I’ve heard many current Bible teachings and I’ve noticed that many of these teachings teach many things that I was taught growing up in the church. I wonder if they’re teaching church traditions or the truth? Biblical Truth
Anytime the word is taught from the Bible, the teacher should take great care to distinguish between the traditions of men and the doctrines of God as revealed in His word. Jesus Himself condemned those who would teach the traditions of men as truth. Jesus said:
Matthew 15:7-9 (NKJV)
7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
9 And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
Any time a teacher presents the traditions of men in place of the doctrines of God, they are in teaching in error and mishandling the word of God. These teachers are far from God, as Isaiah said. Every ministry needs to work hard to teach the doctrines of God as presented in God’s word and reject any teaching that is tradition only and not according to Scripture. Biblical Truth
On the other hand, the truth never changes, so we should expect sound Biblical teaching to repeat the same truths consistently. Such consistency does not mean the teaching is based on “tradition,” but merely reflects the reality that truth never changes. Consequently, if after centuries of consistent teaching concerning a given point in Scripture a new and different interpretation emerges, we should evaluate this “new” interpretation skeptically, testing it against Scripture before accepting it in place of the time-honored interpretation.
Sometimes a new interpretation will be correct, reflecting the Spirit’s work to open eyes and correct men’s understanding (e.g., as the Spirit accomplished with Martin Luther during the Reformation), but other times these novel interpretations are deceptive schemes of the enemy to mislead the church into false views of Scripture, and therefore they should be rejected. Biblical Truth
In teaching the Bible, we should support other interpretations with careful analysis and exegesis, and cross-referencing other Scripture, recognizing if other teacher’s views are consistent with the overall teaching of Scripture. We should follow well-accepted rules for interpreting the text of Scripture, and therefore be prepared to correct or amend our thinking often as we discover an error or come to a better understanding. I hope this approach gives you confidence that Biblical teaching needs to be consistent with the truth of God’s word. Biblical Truth
“The author’s biblical interpretations and conclusions presented in this document rely on original teaching used by permission of Verse By Verse Ministry International (VBVMI). The author’s views may not represent the views of VBVMI, it’s Directors or staff. Original VBVMI teaching may be found at http://www.vbvmi.org.”
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