Do You Follow Traditions That Are Dear To You But Are Not Scriptural!

Why do you think Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees (in Matthew

15:1-3) when he answered them back about not washing their hands

before they ate “why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by

your traditions?”

 

Did you know in the old testament in the laws of Moses given by God

that there is no mention anywhere in scripture that they had to wash

before they ate? In the laws of the Jewish people, there were many

laws added later by the Pharisees and scribes.

 

This was a tradition of man. So, Jesus was pointing out to the

scribes and Pharisees that they were following the laws of man and

not God.

 

Then Jesus says in Matthew 15:4 (where it was written in the law “For

God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that

curseth father or mother, let him die the death.”

 

Could it be that the scribes and pharasees were more hung up on their

laws then the law of God to Moses? They followed the tradition of

man and not what God’s word said?

 

Does that sound familiar in the church today? Do we follow or do

rituals that are not in the written word? For example, look at all

the traditions in the Catholic church, many of the traditions came

after about 400 years later.

 

I”m not picking on the Catholic church but using them as an example

of how the church bring division within each other through traditions

of man. I’m sure all denominations are guilty in one form or

another. Here are examples of what I”m talking about. This is after

the death of Christ.

 

375 – Veneration of angels and dead saints. What does the word say

about praying to dead saints. It is forbidden in the word of God.

 

394 – The Mass, as a daily celebration, adopted.

 

431 – The worship of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the use of the

term, “Mother of God”, as applied to her, originated in the Council

of Ephesus.

 

500 – Priests began to dress differently from the laity.

 

593 – The doctrine of Purgatory was first established by Gregory the

Great. The Latin language, as the language of prayer and worship in

churches, was also imposed by Pope Gregory I. 600 years after Christ

 

The Word of God forbids praying and teaching in an unknown tongue. (I

Cor. 14:9).

 

600 – The Bible teaches that we pray to God alone. In the primitive

church never were prayers directed to Mary, or to dead saints. This

practice began in the Roman Church

 

(Matt. 11:28; Luke 1:46; Acts 10:25-26; 14:14-18)

 

610 – The Papacy is of pagan origin. The title of pope or universal

bishop, was first given to the bishop of Rome by the wicked emperor

Phocas

 

This he did to spite Bishop Ciriacus of Constantinople, who had

justly excommunicated him for his having caused the assassination of

his predecessor emperor Mauritius. Gregory 1, then bishop of Rome,

refused the title, but his successor, Boniface III, first assumed

title “pope.”

 

Jesus did not appoint Peter to the headship of the apostles and

forbade any such notion. (Lk. 22:24-26; Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18; I

Cor. 3:11).

 

Note:– Nor is there any mention in Scripture, nor in history, that

Peter ever was in Rome, much less that he was pope there for 25

years; Clement, 3rd bishop of Rome, remarks that there is no real 1st

century evidence that Peter ever was in Rome.”

 

709 – The kissing of the Pope’s feet

 

It had been a pagan custom to kiss the feet of emperors. The Word of

God forbids such practices. (Read Acts 10:25-26; Rev. 19:10; 22:9).

 

750 – The Temporal power of the Popes

 

When Pepin, the usurper of the throne of France, descended into

Italy, called by Pope Stephen II, to war against the Italian

Lombards, he defeated them and gave the city of Rome and surrounding

territory to the pope. Jesus expressly forbade such a thing, and He

himself refused worldly kingship. (Read Matt. 4:8-9; 20:25-26; John

18:38).

 

788 – Worship of the cross, images and relics was authorized

 

This was by order of Dowager Empress Irene of Constantinople, who

first caused to pluck the eyes of her own son, Constantine VI, and

then called a church council at the request of Hadrian I, pope of

Rome at that time.

 

Such practice is called simply IDOLATRY in the Bible, and is severly

condemned. (Read Ex. 20:4; 3:17; Deut. 27:15; Psalm 115).

 

850 – Holy Water, mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by the

priest, was authorized.

 

890 – The veneration of St. Joseph began

 

965 – The baptism of bells was instituted by Pope John XIV

 

995 – Canonization of dead saints, first by Pope John XV

 

Every believer and follower of Christ is called saint in the Bible.

(Read Rom. 1:7; I Col. 1:2).

 

998 – Fasting on Fridays and during Lent were imposed

 

Imposed by popes said to be interested in the commerce of fish.

(Bull, or permit to eat meat), some authorities say, began in the

year 700. This is against the plain teaching of the Bible. (Read

Matt. 15:10; I Cor. 10:25; I Tim. 4:1-3).

 

The Mass was developed gradually as a sacrifice; attendance made

obligatory in the 11th century.

 

The Bible teaches that the sacrifice of Christ was offered once and

for all, and is not to be repeated, but only commemorated in the

Lord’s Supper. (Read Heb. 7:27; 9:26-28; 10:10-14).

 

1079 – The celibacy of the priesthood was decreed by Pope Hildebrand,

Boniface VII

 

Jesus imposed no such rule, nor did any of the apostles. On the

contrary, St. Peter was a married man, and St. Paul says that bishops

were to have wife and children. (Read I Tim. 3:2,5, and 12; Matt.

8:14-15).

 

1090 – The Rosary, or prayer beads was introduced by Peter the

Hermit, in the year 1090. Copied from Hindus and Mohammedans

 

The counting of prayers is a pagan practice and is expressly

condemned by Christ. (Matt. 6:5-13).

 

This list goes on and on but these are traditions of man. I’m using

this as an example. We are all guilty of doing so in our lives.

What I’m trying to say is that when man created traditions regardless

of what denomination, it brought division between the churches.

 

Can you imagine what it would be like if we all followed the word of

God and we all could be in harmony with each other? Maybe the laws

of the land against the church might not have ever come about? Think

about it?

 

I want to hear your thoughts on this. Again, I’m not picking on the

Catholic church but using them as an example of traditions of man.

 

by: Traci Morin
Touch of God Healing Ministries (a healing and deliverance ministry located in Dallas, Texas).  If you live in the Dallas area, come to our set free bible study and start your journey of healing!

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