The Prophetic Messenger

A Newsletter From Mysteries From The Word Of God Ministries
January/February 2010 - Volume 12/Issue 1

Tradition or Truth -Part II

Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Titus 1:14

In this issue of The Prophetic Messenger, we will finish a message titled "Tradition or Truth." We will look at how Christians believe the traditions of men more than the truth of the Word of God.

1. Generational Curses

There is a lot of confusion about generational curses and how they apply to a Christian. When we look at the Old Testament we see several scriptures that refer to generational curses, but these scriptures are for the sinner and not the born again Christian. In Exodus we see the iniquity of the fathers upon the children is for "them that hate me." Exodus 20:5 says "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;" Someone who hates the LORD is not a Christian. Also, in Ezekiel 18:19-20 it says "19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him." This passage shows that a person is justified by his or her own righteousness, not the righteousness of his or her parents. Likewise, a person is condemned by his or her own iniquity, not the iniquity of his of her parents. In the New Testament the apostle Paul showed this truth in II Corinthians 5. This passage of scripture says "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Also, in I John 1:7 it says "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." We as Christians must walk in the truth and not tradition so the devil will not trick us into believing a lie which will lead us into bondage.

2. Pleading The Blood Of Jesus

There is a lot of confusion about pleading the blood of Jesus. Many Christians feel that they must plead the blood of Jesus when they pray. Books have been written about this, and ministers have preached about it, but all of this has been done with out any scriptures to support this teaching. We shared in the last topic how important Jesus Christ's shed blood is. I John 1:7 says "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." When Jesus Christ told us how to pray, He told us to pray in his name. He did not tell us to plead his blood. In Mark 16:16-17 it says "16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;" The book of Acts provides a great example of praying in the name of Jesus. In Acts 3 the apostle Peter prayed for a man that was lame for his mother's womb. In Acts 3:1-10 it says

"1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him."

In closing, we as Christians must be students of the word of God, we must rightly divide the word of God, and we must check the scriptures to see if what is said is true instead of accepting tradition as truth.

Coming Up In The Next Issue

Today's Prophet - Part I. Read this article in the next issue of The Prophetic Messenger.

Memory Verses

As Christians if we want to live in victory and if we want to be able to share the Word Of God with others we must know the Word of God ourselves. Let's see what the Bible says about this. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11. "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7. "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed." John 8:31. We encourage you to put the following scriptures in your heart: Daniel 12:2, Malachi 3:2, Matthew 12:43, Isaiah 66:6, Titus 1:2, Matthew 26:40, Ezekiel 18:26, Revelation 1:18, Hebrews 2:18, Matthew 7:22-23. Use only the Old King James version of the Holy Bible. (If you have any questions about this please see the book New Age Bible Versions, by G.A. Riplinger ©1993, ISBN 0-9635845-0-2.)

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