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Why Do We Do What We Do?

August 12, 2015

Greetings,

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principals of this world rather than on Christ.”  Colossians 2: 8

Human traditions and worldly principals?  There we have much of the “Church” today.  Instead of depending on Christ alone; the “Church” has its multitude of traditions and it holds onto them with a kung foo death grip.

Some of these crippling traditions are as follows:

1.  Calling the bible The Word of God.  This is a tradition developed by the “Church” in the past 500 years.  It elevates the bible to a place equal or higher than The Holy Spirit and allows those who read best to manipulate and control the masses.  Please take note…the bible itself never claims that it is The Word of God and in fact it shows that Jesus Himself is The Word.  Anyone who says we are to be bible led, denies the rightful place of The Spirit in our lives.  The bible does indeed contain words of God, but in itself it is not The Word of God.  The Bible was never meant to be a rule book that is used to dominate others.

2.  Calling the building where we meet The Church.  The whole idea that we can GO to Church is a terrible tradition.  The Church is comprised of the people who follow Christ.  This Church is the people and NEVER the building where they happen to meet.  Don’t Go To Church, BE The Church!

3.  Tithing is a terrible tradition.  It was a requirement in the Old Covenant, but is no longer in Christ.  Now it is done only as a tradition.  It was used to support the Levitical Priesthood, but now in the New Covenant we are all Priests.  Sure we should be cheerful givers, but to widows and orphans and such and not Clergy and building programs.

4.  Another crippling tradition says that leadership is male.  This fallacy places men over women and denies females of their God given places in the Body of Christ.  It is supposed to be The Priesthood of ALL Believers and not just males.  We are all supposed to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

5.  Any tradition such as The Clergy/Laity division that allows for any hierarchy within the church comes exclusively from the teachings of men and Not God.  In Christ we all will have times when we take the lead in fellowship as The Spirit leads us.  There is not a separate class of Christ followers that are OVER all other followers of Jesus.  Yes, I rail against this one a lot.

6.  The most recent tradition of “men” that has plagued the Church is the corporate business model of doing “church”.  In this model The Pastor is the CEO of the church and he has a board of other “leaders” and together they control the church.  The motivating factor of this tradition is money and we all know that whoever controls the money also controls the vision of the “church”.

There are certainly other traditions of “men” that limit the effectiveness of the Church, but I will stop here for now.  I will say this though….ANYTHING that would have us depend on something other than Jesus is faulty and wrong.  Too many churches are more about building projects and storing up treasures here on earth then they are about being true to the message of Jesus.  He wants all of us to be renewed and turned away from the things of earth, so that we can instead follow Him rather than the traditions of “men”.  Traditions serve only themselves; we are to love and serve people.  Relationships matter way more than ANY tradition.   I do not do anything for the sake of tradition.  I do what I do because Christ leads me to; and if He does it more than just once that is great too.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

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10 Comments
  1. Marc Winter permalink

    Well brother as usual you are on target like a laser beam from the Holy Spirit. Keep getting the truth out there these kernels of truth will produce a good crop.

  2. 2trakmind permalink

    Amen, brother! I think the Bible being called the word of God is really as recent as the last 100 years, if I remember right. A couple of others come to mind, too (I know your list wasn’t exhaustive). If I remember right, the “sinner’s prayer” was started by D.L. Moody and popularized by Billy Graham. Another one is the notion that the Bible is infallible and inerrant is one from the last 50 years, or so. Despite the corporate church’s wholesale embracing of every letter in the Bible, questioning the texts has been a regular practice by scholars for thousands of years.

  3. That was a good message. I do wish the Church was more like the things you wrote. I believe in the future people are going to turn back to God and His business and put aside men and their business.
    Then we will really see Church as it should be.

  4. Ramma permalink

    Agreed brother, Amen! I’ve just recently several places learned about the sinners prayer. Didn’t see that at first. The “church” has always been plugging along. I don’t see that someday it will come into it’s fullness. It’s been in it’s perfection all along within every true believer. That’s another message that I’m not buying into any longer. That message always makes me feel like I’m not good enough. Anyone else with me on that?

  5. Very good article. Sadly so many still in the traditional view of Christianity will not accept the truths mentioned. Thanks for getting this message out there.

  6. daryl permalink

    Good article,though i have a different perspective on point 1.I call the bible Gods word,or scripture,and i do not believe that is elevating the bible to a place higher than the Holy Spirit or allows those who read best to control anyone.All scripture is inspired under the direction of the Holy Spirit.All believers have an annointing from that same Holy Spirit,and does not need any man to teach them.Jesus made many references to the word spoken by the prophets as God speaking or being the word of the Lord.He said “the Spirit gives life…the flesh counts for nothing. The words I speak unto you are spirit and are life” John 6:63. Paul,writing to the Thessalonians said :we also thank God without ceasing,because when you received the word of God which you heard from us,you welcomed it not as the word of men,but as it is in truth,the word of God,which also effectively works in you who believe.(1 thess.2:13).For the believer,being bible led is being Spirit led. Sure there are those who claim to be bible led,and abuse and distort the scripture(not unlike Satan when tempting Jesus),but that does not make the bible not Gods word any more than someone claiming to be Spirit led, who abuses that to suit their own agenda,nullifies genuine leading of the Holy Spirit.I find the divine inspiration of the scripture to be one of the most incredible,strongest proofs of God and I think christians who look to the Bible are in fact looking to the word of God,not some man-made collection,and will experience the joy of being led by the Spirit far more than one who never looks to the bible.I have read your thoughts on this subject before and do feel i understand where you are coming from…not trying to be argumentative,just believe there is so much delusion in our world today that christians are being sucked into by their neglect of bible knowledge.,and i think if we give the impression that we have the Holy Spirit,and the bible isn’t all that necessary,the result will be spiritual decline rather than improvement.

    • Daryl, We use different words and styles to present the Truth in Love, but I feel at the true heart we share the same perspective in this matter. Thanks for sharing your portion. I love free and open fellowship where every member can share and be accepted. Exchanges like we have here in this venue truly sharpen all of us.

  7. Silverwolf permalink

    Great blog

  8. Kami Little permalink

    Thank you so much for your blog. It has been a huge relief to read it and see that there are other believers who are willing to look deeper into what “church” truly means and to challenge the traditions of men. I work in a Christian organization where i’m constantly surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of believers… and yet I often feel alone when bringing these topics to light. Keep writing, teaching and encouraging!

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