You Observe Your Own Traditions

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You Observe Your Own Traditions
You Observe Your Own Traditions

“You have let go of the commands of God.” –  Mark 7:8 (Mark 7:8-9)

A hypocrite be a person who pretends ter be be religious, pious, virtuous but doth not behave like they believe tha things they spout. A good many like ter call tha Pharisees of tha Son’s day hypocrites and even tha Son called ’em as much.

“Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites. Your teachings are but rules taught by men.  You have abandoned the commands of God and set aside the commands of my Father in order to observe your own traditions.”

Back then tha religious leaders put thar own rules and traditions above Skipper’s Code of Conduct. Folks been doing such ever sense. Some ter day claim that knowing how ter live out tha “Christian faith” be revealed in “Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.”

  • They like ter say Skip’s Code of Conduct carries more weight than tradition, experience, and reason, but then they turn around and reason that Skip doth not mean what he says in Scripture.
  • They teach folks ter abandon tha commands of Skip on account of Skip’s words no longer match tha “real world life experience” of folks.
  • They set aside tha commands of tha Son’s Father in order ter spout thar own thoughts and advance thar own agendas.
  • They teach from books written by men with rules taught by men ’bout how Skipper welcomes ever one in ter his presence jest as they are: no need ter turn from sin, turn ter him, confess sins — jest “be and live free!”

During tha Son’s day religious teachers put heavy burdens on folks ter meet Skip’s moral standards. These days it be religious teachers removing all restraints and telling folks Skip’s moral standards doth not matter.

In both instances tha Son calls such folks hypocrites, fer they preach and teach things contrary ter Skip’s words.

Tha Son says, “Out of a person’s heart come evil thoughts: sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils defile a person.”

Tha Son says these sins malign Skipper’s holy temple (our body)

  • Sexual immorality (consensual sexual relations between two people not married to each other, having more than one wife or husband at the same time, rape, incest, homosexuality, sexual relations between a person and an animal, pornography)
  • Adultery (willful sexual relations between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse)
  • Lewdness (open and public indecency tending to corrupt the morals of the community; gross or wanton indecency in sexual relations)

Tha Son says these sins hurt other folks

  • Theft
  • Murder
  • Greed

Tha Son says these sins malign other folks

  • Malice
  • Slander
  • Deceit

Tha Son says these sins malign a person’s character

  • Envy
  • Arrogance
  • Folly

Tha Son warns that these evil acts be what defile a person and make ’em unclean — not failing ter wash thar hands. If ya wish ter keep yer self clean as ya kin be — and even then we be muddier than a hog — then set aside tha worlds rules fer living and observe tha commands, words, instructions, and guidance fer pure living as found in Skip’s Code of Conduct.

Skip’s Code kin not save a feller, but it kin show ya what holy living be looking like.

Doth not be a hypocrite. Behave as if ya believe tha Son be yer Lord and Savior.