Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? 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. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 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. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.Mark 7:1-13
Antichrist religion and Antichrist government are big on man’s tradition. They have their forms, their rituals, their spending, their habits. They are the children of the wicked one, the devil, and the works of their father they will do. They love the traditions that were handed down or delivered from their elders. They love that they can trace their traditions down through many generations, all the way to Moses, or so they say. God gave Moses His Word but the traditions of Antichrist religion have usurped the authority of God’s written Word. They have twisted the Word into something unrecognizable from what God intended. This is what Antichrist religion does. It twists and wrestles with the pure Word of God until what is left is religious tradition, the doctrines of men, which in reality originated with the doctrines of devils. Satan is the spirit at work in the children of disobedience.
Man’s traditions transgress the pure Word of God. Since they set aside the authority of God’s Word, they are free to be their own authority. The Word that was meant to set people free is now turned into something that brings people deeper and deeper into religious bondage. They are free to add and subtract from God’s Word, which the book of Revelation prohibits us from doing. They add religious rules that go far beyond what God requires of mankind. They subtract the love of God and the keeping of God’s commandments. What’s left is a religious shell, a joke of a religion. God’s Word says to honor your father and mother, but religion says to take the money that could help your parents and use it instead for the church’s treasury, a “gift” for “God’s work”, so they say. Selfishness and lust are the banners of religious tradition.
Tradition of men makes the Word of God of no effect. The Word is meant to flow through sold out vessels of love and mercy. Tradition bottles up that flow of love. Tradition is a murky sludge that just sits there, doing nothing but robbing people of God’s intended blessing. The Word was never intended to work through selfish, lustful people. That’s why they have to abandon the Word, twist the Word, wrestle with the Word to make it “fit” their desired end of lust. The lusts of their father they will do, said Jesus.
Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Tradition ruins that. Tradition of men makes men dead on the inside. It makes a man a two fold child of the devil. Religious noise is all it is. Jesus said unless our righteousness exceeds that of Antichrist religion, we will not be saved. They go about to establish their own righteousness by the works of the law and the works of tradition. It falls far short of God’s commandment to love God and your neighbor as yourself.
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.Matthew 3:9
They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?John 8:33
Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.John 9:28-29
Antichrist religion loves the fact that they can trace their lineage back to Abraham. They love that the law they are following can be traced back to Moses. Antiquity pleases them. It brings honor and pleasure to their corrupt kingdom of lies. This is the same spirit that is at work in the Catholic church, who claim they can trace their line of popes back to Peter. Prestige, honor and blasphemy of God, all rolled into one.
God says the true children of Abraham are those that are of the faith of Jesus Christ. Christ is the promised seed of Abraham and all that follow Christ are also children of Abraham, for they walk in the same faith as Abraham and Christ. The Word says that endless genealogies minister questions rather than the substance of faith. The gospel of Christ has gone to the whole world, natural Jew and natural Gentile alike. God puts no difference between the two, purifying their hearts by faith. That which is highly esteemed in the sight of men is abomination in the sight of God. God hates religious traditions, because they are void of love and truth. They ensnare men in lies and trickery when God’s desire is that they would know the truth and be set free.
The Antichrist religious leaders of Jesus’ day did not recognize Him or His God given authority. They were blind to see Him in all His glory because they were of a different spirit, the spirit of Antichrist. Christ said believe Him because He does the works of the Father. His working made the religious leaders angry and led them to put Him to death on the cross. It should be obvious that these two spirits are contrary one to another. They don’t get along. The Spirit of God lusts against the flesh and the flesh against the Spirit. They that are born of the flesh persecute that which is born of the Spirit. This principle has held true the last 2,000 years and will continue to remain until Christ returns and establishes the new heaven and new earth wherein dwells righteousness. All those who held to religious tradition and genealogies will be cast alive into the lake of fire where there is torment forevermore.
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.2 Corinthians 11:4
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.Galatians 1:6-7
Antichrist religion holds true to its name. It is very Antichrist, meaning in place of or opposed to Christ by imitating Christ. It is very religious, but not pure religion. It preaches another Jesus, another way and another time than what God says. It is another spirit altogether. It is not Christ’s Spirit. They trouble those that would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ by feeding them lies saying it is once saved, always saved and that no one can have victory over sin until they die and that sin is not spiritually deadly. They are speaking the lies their father the devil gives them to speak. The masses have itching ears and will attend only churches that will feed them the lies. It is spiritual fornication. They have left their first love of Christ and are turned to fables and myths. Thou shalt not surely die in your sin, they say. They are of their father the devil and speak like the dragon speaks. Satan is the spirit behind the spirit of Antichrist. The religious and governmental leaders have made a pact with the devil, even if they don’t believe in the devil. That’s how deceiving and wily the devil is. He manipulates people rather than God’s way of letting them choose to love with a freewill. That’s why Antichrist religion and government rule with cruelty. They are seeking to manipulate people, to make merchandise out of them. This is a perverted gospel. Run! Save yourself from the wrath to come! Only those in a love relationship with Jesus will be saved in the end. Flee the spirit of Antichrist. Seek the Lord and He will give you light and understanding!