The religious leaders of Jesus’ time had also substituted the traditions of men for the commandments of God. Jesus asked them this pointed question “Why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?” (Matthew 15:3).
Please note that Jesus clearly stated it to be transgression (sin) to follow the traditions of men instead of obeying the commandment of God. Jesus went on to warn us:
“So for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God – depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect. You pretenders – hypocrites! Admirably and truly did Isaiah prophesy of you when he said: ‘This people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their heart holds off and is far away from Me; uselessly do they worship Me, for they teach as doctrines the commands of men’” (Matthew 15:6-9 – Amplified Bible).
Could anything be clearer? If any man – be he bishop, priest, or pastor – teaches the traditions of men instead of the commandments of God, he must be putting the Word of God to one side. Historically the results of doing this have been serious indeed! Countless numbers of sincere people have been deceived, and robbed of precious blessings purchased for them by Jesus Christ on the Cross.
Again the Lord Jesus said to the religious people of His day: “You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men” (Mark 7:8).
Many are doing the same today. Dear friend, what about you? What will you do? Leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men? Or will you leave the tradition of men, and hold fast the commandment of God? Today you must make your choice.
“Repent,” “Be baptized,” “Receive the Holy Spirit.” This is the commandment of God. This is God’s plan for THE ONLY FOUNDATION upon which a proper Christian life can be built.