Tradition of Decorum

Religious Tradition requires “proper” decorum in church. But the scripture says: “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary.” (Ps.134:2) “Shout unto God with a voice of triumph.” (Ps.47:1) “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: “make a loud noise, and… “rejoice, and sing praise.” (Ps.98:4) You say you’re not an emotional person? …

Holy Ghost vs. Tradition

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Eph. 4:30) In the mid-1980’s, we attended a particularly anointed worship service. Perceiving the drawing of God’s Spirit, Dr. Finn interrupted the music to give an altar call. Several people came forward to receive salvation. (This was clearly a …

The “Perfect Gentleman” Tradition

Religious Tradition says, “The Holy Ghost is a ‘Perfect Gentleman’.” He would never cause a commotion in church. Tell that to Ananias and Sapphira! (Acts 5:1-10) Make no mistake. The Spirit of God is never “out of order!” But He doesn’t conform to man’s rules. He’ll knock a man off his horse to get his attention, if …

Tradition of Communion

Tradition says don’t take communion if there’s sin in your life. But that’s not what the passage is about. Obviously, we all have sin in our lives! But it’s not about sin; it’s about faith. Paul reminds us to consider what we’re doing, and “discern” the Lord’s body. (1Cor.11:26-29) Jesus said, “Take, eat: this is my body, …

Wedding Tradition

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33 ) In March of 1995, our church was being visited with a great outpouring of God’s Spirit. My oldest son appoached me, hand-in-hand with his fiance. It was just a week before their wedding, …

Tradition of Modesty

Tradition pressures women into bondage over their physical appearance. Godly women are shamed into conformity with some nebulous, subjective standard of “modesty.” Christian men are depicted as hapless victims of their own lusts, powerless to resist shiny objects before their eyes. Women are viewed as guilty, like Salem witches, by virtue of their feminine physique. But the …

Traditions of Death

Luke 24:1 “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared…” The Plan Even before his body was laid to rest, they had planned and prepared to do this. (Luke 23:55-56) After all, it was a religious tradition. Isn’t it …

Tradition on Prophecy

Tradition says a prophetic word should be “put on a shelf” to see if it “comes to pass.” Ridiculous! It will DIE on that shelf if it’s not activated by faith. Christianity isn’t a wait-and-see chair we sit in; it’s a road we walk on. “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” (James …

Nehushtan

In John chapter 3, Jesus had reminded the folks that the brazen serpent had been a powerful type of the Messiah. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:” (John 3:14) He referred to the twenty-first chapter of Numbers, where the people of …