Christian Religion Based Upon The Bible Without Leaven
1 Corinthians 5:6, “Do you not know that a little leaven can leaven the whole lump?”
When I first became a Christian I decided to make a laminated wooden wall decoration with the 10 Commandments on it. I thought that would be pleasing to God, and it would help me to learn the Commandments so I could keep them. I didn’t realize that throughout history no-one was able to keep these commandants, and that Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross to replace them with grace and mercy. So I began to travel the path of condemnation and failure, trying to live up to the laws under the Old Covenant. I easily found teachers who also were on this path of leaven, who were teaching we were still under the law of the old testament. Many years later I learned through the Bible, that Jesus was telling me, His way was easy and His burden was light. He was saying the path of the old testament law was heavy laden with failures. (Matthew 11:30)
These type of teachings are what God’s Word refers to as “leaven”. That is why Jesus cautioned His disciples, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:6)
To decide on a Christian religion that believes what you believe, you should first decide if your beliefs are based on the facts in the Bible. Jesus was cautioning his disciples to stay away from legalism and humanism. The new covenant Jesus established does not condemn people who fail to keep God’s laws, nor does it discount the supernatural and teach that everything can be explained away using reasoning or science.
Choose a Religion Without Leaven And Wrong Teachings
In the Bible leaven represents pride and false teachings. The scriptures should be the final authority, but there are many twisted ideas formed through legalism and humanism. We need to know that the Old covenant was replaced by a new covenant.
Imagine a young man introducing his “new girlfriend” to his father. He would say, “this is my new girlfriend” and it would be clear to his father that the old girlfriend has been replaced with a new one. If we can receive that same concept with these two covenants we can see the old covenant was replaced by the new. Once you have this established in your belief’s, you have a basis to look for a Christian Religion that believes what you believe.
Here are some of the differences between the old and new covenants.
- There is NOW no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)
- The old is based on keeping the law to be saved (Deuteronomy 28), the new is based on grace to be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9)
- The old required sacrifices to cover over sins (Hebrews 10:4, 8), the new needed only one sacrifice and it was finished, sins are remembered no more and washed away (Hebrews 10:12-14, Hebrews 10:17)
- The 10 commandments were the only commandments written in stone (Exodus 31:18), by the sacrifice on the cross the commandments written in stone were done away (2 Cor. 3.6-11)
- The duration of the Law was until the seed came, which was Jesus. (Gal. 3.19-25)
- The ordinances of the Law that were against us were blotted out in the new (Colossians 2:14)
As you can see in the above scriptures the major difference is that judgement and condemnation was replaced with mercy and grace. The only exception between the old and new covenants is; those who wish to be under the old covenant law are a debtor to keep the whole law. (Galatians 5:3) Jesus has provided a much better way through grace. There is no reason a Christian should want to go back under the law, they would be on the wrong mountain.
Base Your Beliefs on a “No Leaven” Foundation
There were two mountains mentioned in Galatians 4 representing Sarah, Hagar, and their sons; Mount Zion (Sarah and the freeborn son) which represents grace and promise, and Mount Sinai (Hagar and the bond woman’s son) which represents Law and bondage. The son of the bond woman will not inherit the blessings of the seed of Abraham. (Galatians 3:14)
Beloved, Christ has redeemed you from every curse of the law and set you free to live in God’s grace and mercy. (Galatians 3:13) Your sins and mistakes God will remember no more. (Hebrews 8:12) Through Jesus God has met all your needs and wants to bless you. These blessings are according to what you believe, and your words will indicate what you believe. To get on the correct mountain, and get rid of any leaven, you can establish your beliefs by declaring that by God’s grace you are healed, not sick; prosperous, not poor; and forever righteous in Christ according to the new covenant without leaven.