It is important to follow the Christian traditions in a godly manner

 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. (I Corinthians 11:1-2 NIV)

In the passage above the Apostle Paul praises the church at Corinth for giving respect to him, their Godly mentor, and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. It is important to follow the Christian traditions in the right manner so that we do not misuse them and fall into theological error. Fortunately, the contemporary Christian church can easily understand and follow the Apostle Paul’s teachings on the Christian traditions since God has preserved no less than 13 of his letters for us to read in the holy Scriptures.

Some Christian groups say that the Bible itself does not provide enough knowledge of the Christian traditions. They say that only their particular group possesses all the needed knowledge, and you must become part of their group in order to observe the traditions faithfully. They claim to have perserved extra writings and liturgical traditions that are essential to practicing the Christian faith. But these people are wrong. They are tyrants who are simply trying to establish themselves as heads over the church in the place of Christ.

Everything that we need to know about the Christian traditions is provided for us in Scripture. In fact, if we faithfully study the letters of Paul, and the other New Testament writings, we find that God always intended for us to observe the traditions of baptism and communion in simplicity, focusing more on having a pure heart, than following a complicated, specific liturgy. True Christianity uses the traditions of the church to focus our attention on Christ, wheareas ritualistic, dead, Christianity takes the focus away from the finished work of Christ, emphasizing instead the role of their self-proclaimed priests in their complicated, self-serving, extra-biblical rituals. True worship maximizes the role of Christ and minimizes the role of human ministers in the church.

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2 Responses to It is important to follow the Christian traditions in a godly manner

  1. As you mentioned, the traditions in scripture are simple and uncomplicated. We complicate things so we can be more right than the next group. We can learn much from each other if we quit focusing on our own rightness. (Is that a word?) Good thoughts, Daniel.

    • schildan10 says:

      It should be a word. “rightness” is maybe a little bit different than “righteousness.” I think I know what you mean. I think when we equate the two, we become proud. For instance, just because I practice the physical aspect of baptism the “right way” does not make me more righteous than someone else who has a slightly less biblical tradition of baptism.

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