What you take into your mind and what you do in life is important. As a Christian, what you think about and the traditions that you accept into your life are very important. Bible Vision details this truth on this website. But you might not agree. You might consider that the traditions and philosophies of man bear little meaning or fruit in your life. After all, how can what has been going on for generations adversely affect me? You might reason that your religion and your heart are pure or that you believe that you are good enough exactly as you are. (“The Struggle for Purity of Heart“; “Purity Starts Inside: A Lesson Through the Ages“; “Consenting to Fables of Men“; “The Need to Keep Spiritually Clean“)
Let’s say that a dear friend routinely shared delicious homemade cookies with you. In fact, you regularly look forward to the special occasion when you taste those sumptuous cookies with a glass of cold milk. If your dear friend told you that the cookies had a special ingredient that made them special, you would probably assume the best and eagerly eat them. If you knew that even a small amount of dog waste was in the cookies, would you change your mind about those cookies? (“Discernment the World Doesn’t Havex“; “What Is Washing By The Word?“)
Let’s say that you enjoyed a glass of cold milk with those cookies. If that milk contained arsenic, it wouldn’t kill you right away. Would you still drink the milk? In the same way you and I take life-sustaining food, spiritual contamination has very real effects, some of which you may not recognize for quite some time. In the same way, the Bible says that a little leaven ferments the entire lump. (Galatians 5:9; 1 Corinthians 5:7-9; Matthew 16:8-15; “Leaven of the Pharisees; Leaven of the World“)
Discernment and accurate knowledge are needed to keep worldly leaven out of your life and more important than ever to keep you off the wide road leading to destruction that Yahshua [Jesus] mentions in Matthew 7:13.
“Enter in through the narrow gate. Because wide is the gate and spacious the road, put to death through destruction, and many, by their reason, agree to enter. For narrow is the gate and troublesome is the road, the one that leads to life, and few agree to obtain it.“ – Matthew 7:13-14, direct translation
Disciples are admonished to put on the new man in Messiah. (Colossians 3:9-10) As a disciple, repentance or turning away from the old man is required. This is not an overnight event, but a process that you engage in from day to day as you learn from YHWH’s Word, the Bible. The truth is that your relationship with your Heavenly Father is at stake, both now and into eternity. This series of short articles on this website focuses on some of the deceptions that plague professed Christians and the world at large. (“YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“)
See the other articles in this series: