Christianity Today

              

The different Christian denominations with individual doctrine and scripture cannot in truth be accepted as one Christian Church. There can only be one church and it is call Christian, following the teachings of Jesus Christ. Over the centuries man has created doctrine symbols and dogma based upon his personal views without direction from God or the teachings of Jesus Christ. The word “Church” comes from the Greek, meaning an assembly of people collected together in common worship of God. Sometimes we consider the building and the ancient treasure within it, to be of greater value than the sanctified Spirit, which dwells within the people that enter these buildings. A building or symbols within the building are as nothing compared to the people and the Holy Spirit they hold, inside the building. Jesus was very scathing towards the scribes and Pharisees over their care of themselves; their traditions and their so called holy possessions, which they valued by the measure of human money or value. He said; “Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing, but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And Whoseever shall swear by the alter, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the alter that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the alter, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, swearth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.” [Matthew 23:16-22]. So often many think of the religious buildings and symbols as important, but to God they are as nothing. The most important thing in any church is the person who enters in, the person hold the Spirit not the objects or the building. The spirit of God is not in objects or buildings, but in the people who come into the building.

After the death of Jesus Christ, the disciples would meet in houses; they were where persecuted by the Jews and Romans and many were kill for their belief. Their protection was to became a secret society, because of their fear of death. So that they knew who was Christian they would mark their houses and themselves with a cross, not a cross like most people see Jesus, but a X, this was a secret sign of their loyalty to Jesus Christ. At that time there were no churches or set apart buildings, their connection to God was through the spirit of the believers and so it is today, the spirit is in the people. In Acts, talking about after the death of Jesus, it reads; “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people, And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. [Acts 2:46-47]. Although many churches today are sanctified buildings, they are still only buildings. The most important function of a church building today is a place of peace, a sanctuary away from the busy world, a place to teach, a place to take the body and blood of Jesus Christ in communion and remembrance of the atonement He made for us. It is also for the naming and blessing babies, marriage – a place apart from worldly issues, a place to find comfort and answers, to every day problems. The Spirit or Holy Ghost lives in you, not in a building, or other object, the cross, alter, statues, symbols, clothes or trinkets of mans imagination. The spirit of God lives in you, a child of God; for we could meet in any place and Jesus would be with us. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” [Matthew 18:20].

Without wanting to offend any particular churches doctrine or tradition, the customs handed from generation to generation is what many people see as normal religion; but in truth it puts restrictions or judgements upon families, marriage and peoples personal sins. People attend church seeking love and understanding, they attend their particular church thinking this is what God wants every Sabbath day. The church leaders of today are looking inwards at the church without looking at the needs of people, regardless who they are and their personal circumstances. As in the times of Jesus they put burdens upon the congregation by their tradition, restriction to their life, so they cannot partake or attend church, because of their sins, or the way they live their live. They will not anoint and bless the sick, if they are not of their flock. These are burdens placed upon people in need, this is not the ways of Jesus Christ. Jesus said of them; “Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumming and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgement, mercy and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” [Matthew 23:23]. Theses traditions which in truth has been created by man own thinking and history over centuries. Most of these traditions were started with Emperor Constantine and the first council in 325AD at Nicaea, when thinking he was God’s chosen servant, regarded himself as responsible for the government, being guided by God. His demands on the council of these learned people was to define God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. This is where many of the symbolism or tradition has come from, being added to by religious leaders adding their own views over many years. Not from Jesus Christ, but man trying to make the teaching of Jesus Christ fit within their own particular way of life. It was these human values that became the traditions that many use today. Jesus had this to say about traditions when He was talking to the scribes and Pharisees: “Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands? [6] He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. [7] Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. [8] For laying aside the commandments of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. [9] And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandments of God that ye may keep your own tradition.” [Mark 7:5-9].

The Commandments of God are not changeable, they are set in heaven and cannot be changed. The first two commandment reads;

“[3] Thou shalt have no other gods before me. [4] Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” [Exodus 20:3-4].

I could weep when I see people kneeling to crosses, pictures, statues, calling upon people to help them, souls, Christians that have departed this earth and now dwell with the Father. This tradition has continued for many years and this is not the path we should follow, if we truly believe and have faith in God the Father.

There are so many tradition which break the commandments of God the Father and are used in many Christian Churches today.  It is these traditions, which have divide the Christian Church of Jesus Christ. They seek the traditions of man and disregards the teachings of God and Jesus Christ; for if they were true followers, then they would be one in Jesus Christ and there can be no division.