It’s A Matter Of LIFE and DEATH!

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Trying To Explain

There is something that has bothered me for a great while now. And it’s hard to explain, especially to anyone who isn’t a Christian, but I will try.
I spend most of my time at home. No, no, that’s not what bothers me πŸ™‚ I gladly accept my position. It’s because I know that this is where God has placed me and I love it.
I work from home and try to make it a place that’s worth being in for my family. I’m not the world’s best at cleaning house, but I’m not bad πŸ™‚ While there are occasionally dusty picture frames and stacks of laundry that needs to be put on hangers, there isn’t anything you could consider “dirty”. Thank God, that’s just how it is.

How Things Are

No, the thing that bothers me – first and foremost – is the fact that there isn’t a church anywhere near that I can go to. Now I know, believe me I know, that that is a loaded statement. I’ve had momentous debates on this subject with a good many people. And of course, everyone has “the perfect church that I should attend”, so they say…
Now, let me stop there for just a moment and say a few words about that. Because it’s something that really takes up a great deal of my prayer time. I often pray and ask God to show me, I meanΒ really show me the Truth, yes, with a capital “T”, because I do not dare want to walk down the wrong path and into a teaching that will pull me further away from His will for my life, further from His Truth, or further from the true Church.

The biggest problem I have with many of the churches that I have attempted to go to is their blatant disrespect for God’s Word. (While the only one I’ve found that I feel right in attending is too far away to go to on a regular basis.) Not that they flaunt these things, for the most part. I’m not really even sure they realize it. But many churches have a great deal of practices that go against the Word of God. They have put man’s doctrines and traditions in place of God’s and I don’t feel comfortable with it. Even Jesus spoke about it…

What Does The Word Say?

  • Matthew 15:8-10Β (KJV)Β 8Β This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.Β 9Β But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
And again…
  • Mark 7:6-8Β (KJV)Β 6Β 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.Β 7Β Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.Β 8Β For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

Ok, in this last one, I think Jesus is saying look, you’re putting more emphasis on men’s tradition for the washing of dishes than you are my Word! I wonder sometimes, how many people are truly cast out, or don’t feel like they’re good enough to go to the “House of God” strictly because of these traditions of men?

Traditions of Men

I have an acquaintance that was telling about how someone told her that she was going to hell for using instruments along with her voice to worship God. Where is this in the Bible? What commandment is she breaking? How has she cast away the grace of the work of the cross by worshiping and singing with instruments?

Thank God this did not cause her to lose the footing that she has in her faith in God, but she is in the minority, I do know that.

There are a lot of people out there, with an undying devotion to their “church” (notice the little “c”), who are very quick to tell people that what they are doing will send them to hell, but how much time have they put into prayerful searching of the Scripture? They may really believe that what they are saying is true, but does that release them from the obligation to speak with love to their brothers and sisters?

Knowing A Tree By Its Fruit

Now I will add here, that I do believe there is truth in knowing a tree by the fruit it bears, and there are different ways of talking to different people about what they might be doing wrong. The book of Jude says to have compassion on some, making a difference, but some, save with fear, pulling them from the fire (chapter 1). There are certain things that are wrong and can in no way be made right, and the only thing a person can do is repent and turn from that sin, and if we, as believer’s, aren’t willing to tell someone where they are, they may never even know. But that’s not exactly what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about the traditions of men that pass in churches for absolutes from God – which there are, make no mistake. Jesus said that all of the laws of the prophets hang on two commandments: Matthew chapter 22, to love the Lord thy God…and to love thy neighbor. I’m paraphrasing, of course, but if Jesus says everything can be summed up in this, what do we do with information like that?

Small Things Can Hinder

Some of the major things I’m hung up on are thing that I just don’t feel I should be. They are things that I feel are desperately hindering my walk with God. It may even keep me from carrying out what He wants me to do. Honestly, it gives me a lot of grief.

I see how the Word gets twisted and how it can be misleading. I realize that, and it grieves my spirit and my heart immensely. It hurts me that each and every denomination believes that THEY are the ones who are right, and everyone else is wrong. Even if the only difference is whether or not they take the Lord’s supper every Sunday, or certain Sunday’s, or not at all.

Only The Word

I have always said that if it’s “in there”, meaning if it’s in the Bible, then I believe it. If it’s not in there, then I don’t believe it.

But there’s a little more to it than that, as it should so happen.

