Truth or Tradition?
The ‘church’ as an institution is full of many different traditions, theologies and doctrines which have been handed down from generation to generation. There are many different denominations that believe different things.
If we look at the word ‘tradition’, it means to lay into ones hands or a handing over. As traditions are handed down, the person receiving the traditions taught them generally accepts them in trust and accepts them without question. They then take on the practices in good faith never questioning their origins. Pastors are taught what to teach by the leaders of the denomination they have decided to join and most faithfully teach what they have been taught and what they believe to be true. We as their ‘flock’ listen to them and trust that what they teach is truth and that they are well educated in their teachings.
In Mark 7 v 6-7 Yahushua came against the Pharisees traditions that they had inherited from their captivity in Babylon.
He says, ‘This people respect Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me, and in vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the commands of men.’
He knew that the Pharisee’s cared more about their traditions (the man-made traditions i.e. the oral laws that had been added by man) and also that they cared more about their outward appearance to others, rather than having hearts turned towards the Father and His commands.
If Messiah was warning the believers then, how much more should we be on or guard nearly 2000 years later?
In Revelation 12 v 9 it states,
And the great dragon was thrown out, that serpent of old called the devil and satan, who leads ALL the world astray. ’
It states that the enemy leads ALL the world astray. With this in mind we must test everything that we hear and are taught.
Jeremiah 16 v 19 states:
‘O Yahuwah, my strength and my stronghold and my refuge, in the day of distress the gentiles shall come to You from the end of the earth and say, ’Our fathers have inherited only falsehood, futility, and there is no value in them.’ Would a man make might ones for himself, which are not mighty ones? Therefore, see, I am causing them to know, this time I cause them to know My hand and My Might. And they shall know that My Name is Yahuwah.’
The early believers were called the 'Nazarene sect' not Christians and they believed in Name of Yahushua the Messiah and kept the commandments and Torah. .
In 325 AD Emperor Constantine sought to bring his empire together as his empire was
fractured with many different religious systems. so he sought to invent a religion that
would appeal to everyone, and thus bring peace. and strengthen his reign.. Christianity was born. Constantine sought to appease the many pagan religions by adopting many of their practices.
Anyone may verify the above by referring to any religious encyclopedia on the topic of the Council of Nice, or the life of Constantine.
To distance the new religion from the Jewish traditions and beliefs, the Sabbath was dropped from the new religion, and Sunday (a holy day of the pagans) adopted; likewise they rejected the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and adopted Lent and Easter (derived from the pagan goddess Astarte). The Feast of Tabernacles and the Day of Atonement were forgotten, and the birthday of the sun god took their place as Christmas.
So today we find a church in many aspects different from the ways of the Messiah and the early believers. The new religion was not the old paganism, but really a new creation. It was a general amalgamation, made up of various beliefs taken from old cults. They took something from one and then another, and another, and formed the whole into Christianity. Sunday from the pagan Romans, Easter from the pagan Egyptians, Christmas from the pagan Babylonians, the triune-god from the Gnostics, with some of the teachings of the Messiah, and many other doctrines, were combined, and the religion of Christianity was formed, which eventually became the state religion of the Roman Empire.
Thus began the Roman Catholic Church. Constantine plowed lots of wealth into the new religion and church buildings were erected and church fathers appointed to teach the people the ways of the new religion. The Roman Catholic church used the new found religion as a form of control, to control the people. Out of this Christianity and its many denominations was born.
In order to control the people, scripture was translated into Latin so that only the priests could read it to the people. The scriptures were eventually translated into English but the church controlled what books were allowed to be put into the Bible. The first edition in 1611, had 80 books in it .(click here to for more information).
