Loyalty to the Lord

A Christian has pledged to be loyal to the Lord Jesus Christ. If one remains true to that pledge, customs and human traditions will not be allowed to become sacred. The ways of this world will not become a strong influence, and his/her desire will ever be to conform to the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is sometimes difficult for some people to see how wrong it is to introduce into the work and worship of the Lord’s church anything that appeals to them. They do not realize that to mix human wisdom with divine is offensive to God. Jesus rebuked the most pious Jews of his day because they could not accept what God said as sufficient; they had to add their own traditions and customs and make them of equal, if nor more, important than scripture.

Our Lord said, “This people honoreth me with their lips; But their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, Teaching (as their) doctrines the precepts of men” (Matt. 15:8-9). One lesson we must eventually learn is that God’s ways are incomparable to man’s. The ancient prophet wrote, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa 55:8-9).

The wisdom of this world is but foolishness to Almighty God. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Cor 1:19-20).

James wrote of a religion that was vain (James 1:26). Jesus said those who held to the traditions of men made void the commandments of God (Mark 7:8). A religion that is vain cannot be the religion that honors God. Not to put the bridle of truth on the tongue makes vain religion and to bring into the worship and work of the church anything God does not authorize makes vain worship.

We must always revere and honor the authority of the Almighty by taking our stand on a “thus saith the Lord.” - DRS

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