Every person alive is subject to deception. Y’shua said even the very elect would be deceived (Matt 24:24). This was also Y’shua’s very first warning when He was asked about the end of the age. He said: “see to it that no one deceives you” (Matt 24:3-5). We have written a few previous posts about deception and will continue to do, because of the importance and relevance of this topic. In this study, we want to look at how certain practices can make it possible for us to be deceived. These practices can be summarized as mixed worship. This will include any practices and traditions contrary to the Word.
It is Friday; the sun is almost setting and a family gathers in their home all dressed up and ready to start their Sabbath celebration. The aroma of the prepared dinner is mouth-watering and the children giggle in anticipation. Mother and Father are getting the last things arranged. Everybody finds their places at the beautifully set table, while mother gets the challah and candles ready. The candles are lit by her while she prays the traditional blessing. The Shabbat has begunâ€¦â€¦ I have used this traditional Sabbath setting as an example, as it is such a familiar scene, but how are we to view traditions as believers in Y’Shua? Is it good to follow traditions? Some Torah observant followers of Y’Shua condemn all traditions, whether it be Jewish, Christian or something in between. Is this the approach we are to follow? I want to show you both sides of the scale. Traditions are not to be viewed as evil or deceptive in general, although like with so many other things, we are to follow a wise and balanced approach.