Jesus was at it again with the Pharisees. He had issue with their “tradition based” religion. Nothing wrong with traditions, if they are practiced in the right context, for the right reasons, and come from scripture. Here are three pitfalls to avoid.
1. Worship based on tradition. 7:7 “Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.” Worship is a hot topic. Mention it and people immediately take sides. Many of these discussions have to do with personal preference and tradition. What should define what is or not appropriate is the Bible. Notice that Jesus defined unbiblical worship as “a farce”. Base your worship on the word.
3. Practice based on tradition. 7:8 “For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.” Here is a substitute you never want to make. It happens too often, however. Have you ever been in a conversation with a person, that even though biblical evidence is clearly presented, still choses to practice long held beliefs? (a common example is the Sabbath for other Christians, but it happens to us to!) Once again, the solution is clear. Return to the bible. Hold on to the Holy Scriptures. The God’s Word define your practice.
Conclusion- When at odds with personal beliefs, tradition, practice, or teaching, always choose to follow God’s Word and you will be safe.
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