Discerning Truth Versus Human Tradition (Part 3)
Avoiding Human Tradition Through Proper Application Of Authority
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. We know that we need authority to act or speak (Isaiah 8:20, II Corinthians 10:18, and Colossians 3:17).
1. The authority must exist before we act (Proverbs 20:25 and Romans 14:23).
2. There are to be NO changes (Deuteronomy 12:32, Deuteronomy 28:14, and Revelation 22:18-19).
B. In addition to that, consider four other markers to approach a study of authority on a subject matter correctly:
1. Is it to the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31)?
2. Is it lawful, expedient, and spiritually edifying [building] (I Corinthians 10:23)?
3. Am I seeking mine own desires over the Lord’s (Mark 8:34 and Psalms 40:8)?
4. Do I have doubts (I Timothy 2:8 and Luke 12:29)?
II. Body: Building Upon What We Have Established, Let’s Discuss Properly Applying God’s Will By Doing What He Says (James 1:19-27).
A. Putting into application the following of commands by examining the command to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs together (Ephesians 5:19).
1. Churches of Christ traditionally sing unscriptural, misunderstood songs; (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/studyingthesongswesing_bychristredeemedanswers.html)???
2. Are we singing just for people (Romans 15:9)?
3. Is it lawful, expedient, and edifying to sing songs we don’t understand (I Corinthians 14:15) or songs that teach error (Colossians 3:16; cf. Titus 2:1).
4. Should I sing songs because I like them (Hebrews 2:12 and Hebrews 13:15; cf. John 4:24)?
5. What if I am not sure the song is right (Ephesians 5:10)?
6. Singing aright collectively will require a couple of aids, what are aids?
a. We need a psalm, hymn, or spiritual song in some form for us all to sing together (i.e. Mark 14:26).
b. Some way for us to be orderly in singing the same song, starting the same time, etc. (I Corinthians 14:40). I.E. A person to pick and lead off the singing of the song (I Chronicles 15:22).
c. There is no command, inference, or example of singing in tune, with instruments, etc. in N.T. Thus, things along that line would be additions rather than aids.
B. Putting into application the following of approved examples by examining the approved example of putting God first as did Jesus (John 6:38).
1. Jesus lived to the glory of His Father (John 17:1-4).
2. Jesus certainly did what was lawful (John 5:30), expedient (John 16:7), and that which built up (John 15:5).
3. He wasn’t out to please Himself (Romans 15:3).
4. He was not a doubter (Hebrews 5:5-9).
5. Following His example (I Peter 2:21) of properly prioritizing means…
a. We would NEVER assemble with the erring (John 2:13-17).
b. We would NEVER put our family above our spiritual family (Luke 8:17-21).
c. We want the lost to be saved (Luke 15:1-32).
d. We’d be able to give an “it is written” answer (Luke 4:3-13).
e. We’d be about our Father’s business (Luke 2:41-49; cf. Matthew 6:33, Matthew 22:37, and Colossians 3:1-4).
f. We’d always do what we KNOW is RIGHT (John 8:28-29).
g. We’d realize this list is eternally short of all that could be said…
C. Putting into application the following of necessary inferences by examining the implication of properly handling the Lord’s money (I Corinthians 16:1-4 and II Corinthians 8:1-9:14).
1. We only have one reference to how the Lord’s treasury is to be built and that is the cited Scripture of I Corinthians 16:1-2.
2. Therefore, we have to reason that all authorized works of the local church must be funded through this collection.
a. Supporting preachers (I Corinthians 9:1-14 and Philippians 4:13-17).
b. Supporting elders (I Timothy 5:17-18).
c. Aiding truly needy saints (Romans 15:25-27).
e. Spiritual edification [cautiously] (Ephesians 4:16).
3. Understanding the limits (I Timothy 5:3-16 and II Thessalonians 3:10).
4. As stewards of His money (Acts 5:1-4), we must consider…
a. Is His money being used to His glory or ours (II Corinthians 9:15 and Philippians 4:20)?
b. We’ve inferred how to collect and spend His treasury, but are our conclusions consistently lawful, expedient, and edifying (Matthew 22:29)?
c. What are you if you take someone else’s money, without their authority, and do with it what YOU will (John 12:1-6)?
d. If we don’t know what we’re doing with His money is right, we’d better not do it (Colossians 2:21-22).
III. Conclusion: Simply Put, It Is All About Doing HIS WILL (Psalms 119:1-3).
© 2014 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager