without the traditions of men . . .
the traditions of YAH
without slavery TO the written law.
While there is but one way to Yah, and it is through His Son Yahoshua the Messiah, there are currently some 41,000 “Christian” denominations in existence. That fact alone demonstrates that, since the time of Yahoshua's earliest followers in the New Testament, man has devised many different formulas and doctrines to determine and regulate what faith in Yahoshua looks like.
If one were to reduce every denomination down to its core reason for existence, he would find the desire for an assurance of salvation. Rather than relying on what scripture plainly teaches, and on what the earliest assembly of believers knew and understood, Yah's scriptures have been twisted, perverted, added to, and taken away from—all to provide some form of confirmation that, following the doctrinal distinctives of one's denomination, he is, indeed, saved.
Roman Catholics look to their sacraments, Charismatics embrace their version of the “gifts of the Spirit,” Protestants and Baptists proclaim that their eternal assurance comes from the written words of Yah's scriptures—the Bible. A relatively new movement touts adherence to the Hebraic perspective of the New Testament believer; however, they preach the ways of the Old Covenant, and essentially deny what the Messiah accomplished on the cross. Contrary to what we're taught in scripture, they preach the written law as a form of holiness.
And, while each of the myriad denominations possesses some grains of truth, they all have one thing in common—the fallacy of faulty human understanding. Combined, they are the equivalent of the Tower of Babel—man's attempts, through his own power, to reach Yah.
It's a shame, really, because Yah showed us the true faith with the earliest of His Son's followers, and that's exactly how we approach Him—through the entire perspective that New Testament believers had. They knew the things of Yah, from the feast days, and the temple ordinances and practices, to the traditions of the Jewish wedding. They fully understood the significance of the Passover Seder as a vivid picture of the perfect Lamb. They understood the path one must take to approach the Almighty, because it had been symbolized for them before their Messiah walked with them—and, they knew it as . . . the Way of the Tabernacle.
But now in Yahoshua the Messiah you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to Yah through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. Ephesians 2:13-16