We live in a world where religion takes a back seat to our desires and wishes. The faith of men is compromised when sacrifice must be made in order to observe those things they believe. Jellyfish convictions, false teachers, men with personal motives have taken the word of God and tried to make it of no effect. Often mockery is made of God's Holy Word.
This past week it was announced by Bishops of the Catholic Church that, in light of the fact that March 17, 2006, a Friday, was St. Patrick's Day, a "Special Dispensation" would be granted. This "Special Dispensation" would make an exception to the doctrine of the Catholic church of abstaining from eating meat during the Lenten season. On St. Patrick's Day Catholics were told they could eat corned beef in order to celebrate this holiday. There were a few conditions, however. The Catholics who wished to eat corned beef on this particular Friday could do so only if they offered an extra prayer or did a deed of benevolence. If they did any one of these things, then they were free to break their own law to celebrate this day's events.
I am still searching my Bible to find the scriptural authority for any of the above mentioned activities. It is not there! Over the ages of time, men have taken it upon themselves to write their own doctrines that contradict the doctrine of God. The very doctrine they teach of abstaining from eating meats is, in itself, warned of in the word of truth. Paul told the young preacher Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:1-3; "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."
When man takes it upon himself to write his own doctrine, or a new doctrine, God is not well pleased. Paul expressed this to the churches in Galatia: "But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:8.
Of the scribes and Pharisees in Jerusalem, Jesus said, "Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Matthew 15:7-9.
The doctrines and the commandments of men cause a false sense of security among their believers. The doctrines and commandments of men promote false worship and illegitimate religious practices. The doctrines and commandments of men will cause men to lose their souls for all of eternity. The Bible speaks of no special circumstances; it does not speak of "A Special Dispensation." It does, however, show us the way to Heaven.
Jesus said "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven." Let us forever stand in the old paths and teach God's truths so that we may abide with Him around that great white throne and so that others may come to a knowledge of the truth and obey the gospel. P.O. Box 23, Bucyrus, OH 44820.
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