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  • If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances, 'Don't handle, nor taste, nor touch' (all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men? These things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, humility, and severity to the body; but aren't of any value against the indulgence of the flesh. Colossians 2:20 WEB

    In the beginning, God told Adam 'but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die' (Genesis 2:17). A chapter later Eve told the serpent 'you shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die (Genesis 3:3). Now God did not say anything about touching it. That was a personal preference that was added to the word of God, but it became part of the commandment as an 'add on' item and it increased the strictness of God's original commandment.

    Traditions like this get added to the word of God and begin to be taught as if they were from God. Churches split over the type of music that they feel God prefers, when it has nothing to do with Him at all. An acoustic guitar is not inherently 'Holy' and an electric guitar is not inherently 'Evil.' My wife does not care for loud high-pitched guitar leads because they make her teeth hurt. That is a personal preference. When one of the praise teams that I was playing in practiced, she would go wait in the parking lot until it was over, while others thought it sounded fine.

    I know of a church that taught that wearing neckties was a sin, but that is not from the Bible either. Sure we should dress modestly, but the rest is just personal preference (1 Timothy 2:9). Everyone thinks that God is in their political party as well, Adolf Hitler did. Though if you study Daniel chapter 2, you will see that God has His own party that will eventually replace all the others. It is the same routine with what people wear, eat, and drink. We feel that as long as they are like us, they will be saved.

    Jesus quoted Isaiah and said: 'They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men' (Mark 7:7'8).

    The next time that you are tempted to become angry over something religious, examine it and ask yourself if this is actually scriptural, or is it just a personal preference, a tradition of your elders. Jesus wore a robe and sandals, I wear jeans and boots. If the word does not give us a clear direct commandment about it, leave it out of your doctrine, and we will all get along better.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please get me back to the basics and keep my faith simple. Help me to rightly divide Your word and to discern the truth when I hear it. Guide me today and work Your perfect will in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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John  Lawler
John Lawler

Love these words! I once wrote a little song called " Tradition of Religion" about this same thing. 

May 23
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

May 23
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: May 23

Amen. I choose to have a kind heart and do whats right. I learned as a young child, God doesn't care what I wear. Amen

 

May 23
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

May 23
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Let our lives be for you Jesus and all your glory.Help us to be strong in our faith.We love and worship you. Amen 

May 23
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

May 23
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen and amen

May 23
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

May 23
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Judith B
Judith B

AMEN and amen

May 23
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen!!

May 23
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Robert Britt
Robert Britt

PTL!

May 23
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen.  The simple truth of God's  word is all the world needs. Praise the living Word, Lord Yehoshua Christ!

May 23
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father. I humbly ask You to lead me and to stay away from the word of the world, I trust and love You oh Lord. That Your grace descent on me to be strong in my faith always following Your teachings, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. Praise the Lord. 

Yes Pastor, many times there is confusion about what is or not. Thank you for this word today, God bless you and Sylvia. 

May 23
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

May 23
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

The perfect prayer for this day:  Guide me today and work Your perfect will in my life. Thank you, Lord. Amen

May 23
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for todays word.

 

May 23
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Keep my faith simple and draw me close to You, Amen.

May 23
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord

May 23
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Madalyn Myers
Madalyn Myers

Thank You Pastor Dion for your divine Testimony and Devotionals. This is very inspirational.

May 23
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God give me wisdom. Inthe name of Jesus Amen 

May 24
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

 

May 24
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen!

May 24
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen

May 24
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 25