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Digging up Dead Traditions
Shared by Patricia Backora, author of the book
Tough Love in Christ's Millennium
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Gen. 4:3-7; Mark 7:1-13; Luke 18: 9-14;
II Cor. 11:14; Gal. 5:1-3; Eph. 2:8-9; Col. 2:4-10; Jude 3
Yea, saith the Lord of the Harvest, a lot of stubborn weeds have been planted over the centuries by religious authorities unwilling to let My people walk in the liberty Christ died to provide for them. Traditions of men, no matter how deeply entrenched they may be, or how long they have been accepted as gospel truth in My Church, are unacceptable in My sight. They have the taint and the odor of fleshly works on them. Even as Cain disregarded My clear instructions on how to properly approach My presence, religious systems and traditions of men have discarded My original divine order for worship, fellowship and service and set about building structures of their own, to replace the foundations laid by the first apostles. Religious pharisees unwilling to accept My Word at face value and unwilling to believe that My Work on Calvary is totally complete, will preach a false formula of: Christ’s best efforts+lots of religious activities+observance of men’s vain traditions+lots of money=salvation. How like the devil, to add flowery religious fibs to My Word. How very subtle he is about it. If tithing, enforced fasting, and frantic evangelizing to get people to sign pledge cards is essential to maintain your salvation, then My Work on the Cross is incomplete, and My intercessions for you in heaven as your High Priest are insufficient. Instead I shouted from the Cross: It is finished!
Some legalists try to control My people with perfumed guilt-inducing techniques, such as saying: “If you really loved Jesus, you’d do it anyway.” But who are those self-appointed judges to tell anybody that any tradition of men must be observed, or their love for Me can be called into question! I said: “If ye love Me, keep My commandments. I DID NOT say: “If ye love Me, keep the traditions of men, so as not to rock the boat.” “Unity at any price” is a flowery religious fib of satan, who goes about as an angel of light seeking whom he may devour. My people are not to be auctioned off back into legalistic slavery to the vain traditions of men, just to avoid troubling waters polluted by long-standing lies!
I feel like a farmer battling to dig up the enormous stumps of ancient trees deeply entrenched in hardened soil and stubborn to remove. The soil is clogged with dry, lifeless roots of vain tradition which impart no life; roots planted by pharaoh pharisees out to serve their own ends, who care not that they have tangled up the soil beneath their feet and turned it to shifting sand. I cannot sow My good seed in the hearts of My people unless I first clear the ground of the weeds of men so it can receive the life-giving Word of God to bring forth fruit into the Kingdom of God.
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