The world has a way of infiltrating the Church. Certainly, it is because the body of Christ is made up of people. No matter the time or place, the more people get involved in the faith, the more they want to help God out by incorporating their personal beliefs and traditions into our worship of him. So many churches have split or died over the silliest issues–carpet color, music, placement of furniture–and a host of trivial matters that do not impact the faith in any way.
Paul tells Timothy–keep it simple. Worship God, and him only. Don’t allow the church to define itself by dietary principles, or other man-made traditions. Allow Christ to be what defines the church. Make him the object of worship. As we do this, the faith will grow and sustain those who believe.
In our lives, we too must focus on the truth and the Savior. We cannot let tradition and man-made rules to drive people from Christ and into the hands of the enemy. We need to follow him closely and teach the truth to those whom will listen. All the while, remaining on guard for the attacks of the enemy. God always wants to make it simple–trust him and allow him to lead. He will make you exactly what you need to be!
God Bless You
The Spirit clearly says, in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,[a] you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.