GOD intended for His children to have freedom in Jesus Christ and not be lead astray believing they have to follow certain religious traditions. Remember this is what confused the Pharisees.
Mark 7:8-9 New International Version (NIV)
8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
9 And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!
What the religious leaders did during Jesus time was put on a great show. It looked holy and it sounded holy but it was not holy at all because their heart was far from GOD. They became more concerned with the external, the things that could be seen and observed by the people, than really being holy. They were concerned with washing their hands before they ate bread, the thoughts of a large group of of men, touched by common people, and the washing of cups and pots, vessels, and tables. This is what they taught the people; not the commandments of the bible which were far more important. They exalt and praise highly the opinions of people instead of the scripture. What gives us salvation and eternal life? Jesus!!!! Did they recognize Jesus? Did they acknowledge Jesus? Only when the people began to acknowledge and proclaim Him the Messiah did they begin to think there may be something to this; then they became worried. They were anxious because they believed no one would listen to them anymore and they would loose their control over the people. The Pharisees then decided they had to get rid of Jesus permanently. Jesus was rightly guiding the people to salvation. Something the Pharisees should have been doing instead of taking advantage of the people for their own wealthy gain. Does this sound familiar? People of GOD do not be fooled by imitators. The bible says to test or try the spirit to know that it is from GOD.
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world. (Berean Study Bible; 1 John 4:1)
Do not be fooled by their holy dress and holy talk. What kind of fruit is this person producing?
Matthew 7:16-20 King James Version (KJV)
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
A good person is known for the good teaching they bring. It is sound doctrine and can be completely supported by scripture. It is not just the mere opinions of people held in high regard of society but the teachings of God. Who can disagree with that? It is truth for living. GOD’s holy scriptures teach us how to live a holy Christian life. It is the book we should be living by.
John 6:45 King James Version (KJV)
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
True teaching brings people to Jesus Christ. Good and true teaching instructs people on how to be pleasing to GOD.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-5 King James Version (KJV)
4 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
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:
The gospel is going to look different and sound different from the world. GOD is not going to accept or allow anything different from His holy teachings.
Jesus has already fulfilled GOD’s commands. All we need to do is receive JESUS!!!! Don’t reject Him like the Pharisees but accept Him and invite Him permanently into your life. Don’t pretend to be holy but be really holy with evidence of the Holy Spirit of God. This is what GOD really wants today; true believers, true Christians who trust Him no matter what. Receive Jesus today and become part of the family of GOD. Amen!!!!!!!