Discerning Truth Versus Human Tradition (Part 1)

“People Tend To Like Traditions”


Outline By: Brian A. Yeager



I. Introduction:

A. We should start off this lesson understanding that not all traditions are wrong (I Corinthians 11:2 [ordinances; KJV] and II Thessalonians 2:14-15).

1. In fact, when God is the author of a tradition you are to withdraw from those who don’t hold to those traditions (II Thessalonians 3:6).

2. The key is the difference between traditions of God versus those created by man (Ezekiel 20:18-19).

B. Having said that, people find it easy to trust in their own ways (Hosea 10:13).

1. We have to forsake our way and thinking to be saved (Ephesians 4:17-32).

2. There is only ONE WAY (Matthew 7:13-14; cf. John 14:6).

3. Realizing there is one standard is great (II Timothy 1:13), but most human religious traditions have some tie to Scriptures.  Thus, it becomes cloudy water in discerning truth from tradition especially when people WANT to cling to THEIR traditions (Proverbs 12:15).


II. Body: People Tend To Like Their Traditions (Mark 7:1-9).

A. Generations learn errors from previous generations (Jeremiah 9:13-14).

1. People often reject truth to hold to the traditions of their fathers and boy do they NOT want to hear that (Acts 7:51-58).

2. Listen to the prophets, don’t follow the errors of the past (Zechariah 1:1-6).

a. Like Israel in the past, traditions started by generations past amongst churches of Christ got us to the Apostasy we see today (i.e. I Kings 12:26-33; cf. II Kings 17:20-23).

b. We have to change the tide (Titus 1:10-14).

B. Understand, people generally “like” religious error (Jeremiah 5:22-31).

1. People tend to fear being put away from the traditionalists (John 12:37-43).

2. They WANT to hear things that are confortable (II Timothy 4:2-5).

C. Having said that, people can leave traditionalism (Galatians 1:13-14).

1. Using Paul as an example, for a person to leave traditionalism they have to be sincere individuals (Acts 24:16).

2. They have to be honest in their seeking (Luke 8:15).

D. Applying this to us (Colossians 2:8)…

1. We have to be honest in self-evaluation realizing most of us have been in traditionalism to some degree (Ezekiel 18:27-28).

2. Is what you believe and do based on the Scriptures or on tradition (Ephesians 5:10 and I Thessalonians 5:21)?

3. Honestly, how much of your faith is based upon evidence from the Scriptures opposed to just following what you’ve seen here or elsewhere (I Corinthians 4:6)?


III. Conclusion: In our next lesson we will AIM to discuss the standard we must use to discern truth verses tradition.  In the meantime, remember that Jesus didn’t die for you or I to keep the traditions of men (I Peter 1:18-19).






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