Paul talked about a “local church”. Do we even know what that is anymore? I live right across the street from a “certain denomination”, but I can’t bring myself to go there. The main reason is their beliefs. It feels like they are saying they think they are the only ones that are right and there is no other way to Heaven. AND I HATE FEELING THAT WAY!! That’s what it all boils down to!

I don’t want to stand on a soap box and tell everyone what they should or shouldn’t be thinking. And I don’t want to assume to know exactly what the Bible says about every little thing that we should do in a service. Or in a particular venue. I DO, however, want to be assured in WHAT I BELIEVE, enough to stand up and say why. The Bible says to always be ready to give a reason for this hope that is within you. And that’s what I want to do.

Work Out Your Own Salvation


I feel that if I stand my ground on MY beliefs, then I will have to understand why someone else’s belief’s are not accurate, or as dire, etc., etc.

While I know that’s probably as clear as mud, it’s the dilemma I find myself in at the moment. I am certainly no scholar of the Bible. The truth is, I do not know Hebrew, Greek or Arabic, so I cannot read from ancient texts as Jesus did, and many who came after him. I can’t read the writings of Paul and others, who wrote the Truth after having been with Jesus and knowing first hand what it was all about. So I have to go by these translations, which is another thing the church fights about…


Why is one better than the others? I have been a staunch supporter of the King James Version all of my life. I was raised that way and gone to churches who adhere to that belief. And I still read from it but I can’t help but wonder…why? What started that?

It was the 1599 Geneva Bible that accompanied many of our ancestors over here from England before the birth of our country. The Geneva Bible was the first true English translation of the Bible. So why isn’t IT the one that was chosen?

The circumstances surrounding the writing of the King James Version are very shady. That’s another long thing to explain. But I have to wonder if I can really trust it for deep study in searching for THE Truth.

Things I Believe

Having said all that, I will also add that I DO believe, with all my heart, that the true and living Word of God can rise above any malicious thought or intent of man. That happens to be what I believe happened with the King James, so I’m not AS worried about that.

BUT, the fact still remains that if a person reads another “version”, some well meaning Christians will tell them how wrong they are. They might even tell them it will keep them from Heaven. I’m not sure I believe that… even knowing that these newer version do, in fact, leave out many verses. They also leave out words that change the meanings of whole thoughts in the Bible.

And I will NEVER adhere to the belief, as one of the newest Bibles attempts to say, that God was a “she” or worse, a non-gender, or gender neutral being. The Word says – no matter which translation you get your hands on, save for that one new one I’m talking about – that God is our FATHER. Plain and simple.

Drawing Lines

I also get all balled up about many of the things that make people say, “Well, that was only in the Old Testament” or “Well, that was because Jesus did it, and we can’t,” or “Well, those things went out with the apostles in the Bible…”

I know there are things in the Old Testament that we aren’t bound by anymore. Because the Old Testament was the place where LAW ruled. Law was never meant to save us. It was meant to be a rod by which to measure the fact that we will never be good enough to attain God’s Mercy on our own.

That’s why there was a sacrificial scapegoat which the priest brought out, and basically that animal took all the sins of Israel upon itself, per God’s Law, and was sent out into the desert to die. That was to make atonement for the sins of Israel for the past year.

BUT, Jesus became our “once and for all” sacrifice when He came to Earth in the flesh and died on the cross for the sins of each and every one of us. When he arose, he made a way for us to escape, by paying the sin-debt Himself, in our place. Once we accept that free gift of salvation and the finished work of the cross, His blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness and we become joint-heirs with Christ Jesus, and no longer citizens of this world, but of Heaven.

More Lines

Another example is the Levitical law that forbids certain foods. This was abolished when God showed a sign to Peter who was praying one day before going to preach to the Gentiles (Acts chapter 10). Yes, there are many dietary and health reasons not to eat pork, catfish, shrimp and so forth, but I do not believe that doing so will send a person to hell. May God correct me if I am wrong, which is my prayer about everything that I believe…that if it isn’t the Truth and the WHOLE TRUTH that He would show me and reveal it to me and allow me to share it with others.

So what are some other things that separate churches? What makes one church different from all the others? What makes one church “right” and the others ALLL wrong?

  • Taking the Lord’s supper on the fifth Sunday?
  • Washing one another’s feet?
  • Baptizing the THE NAME of Jesus?
  • Praying to Mary and the saints?
  • Wearing modest clothing?
  • Women covering their heads?
  • Women remaining silent in church?
  • No playing of stringed instruments?
  • Speaking in tongues?
  • Believing in the gifts of healing, tongues, etc.?
  • Believing in the anointing with oil?

