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A Word to the Wise – 9-28-2016

by Dr. Walter Olsen

Can tradition get in the way of truth? Yes! Some traditions are good and useful, but when tradition replaces the truth of God’s word, there is a major problem.

It is easy to become more loyal to tradition than the truth of God’s word. When that happens, the great truths of God’s word are lost. Jesus warned about this when He said, “…full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:9). The end result is as Jesus said, “Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Mark 7:7). The problem is, tradition, because it is easy and often makes no real claim on a person’s life, can replace the worship of the heart. It is thus that Jesus said to the Pharisees, “…well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoreth Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me” (Mark 7:6). That really is the essence of the problem. God must be worshiped with the heart if He would be worshiped at all. Jesus concluded this discussion by reminding the Pharisees that they make, “…the word of God of none effect through your tradition” (Mark 7:13). Yes, some traditions may be useful and even wonderful, but not when they are substituted for the truth of God’s word!

First Baptist Church of Woodville Dennis Tapp, Pastor 715-698-2624