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Php 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

I got the title of this study from the two verses above. We are citizens of Heaven and we do have our own traditions that we hold, just like the people of this world have their own traditions.

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Traditions in Heaven
by Victor Torres

Php 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

I got the title of this study from the two verses above. We are citizens of Heaven and we do have our own traditions that we hold, just like the people of this world have their own traditions.

The Lord has laid it in my heart to contrast and compare the traditions of men and the traditions of the body of Christ.

Our brother Steve Crook has a letter called Holiday Traditions that I encourage all of you to read, if you haven’t done so yet. It discusses in detail the three main traditions of this world: Christmas, Easter and Halloween.

I would not repeat here what he had written in that letter, but I just want to point out how widely accepted Halloween and witchcraft are by the whole world, including the Christian world. One glaring example is the huge success of the Harry Potter books and movies. Here’s a quote from wikipedia regarding the novels (highlights are mine):

“Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The series chronicles the adventures of a young wizard, Harry Potter, the titular character, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who aims to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.

Since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, on 30 June 1997, the books have gained immense popularity, critical acclaim, and commercial success worldwide. The series has also had some share of criticism, including concern about the increasingly dark tone as the series progressed. As of July 2013, the books had sold between 400 and 450 million copies, making them one of the best-selling book series in history, and had been translated into 73 languages. The last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history, with the final instalment selling approximately 11 million copies in the United States within the first twenty-four hours of its release.”

Here’s a quote from the same source regarding the film series (highlights are mine):

“Harry Potter is a film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). It is the highest-grossing film series in inflation unadjusted dollars, with $7.7 billion in worldwide receipts. Each film is among the 50 highest-grossing films in inflation unadjusted dollars and received critical acclaim.”

The Bible is pretty clear regarding witchcraft and divination:

Deu 18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

Deu 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

Deu 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

Deu 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Witchcraft is right up there with murder and adultery in the list of things which will get us disqualified from inheriting the kingdom of God.

Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

If witchcraft is as widely accepted despite the Bible’s direct condemnation of it, and Halloween is widely celebrated despite its obvious connection to witchcraft, it shouldn’t surprise any of us that Christmas and birthdays are both readily accepted because their connection to demonic doctrines is not as obvious.

1Ti 4:1 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;

It is very revealing that both birthdays and Christmas are celebrated in the Harry Potter novels and movies.

The words “giving heed” above are translated from one Greek word: prosecho.

– Original: προσέχω
– Transliteration: Prosecho
– Phonetic: pros-ekh’-o
– Definition:
1. to bring to, bring near
a. to bring a ship to land, and simply to touch at, put in
2. to turn the mind to, attend to be attentive
a. to a person or a thing: of caring for, providing for
3. to attend to one’s self, i.e. to give heed to one’s self
a. give attention to, take heed
4. to apply one’s self to, attach one’s self to, hold or cleave to a person or a thing
a. to be given or addicted to
b. to devote thought and effort to
– Origin: from G4314 and G2192
– TDNT entry: None
– Part(s) of speech: Verb

– Strong’s: From G4314 and G2192; (figuratively) to hold the mind (G3563 implied) towards that is pay attention to be cautious about apply oneself to adhere to: – (give) attend (-ance -ance at -ance to unto) beware be given to give (take) heed (to unto) have regard.
Total KJV Occurrences: 15
• attendance, 2
1Ti_4:13; Heb_7:13

• attended, 1

• beware, 1

• given, 1

• heed, 9
Act_5:35; Act_8:6; Act_8:10; Act_20:28; 1Ti_1:4; 1Ti_4:1; Tit_1:14; Heb_2:1; 2Pe_1:19

• regard, 1

A look at how the Holy Spirit has inspired the new testament writers to use this Greek word prosecho [giving heed in 1Ti 4:1] in other verses will give us a better appreciation of what this word really mean.

Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Heb 7:13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe [to another country], of which no man gave attendance [prosecho] at the altar.

Heb 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

How does these verses have anything to do with observing days, months, times and years? Well let’s see: we know from verse 14 that we are talking about our Lord here “For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda”.

And what does verse 3 of the same chapter say about our Lord?

Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

There it is! We are being told that Christ existed before His physical birth! He is the beginning of God’s creation and He created the first day.

Rev 3:14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

Gen 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Gen 1:4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.

Gen 1:5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

If we believe that Christ existed before His physical birth and He actually created the first day, why would we ever think that He wants us to celebrate His physical birthday? The church that I used to belong to did not celebrate Christmas. Their reason: they say because they don’t know the birthday of Jesus. They also say that if they knew the actual date that Christ was born, then they would celebrate Christmas. No, they don’t believe that Christ actually existed before His physical birth. And yes, they do celebrate birthdays. One lie turns into another.

That is the first difference between the traditions of men and the traditions of the body of Christ. The first one is based on lies of the devil and the second one is based on the Truth.

Let’s look at 1Ti 4:1 again:

1Ti 4:1 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;

Why does it say seducing spirits? What is so attractive about the lies of the devil? They are so attractive because part of his lies is truth. They are so effective and the whole world believes them because his lies resemble the truth. If someone tries to sell you a diamond and hands you a piece of coal, you will laugh him out of the building. But if they hand you a cubic zirconia, a man-made diamond imitation, then you might fall for the deception.

Isn’t that the way Satan lied to Eve?

Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Satan mixed truth: “the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods” with a lie “ye shall not surely die”.

The world thinks the first statement is the lie despite these Scriptures:

Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Psa 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

The world thinks that “ye shall not surely die” is the truth despite these Scriptures:

Eze 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

And that’s how it is with the traditions of men. They all have an element of truth in them but they are all tainted by the lies of the devil. That’s why it is our tradition in heaven to always consider the sum of His word.

Psa 119:160 The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.

2Pe 1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation.

Christmas, birthdays, Halloween, Carnival, Thanksgiving, New Years, and other traditions of men all bring people together and solidify their relationships. The traditions of the body of Christ bring its members fitly joined together and compacts us by that which every joint supplies.

Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

When I was considering if I was going to attend this conference here in Trinidad and Tobago, I was looking at the plane ticket prices and how much vacation time I still have left. I was convicted of that mindset and I repented of that. Why? The Lord has reminded me that He was going to be here.

Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

It is true that I could have gathered together with you here virtually, but if I was given a choice if I can see and talk to my physical parents (when they were alive, they’re both dead now) using the internet or to see them face to face, then the choice would have been obvious. How much more my parents in the Lord?

Eph 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Mat 12:48 And He answered and said to him who told Him, Who is My mother? And who are My brothers?

Mat 12:49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, Behold, My mother and My brothers!

Mat 12:50 For whoever shall do the will of My Father in Heaven, the same is My brother and sister and mother.

While we are still in these vessels of clay, we will always need physical contact.

Joh 13:23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

2Jn 1:12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

There is a big difference between emailing each other and talking to each other on the phone. There is a big difference between talking to each other on the phone and seeing who you are talking to through Skype or Facetime. There is a big difference between seeing each other on Skype or Facetime and seeing each other live, in the clay. Sure we are in these earthen vessels, but we also have this treasure in these earthen vessels.

2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

Why do we have this treasure in earthen vessels again? To show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. In other words, when we meet each other, we see people who God has changed. We see people who used to give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils but now gives heed to His word, to the sum of His word.

During the Atlanta conference where many of our family met together for the first time, I was over at Dubai meeting a brother and a sister for the first time. We had been Skyping each other long before this meeting, but I cannot tell you how happy I felt when I met them for the first time. It is such a joy to speak to people of the same mind. It is so uplifting to be with my spiritual family celebrating the wedding of a brother and sister over in Atlanta. This is all happening as my physical family was celebrating New Year’s day with the whole world.

Rom 1:10 every time I pray. I ask that God in his good will may at last make it possible for me to visit you now.

Rom 1:11 For I want very much to see you, in order to share a spiritual blessing with you to make you strong.

Rom 1:12 What I mean is that both you and I will be helped at the same time, you by my faith and I by yours.

If we are given the resources, we must take every opportunity to speak face to face. It is one thing to hear of a brother or sister suffering because he or she is following Christ’s footsteps but it cannot replace actually meeting that brother or sister, seeing the anguish in their eyes as they tell you of the trials they are going through and comforting them, hugging them, encouraging them.

