How are customs and traditions dangerous?
Jesus condemned the worship of the Pharisees and Scribes because they followed customs and traditions in worship (Mark 7:7). He said that they laid aside the commandment of God in holding the tradition of men (verse 8). They rejected the commandment of God that they might keep their own tradition (verse 9). Whenever people hold customs and traditions as sacred in religion, they make void the Word of God as did the Jews (verse 13). Or whenever people keep a tribal or village custom which violates the Word of God, their tradition causes them to sin. Do men’s customs have any authority in religion? One of the greatest mistakes in religion is to think that customs and traditions have authority in religious matters. The Jews in Jesus’ day had many traditional practices which they kept as if they were God’s law. When Jesus and his disciples did not do these things, the Scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus why His disciples broke the tradition of their elders (Matthew 15:2). Jesus then asked, “W