The Theology of Man vs. God’s Word
Hello again, it is I, the perpetual thorn in your flesh. I have words.
Up to now, none have engaged me on these topics, perhaps not even to read what I have said having become wearied of my displeasing exhortations. I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. I serve only the Most High God, and I follow his promised Messiah. If nobody else believes or listens, I will still say on what has been put on my heart for the uplifting and edification of those who say they follow the Master and worship his Father, our God.
The Leaven of the Pharisees
Today I engage against the theology of man. Didn’t Yeshua rail against the traditions and convolutions of the Pharisees and Scribes, the “experts” in the law, who loaded down the law of Moses with endless “explanations” of minutia?
1Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, 3so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 4They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. 5They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, 6and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues 7and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. 8But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.”
Matthew 23: 1-8
6And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,
“‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
7in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
8You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” 9And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!
Mark 7: 6-9
“Do this; do not do that.” This was the substance of Torah! Straightforward, uncomplicated in instruction, understandable to all Hebrews in its original form, given by YHVH at Mount Sinai. Yet it was endlessly added to by experts in theology, on HOW these simple instructions were to be observed. How much one can carry on a Sabbath (no more than the weight of a fig!), etc.
The Torah and the Talmud
Following the 613 laws of the mitzvot is just hard enough! The “Oral Instruction,” theology of man which was not given by God, added endless burdens of instruction on top of it all, which the people felt obligated to observe because their tradition became as important, or MORE important than the actual Word of YHVH. Because they had to “properly interpret” each rule through constant addition of explanations given by man, not by the Maker. Jews today reject the understanding of Torah without the TEACHING of the Pharisees, who became the primary sect of Judaism and are still with us today. Look it up. Their theology is more important, it is preeminent, above the very Word of God!
And now, since the early centuries after Yeshua and the Apostolic era, from the earliest of times, men have repeated the falsity of the Pharisees! To “explain” the simple truths given by Jesus, and through the Apostles by the Holy Spirit. These were not complicated. Love God above all, love your neighbor as yourself. Be humble, chaste, kind, forgiving, self-controlled, submit to Christ, worship God alone. Read it, believe it, DO IT. Just as with the Torah, among the covenanted Hebrews.
The “Wisdom” of the Early Church Fathers
Yet the “early church fathers” thought themselves wise, philosophers, intellectuals, and therefore the experts in the correct explanations of what, precisely, these simple truths meant to would-be believers in Messiah. They were living under the influence of Greece, regardless of being under the thumb of Rome at the time. Every learned man that sought to give “reference” to the simple truths, that we may “properly” understand them, was deeply saturated in Greek philosophy and used 500-year-old hellenistic philosophies of non-inspired MAN and Gnostics (!!) to help them develop their “theology.” That simple believers may become completely bogged down in deep, intellectual concepts, invalidating the need for simple faith, and replacing it with “understanding.” This is not of God, brothers, and it never was.
Become Like Children
Yeshua’s words, the epistles of instruction given through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, to whom it was given to BIND OR LOOSE on earth, required study and a spiritual mind to understand—SPIRITUAL, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit which proceeded from the Heavenly Father to believers in Yeshua. NOT vain philosophy and theology of ungodly men, which were not under the inspiration of the Most High, from Greeks and “intellectuals,” and handed down as if from on high to obfuscate the nature of simple faith. Faith! Multiplied human knowledge is NOT faith! Nobody ever one time “thought” their way into the narrow path into the One Truth: it is only by a child-like faith.
Matthew 11:25 –
At that time, Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”
Matthew 18:3 –
And he said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:14 –
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Become a child! Discard your worthless human doctrines and traditions, which have only served to confuse and divide the called-out ones of Yeshua, producing our new Babylon, where we have departed one from the other because we speak what amounts to a different language.
Follow Yeshua! WE, the believers, are Yeshua’s “church,” not any institutional religion based on divisive, complicated, uninspired “theology.” We have but ONE mediator, Jesus of Nazareth, our high priest, our only savior.
Do not follow the teachings and theology of man, which lead astray and have divided and conquered us, since we follow Augustine, or Luther, or Calvin, or Wesley. My brothers, these things ought not to be, this was not the destination for the great mystery of our salvation, wrought by the Maker through the promise to Abraham, through his blueprint of Torah, through the observance of the chosen people of God, and finished by his faithful and obedient son. Depart theology! Depart philosophy! Be One in Christ! Follow only the teachings of scripture, so as to properly hear the holy spirit, and thus honor YHVH. Do not seek after the wisdom and theology of man.
I plan to keep talking. I have words, only to honor the Most High and Yeshua’s most-costly sacrifice on our behalf, and what I see is NOT simple childlike-faith among the divided believers and their 10,000 denominations. They have created as many differing theologies about the ONE TRUTH.
ASK! SEEK! KNOCK! God gives wisdom freely to all who ask! The theology of man does not have the answers you need to enter at the narrow gate, having heard the voice of the TRUE Shepherd.