2Ti 1:4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.

This bond that we have doesn’t happen overnight. We must work for it, we must spend tremendous amounts of effort and resources to be fitly joined together. We know He’s the one doing it. But we are His body, He does everything through us.

2Co 4:8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;

2Co 4:9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

2Co 4:10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

Let’s look at another verse that have this Greek word prosecho.

1Ti 4:13 Till I come, give attendance [prosecho] to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Are we being told to just pay attention to reading, exhortation and doctrine? Or is there more to this word prosecho? Let’s look at the next verses:

1Ti 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

1Ti 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

“Give attendance”… “neglect not”…”meditate upon these things”… “give yourself wholly to them” as we can see tells us that this Greek word prosecho conveys more than paying close attention. 1Ti 4:13 is telling us to devote an enormous amount of thought and effort to reading, exhortation and doctrine.

Give attendance to reading. Read the Scriptures and meditate on them. Always ask yourself how you could apply the sum of His word to your life. The word of God is alive and active, they are not dead letters. They are all written for our admonition. The word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword. Use it to discern which parts of your walk does not agree with the Bible and cut them off.

Isa 26:9 My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

My soul yearns for you in the night means seeking His mind if you think you’re doing something wrong. My spirit within me earnestly seeks you. The words within me are the operative words here. For when your judgments are in the earth, when God’s righteous judgments are in YOUR earth, the inhabitants of YOUR world will learn righteousness.

Judging ourselves first before we judge those who are within the body of Christ is a tradition in heaven.

You’re not sure if a certain part of your life should be cut off? Have I got an answer for you! Go to the multitude of counselors who have the words of life!

Pro 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

You want to know the mind of Christ? Then lean on Jesus’ bosom and listen to His body when they speak!

Job who is a type of us, the elect, have two major things in which he is lacking. First, he didn’t have the mind of Christ. He didn’t have the Holy Spirit of the Father. Second, he didn’t have a multitude of counselors like we do. Those are the reasons why he wasn’t sure that his sons were committing evil when they were celebrating their birthdays.

Job 1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

We know that Job’s sons were celebrating their birthdays because we are told in chapter 3 what “every one his day” means.

Job 3:1 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
Job 3:2 And Job spake, and said,
Job 3:3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.

It is only after we consider the sum of His word and the input of the multitude of counselors should we establish doctrine.

The day I left for this conference was my daughter’s 13th birthday. I miss her so much. Before I left, I said something to her instead of happy birthday. I said, “I love you”. I said the same thing to my wife and my eight year old daughter. Do not believe the lie that because you need to give attendance to the body of Christ that you can now neglect your physical family. You will be worse than an unbeliever if you do so.

1Ti 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Spend time with them. Be vigilant for them. If you have little kids, know the books that they are reading. Know what TV shows or movies they are watching. Know what they are being taught in school. Teach them the Scriptures. Raise them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Your adversary the devil will gladly devour your kids if you keep on neglecting them.

Pro 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

Taking care of physical family is one of the traditions of those who sit with Christ in the heavens. Take heed of yourself first before you can take heed of the flock.

Act 20:28 Take heed [prosecho] therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Overcome evil by doing good. If you take good care of your family, they will not believe the lie of the devil that you don’t love them anymore because you don’t celebrate their birthdays anymore. If you show your love to your wife or husband every day, they shouldn’t even feel the need for celebrating your wedding anniversary. The Lord broke the sabbath on multiple occasions to show us that He esteems all day alike.

Rom 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

He was hated by the religious establishments during His day for doing so, and we will be hated for doing so also. As He is so are we in this world.

That’s why we need to give attendance to exhortation. We need daily encouragement because the pull of the flesh is so strong.

Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

We need every one of the member of His body to function effectively as they are ordained by God for the body to grow.

Act 16:13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

Act 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened [it is the Lord doing it], that she attended [prosecho] unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

We teachers recognize that those who “attend”, pay close attention, meditate and obey our teachings are those “whose heart the Lord opened”. We are so encouraged when you listen to the studies and specially when we hear that the study has made a difference in your life. As I always tell my kids, when we study the Bible, we are listening to God who is speaking Himself through the teacher. It is such a joy when we hear that you are also teaching your kids what we teach you.

