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. Mark 7:7-9 NKJV
How many groups of people, who claim to be “religious” or have an affiliation with God, forget about God’s Word in order to control people with their own traditions?
When people have established rules that forbid men and women to marry in order to serve God, how do they justify what they say? Surely, it cannot be The Word of God since Peter was married and we know this because Jesus healed his mother-in-law.
When people have established rules that forbid women to minister The Gospel as an ordained pastor, teacher, preacher, evangelist, etc. how do they justify what they say? Who are they that they should question God’s call on a person’s life? Did they not understand that Paul wrote explaining that with God–“there is neither male or female, Jew or Greek, free or bond” since He is not concerned about a person’s gender or race. That is man discriminating, not God. Perhaps, it is because they took another passage of scripture written by Paul and tried to make a doctrine of it, not knowing that when Paul said, “women should be silent in the church,”
Perhaps, it is because they took another passage of scripture written by Paul and tried to make a doctrine of it, not knowing that when Paul said, “women should be silent in the church,” he was referring to their constant interruptions when asking questions of the men who worshipped in separate areas. A study of customs at that time would go a long way in dissolving some of the mistaken doctrines men have adopted as commandments from God.
And speaking of commandments, when Jesus was speaking in this passage of scripture, He mentioned “commandment” singular–not plural. And why is that? The greatest commandment is for us to “love” and if we know how to love, we will not commit sin against man or God.
And then there is a group that forbids family members from associating with other family who are not members of their group. Really? Where did God say we should ignore family in favor of a group of people who obviously do not understand God’s plan for man? And this same group–over the past decades–has changed its doctrine so many times that many people don’t even know what their teaching was from the beginning. I know this group well. At one point in their religious establishment, they disavowed the divinity of Jesus, but now they call themselves, Christians.
Before I start rambling, let me get to the point I was going to make. If anyone is teaching any doctrine other that what is in God’s Word–accurately interpreted–it is the doctrine of men and not of God. God doesn’t care how we dress in a building as long as it is respectful and does not distract from the worship service. Modest apparel covers all necessary parts and does not expose oneself in a seducing manner.
If we simply obey The Word and allow Holy Spirit to guide in all we do, we would never stray from The Word in order to make man-made rules take precedence of God’s Word.