Move Beyond Tradition


Faced with a deteriorating culture and its own declining influence, the church cannot afford to cling to man made traditions. The Bible, not tradition, must sit in judgment over us. Paul write, see to it that no one takes you captive through the tradition of men (Colossians 2:8). The traditions of men aren’t necessarily God’s traditions. When the Pharisees and scribes asked Jesus why His disciples transgressed the tradition of the elders by failing to do the ceremonial hand washing (Matthew 15:1-2), Jesus answered them with another question: Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? Religious traditions may or may not be good. But what God wants is for us to obey Him and that’s always good. It’s amazing that we will get mad at people if they don’t follow our religious traditions, but we don’t get upset if they disobey the Word of God. In some churches it’s acceptable to live in sin, but you’d better not leave your choir robe at home. Raising money through chicken dinners, choir sings, and special days because that’s the way we’ve always done it is not good enough. (Colossians 2:8) warns us to beware of human traditions. That’s means if what your grandmother taught you is in line with God’s Word, that’s fine. But if it isn’t then follow Paul’s warning and change that tradition. It’s that simple, but you have to know what the Bible says in order to make that decision. We need to ask two questions about every church activity. First, is it biblical? Second, is it effective for ministry? If the answer to the first question is no, the activity may need to be eliminated no matter how popular it might be and no matter how effective it may seem to be. Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

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