Where Does It Stop?

There are literally hundreds more. Some are trivial, some are not. But the fact is, they all separate the Body into buildings that are sometimes right across the street from one another! If we can agree that some things are tradition and some are not, then why can we not all worship in the same building? Why can’t we still be allowed to worship the way we have worked out with God? What is to be our measuring stick? And can we use that stick without eventually turning it into a rod of discipline on our brothers and sisters?

Perhaps I’m way off base. But I have felt in my spirit for a long time to write this. So may the Lord forgive me if all I’ve done is stirred up dissent! Honestly, I really, truly am only searching for what is right. I want to know what is from God, and what is the most important matters. I pray I am not hung up on a single “tradition of man” that would make Jesus speak to me the way he spoke to those in the quotes above.

My Prayer

Father, I only want to serve You, and follow your commandment to tell others about You. I only want to follow Your Truth and NOT the traditions of men. Open my eyes, open our eyes, that during these trying days when our heart’s almost fail in fear. Allow us to be strengthened by Your Truth and Your promises. Because it truly is “good news” worthy to be shouted from the highest hilltops. And forgive me, Lord, if I have ever led anyone astray with my own depictions and versions of what I think Your Word says. Grant me the eyes to see and the ears to hear what you would say to the Churches. I will not fail to give you the glory, the praise and the honor and I ask it all in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

  • Proverbs 18:21Β …Β Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.


  1. VlogGrrr

    Don’t lose faith…the correct and ONLY CHURCH is the BODY OF CHRIST…which most Christians and churches have lost sight of. Everything is so divided and political nowadays and a big competition…”this church is better than this church is holier than that church is bigger than that church!” How about we are ALL the same church of we believe and follow Christ and we support and hold up each other with the common goal of spreading the gospel which is Jesus’s love and our one true purpose in life. But the church is divided and as you said, everyone has their own rules and guidelines that I don’t even know where they come from…like women can’t shave or cut their hair or wear pants or wear makeup or listen to this music or watch that tv show or whatever. The latest is me going to hell for playing Pokemon Go! Meanwhile, I’m out in crowds of hundreds of people who are also playing pokemon go that I never would have interacted with otherwise and the opportunity to share God’s love either through my words or actions while the “church” is sitting at home or in the church pew judging me and sending me to hell. Where is God’s love there? Our biggest example and guideline is the life of a Jesus himself who lived a life of love, compassion and forgiveness. How many times did Jesus go to “church” during his lifetime? TWO TIMES! Once as a child where he was found teaching the teachers (not sitting at a pew) and the second time as an adult where he was angered at what the holy temple of prayer had become…a den of theives…which means it was turned into a money scam…a marketplace, just like today. All they want is your money…buy this prayer cloth, or this holy water, or sew a seed of faith, give a love offering…it’s all money. The only way to heaven is through Jesus and Jesus taught that the greatest commandments are to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself…LOVE. GOD. LOVE. PEOPLE. Simple as that. If you follow those two “rules” everything else will follow. If you truly love God, you will try to live a life that is pleasing to Him. If you truly love people then you won’t do anything to hurt them (kill, steal, cheat, etc.) It’s really as simple as that. I’m not saying stop going to church. Good churches are good (if you can find one). Churches are meant to be a hospital for the weak, a school to better train and prepare you for your purpose, and a place of fellowship for fellow believers. But unfortunately it’s become of place of judgement and politics and money making. Ultimately Good knows your heart. If you can find a good place, go. If not, start your own bible study with a couple of like minded people. Either way, stand strong in your own faith. The road is getting rougher and this world is getting more corrupt and you can’t let yourself be swayed by others. Keep your eyes on Jesus and follow his teachings and his example. He came for a reason and that was to show the way, so let Him be your guide! Much love Sister! It seems we are members of the same Church (Body of Christ). πŸ˜‰β€

    1. Transformed Warrior

      <3 Thank you πŸ™‚ I loved reading this.

  2. VlogGrrr

    No problem. Sensitive subject for me! πŸ˜‰

    1. Transformed Warrior

      Me too!

