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Truth or Tradition?

The ‘church’ as an institution is full of many different traditions, theologies and doctrines which have been handed down through the centuries from generation to generation. Within the mainstream church there are many different denominations (45,000) that believe in very 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. The believers as their ‘flock’ listen to them and trust that what they teach is truth and that they are well educated in their teachings.

In Matthew Chapter 15 Verses 8 - 9 Yahushua came against the Pharisees traditions that they had inherited from their captivity in Babylon. He says:

"These people respect me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. In vain do they worship me, teaching as teachings the doctrines 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 our Messiah was warning the believers then, how much more should we be on our guard 2000 years later?

In the Book of Revelation Chapter 12 Verse 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 Chapter 16 Verses 19 - 20 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 gods for himself, which are not gods? 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' and 'Followers of The Way' not 'Christians' and they believed in the name of Yahushua the Messiah and kept the commandments in the 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.. Thus, Christianity was born.

Constantine sought to appease the many Pagan religions by adopting many of their practices.

Anyone can verify the above information by referring to any religious encyclopaedia on the topic of the Council of Nicaea, 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 Ishtar/Astarte). The Feast of Tabernacles and the Day of Atonement were forgotten, and the birthday of the sun god took their place as Christmas.

Thus began the Roman Catholic Church. Constantine ploughed 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..

Most people have never known the name of our Father, YaHuWaH, or the Son’s Name, Yahushua because of the Roman Church’s deception that has been used by the Adversary / 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 names 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.

The Adversary / Satan is the father of all lies which are directly opposed to truth...

We must make sure that we are listening to the truth and not just hearing what we want to hear...

John Chapter 4 Verses 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. The Almighty 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 Chapter 8 Verse 32 Yahushua says:

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.."

In John Chapter 14 Verse 6 Yahushua says:

"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.."


John Chapter 4 Verses 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 our word for it, research it for yourself.

Isaiah Chapter 52 Verse 11 says:

"Turn aside, turn aside. Come out from there, touch not the unclean."

And again in Revelation Chapter 18 Verse 4:

"And I heard another voice out of Heaven, saying, “Come out of her, My people, that you may not partake in her sins, and that you may not receive of her plagues."

The church is the unclean thing. It has mixed in many Pagan practices. It's 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 Chapter 7 Verses 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 True Apostles preached and believed in Yahushua the Messiah; the only brought forth Son of YaHuWaH. They proclaimed Yahushua, His death on the stake and His resurrection. They were with Him from the beginning of His work, all the way to His death and resurrection (Acts 1:21-26). Their witness was of repentance and to turn away from sin (lawlessness) and they kept the Law / Torah / Commandments just as they had seen Yahushua do and which He taught them to do and to teach to others (Matthew 5:17-20; Matthew 28:20). 

They proclaimed the Kingdom / Reign of the Almighty YaHuWaH!

Matthew Chapter 6 Verse 33 says:

"But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

Yahushua will return soon for His bride. They are 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 teachings and have put on the wedding garment - the garment of His Commandments, and they who keep His Commands will be blessed and called to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19 & 22).

Revelation Chapter 22 Verse 14:

"Blessed are they that DO His Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in 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 ours...

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