Unacceptable Traditions

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In our modern world men often open the floodgates of change by discarding tradition.  Tradition is portrayed in a negative light.  Yet, New Testament traditions are good because they are divine deliverances, establishing authorized patterns.  The inspired word of Christ, which has been delivered to us through the apostles, is “a handed down” message that instructs us regarding life and godliness.  This good news of Jesus saves (cf. Romans 1:16), equips (cf. II Timothy 3:17), builds up and gives an inheritance (Acts 20:32).

 

God does not grant men the liberty to discard divine traditions, nor does He grant men the liberty to add traditions that cause people to set aside God’s commandments.  Rebuking some religious people, Jesus stated, “‘For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men – the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.’  He said to them, ‘All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.’” (Mark 7:8-9).  All religious traditions are not pleasing to God.  Traditions, violating God’s revelation, make worship vain and are condemned.  A Christian, who does not walk according to the apostolic tradition, needs spiritual discipline to turn him from his error (cf. II Thessalonians 3:6).

 

Unacceptable traditions are all human traditions that cause men to transgress God.  “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8).  Just because men have always done something in a particular way does not make it right or wrong, but the traditions of Christ in the gospel are STILL to be kept and practiced until He returns.