  3. VlogGrrr

    Sorry for the typos πŸ˜•

    1. Stacey Lynn

      Lol, I was reading so intently, I didn’t even see them πŸ˜‰

      1. VlogGrrr

        Haha Great! πŸ˜‚πŸ‘


    Read Isaiah 52 about Babylon, then check out Revelation 18:4 approximately. Also what Jesus said to the woman at the well. Gosh, go on to Ezekiel 9 from verse 4. It forms a picture that gets clearer by the day. Fellowship with believers but don’t sulk over anything Babylon as there is a curse on that system and it is unclean to the true disciple. It is called Babylon as it is rooted in just that via Rome and her 38,000+ divided little off-spring. His Word says to get out of there. If only you could feel one hundredth of the church pain I experienced because I almost forced myself back in there when our Father said get out of it. Jesus is not returning for churches but for obedient individuals.

    1. Transformed Warrior

      I was awaiting your response, Pete, because I know we have discussed that, at least touched on the issue, a few times before. I will email you tomorrow with some things I’ve been thinking about. Thank you for posting this… I will definitely be reading tomorrow πŸ™‚ I hope all is well for you and your wife, as I have prayed for you.


        Thanks….Jesus never said we should baptise in the name of Father and Son and Holy Spirit. That was added by monks much later. He said to baptise in His Name only, as did the apostles subsequently. This is so because trinity is not Biblical but rooted in ancient Babylon from the days of Nimrod aka Gilgamesh. There is so much lost in translation as Aramaic was translated as if it were Hebrew. Aramaic is close but not similar to Hebrew. But there were wilful changes to the original and Christianity wrongly rise & fall by the altered text and vehemently reject the Truth. It is sad that the spirit of religion seem to “overpower” God who is Jesus who is Spirit lived in flesh.

        1. Transformed Warrior

          Yes, it truly is sad…I’ve never been a fan of “religion” and I think everyone that truly knows me knows that. This post was literally just the tip of the iceberg as per the things that have been on my mind and that have kept me awake at night, anguishing in prayer…

          1. AWETHENTIQ

            I almost lost my faith when I uncovered the deception and how wrong Christianity is about both Jesus and the Bible in many ways. Dogma dictates direction but dogma = untested/unchallenged beliefs.

          2. Transformed Warrior

            Wow. Interestingly enough, I just read a quote by Oswald Chambers that spoke about the fact that we would go through confusion and when we do, we should not treat it as if we think we are never to be confused, but rather, to understand that God is simply leading us in a way that we do not yet understand. Which, to me, leads to the opportunity for understanding.

          3. AWETHENTIQ

            So true! Jesus just disSECTed me and I felt naked and exposed.

          4. Transformed Warrior

            Yes, and He has the right, as our Creator πŸ™‚


    Paul’s local church wasn’t anything like we know today. If you live in Queens, NY, then all are in that congregation. Or the one single congregation of Rockport, IN. There were no Pentecostal X or Charismatic Y or Reformed A or Catholic D or any surch deniminations.

    Denominations are from hell as these are exclusive and bring division to directly contradict Jesus. You and your own family already are a local church, when you share faith with another at the gas station, the bakery or the hairdresser, you are a church already. Any place with a pastor in top already isn’t following Jesus’ model but Rome.

    1. Transformed Warrior

      Wow. I knew there was a lot more depth to the whole “denomination” thing. There is a scripture that has always touched my heart in respect to it, but it escapes me at this moment. I will find it though, and relay it. I know that’s what it’s talking about!

  6. Cheryl Petersen

    I’ve thought the same thoughts. Came to a few different conclusions, however I felt no dissent. I felt empowered to realize that God is with me at all times, whether in a church building or not. If in church, I listen to what is being said, not as a truth, but as something to provoke thought, even if it means I head in a different direction than the speaker. We have a right to our own conscience, thanks for expressing yours.

    1. Transformed Warrior

      Thanks for your comment Cheryl πŸ™‚ I have been a long time out of church so I know that God speaks as well “outside” the building as He does in. I’m sure thankful for that!

