TRADITION GOOD OR BAD?


To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down. [Obs.]
[1913 Webster]. I often hear the word tradition spoken as if it is so foul one should spit it out of ones mouth. The plain vanilla truth is that this word is neutral. It may be used for the good or the bad. The Bible uses this word a lot to the negative and probably we have seen this and developed a dislike for this word. It is often used in conjunction with the word man. Man’s tradition in religion is bad and we rail against tradition, but consider this verse – II Thessalonians 3:6 – Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
I notice there are some few that say we are doing things simply because of tradition and essentially declaring that those that spent the blood sweat and tears of laying the ground work before us were ignorant and unscriptural men that simply added to the Bible or could not read. As I have aged, and studied, I have come to the conclusion that these men were more intelligent than we give them credit for. /we Baptist take an offering every Sunday and if we didn’t, we would be heretics. That is tradition because it is Biblical and handed down to us. The way we take up the offering is tradition and it is man’s tradition. Is it wrong to pass the plate? Is wrong to simply have the plate on a table and have people drop their tithe and offering in as they come in or go out? Is it wrong to simply have the Church treasurer stand in a specified spot and personally receive the offering? All are traditions of man yet none are wrong. Let us examine our use of the term tradition, especially as it relates to our forefathers who past this way before us.

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  1. Let us examine our use of the term tradition, especially as it relates to our forefathers who past this way before us. Amen to all.

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