Now, on to my point of all of this:
Last night I dreamed of the "grace only" trap. I could see that the "the law is nailed to the cross grace only please" really is a licence to sin. Oh, it sounds so very good to hear you could just throw out all of the first part of the Bible and live only within the pages of the last part, but really it is not possible because you'll really never know 1-the God you claim to worship, 2-what sin actually is and thereby it will become preferences rather than really sins, and 3- in order to comply with your chosen church's standards, you'll of course have to be in regular attendance, hear and learn what is taught there and never pick up your Bible to read it for yourself other than to just stick with the familiar passages taught from the highly educated preacher, which he learned from seminary, but likely not from the Bible itself.
In the dream there were people falling into the ground and being held just underground in a net by these little goblin looking creatures. It was really rather cartoon like and for a few moments I felt entertained. The people in the nets were lulled to sleep. If one would start to awaken, they would be attended and lulled back to sleep with many theological sounding words...the kind that need to be defined for most folks. They were asleep, convinced that their preachers had taught them rightly and therefore didn't have any responsibility to learn anything on their own.
I heard this" Sin cannot be redeemed. Sinners are redeemed. Days and practices are not redeemable, only people are."
Sin cannot be redeemed. Days and practices cannot be redeemed. Only people can be redeemed.
I highlighted certain words in this definition to pay special attention to.
We all really know what "to redeem" means. We sing "I know my redeemer lives." If we haven't thrown out the first part (First covenant we can call it) we have read the story of Ruth and how the right to the land and responsibility to marry Ruth and provide offspring to Naomi's dead husband is done by a kinsman redeemer. In this case it was Boaz. In fact, looking up the word "redeem" brings up many different passages in scripture with that term. In fact, nowhere have I personally seen that a pagan ritual or pagan utensils for worshiping or pagan holidays have been redeemed. Go ahead and read the law- was inflicting wounds on oneself for the dead a redeemed practice? How about temple prostitution? Child sacrifice? Has witchcraft been redeemed or talking to familiar spirits? What about having tiki gods in the back yard? Rubbing the Buddha belly for luck? What about talisman and charms? Yule log, mistletoe, and wreath: all symbols of fertility rites? How can these be "redeemed" by changing the name of it? How can any of these be made holy when they belong to paganism which is directly against YHWH's very word? Lest we say "we have Jesus now" remember John 1- Yahshua IS the word of YHWH! He's the living, breathing, walking around Torah!!! He shows this to us by telling us he came to fulfill the Torah. (Here, in the Expanded version, you can see "Teachings" means instructions, and law. In the CJV you see the word Torah instead here.) So, how can you tell me that the practices, symbols, and rituals of pagans can be redeemed when the scripture doesn't bear that out? In fact the opposite is true. Think about it for yourself! Read it without the voice of the preacher (The changing of words to mean one thing or another....lulling people to sleep with those many theological words) in your head. YHWH's Word says this is simple, and not too hard for any of us to do. It's the very family we have been grafted into- this is the way the Father of the family wants His children to walk! Don't let some other person convice you that times are different now, because God isn't different. Don't let people steal your joy at loving Him. He doesn't tell us to justify worshiping Him in some pagan way, but tells us exactly what to do in order to love Him! Look at the history of the things you do to "worship" Him and you'll see, it's a nasty thing to bring all these fertility symbols into your home, set them up, and then claim to be worshiping or even acknowledging Yahshua, the savior of our souls.... if he is Lord of our lives, then let Him be that! Let His WHOLE word dictate your life, rather than letting tradition and some person convince you that it's alright to worship in any old way. He has given us many Holy-days to enjoy....and they are HIS holy days. If you are a follower of Yahshua, only begotten Son of YHWH the only trus and living God, Creator of the universe then you have an obligation to act like a child of His and do what the family is supposed to do! He has days set aside that are specific! If you don't know about them, ask someone who can help you- that is not likely to be the same preacher who led you down the "bring paganism into my home and lie to my children for the good of the lord" guy. Time is so very short.... do not stay asleep!