calling them wolves in sheep’s clothing and false believers as chaff or tares.

It takes courage and inspiration of the Holy Spirit to challenge the teaching and practices of others, especially highly respected leaders or teaching and practices that has been around for a long time. Jesus challenged the Jewish leaders. Paul challenged Peter. Martin Luther challenged the church leaders of His day. The Church leaders of today studied at seminaries that were created to correctly discern what the Bible says and how it was originally interpreted. Sometimes what they learned was unbiblical.

Jewish “leaders” said:
“Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”

Jesus replied:
He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your traditions?
Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ” (Matthew 15:2-9 NKJV)

The bible warns us of these unbiblical traditions of man. It doesn’t matter if the errors were intentional or unintentional. If the bible doesn’t support it, it is wrong.

Sadly, the traditions of a church or denomination are held more important than God’s word and standards. A Methodist church down the street prides itself over its choir and hired a organist who is homosexual to play for them.

“Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.” (Colossians 2:4, 7-10, 23 NKJV)

Most churches in my area teach from Psalms or Genesis or Exodus or Isaiah, but ignore Leviticus and embrace tattooing and body piercing. If one old testament book has authority , they all do. If one doesn’t, none of them can.

Some churches have communion open to all, including those who aren’t baptized. Communion is for new covenant believers, but baptisms, the sign of the covenant, isn’t required by them. Baptism comes before communion. Repentance comes before baptism.

Many liturgical churches limit the bible readings to those that are their 3 year cycle order of worship, and avoid passages such as Romans 1 that condemns worldliness.

Candles, incense, chanting, robes, icons, pews , church seasons, alters, pulpits, and other legacies of the apostate Catholic church traditions that have no biblical justification are seen as necessary, but misapply biblical definitions of “church” and “worship” from meaning “believers” and “honoring God” to meaning buildings, corporations, and entertainment that showcase and promote idolatry and worldliness. God’s standard of behavior and attitudes are neglected and unbiblical and sinful worldliness is condoned and normalized.

Jesus call the Pharisees of his day “white washed tombs”. What would he say about today’s clergy? Jesus alone is the biblical head of the church. Elders should be those who correctly interpret God’s word, honor God and walk humbly with God and serve others without pay and Not those who lord over others and ignore the rebuke of biblical believers.

Biblical christianity is a relationship between God and the community of true believers. The only traditions that deserve obedience are those instituted by God. The only standard enforced should be those given by God. Service to others should be directed only by the holy spirit and include servants directed by God and not outsourced to hired hands that serve for money or glory.

Its time to open our bibles and reform our practices and attitudes to conform to model given by Jesus and the apostles. The church as we define it today is apostate, lukewarm, and blind as described in Revelation as Laodicia.
Like the church at Ephesus, we have left our first love.
Like the church at Smyrna, we suffer at the hands of those who say they follow God but do Not!
Like Purgamos, we have compromised too much and look more worldly than Godly.
Like Thyatira, we are corrupted more by the world than we purify it.
Like Sardis, we live among the spiritually dead. We need to hold fast to godliness and repent!
Like Philadelphia, We are still here to share the Gospel before every door opened by God.

Only by God’s power guided by God’s word can we succeed. And if God’s hand is upon us, We will persevere and succeed ! I pray that you test every spirit and wind of doctrine biblically and follow the example of Martin Luther, Who followed Paul, Who followed Jesus, who obeyed God our father and creator.

Lets finish the reformation!

Here we stand!

In Jesus’ Name!

Az4Christ. WordPress.com

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~ by az4christ on January 29, 2013.

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