Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tradition Over Truth?



"And in vain {to no purpose} do they worship Me,
teaching as teachings {doctrines} the commands of men.
Forsaking {laying aside} the command of Elohim {God},
you hold fast {seize; hold to; keep} the tradition of men."
Mark 7:-8

What strong words from our Messiah.
How easy to read those words and assume
that they apply to others and not ourselves.

Over the past year and a half,
my Abba Father has revealed a lot to me...
a lot about myself... a lot about Himself...
a lot about His Word...
and a lot about the way I worshiped Him.

There have been a lot of bitter pills to swallow...
and a lot of bitter tears in doing so.

But I am thankful...
because Yeshua told us
that the Truth
can set us free.


I want to know Truth.

We need to know Truth.

We ought to want to continually check our belief system,
making sure it lines up with Scripture...
so that we may worship Him in spirit AND in Truth.

We need to understand WHY we do the things we do.
And WHY we believe what we believe.
May we not just blindly worship a certain way
because we have inherited those ways.


The heart is NOT the only things that matters.
Every religion is sincere in their heart.
It doesn't matter how sincere we are.
We can be sincerely wrong.
Our sincerity needs to line up with obedience.


It does not matter what it means to us.
It only matters what it means to HIM.
He doesn't want us to worship Him OUR way.
He wants to be worshiped HIS way.


When {YHVH} יהוה your Elohim
does cut off
from before you
the nations which you go to dispossess,

and you dispossess them
and dwell in their land,

guard yourself
that you are not ensnared to follow them,

after they are destroyed from before you,
and that you do not inquire
about their mighty ones
,

saying,
‘How did these nations serve their mighty ones?

And let me do so too.’
Do not do so to {YHVH} יהוה your Elohim,
for every abomination which {YHVH} יהוה hates
they have done to their mighty ones,
for they even burn their sons and daughters
in the fire to their mighty ones.
All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it
do not add to it nor take away from it."
Deuteronomy 12:29-32

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That being said... I am compelled to share.
For 30+ years of my life,
there are facts... truths...
that I did not know.


Like the facts, history, and truths
that surround one of the most beloved holidays...
Christmas


And just in case there are others that are unaware
AND have a desire to know...
I am sharing here so that others can have to choice
to know and pray.


IF someone does NOT want to know,
do not read further.

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Christmas is NOT about the birth of Christ...
at least not the Christ that is spoken of in the Bible.
The Christ of the Bible was not born on December 25th.

December 25th has everything to do with
pagan rituals such as cutting down evergreens
& decking them with silver & gold;
and a day designated {before Messiah's birth}
as the birth of other gods
(research "Nimrod", "Tammuz", and "Mithra").


We have inherited lies from our fathers.
And we, many times, blindly follow tradition
simply because it is all we've known.


We NEED to research, study, pray, obey...
"Come out of her, My people..." Revelation 18:4-5


Prayerfully consider watching the following,
which presents the numerous facts
found in history
and various Scripture
regarding what our Creator has said...

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Yes, He does know the heart.
But we do not... our hearts are deceitful.
I understand that christians may not be worshiping
the gods of the pagans {as I celebrated christmas many years
and did not worship pagan gods, but the One True God}
...
BUT our Creator desires to be worshiped
the way HE has commanded
and has, specifically, commanded us to NOT worship Him
the way the pagans worship their gods. {Deut. 12:29-32}


OH, Abba, help us!
Reveal our own hearts to us.
May we be humble before You.
May we always seek a better way to worship You.
May we not hold what we've always known,
what we've been taught, our ways and traditions
above YOUR ways and commands.
May we seek YOUR way to worship YOU...
NOT our own way.
May we worship YOU in spirit AND in Truth.
Help us, Abba. Reveal to us. Restore us.




With sincere love for my fellow brethren,




4 comments:

Jacque said...

Love the Scripture in Deuteronomy as a warning. Why did we not ever look there when we were Christians?

Thank you for this. I am thankful to be on this journey and thankful you are also on it at this time as I am.

Shalum and hugs sister!

PlainJane said...

Wonderful post Christina. I encourage you, as I, on this path in seeking Truth. I agree with you 100%, my only problem is that in my situation, my DH has not yet embraced this belief yet and may never come to leaving the traditions of man behind, so for now (and maybe for life), I must combine both Truth & Tradition in submission to my husband. We observe the Biblical Feasts, yet I try to keep the tradional holidays such as CHRISTmas to just focus on the CHRIST as much as I can. It's a fine line I must walk and I hope no one judges or thinks less of me because I am caught in the middle. It's easy to be passionate about living Sola Scriptura, but I am learning first hand to be sensitive & gracious & humble in several areas as I can't always do whatever I want, no matter how Scripturally right I might be, least I fall short as an obedient & submissive wife in the process.

Rebekah said...

Thank you for sharing the truth as always sis.. if it weren't for your willingness to share then I would probably still be blindly walking in tradition.. I am so grateful for your willingness to share despite the persecution that I know sometimes comes along with it. Keep sharing :)

Ms Jeannie said...

Thank you for sharing this... I along with Plain Jane in the same boat.. I came into the TRUTH of Christmas and Easter when I was homeschooling our children at the time and we decided to research the holidays... and the origins there of... actually I was set to research Halloween and use what I was going to learn to justify why I just felt Halloween should not be honored when I felt the Spirit to lead me into Christmas and Easter origins... I like you and countless others Love the LoRd and want to do what is right in HIS eyes and HIS eyes only... May you find peace ever lasting as you continue to learn and grow in HIM

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