Sunday, June 9, 2019

Be Careful Not To Live By Human Traditions

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Colossians 2:8 (NET)
Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty, deceitful philosophy that is according to human traditions and the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

After Chinenye left that liberal church, she started attending a church that was at the other extreme. They had so many rules and regulations that it was almost impossible to keep up. There were always "visions" concerning people who went to hell because they used jewelry or even perfume, and they taught that certain people’s names could not be written in the book of life because their names didn't have scriptural roots. It didn't take Chinenye long to realize that she was coming out of one bondage and entering into another.

A major problem today among many believers is balance. Many in running away from one extreme swing to the other extreme. But whenever there appear to be two extremes on a matter of doctrinal difference in the body of Christ, the truth usually is around the middle. If there are those who some accuse of taking the grace of God as a license for sinning, and there are those who the others accuse of being legalistic, the truth of the gospel is usually in the middle of the two extremes. The grace of God is not license, but it cannot be reduced to rules and regulations.

Today, all [human] traditions not rooted in Christ would find their root and empowerment (in the form of retributions for violation) in elemental spirits. Whenever believers begin to peddle the tradition of men as part of their creed, they are exposing themselves to elemental spirits.

Go into today remembering that any tradition that does not have Christ at the center of it; but seeks to undermine the finished works of Christ for the believer, is a toxic tradition for any believer.

Prayer: Lord, deliver me from following every tradition that may act as a limiting force against my participation in your divine life. Amen.
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