"'Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.'" Mark 7:8
Jesus said this to some of the local teachers after they complained about his disciples not washing their hands before they ate. Jesus wasn't concerned about it. They were. They were miffed because the disciples didn't follow the rules and traditions they set up for the people.
This is a wake-up call for me and for you too if you listen. Do we put our traditions and the "it's-the-way-we've-always-done-it" mentality over God's word or His Spirit. We can be such sticklers to keeping it as always that we don't let the Spirit move.
Now God doesn't go against His word. He won't lead us to do sin. But He very likely will lead us to do something outside the way we've always done it when it is more effective than the usual way.
Often, it is easier just to do it the way everyone expects to. We then create no conflict. We keep everyone relatively happy or at least keep the gripes to a minimum. But at what price?
If God is calling us to do something in a new way and we refuse, we've just denied God and ignored His voice. The more we ignore His voice the less we will be able to hear it. And eventually, if we continue to choose Man's traditions over God's Spirit we won't hear anymore.
Food for thought: areas of ministry that have become religious might be found in: music choice, order of service, dress codes, volume of service, days we worship, programs. None of these are bad and often they are quite good. But we should regularly evaluate the choices our church body is making. Sometimes God has led us to a certain type of ministry that maybe needs to change in
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