Dear Pastor Whoever….
Jesus taught us “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and doesthem, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on therock; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blewand beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded onthe rock.” (Matthew, chapter 7)
Our Lord promises us that if we simply obey His commands – bybuilding on the secure rock of His sayings – our house (our lives)will never collapse, no matter how violent the storms coming ourway. As one giving spiritual oversight, one would suppose youwould relay Christ’s warning to your congregation many times.
Simply said, if those you influence neglect Christ’s admonition, theirlives will be a failure. Churchianity won’t save them. They would“be like the foolish man who built his house on the sand.” The stormsof life will destroy their house (their lives).
This, Pastor Whoever, is my grievance: You are actually teaching your congregation to build on sand. Yes, you preach the Bible(Christ’s sayings), but you also teach evangelical traditions. Jesus saidto the pharisees, “You have made the commandment of God of noeffect by your tradition.”
Understand that the pharisees preached the Bible (the OT) AND theypreached traditions of men. Like the evangelical pastor, they preachedan unholy mixture. The evangelical coerced to build his/her life on anunholy mixture will not, cannot, prosper.
You may ask, “But what evangelical traditions are contrary to Christ’ssayings?” Brace yourself. EVERY evangelical tradition is contrary toNT writings and therefore contrary to Christ. It’s these hostiletraditions that make evangelicalism evangelicalism. Get it?