"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Church attending Christians are interested in the word of God, also in ceremonies, traditions, rituals, etc. Most of them listen to sermons of preachers and think that it is the word of God. But what they do not know is that the preachers do not know the word of God and what they study is books of famous Christian authors, of course a few verses of scriptures are in them. These authors make doctrines from the traditions, but not from the word of God, and preachers spread these doctrines in churches, and Christians got infected by these doctrines.In Mark 7, Jesus Christ says, "9 .. Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. ... 13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye." But Jesus Christ taught the doctrine of God, and people of his time admired his doctrine. "Matthew 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:" Let us see a few of his doctrines from the same chapter, so that we may have a feel of it.
In Matthew 7:6 Jesus Christ says, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." He tells his disciples, not to teach holy things to religious fanatics because they will not accept them, but in turn they will do harm to you. So, holy teaching belongs to godly people, who desires holy living. Again Jesus Christ says, "13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Jesus Christ knew that today's churches will preach the grace gospel, which says that by the grace of God we all go to heaven no matter what we do. He explains this philosophy as the "wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:" He was true. Then Pharisees and now Christians, all are very happy to enter the wide gate and walking in the broad way. They will end up in destruction. But the ways of God is to enter through the strait (tight) gate, we have to squeeze through it to enter, and walk through the narrow way, in which the crowed of a big church cannot walk, but just the fellowship of the brethren can walk in that way, which will lead to eternal life. "15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." He says two things, 1) sheep's clothing, it is very innocent peaceful look that will attract you, he is your famous preacher. 2) But Jesus describe this guy as a wolf who's intention is to eat out of your body. Jesus Christ tells us to beware of politically correct preachers.
In Matthew 7 Jesus Christ continues to say, "21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." In verse 21 he says that whatever we do with out mouth, by singing songs, by praising God in witness and preaching, etc, we cannot go to heaven. So, being a religious person is vain. But Jesus says, "he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven ... shall enter into the kingdom of heaven." We have to do the "will of the Father." But what is the will of the Father in us, or in our life that we do? Let us look at two scripture references. "Galatians 1:3 ... our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:" Here, the will of the Father is that the purpose of the death of Jesus Christ is to deliver his people from committing sins of the evil world. But, we think that it is to forgive, but it is to prevent. "1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit." The doctrine of Jesus Christ says that if "WE DO" the will of God, then we will enter heaven (the kingdom of heaven). But our preachers twist the context of the scriptures and preach that we will not go to heaven by what we do. Who is right, our preachers who is in sheep's cloth, OR Jesus Christ? It is good to know the doctrine of Jesus Christ, than blindly believe our preachers, who will eat from us and take us to hell with them. Let me give you a few lesson on the doctrine of Jesus Christ that you may enjoy.
God Bless You