More is NOT Better (10)

10. It leads to being judgmental.

Mark 7:2 says when the Pharisees “saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.” The Pharisees were critical of Jesus’ disciples because they did not keep up with their traditions. They made things a sin that God never called a sin.

What should be obvious to all Christians is that those that add to the bible struggle with the basic commandments of brotherly kindness, forbearing one another  in love, keeping the unity and being tender hearted and often excel at such works of the flesh as evil speaking, strife, division and sedition.

Listen to1 Timothy 1:5 “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:” The end of God’s commandments is charity. The end of man’s commandments is criticism.

Listen to James 3:17 “the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” Those that add to scripture are today’s Pharisees.

A final note to those that are often condemned and intimidated by the rules and regulations of those that add to scripture. Remember, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day criticized our Lord constantly for not keeping their expanded, rabbinic rules, yet he simply and flatly refused and was guilty of no sin! It is not a sin to disregard the commandments and traditions of men.

Professing Christians today either enjoy their liberty in Christ or suffer in the bondage of man. Choose the word of God. Choose liberty in Christ! It’s the only way to impact the world.

Until next time,