1Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem. Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”.He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God), 12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, 13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” – (Mark 7:1-13)

In the scripture text above, the Pharisees thought that their religious acts was something that pleased God. These traditions were passed down from generation to generation. It had become the norm and nobody questioned it or the motives behind it. I mean, it must have been OK, right? Wrong. Jesus rebuked them for a number of reasons. As well as their hypocrisy, he stressed the fact (many times) that they had held up their traditions above the commandments of God. What they thought was pleasing to God was actually done in vain.

Well things have not changed. In Christianity today, there are many traditions that Christians have accepted as the norm from generation to generation and have not questioned it even though there is no biblical basis for them. It has become so entrenched in Christendom that we accept it on the same level playing field as the scriptures.

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Well I have decided to address some of these traditions in my next series of posts. My goal is to challenge you not to ‘go with the flow’ of what everybody else is doing but to try and find these traditions in the scriptures yourself.  Start questioning what you have been taught and start studying (not just reading) the bible for yourself like the Bereans (Acts 17:11).

Related Posts:

The traditions of men making the Word of God of none effect (Part 1) : Pleading the blood

The traditions of men making the Word of God of none effect (Part 2) : Tithing

The traditions of men making the Word of God of none effect (Part 3) : Getting a confirmation from God

The traditions of men making the Word of God of none effect (Part 4) : Getting slain in the spirit

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  1. jc3 says:

    Jesus is awesome.

  2. polycarp1 says:

    It is sad that you lack anyone who has any English comprehension!
    Then, using the PERversion of the English Substandard Version, one can expect no less than MORE PERVERSION!

    IT IS THE TRADITIONS OF MEN that make the word of God of none-effect!!

    This is disgraceful!
    .

    1 Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.

    2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.

    3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

    4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.

    5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?

    6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

    7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

    8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

    9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

    10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

    11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.

    12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;

    13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
    Mark 1-13 (King James Bible)

    • glasseyedave says:

      I have left the newer translations. I too have found the King James Bible to be the best presentation of the gospel, the written Word of God.

      Not to mention, Westcot and Hort, (spelling) are not even believers!

      I too think it sad we give up the Word of God a little here and a little there to be relevant. The new translations are making the same mistakes that the seeker friendly churches do.

      glasseyedave
      thegospelaccordingtothegospel.com

  3. michael m says:

    The new study on the traditions of men making the word of God of none effect , should be a study worth embarking on . Some of those traditions may be deeply entrenched and pointing them out may not men rooting them out . But as you say , we should be like the Bereans and search the scriptures to see whether these things are so .

  4. glasseyedave says:

    “Start questioning what you have been taught and start studying (not just reading) the bible for yourself like the Bereans (Acts 17:11).”

    In some churches those supposed pillars of the local church don’t even read their Bibles.

    I was talking to a Christian man about the faith that we assumed we were of the same mindset. He goes to church and I do not, I home church my family.

    Anyway, he was telling me his thoughts on what scripture said, according to his doctrine, according to what his pastor said, and I was telling him what scripture said. I could say it was written and he could not. He got very angry with me in a public place with families around. He was upset that I told him that scripture does not say some of the things he said it did, and I quoted the scripture and quoted more.

    I think what really got him upset was I was quoting stuff he never read. He sought to ridicule me by asking if I really get doctrine from the book or Revelation, Acts, Psalms and Proverbs while he mockingly laughed at me. I told him, absolutely.

    I quoted verses in I John that went against his doctrine and he was not familiar with those verses. He said what I quoted was wrong doctrinally. I asked him if John stands to be corrected. He looked me in the eye, paused, then said yes!

    I find most “Christians” do not read let alone study. Most, if they read, have replaced it with little devotionals. Study? Who can find a Christian who studies the Bible?

    I call those who are “the church” in name only Samericans, because they worship what they do not know. It is my play on the word Samaritan of whom Jesus said they worship what they do not know.

    glasseyedave
    thegospelaccordingtothegospel.com

  5. glasseyedave says:

    I forgot to add he saw me reading my Bible just a few days ago and admitted he had not read his bible for over a year. He said he never reads and that included his Bible.

    glasseyedave
    thegospelaccordingtothegospel.com

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