Traditions taught by apostles

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

He called you to this salvation through our gospel, so that you may possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold on to the traditions that we taught you whether by speech or by letter. 2 Thessalonians 2.14-15

The gospel is the only way to receive salvation. God calls us to be obedient to the gospel. That obedience puts us in the body of Jesus Christ. We become part of a spiritual family.

Paul tells the Thessalonians to stand firm. We need to know the scriptures to be able to acknowledge the truth and to know the traditions that were taught by the apostles. Observing traditions that come from men is not acceptable. In Mark 7. 6-7 we read that we are not to neglect God’s commands and set up our own traditions. The apostles taught the early Christians what they were to do as they walked in the Way. Many times they would travel from city to city much as Jesus did teaching wherever they went. Or the New Testament is full of letters that different inspired men wrote to the churches in different cities to impart teaching or correct error. Those same writings apply to us today.

We must be careful to follow what we have been given. Else we fall into the same error as many in the past. God does not change. He asks the same of us all. What he asked of the first century church is the same that he asks of us today. Are we listening?

#risingjoy #2-Thessalonians #tradition

Corban: Mark 7.10-13 VOTD

“For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone tells his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you would have received from me is corban’ (that is, a gift for God), then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like this.”

Mark 7.10-13

Some Jewish traditions didn’t circle the law to protect it, but worked to sidestep it.

What do people say today that cancels out the word of God?

#tradition #Bible #VOTD


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.

#churches-of-christ, #lords-supper, #man-made-traditions, #tradition

June 2014 Issue of Christian Worker

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • The New Testament’s “Pattern of Worship” (Dave Rogers)
  • Social Drinking (Sam Willcut)
  • Do Not Quit Writing (Tommy Kelton)
  • The Doctrine of Christ (William Woodson)
  • Tradition or Truth? (Michael Light)
  • Much Wine? (Tracy Dugger)
  • Can Worship Be Vibrant and Meaningful without Becoming Faddish and Unscriptural? (Tom Holland)
  • What Does It Mean to Preach Christ? (Billy Bland)
  • The Drag of Discouragement (Bill Burk)
  • Involvement (Bobby Liddell)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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#christian-worker, #doctrine, #drinking, #involvement, #jesus-christ, #pattern, #pdf, #preaching-christ, #tradition, #truth, #wine, #worship

Following Tradition

An old song says, “I want a girl just like the girl that married dear, old Dad.” Isn’t tradition nice? Sometimes, it’s almost as comforting as an old blanket on a cold day.

But, there’s the trouble. It’s all too often the case we turn to tradition for answers when we ought to be turning to God’s word.

Bildad the Shuhite was a great one for tradition. He told Job, “Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right? (Job 8:3 NET). Bildad, in a question, accused Job of sin. But, Bildad’s assumption was incorrect. He assumed a number of wrong things. He assumed Job’s son’s sin caused his house to fall from a mighty gust of wind killing everybody inside. With Bildad, every effect has a cause and both may be readily seen if we employ the power of tradition.

Yes, we should learn the lessons of the past. But, we must never become a slave to tradition. Some traditions are not rooted in the truth. Bildad’s idea that God’s blessings always equal material wealth was not correct, though that’s what his traditions taught him.

Some people think Bildad was right. When they see a big church with plenty of members and money, they’re impressed and assume that church must be doing things correctly.

If that church is not following the commands of God as laid down in the Bible, then it’s not righteous, is it? Many churches are numerically large with a spiritual famine going on inside. Prosperity does not always equal God’s blessing.

I married a girl very similar to the kind my father married, but I didn’t blindly follow his type exactly. Traditions must never be followed simply because it’s a tradition. Socrates reportedly said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Blind, unexamined traditions must never be followed without question.

The apostle Paul said, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

#bildad, #church, #tradition

Jesus' Most Striking Phrase

To me, the most striking phrase of Jesus is, “Have ye not read?” (Matthew 12:3,5; Matthew 19:4; Matthew 22:31; Mark 12:10,26; Luke 6:3).

The religious leaders of Christ’s day had indeed “read” the Old Testament passages that Jesus’ referred to in the above passages, but were more interested in upholding their own “traditions” rather than upholding God’s word (Matthew 15:3,6; Mark 7:8-9,13).

As a result, the Lord called these religious leaders “hypocrites” (Matthew 15:7-8 ; cf. Isaiah 29:13).

Today, our society would call them “reading-challenged.”

#day, #hypocrite, #jesus, #leader, #passage, #phrase, #read, #religious, #striking, #tradition, #word

Kingdom Come by John Mark Hicks and Bobb…

Kingdom Come by John Mark Hicks and Bobby Valentine is a book worth reading. The authors put forward a theory that the churches of Christ developed two somewhat opposing methods of understanding scripture in the mid 20th century: a Texas “tradition” and a Tennessee “tradition. The former is represented by such luminaries as Tant, Whiteside, Nichol and Foy Wallace and the latter by Lipscomb, Harding, Boll, and Brewer. I do not read books that simply restate what I already believe or know. I read books to learn and for my own thinking to be challenged so as to learn. While I may not agree with everything the authors of this book say, I firmly believe there is much that is challenging and worth considering.

#churches-of-christ, #scripture, #tradition

Be happy! – JAM

Too many churches are ham-strung by staid traditions and somber formality, all in the guise of doing things decently and in order. But the truth is, there is nothing more indecent and out of order than a faith that measures piety by the length of the face. Jesus came preaching glad tidings, not bad news. Any gospel that makes one miserable instead of happy can’t be from Jesus. Jesus said of his commands, “Happy are you if you do them.” When we leave the impression that the only good Christian is a dismal Christian, is it any wonder we have such a hard time converting anyone? Jesus calls us to a celebration, not a cemetery; to a feast, not a funeral. Starched shirts rob the gospel of its joy until it is more of a farce than a force. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

#blessed, #just-a-minute, #tradition