  7. Heather Z

    Wow! I know exactly what you mean, as I have been there. I don’t go to church either, why bother, since most of them are riddled with paganism and man made traditions? The Bible says each believer is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Good enough for me. As for that misinterpreted verse in Hebrews about not forsaking the assembly, I would LOVE to assemble in a book of Revelation Philadelphia type church any day of the week and twice on Sunday, but where are they? At home with my Lord, family, and our Bibles. Bottom line, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is also the word made flesh. There are huge efforts to discredit Jesus and the Bible, even within so called “Christian churches”, so that is how you know what determines true Orthodoxy. Anyone who developes a nervous tick, fidigits, nashes their teeth, or manifests anger, sarcasm, or ridicule when sound doctrine is read, or taught, is either not saved, a wolf, or they are backslidden. Our worship of God is to be in spirit and in truth, we do not get to make up our own way to worship him, that’s the problem, right? The Bible was inspired by God, not men. The only right way to interpret it is from his point of view, not ours, and that means we need the aid of the Lord’s Holy Spirit, not men alone, to read and understand what God is saying. Being truly hungry for the absolute truth is also a great help. I have done this myself. I came out of 25+years in the “white” witchcraft of the Word of Faith cult by reading God’s word by myself from cover to cover. It only took the Lord 10 min. to up root the false teaching that Jesus’ parents were rich. The Lord did this by showing me the Levitical offering requirement after a son is born, and the offering Joseph and Mary gave in Matthew. I actually argued with the Lord for 10 min. using stuff like: “but Kenneth Copeland said,” –before the Word did its wondrous work and uprooted the lie, and planted the truth. Hurt like heck, but felt so good to be free! I could go on and on, but you’re on the right track! 😘

    1. Transformed Warrior

      Thank you Heather, for your response πŸ™‚ Why, this could be a blog post all by itself! Of course, I am like you in that I’d love to find that church, but have been searching a long, long time. It would be nice if we could support our “local church” but these days, it seems like that isn’t quite an option. At least not for those of us who believe THE TRUTH, the Living Word, the Rhema Word that accomplishes what it was set out to do. There are a good many doctrinal things that I am currently studying on, and one of them is the fact that Jesus said He did not come to get rid of the law but to fulfill it. There are some aspects of the law that we are simply no longer under, but there are some that can be left intact. It takes staying close to His heart to know which ones those are, especially since the ten commandments are there, but it’s a personal salvation, I do know that. Thanks for your insight and I pray you are blessed abundantly as you continue to study His Ways!

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  9. grainofwheatblog

    Hi there,
    This is a wonderful article. It has blessed me greatly to read your thoughts about these matters pertaining to church practices and bible versions and having a love for the Truth.
    I loved it so much that I have used the Word Press button for the first time ever in my new blog to share this with any readers that happen to stumble across my blog. (Thanks for the smile re that).

    I am also currently looking into these matters, having finally given up on “going to church” altogether this summer (after 28 years of attending). I am also reading sites of KJV-only people so have started my own comparison of my NKJV bible with the KJV bible. I am leaning towards the notion that the NKJV bible is a good enough version for me, with a few notes made in the margins on differing words that the KJV uses.

    I too have left various churches due to charismania issues and Calvinism issues and other denominational issues too. I have recently been blessed by understanding that it is perfectly OK to just stay at home with my bible and the Lord, and His Holy Spirit to guide me into all Truth, as He does for all believers that love Him and seek to continually obey Him.

    I have seen that the Lord led/commanded Elijah to confront the wicked king Ahab about the idolatrous conditions in the land and then told him to hide and stay by the brook Cherith, where the Lord fed him by exceedingly unconventional means for a while. Then the Lord moved him onto Zarephath for food and fellowship, again of a miraculous and unconventional nature! (I have written about that last weekend if you ever want to look at it).

    So thank you again for this wonderful post. Such a blessing to share with other believers struggling to make sense of the world in these difficult days.

    God bless,

    1. Transformed Warrior

      Wow, thank you so much! I am very humbled that this particular blog of mine was your first use of that button, and it certainly did bring a smile πŸ™‚ It blesses me, as well, to know that it isn’t a “just me” situation, and that others are feeling the same things about divisions and all the other “little things” that separate us as believers. I do not believe this is the way our Father intended it to be. However, I have constantly struggled, even argued with God to allow me to settle for something, just so that I wouldn’t be in danger of going against His Word. I know that the Bible says that we should NOT forsake the assembling of ourselves together with a local church, but at the same time, I struggle with knowing that many of these churches don’t seem to have an understanding of the Word and are passing the “traditions of men” off as the gospel truth.

      But I digress, lol.

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed the blog and I do so look forward to reading more of yours. God bless you in YOUR search for the Truth! <3

  10. Lovely that you came to see that so many have put man’s doctrines and traditions in place of God’s and that you don’t feel comfortable with it. We should feel awkward with it, because we should be aiming to do God’s Will like Jesus also did not do his own will but the Will of his heavenly Father and Only One True God.

