As I walk further along the road of life with the Lord, I have notice a troubling trend. The church (the body of Christ) has become guilty of allowing the traditions of men to become as the commandments of God. Jesus warned us of this in Matthew 7.
Along the way, we have made the hymn book equal with the Word of God. If we use drums and guitars instead of pianos and organs, we are somehow dishonoring God. Now where exactly is that in Scripture.
We have taught and been taught that “where two or three are gathered in His name,” God will, definitely, answer our prayer. Now where exactly is that in Scripture?
We have taught and been taught that there are “certain” clothes that we must wear to church on Sunday morning. (I guess Wednesday’s do not matter. For God must give us liberty during “prayer meeting.”) This is called our “Sunday best.” When, again in reality, many people that are wearing their best would be turned away or shunned from many churches today. Who is to say that their “t-shirt” isn’t the best they own? But I digress, where exactly is that in Scripture?
We have taught and been taught that if someone drinks a beer they are in sin. Now where exactly is that in Scripture?
We have been taught that we must ask forgiveness of sin daily, because we are nasty sinners that will be out of fellowship with God if we don’t make things right. Now where exactly is that in Scripture?
We have taught and been taught that the two of each kind of animal went on the ark, there were three wise men, those same wise men came to the stable, that prayer can change God’s mind, and so on. Now where exactly is that in Scripture?
I contend that God could care less about hymn books or drums. “Where two or three are gathered in His name” is actually a church discipline text from Matthew 18. Jesus teaches “come as you are now,” not after you change clothes. Actually, the Bible teaches that drunkards will not enter the kingdom of God. Hebrews 10 teaches that after Jesus defeated sin on the cross, “He sat down!” A reference to one of His remarks on the cross, which was “It is finished!” The fact of the cross was complete forgiveness, So much so, that God does not remember our sins anymore. Why should we keep asking God daily to do what He has already done?
I believe God is simply concerned with preachers preaching the truth. Not traditions, not what we have been taught, but the truth of God’s Word. Even if it pushes the mark! Men of God must study to show themselves and not be ashamed to rightly divide the Word of Truth.
It is time for preacher’s to “Preach the Word, not the traditions of men!