Most people have never known the Name of our Father, YaHuWaH, or the Son’s Name, Yahushua because of the Roman Catholic Church’s deception that has been used by satan to deceive the whole world. The Father's Name and the Son's Name have been removed from our English Scriptures and replaced with 'God', 'Lord' and the false name 'Jesus.' The letter ‘J’ is only 500 years old. So the name given to the Messiah 2000 years ago could not have been the name Jesus. Ancient Hebrew manuscripts prove without a doubt that the name Yahuwah and Yahushua (often written as the shortened form Y’shua) were the names used. The name ‘Jesus’, (which refers to the pagan deity ‘Zeus’) was spread abroad by the Jesuits. Isn’t it interesting that we have a Jesuit pope at the moment?
So you see we have inherited lies and traditions from our fathers. Israel was taken into captivity in Babylon for 70 years because of their disobedience concerning their sun god worship. So we know what YaHuWaH thinks of pagan practices.
In today's society truth seems very hard to come by. There is much confusion and division between different denominations of churches as to what is truth and what Scripture teaches.
In the 2,000 years since the Messiah walked the earth, man has sought to hide the truth and twist the truth of the scriptures. Man has sought to control people through man-made religious systems and put themselves above others, seeking to act as mediators between us and our Father. There is only ONE mediator between our Father and men - Messiah Yahushua.
Satan is the father of all lies which are directly opposed to truth.
In 2 Timothy 4 v 3-4 we are warned:
'Or there shall be a time when they shall not bear sound teaching, but according to their own desires, they shall heap for themselves teachers tickling the ear, and they shall indeed turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to myths.'
We must make sure that we are listening to the truth and not just hearing what we want to hear.
John 4 v 23-24
'But the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, for the Father also seeks such to worship Him. Elohim is Spirit, and those that worship Him need to worship in Spirit and in truth.'
We are to worship our Father in spirit and in truth.
We therefore need to be very sure that we are worshipping and believing in truth and not following after the traditions and doctrines of men.
In John 8 v 32 Yahushua says:
'And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
In Psalm 119 David states that our Father's truth is for all generations and is everlasting. He also goes on to say in verse 142 and 151 that our Father's commandments (Torah) are truth. In verse 160 David states that the entirety of the Word is truth.
In John 14 v 6 Yahushua says:
'I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'
The Creator's Son, Yahushua is Truth. He walked in Truth and taught Truth.
TRUTH IS IMPORTANT.
John 4 v 21-26 says:
'But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth’
Therefore, we must diligently search the scriptures and find truth. If you do your research you will find that the traditions of the church are steeped in pagan practices and we don’t even know it. The prophecy from Jeremiah is happening right before our eyes. People are finding out the truth and realising that we have inherited lies. The practices of the early believers have been mixed in with pagan ways. Don’t take my word for it, research it for yourself.
In Isaiah 52 it says,
'Turn aside, turn aside. Come out from there, touch not the unclean.'
The church is the unclean thing. It has mixed in many pagan practices. Its not nice to find out that we have been deceived and it can come as quite a shock at first but if we are to worship our Creator in spirit and in truth we must search out truth.
We must take heed of Yahushua’s warning in Matthew 7 v 21-24:
‘Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine, and DOES them, shall be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.'
The apostles preached and believed in Yahushua Messiah, the only brought forth Son of YaHuWaH. They proclaimed Yahushua and His death on the stake and resurrection. Their witness was repentance and to turn away from sin (LAWLESSNESS) and they kept the Torah / Commandments just as they had seen Yahushua do. They proclaimed the kingdom / reign of YaHuWaH.
Matthew 6 v 33 says:
‘But seek first the Kingdom of Elohim, and His righteousness, and all these shall be added to you.’
Yahushua will return soon for His bride - those who have the seal of His Name upon their foreheads and are found dressed in the garments of righteousness - those keeping His Commands. Those who are joined to Him through belief in His Name and have put on the wedding garment - the garment of His Commandments and who keep His Commands will be blessed and called to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19 and 22).
Revelation 22 v 14
‘Blessed are those DOING His Commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city.’
In these last days, with time running short, each one of us has a choice to make. Will we follow after the traditions and lies that have been handed down through generations or will we choose to worship our Creator in spirit and in truth?
The choice is yours.