    To put you at ease, you may really trust the Authorise King James Version, whatever version of it you may use, for deep study in searching for THE Truth. But do know that today there are other and better literal translations.

    The things that separate churches are those who were brought in Christendom by human teachings and/or human doctrines, instead of keeping to Biblical doctrines.
    Your measuring stick and the one every real lover of God should use, is the Bible, the infallible Word of God. In it is all the truth and all the knowledge a human being has to have.

    In this world there is not only a blatant disrespect for God’s Word, lots of people, also lots of those who call themselves Christian, but worship a three-headed god, most people do not want to know about God His Word but prefer to keep to words of people and their own traditions.

    1. Transformed Warrior

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share this, as I do appreciate it. And I know exactly what you mean about the three-headed God. I have only recently come to see the difference, and the difference it can make to those who don’t know Him. As twisted as things can get, I pray that only His Truth comes through as I study. By the way, what are these more literal translations you speak of? I would love to look into it. Thank you again, and God bless.

      1. Some very good translations in English are the New World Translation (2) and the Reference Bible (1) (both published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, better known as the Jehovah Witnesses), The HalleluYah Scriptures (5) and The Scriptures (4) are also both very good translations which we would recommend, them also having the real names of the Biblical characters. Though we do find when we have bible studies with English speaking people they often have difficulties (at first) with the original and Hebrew names. Only pity of those Bible translations is that they have no references to other verses, which make it not the ideal bible to facilitate Bible study.
        The NASB (7) is a very good literal translation but it is annoying that it has several phrases in looks like some “screaming” going on for a long time) and its language is not always so easy to read.
        A good reading comfort may give the NIV (6) though in it missing the Name of God can make it difficult to distinguish between the Biblical characters (not always showing clear if it is talking about God or about the son of God, by using Lord in the same print) .
        When looking for a good English translation with very good notes we can recommend the Study Bible “The Nazarene Commentary” (3) of which you may find publications on our website too.
        On our site you also may find several translations being discussed.

        We hope we could be of some help.

        God be with you and may guide you in your search for the Truth

        1. Transformed Warrior

          Thank you, but I don’t know that I could agree with the Jehovah Witness translation. I am by no means a Bible scholar, but this seems to be against my walk in a few areas. I will be able to take the time to look over your site at some point, though.

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  12. Mark Bryan Finger

    Generally, I ‘get’ how you feel and much of what you are experiencing. It’s a journey, and we are always learning and growing in the gospel. [That will never end!]

    More specifically, I would like to note that the law of sin and death has been transformed [for those who believe] into a living, breathing relationship with Jesus Christ [what Paul referred to as “the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus”]. However, Jesus also told us ” Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil,” (Matthew 5:17). What are the practical implications? The ceremonial aspects of Old Testament law have been done away with, although the moral force of the law remains. We see this a few verses later: “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven,” (Matthew 5:19). However, the New Testament actually raises the Old Testament standard, as Jesus testified: “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart,” (Matthew 5:27-28). As you rightly say, the purpose of the Old is to lead us to the New: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith,” (Galatians 3:24).

    Not too long ago [and after many years of struggling to understand what God desires for His people], the Lord led me to create a website that explains to people who are trapped in cultural Christianity [‘church as we know it’] why we object to men’s traditions and God’s standard for how we should gather [fellowship]. This is a resource I use to give an answer for my faith. I only share it with believers whom the Lord has convicted to seek His truths concerning these things [as the others are trapped in men’s traditions and only God can draw them to these truths]. It provides a scriptural explanation of why many people feel as you do [in four articles]:

    P.S. A Jehova’s Witness [denomination disciple] came to my door recently. The first thing I said was, “I will be happy to speak with you, but I need to tell you now that you are in a cult.” [The man showed no indication he had even heard me.] He continued, undeterred, reciting his pre-programmed comments. I repeated my statement. He handed me some literature and left. Paul said that we need to use the words God gave us to explain spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:13). However, it’s okay to say true things in the process; sometimes, it helps us to sift out those who are truly in a conversation with us [due to the work and influence of the Holy Spirit] and those who are simply wasting our time.

    P.P.S. Interesting article, btw!

    God bless

    1. Transformed Warrior

      Mark, thank you for the reply and the Scripture references. I’ll definitely be marking these. It’s funny how some verses you “know” but there comes that appointed time when they just seem to jump right out at you πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to reading you blog, thank you so much for sharing. Be blessed!

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