Discerning Truth Versus Human Tradition (Part 2)

“Discerning The Difference By Using The Scriptures As Our Authority” 

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager



I. Introduction: *Remember why you exist before we even talk about what authority we live under (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 and Revelation 4:11; cf. I Chronicles 29:11).

A. If something is “good”, the Scriptures will say so (II Timothy 3:16-17).

1. If we move toward something God didn’t say to do, we err (Leviticus 10:1-2, II Samuel 7:1-7, Jeremiah 7:30-31, Matthew 28:18-20, John 2:13-17,and Acts 15:24).

2. Plainly put, we have to have the mindset of “I will hear what the Lord will command” (Numbers 9:1-9, John 5:39, and Colossians 3:17).

a. If you cannot prove it, don’t do it (Ephesians 5:10).

b. Don’t act wherein there is doubt (Romans 14:23).

B. Our human reasoning is not the standard (Proverbs 3:5-7, Proverbs 14:12, and Matthew 7:21-23).

1. People often think that they can “out wit” someone with a trick Bible question to justify their position (Matthew 22:15).

a. For one, we should not engage in such (II Timothy 2:23; cf. I Timothy 6:3-5).

b. Secondly, whose word will judge you (John 12:48)?

2. Being right in our own eyes is not the equivalent of being right (Isaiah 5:20)!


II. Body: Properly Handling The Truth As Our Authority (II Timothy 2:14-18).

A. Understanding we are under a law (Galatians 6:2), but not the Old Law (Romans 7:1-6).

1. The Old Testament serves as lessons we can learn from (Romans 15:4 and I Corinthians 10:1-12).

2. However, it is disobedience to the Gospel of Christ that will cause you to be lost (II Thessalonians 1:7-9).

B. We know what is right because the Lord directly states or commands such (Luke 11:28, John 14:21-24, John 15:9-10, and II John 1:6).

1. This is how we know Him or show we don’t (I John 2:3-6).

2. The commands of our Lord include those words of the Apostles (Luke 10:16 and I Corinthians 14:37).

C. We know what is right when we read approved examples of what to do (I Corinthians 11:1, Philippians 4:9, and I Peter 2:21).

1. This does not include all examples of the Apostles…

a. The Apostles didn’t always do what was right (Matthew 16:21-23 and Galatians 2:11-17).

b. Some things, even those that are right, we cannot do because they [Apostles] had authority (i.e. I Corinthians 16:1) that we do not (II Corinthians 5:20 and Ephesians 6:20).

i. They were directly guided by the Spirit (John 16:13).

ii. Were inspired of God (I Corinthians 2:9-13).

c. The same is true of the examples of Christ, some things He did we cannot do (i.e. Matthew 9:6).

2. Some examples show what NOT to do (I John 3:11-12; cf. Genesis 4:1-16).

3. Some examples have lessons of both what to do and what not to do (Luke 15:11-32).

D. We know what is right when we read of things inferred, reasoned out, with only one possible conclusion (i.e. Matthew 22:23-32).

1. Peter inferred the Gentiles were Christians because they received the Holy Ghost just as did the Apostles (Acts 11:1-18).

2. Paul inferred God wanted him to preach in Macedonia (Acts 16:5-10).

3. People can incorrectly draw conclusions (John 21:21-23).

4. Proper reasoning demands we do not draw any conclusions that aren’t Scripturally consistent…

a. When I read Deuteronomy 4:40 I cannot conclude that the earth is eternal because…

b. …Other Scriptures tell me it is not (Matthew 24:35-36 and II Peter 3:10).

E. To know what is right you have to be reasonable (Hebrews 5:14).

1. We know certain instructions (i.e. Matthew 28:19) require tools to complete those commands (i.e. Acts 8:36).

2. The right question is always, “what is right with ________”; rather than thinking something is right because God didn’t say not to do it (Luke 6:46).

3. Don’t be stupid…  An instruction to drink of the cup (I Corinthians 11:25) infers there is something in the cup (Matthew 26:29).

4. Being reasonable is useless though if you’re using a Bible perversion instead of a reliable translation…

a. I use the KJV for many reasons [not saying the KJV has no errors, but it has no damnable errors I am aware of] (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/WhytheKJVOvertheNIVNASBorESV_handout.pdf).

b. Check the version you’re using in verses such as Romans 10:10.  Compare Matthew 5:17 with Ephesians 2:15 – do they contradict each other (ESV, NASB, & NIV do).  Check Matthew 19:9 for loose terminology (immorality [NASB] or sexual immorality [NKJV & ESV].  Are there verses missing in your translation (NIV has many missing… Matthew 17:21, Matthew 18:11, Matthew 23:14, Mark 15:28, John 5:4, Acts 8:37, and many more.

c. Read the preface of the version you are using.  Some ADMIT to be “more than a word-for-word rendering” (NIV).

d. Read the preface of the version you are using.  Some ADMIT: “The attempt has been made to render the grammar and terminology in contemporary English. When it was felt that the word- for- word literalness was unacceptable to the modern reader, a change was made in the direction of a more current English idiom” (NASB).


III. Conclusion: Be Careful Not To Twist The Scriptures (II Peter 3:15-17).




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