"If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations" ... "These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh" (Colossians 2:20, 23, ESV).
Human traditions and religious practices satisfy the flesh and appeal to an uncircumcised heart.
Loyalty to God and His commands are easily forgotten when leadership devalues them. When God's Word is set forth as the only Standard for living, ungodly people often reject God's Word.
When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, "Is it you, you troubler of Israel?" And he answered, "I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father's house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals" (1 Kings 18:17-18).
God's Word is the Lamp. His Word is seen in all that His Son did as an example for us to follow.
"And Elijah came near to all the people and said, 'How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.' And the people did not answer him a word" (1 Kings 18:21).
Choose today whom we will serve.