Act 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

“Come into my house and abide there”. And she constrained us (she insisted in serving them). The brethren here in Trinidad and Tobago have done nothing less than what this woman has done to the apostles. They have ministered to us long before we arrived in the airport and they continue to minister to us.

Heb 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

If God is in us, we would not forget each and every one of your work and labor of love you have showed toward his name. We would not forget those who have picked us up in the airport and given us rides to here in the resort and to everywhere we needed to go. If God is in us, we would not forget the prayers you offered to Him for us to arrive here safely. We would not forget every hugs and holy kisses which refreshed the hearts of the saints.

Phm 1:7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

We know it takes so much time, effort and money to organize this conference. Paul mentioned name of those who ministered to him, so I will follow his example. Bobby Lynch, Kenwin Thomas and Michael Charles, you have led this little flock here in Trinidad and Tobago to receive the saints traveling from afar. We deeply appreciate all that you have done and are doing.

From every meal that you provide to every word of encouragement you give, if the Lord is in us, then we would not forget every blessing we received from Him through you. You will by no means lose your reward.

Mat 10:40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.

Mat 10:41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.

Mat 10:42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

It is a tradition in heaven to show the same diligence that our brethren here in Trinidad and Tobago have shown to us.

Heb 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

We must be good examples to one another and to the whole world.

1Ti 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given [prosecho] to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

Drunkenness is a sin but drinking wine in moderation is not a sin. Even our Lord drank wine Himself and turned water into wine. Drunkenness is lack of self-control. Self-control is one of the forms of the fruit of the holy spirit. If you lack self-control then you will not be a good example to the brethren. It is a tradition in heaven to have every quality listed in 1Ti 3:8: Grave or honorable or honest. May we not hear that any of you cheats in his or her taxes, or cheats their employers of the hard work that should be seen from every Godly worker. May we not hear that any of you are neglecting their family or are entangled in politics.

When we are sure of what we believe in, we will not be doubletongued. Our Lord Jesus Christ and the apostles did not require tithing or any regular collection of money. It is a tradition in heaven to freely give what they have freely received.

Act 5:34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

Act 5:35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed [prosecho] to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

Act 5:36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.

Act 5:37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

Act 5:38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

Act 5:39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

Act 5:40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

If we abide by His words, Babylon and its leaders will take notice of that. They will know that we are the ambassadors of Christ and not them. It is a tradition in heaven to continue to teach and preach Jesus Christ in the face of persecution.

Act 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

Act 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Take heed unto doctrine. One of the most hated doctrines of Jesus Christ is Matthew 18 and yet it is one of the most important doctrines of Jesus Christ in guarding against the leaven of Babylon, including the observance of days, months, times and years.

Mat 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

Mat 16:12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware [prosecho] of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Christ doesn’t only nourishes, but He also cleanses His body. He does this through us. We are given elders who vigilantly guard for your souls. We are given the gift of discernment to know the voice of the Shepherd from the voice of a stranger.

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Let’s review the traditions in heaven that we have learned today:

Those whose citizenship is in heaven always consider the sum of His word.

Psa 119:159 Consider how I love your precepts! Give me life according to your steadfast love.

Psa 119:160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

We judge ourselves first before we judge those who are within the body of Christ.

1Co 11:31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

We need to show the same diligence as our brethren here in Trinidad and Tobago have shown, and those who want to strongly affirm their belief in God.

Tit 3:8 Faithful is the Word, and as to these things, I desire that you strongly affirm that those believing God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.

We need to be good examples to each other and to the whole world.

1Co 4:17 For this cause I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved son and faithful in the Lord, who shall remind you of my ways which are in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.

We need to give attendance to doctrine to guard against the leaven of Babylon and keep the unity in the faith.

2Ti 4:1 Therefore I solemnly witness before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is going to judge the living and the dead according to His appearance and His kingdom,

2Ti 4:2 preach the Word, be instant in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.

Christ did not conform to the traditions of this world and He suffered for it. We have been called for the purpose of following His footsteps.

Finally, let’s look at the two Scriptures that we started with.

Php 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

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