Their Heart Is Far From Me
There are numerous guidelines found within the Scriptures without us having to make up our own, and then trying to pass them off as God’s will. Why would anyone want to teach tradition and commandments of men for doctrine? Why do they do it? Simple! Jesus told the Pharisees why they were doing it. “[Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men”. Matt. 15:7-9. Why do they teach commandments of men for doctrine? Look at the verse. It tells why; because “their heart is far from me (God).” When anyone in the ministry teaches non-scriptural commands as doctrine, as if they were God’s commands, then his heart is far from the Lord.
We are to keep the commandments of Jesus. Not the preacher’s commandments, not my commandments, not your commandments, not the church’s commandments, but God’s commandments. How do you know if a man loves the Lord? Check and see what he teaches. If he loves the Lord, he will keep the commandments of Jesus, and will teach and practice that which is clearly backed up by Scripture. For anyone tell others, especially a young Christians, to do or not to do something to please God, and not have any Scripture to show that it is God’s will is a false prophet.
Traditions and commandments of men are what put the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. Never allow yourselves to believe that deviating from the Scriptures is not important. False teaching is what drove the nails through the hands of the Son of God. Jesus Christ was convicted for violating the religious sins wrongly purported by the leaders of that day.
Jesus healed on the Sabbath day. This enraged the religious crowd of that day, because they had taught that this was not allowed. Jesus also rebuked those who were teaching traditions as doctrine. Anytime Jesus spoke out or did something that disrupted their religious traditions, the religious leaders were so angered that they banded together and plotted to kill Jesus; later they did so by nailing him to the cross. Additionally, the Bible says, “Pilot knew that it was because of envy that the chief priests delivered Jesus to be crucified.” Because of religious envy, jealousy, and hatred…Jesus was crucified.
It is extremely important to be aware that the teaching of traditions and commandments of men as doctrine violates what the Lord Jesus Christ spoke against in the Scriptures. Never forget that taking a stand against the false prophets of that day caused Him to be crucified. Do not be surprised when others revile you for rejecting their traditions that they are teaching as commands or doctrine.