It is interesting, to me, when someone want to make a direct point to someone else regarding something they have done, which they believe is wrong, they will use the retort, “What would Jesus do?” as if this would be answer enough to correct the errant individual. Yet, how many of us follow after customs and traditions and neglect to ask the question, “What did Jesus do?” or “What did the Apostles do?” and allow this to be our guide!
I am becoming more and more convinced we are so far apart from what Jesus did or what the Apostles have done, our religious worship is mostly in vain! I read a quotation by John N. Andrews I would like to share with you:
“Everything, at its commencement, is either right or wrong. If right, it may be known by its agreement with the Divine Standard. If wrong at its origin, it can never cease to be such. Satan’s great falsehood which involved our race in ruin has not yet become the truth, although six thousand years have elapsed since it was uttered. Think of this, ye who worship at the shrine of venerable error. When the fables of men obtained the place of the truth of God, He was thereby dishonored. How, then, can He accept obedience to them as any part of that pure devotion which He requires at our hands? They that worship God must worship Him in Spirit and in truth. How many ages must pass over the fables of men before they become changed into divine truth? That these predictions of the New Testament respecting the great apostasy in the church were fully realized, the pages of ecclesiastical history present ample proof.”
Personally, I think such a quotation is quite profound and it should speak to our hearts, wanting us to examine every part of what we do, whether it be right or not. Too long have we glossed over, neglected or just plain ignored what it is we do. Children are often overlooked in their activity because we realize maturity will eventually take place and what they do they will no longer do. As adults, should not the same be said in our growth or do we come to a place we stop asking questions, stop seeking truth, not wanting to “mature” any longer? And if this is the case, I believe, we are going to be quite surprised in the end of all things and it won’t be pleasant.
We are tasked with the privilege and obligation to “make sure of all things” as it regards to our walk. There is no excuse with the proliferation and access to information we have today.
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” 2 Peter 1:10 (KJV)
How many of us can make the claim? Consider this: if your child does something which does not pleases you, how long must they continue before it changes you, and it becomes acceptable to you? Then why do we think God will accept whatever it is we’re doing wrong and overlook it and not provide a way for us to discover the errant behavior so we can then offer worship which is true, honorable and honest? Even in the simple things like so-called “holy-days” (holidays), what we eat, drink or say. Do we become convoluted in our thinking and find assurance in those before us using it as justification? Some even go so far as to make the claim God’s Word (KJV) cannot be trusted and I contend if this is the case we are all doomed! I am going to go out on a limb here, and make this statement: If the Romish church can have had such an influence on the early church father’s writings to get the whole world deceived regarding the day of worship from Sabbath to Sunday, cannot even the writings of whom we love and treasure, the Spirit of Prophecy, become tainted when it differs according to the Word? Not from the writer herself but from those put in responsible positions in distributing the writings since then? Reading her work I came across several instances when she claimed others quoted her when they in fact did not. She’s not around anymore so who is to not set forth their own agenda with the Romish church community as now with the Adventist community!
Again, the question has to be asked, and better yet, What Did Jesus Do? What did the Apostles do having spent those nearly four years with Him? Is your understanding a result of your own investigation, reading and studying or are you riding upon the opinions, writings and preaching of others? Is your faith built upon your close walk with God or coming up from behind observing other’s walk and relationship and foregoing the building of your own?
As I live in the Philippines and witness the customs and traditions of men and women, walking barefoot in the nasty street, blocking traffic and following behind a man-made statue on a float, making a lot of noise, it literally makes me shake my head. The same kind of blind devotion, for this is what it is for the millions upon millions of Protestants who blindly follow the teaching of Romanism in the United States, to the thousands upon thousands of Adventist who literally do not know what to believe when it comes to the traditions and customs, not only in the church but that of family which still take precedence in one’s life and the looking away, not wanting to know truth because for fear it means having to change from what they enjoy.
It is no wonder Christ made it clear following Him would be “strait” and the path would be narrow and not many will find it. I think that is mostly for those who won’t bother to look, but for those who attest to having known and found it, how long before they decide to get off the path for a more congenial path because they are truly not able to do “What Jesus Did”!
January 16, 2016