Know your religion: Ritualistic acts in Christianity?
I remember a time when a Christian tried to influence me by stating that God intended us to be “vegetarians”.
His logic: “you see, eating meat is a choice. I feel pity for the animals which have to be killed to become food for us. Hence I feel that the Lord is leading me ‘higher in the spirit’ to become a vegetarian”.
My reply: “Lolz”. Dude, get real. If God found that killing animals for food is wrong, then He wouldn’t have created the lion (for evolutionists, the argument still holds true because ‘natural selection’ made the lion 100% meat eating with no choice).
By the way, the lion doesn’t kill its prey “with care”. Anyway, don’t be deceived by such “new” teachings attempted by cunning men who have crept in to deceive the Ekklesia.
I told ya, the devil will create the “dumbest” false teachings and the ‘herd’ will go straight over the cliff to believe it. You have been “bewitched” (unable to use your brains to ‘think’ and ‘reason’).
True Christianity has “no” such “don’t eat meat rules”. Regarding food, a Christian is only prohibited to:
1. Not eat strangled animals (due to the cruel way they were killed)
2. Not eat/drink blood (for blood is the life of an animal)
3. Avoid as much as possible food offered to idols (for conscience sake, respecting the people of other religions by not partaking to their ritualistic food & also to not stumble other brothers in Christ by doing so) – See Acts 15:29 below:
“to abstain from things offered to idols, and blood, and a strangled thing, and whoredom; from which keeping yourselves, ye shall do well; be strong!‘” (Acts 15:29)
“Don’t let anyone judge you in food (apart from the written New Testament rules above) or even in keeping the Sabbath (e.g. “do you go to church on Sundays to keep the Sabbath?” – all such ritualistic laws are abolished together with the Old Testament) as the verse below “literally” states:
“Let no one, then, judge you in eating or in drinking, or in respect of a feast, or of a new moon, or of Sabbaths,” (Colossians 2:16)
The choice of a person to be a vegetarian or not is entirely their own but has nothing to do with True Christianity! (fact)
Similarly, any “assembling of yourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25) in True Christianity is out of freewill choice and not out of a religious obligation to keep the Sabbath under the New Covenant!
Lastly, freewill offering given out to help the “poor” (regardless of whether they are Christian or not, pastor or not etc.) is Scriptural but the collection of tithes in the Name of God (taking it in vain) is entirely not Scriptural under the New Testament age’s Covenant!
Simply put here’s a list of “some” reasons why tithes (mandatory/forced giving of 10% of one’s income) is not Scriptural under the New Testament:
1. It’s not mentioned as a rule in the New Testament. The time when Christ mentions it to the Pharisees is when the Old Testament was still in force (not ended yet). On the night Christ was betrayed, the nullifying of the Old Testament’s ritualistic laws began to come to an end as He made the “New Covenant” (or New Testament in His Blood – Matthew 26:28) during the Last Supper.
2. Tithes was an Old Testament Covenant for the “Jews only” (e.g. God mentions that it’s equivalent to “robbing Him” when a Jew does not pay his tithes as written in the Book of Malachi). The King of Salem (Melchizedek – Hebrews 7:1) is probably the only non-Jew who paid tithes (willingly – no Mosaic Covenant yet) to Abraham (the first Jew). The Mosaic Covenant enforced or made tithing a rule for “Jews only”.
3. Here’s a verse agreeing with (1) that the Old Testament Covenant has been “abolished” (and ready to vanish away) and is replaced by the “New Covenant”:
“in the saying ‘new,’ He hath made the first old, and what doth become obsolete and is old is nigh disappearing.” (Hebrews 8:13)
4. Only Levites could collect tithes and not your pastors (who are not Levites!). By the way, the Levitical priesthood has also ended. Here’s the verse which correlates to that beautifully (hence no one is a Levite anymore with its priesthood having ended):
“If indeed, then, perfection were through the Levitical priesthood — for the people under it had received law — what further need, according to the order of Melchizedek, for another priest to arise, and not to be called according to the order of Aaron? for the priesthood being changed, of necessity also, of the law a change doth come … for a disannulling indeed doth come of the command going before because of its weakness, and unprofitableness,” (Hebrews 7:11 – 12, 18)
And please, the New Priesthood of the order of Melchizedek (where Christ Willingly opted for it – Hebrews 7:21 – 22) has only One Priest, the High Priest Himself, Lord Jesus Christ! (The phrases such as “spiritual Levites” commonly used by your pastors who claim to be priests etc are not found in New Testament Scripture!)
The common misinterpreted verse below actually talks about (all believers not select few) of being kings and priests in His Kingdom (not in this age on earth – and certainly not referring to your pastor’s ordination! – a pastor and a priest are different roles!). It’s a prophecy for the coming age:
“and didst make us to our God kings and priests, and we shall reign upon the earth.‘” (Revelation 5:10)
In short, please don’t be deceived!