~ Beyond the Pulpit ~
Do You Follow Tradition or Truth?
At one time when challenged by the Pharisees on the keeping of ritual cleansing, the Lord said to them “…ye have made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition” (Matt. 15:6).
Today it is no different. In their zeal for “tradition and ritual” many miss the truth of God’s program or Dispensation of Grace that is in effect today (Eph. 3:1-2). Having trusted in Christ as their Savoir, the believer is saved, sealed, and given the gift of eternal life (Eph. 1:7, 13-14; 2:8-9). We are warned to “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit according to the tradition of men” (Col. 2:8), and told that the believer is “complete in Jesus Christ” (Col. 2:10). There is nothing that need be, nor indeed can be, added to what Jesus has accomplished on our behalf. He died for our sins; He was buried; and He rose from the dead. (I Cor. 15:3-4).
Are you trusting in the traditions of men (rituals, good work, religion, church membership, giving to the poor, lodge membership or any other thing that man can do), or are you trusting in the One who can forgive your sins and give you eternal life? Only you can make the choice.
The truth is, the Bible says two main things concerning salvation. It says to “repent and be baptized.” It also says that we are saved by God’s grace (free gift) apart from any works of the law because we are “not under law but grace.” Now, the question remains, which one of these commands is for the Body of Christ today? You must “rightly divide” God’s word to understand how you are saved today. (Eph. 2:8-9) Romans 10:4 says: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”