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By grace or by man (05/03/2009)
From: Joe Losinski

I have attended a church in Winona for over 15 years, this church never really grew and has gone through several pastors.

Each year, this church brings into effect the use of “man made traditions,” and I simply explain each year what the Bible says in Mark 7: 7 to 9, Jesus said, (“How be it in Vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines the commandments of men.”)

When I talk with a few of the elders, they say I cause strife, when I point out Scripture, they point to the door. This reaction reminds me of 1 Cor. 13: 1 to 3, and what religion really is, which states: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of Angels, and have No Love, I become as sounding brass or tinkling cymbal, and though I have a gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so I could remove mountains, and have no love, I am nothing, and though I give all my goods to feed the poor and give my body to be burned and have no love, I profit me nothing.”

Christians carry Bibles to church, they also have Bibles in church, the Gideon’s give out free Bibles and preachers give sermons from Bibles. If our Bibles tell us to not do something, and we continue in doing, what do we use for excuses?

I was told if we understand how we are raised as young adults, this would be our excuse, so my answer to that is, then why do we need the Bible for our guidance?

The point I’m trying to make is when we hear sermons that sound perfect, and prophecies and mysteries given with all knowledge and understanding with all faith, I point out that Scripture tells us if we use “man made traditions,” our worship is vain.

Then adding insult to injury, I ask for an opinion as to why we use “man made traditions,” I hear, you do it your way and I’ll do it my way, and a dis-invite is added.

Deut 12: 30 is our advice, “take heed to yourself that you be not snared by following them.”  

 

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