Another Sermon Outline by Brian A. Yeager
Traditions of Men Die Hard
I. Introduction: Colossians 2:4-8; 20-23
    A. We are not going to deny that there are traditions [ordinances; 3832
    Strong’s number; same as “traditions” elsewhere “that which is delivered”] we
    can follow (I Corinthians 11:2).
    1. We must simply understand the difference between the traditions
    [ordinances] of men and those of God (II Thessalonians 2:15; 3:6).
    2. Man is not the standard (II Corinthians 10:12).
    B. Honesty in our service to God demands that we do not cling to that which is
    not of God (Luke 16:13-15).
    1. Are we willing to forsake our way of thinking (Proverbs 16:2-3; cf. II
    Kings 5:10-14).
    2. Are we honest enough to question ourselves (Haggai 1:3-9; cf. II
    Corinthians 13:5)?

II. Body: Who’s will are we doing (Leviticus 22:31 and Ephesians 5:17)?
    A. If we follow traditions of men, we’re not following the Lord (Mark 7:1-13).
    1. Even if our “forefathers” or “great preachers” or “known men” said or
    did it (Isaiah 9:12-17, Jeremiah 17:5, Hosea 10:13, Amos 2:4-5, Mark
    12:18-27, I Corinthians 4:6, and II Peter 2:1-2).
    2. We should never listen to that which leads us away (Proverbs 19:27
    and II Timothy 2:14-18).
    B. Traditions of men are about us, not God (Isaiah 55:6-9, Isaiah 65:2, and
    Jeremiah 18:11-12).
    1. All we do should glorify God (Jeremiah 9:23-24, I Corinthians 10:31,
    and II Timothy 4:18).
    2. However, some care more about what mankind thinks (John 9:1-22;
    12:42-43, Acts 12:1-3, Acts 18:11-13, and Galatians 1:10).
    C. Since the word of God is living and applies to us (Hebrews 4:12), let’s
    make applications to what we’d see if our “brethren” authored the Bible:
    1. Authorized Gospel meetings based however in human traditions:
    a. Popular preachers, not the message (I Thessalonians 2:4-6).
    b. Generic lessons that offend none (Matthew 15:12-14, II Timothy
    4:2, and Titus 2:1).
    c. Pulpit puppet preachers controlled (Acts 4:18-20; cf. Titus 2:15).
    2. We’d test all teachers, except the ones in the track rack and bulletin
    articles (Romans 16:17-18 and II John 9-11).
    3. Sunday AM, PM, Wednesday for every congregation; five acts of
    worship; five steps of salvation; etc. (I Peter 4:11).
    4. Make-up Lord’s Supper, delivery of Lord’s Supper to nursing homes,
    and sack-supper (taking it in hotels on vacation, etc.) (Acts 20:7; I
    Corinthians 11:18; 20; 33).
    5. Work, travel, etc. is more important than worship / study (Matthew 6:
    33 and Luke 14:33).
    6. Men’s “business” meetings to decide doctrinal matters by a vote or
    unqualified elders (Psalms 119:89).
    7. Schools, Publications, and organizations will be the standards (I
    Timothy 3:15; cf. II Timothy 2:2 and Titus 1:3).
    8. Subjective [based on respect of persons, etc.] disciplinary actions (II
    Thessalonians 3:6).
    9. “Children’s” bible classes with skits, coloring, crafts, stories of the
    Bible made to be fairytales, etc. (Deuteronomy 4:9-10; 6:6-7, Ezra 10:1-
    12, and Ephesians 6:4).
    10. Honoring some based on preaching ability, contribution, status, etc.
    (Romans 12:16, I Corinthians 9:16, Philippians 2:2-4, and James 2:1-9).

III. Conclusion:
    A. Confusion exists in churches, but not by the Lord (I Corinthians 14:33).
    B. Many brethren today are figuratively sacrificing their children to devils,
    adhering to the doctrines around them, etc. as Israel did (Psalms 106:34-40).
    C. Let’s be on the Lord’s side and kill [figuratively] that which may die hard
    (Exodus 32:17-28).

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