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3-24-2015 Man-Made Tradition: Religious Seasons

In Lystra, Paul told idolaters that God “did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17 NKJV). After the Flood in Noah’s day, yearly seasonal cycles were ordained when God said, “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22 NKJV). But when Galatian Christians made seasons religious observances, Paul wrote, “You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain” (Galatians 4:10-11 NKJV). They were turning the way of Christ back “again to the weak and beggarly elements” from which they had escaped by obeying Christ (Galatians 4:9 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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Christmas observance detracts from discipleship

Christmas or discipleship?The so-called Christian world celebrates a date that is most certainly wrong in order to mark the coming of the Christ into the world, rather than obey him as Lord and put him on as Savior. Christendom prefers the ritual of a yearly observance to the daily carrying of the cross of Christ.

Let us be clear: As we speak to those outside of Christ, as we will certainly do this evening and tomorrow, we will seek to use the moment to point people to the Lord Jesus Christ. But let us not work under the delusion that people, just because they might think at some time during this holiday of the God who came in flesh, will be more disposed to obey the Lord. On the contrary … Continue reading

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