Yeah, but the old rules of the church fathers say…

Now the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not take food without washing their hands with care, keeping the old rule which has been handed down to them: And when they come from the market-place, they take no food till their hands are washed; and a number of other orders there are, which have been handed down to them to keep–washings of cups and pots and brass vessels. And the Pharisees and the scribes put the question to him, Why do your disciples not keep the rules of the fathers, but take their bread with unwashed hands?”                (Mark 7:3-5 ∼ BBE)

It’s not my intent to do damage to the above text, but look how well some of the teachings of the Catholic Church fits the very point that the Spirit of God was trying to make when it comes to observing them because they are the “old rules” of the fathers that often get brought up when discussing matters of the faith that has been once and for all delivered to the saints:

  • Why do your disciples not keep the rules of the fathers…by not observing lent?
  • Why do your disciples not keep the rules of the fathers…by not recognizing the authority of the Pope?
  • Why do your disciples not keep the rules of the fathers…by not praying to or through dead saints?
  • Why do your disciples not keep the rules of the fathers…by not referring to individuals as holy father or holy mother?
  • Why do your disciples not keep the rules of the fathers…by not believing in transubstantiation?
  • Why do your disciples not keep the rules of the fathers…by not baptizing babies?
  • Why do your disciples not keep the rules of the fathers…by not supporting the doctrine of purgatory?
  • Why do your disciples not keep the rules of the fathers…by refusing to accept the extra-biblical quoted rules of the fathers when matters of the Bible are discussed?

Now you know why the “old rules” of the fathers (a.k.a. the touted “old traditions” of the Catholic Church) aren’t that impressive to members of the church of Christ – it’s because those “old rules” didn’t originate with God through the New Testament any more than the past “old rules” of the Jewish fathers originated with God through the Old Testament.

But their worship is to no purpose, while they give as their teaching the rules of men. For, turning away from the law of God, you keep the rules of men. And he said to them, Truly you put on one side the law of God, so that you may keep the rules which have been handed down to you.” (Mark 7:7-9 ∼ BBE)

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3-23-2015 Man-Made Tradition: Jesus’ Death

In Mark 7:1-3 NKJV: “Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem. Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders.” Some religious practices “reject the commandment of God” to keep their tradition, as Jesus said in Mark 7:9. Christians remember Jesus’ death every first day of the week in the Lord’s Supper, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26; Acts 20:7 NKJV). The churches of Christ do not wait for a man-made yearly tradition!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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