As far as I can remember, I grew up in a strict Roman Catholic Church: taking my first communion there, going to C.C.D. and finally completing the confirmation process. In my early years, nuns would strike you with a yard stick if you couldn’t quote the Our Father or Hail Mary when put on the spot. When I got older, it bothered me that the priest had the final say, only his interpretation of scripture was valid. Thus, in high school, I began a quest to find out more about the Bible, looking beyond just the Catholic faith for answers.
This journey has lead me to passages like Acts 7:51. Whether you are a Catholic, Protestant , Jew or some other religion, sometimes its hard to break the traditions that have been engraved within your mind. When your priest, pastor or rabbi says something, most assume, this must be true. However, religious practices often enable leaders to usurp power over their flock, holding them captive to traditions. Similar patterns exist today, as seminary teaches future shepherds to follow theological practices, often overlooking the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible says live by faith, not by sight, 2 Corinthians 5:7. The apostle Paul furthers this concept in Galatians 5:25, keeping in step with the Holy Spirit, day by day, not just when we feel like or want to follow. I am afraid that many Christians are so busy following orders and pursuing practices, they have been oblivious to the fact they are actually resisting the Holy Spirit. Wherever you are in life, make room for the Counselor, John 14:16-17. Resist the urge to follow human traditions, test everything you hear with the Bible and when God’s whisper appears, follow!
by Jay Mankus