February 21, 2012

Why Your Traditions and Denominational Protocols Don't Matter


Recently I came across a very interesting passage of scripture. In the book of Philippians 1:9-10, Paul says the following:

"I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return."

This scripture brought to mind an incident between Peter and the other Apostles in Acts 11. As I think about it, I may have discovered the origin of man-made "Church" protocols that become barriers to the work of God.

Let me put it in plain English, denomination protocols that support man-made biases and traditions that don’t “REALLY MATTER”.

Since when does denomination protocols or rules supersede Gods word? Never! 

However, many church organizations, their denominations, as well as leadership put their ideas, rules, concepts and programs above God. 

Believers are conditioned to do a lot of things that simply don’t matter. Certain things that the Church is fond of doing, becomes habit-forming and old habits dressed up as spiritual manifestations are hard to break.

In Acts chapter 10, (Please read it) the Lord Jesus gives Peter a dream, and among other things, He tells Peter, "Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean." This was in reference to what God would have him to do after the dream with Cornelius and his family. 

To make a long story short, Peter does what God tells him to do. He ignores the traditions of man or denominational protocols and enters the house of a Gentile. 

He speaks to them, and the bible says that, "As Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening." 

Just think, if Peter would have followed denominational rules and man made protocols, both of which did not line up with Gods word, not only would he have sinned against God, but he would have delayed the gift the Lord had for Cornelius and his family.

The bible tells us in Acts 11, that "The news of what happened reached the apostles and other believers in Judea that the Gentiles had received the word of God." 

After hearing this great news, you would think that the Church leaders would have been excited that somebody had receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and was baptized in Jesus Name. Right? Not so. 

You see, Peter didn't follow "church protocol". In many denominational circles, it doesn't matter that the Lord and the Angels rejoice when one soul is saved. 

No, to many of them, that doesn't matter. That soul doesn't count because it was done outside denominational guidelines or because Bishop Green Bean wasn't there to oversee it or bless it.

The bible says that, "When Peter arrived back in Jerusalem, the Jewish believers, (the original apostles) criticized him." 

In other words, Bishop and Pastor So-and-So, the deacon board and sister Cabbage Patch judged him harshly, and found fault with Peter because he didn't follow Church tradition. 

Instead, Peter obeyed God. His focus was on souls. His focus was on WHAT REALLY MATTERS.

Notice as you read on, Peter had to defend himself for doing what God told him to do. He had to do this before men who were supposed to be full of the Holy Spirit. 

Why didn't the same Holy Spirit not share this with them before Peter arrived?

Thank God that His word backed up Peters actions, because some of us are not always clothed in our right minds when we choose man-made protocols and traditions over God's word.

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