TBT#17 (Truth Be Told) Be careful of using your own spiritual consecrations as guidelines for others to live… Apostle D.
Colossians 2:16-18, 20-23 NLT
So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.
I learned a few valuable things over the last decade of following Christ and here is one of them: It’s not hard following Christ who took my chains off and set me free. It’s hard keeping those you call your fellow Christians from putting their chains on you after Satan’s have been taken off, using scare tactics such as labeling you in “Rebellion” if you don’t follow their suggestions.
I found the biggest thing keeping the world from Christ are Christians themselves who think when someone gives their life to Christ it means all out submission and unquestionable loyalty to whatever they think is good for the individual instead of Christ.
One of the greatest gifts God has given anyone is the power of thought and I’ve found that the church and cults are the only places where freedom of your own will or thoughts are not celebrated. The power of thought is really what separates us from the Bill Gates and Warren Buffetts of this world.
Example: I was once told I was in “REBELLION” in all CAPS… against a particular leader because I didn’t want to wear all white. Not only did I not want to wear white, I hadn’t worn all white since I was a child. I didn’t have any white pants. I never did like the way white pants looked on me. This particular individual wanted me to feel like I said NO to the almighty Jesus when in fact I said No to their almighty ego. I have many more examples just like this and if I wasn’t already grounded in Jesus I would have been another one of the members leaving the church.
I found that religious tradition can bound you far greater than any sin. What really bothers me is when people know they can’t control you so they use the Fear of the Lord to try and control you by saying “The Lord showed me” or making you feel like something bad is going to happen if you don’t join in with their visions.
Take note at Jesus’s response to man-made religious laws:
Mark 7:5-6 & 7-8 NLT
So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, “Why don’t your disciples follow our age-old tradition? They eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony.” Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’ For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”
Here’s the TBT.. If you chose not to eat meat, wear all white, stand on the top of your head and show up for every church service you can find throughout the week for the Lord, then do so because God’s word told me not to judge you if you choose to do or not do something to honor him but stop trying to put your spiritual consecrations on others as a law from God and calling them rebellious when they don’t agree with your ideologies or methods you use to show your faithfulness to God. I believe Jesus called that Faith by works! (old law). It’s now faith by believing (new law).
Think about this.. How can 2 laws exist at the same time? What If America was to change the law to say yellow yield signs are now stop signs around the world? Wouldn’t it mean unnecessary destruction to follow the old law? God gave us a new law while others are still trying to qualify us by the old one.
Question: Are you a Pharisee masquerading as a Christian?
Apostle D – Just a voice crying in the world-er-ness, saying what you wanted to say, but didn’t.