Rick Wood in the article mentioned yesterday, points to the problem of tradition when it weighs us down so that we serve a leaders vision for ministry and the programs he has initiated, “rather than equipping and releasing every willing believer to live on mission with God as a disciple maker and church planter” (same reference as yesterday).
Is this a new problem? Jesus faced the same obstacle of tradition in His ministry. “Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.”” (Matthew 15:1–2). Note how Jesus puts His finger on the real issue. “He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?” (15:3).
If we ever place tradition above the direct instructions of Scripture or the model which Scripture presents, we will hinder the progress of God’s work. So many today make the argument that we are not living in the days of the Book of Acts or Paul’s letters, and things have changed. Therefore, the models in Scripture fail to work in our day. Such an argument assumes that the authority of Scripture has changed — God has changed. In no way! What we need today more than anything else is persons and churches RETURNING TO THE WORD OF GOD AS OUR FINAL AND ONLY AUTHORITY. Submission to the Holy Spirit as the Author, will open the door for effective and powerful ministry under HIS DIRECTION.
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