Believest Thou Are Free: Part 2

Monday, July 14, 2014

Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Mark 7:7)


Some say, “Come as you are…” Others say, dress in your Sunday’s Best…” Some say “we prefer pews…” Others state, “stadium seating is best…” Some say, “we make announcements through bulletins…” Others say, “we use powerpoint for our announcements…” Traditions.

There are so many traditions wrapped up in our churches. Some traditions are tricks of satan to keep us focused on trivial things rather than on worshipping God. While the Pharisees and scribes were tattle telling on the disciples for not holding traditions, Jesus was stressing the importance of worshipping Him. Sometimes we get so caught up in what people are NOT doing in the church, that we forget what we should BE doing as a church…worshipping the Lord God!

We must be careful not to allow our traditions to put us into a state of vain worship. Vain worship avoids the doctrine of God. The word of God is our doctrine and whenever we elevate man-made traditions and preferences and demote God’s doctrine, we run the risk of straying and leading others away from God.

The Greek word for doctrine is DIDACHE which means a body of respected teaching that is viewed as reliable. Obeying God's doctrine is not something made up based off of preference; His doctrine is the reliable gospel of Jesus Christ which frees us from sin. "But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness" (Romans 6:17-18). However, doctrines of men (vain worship) cause us to fall away from the faith. "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of devils" (1 Timothy 4:1).

We can identify our doctrine by the traditions we follow. Will the traditions found in our churches lead us to a deeper relationship with God or will they lead us into sin, which makes for vain worship? 

Vain worship is deliberately choosing to disobey God's command. "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." (James 4:17)

Questions for Reflection:

1) Does my worship align with what God has instructed in His word?
2) Are the doctrine(s) I follow freeing me from sin or leading me towards it?
3) How can my worship become more pleasing to God?

Thank you for joining us for our Believest Thou Are Free mini-devotional series! Tune in next Monday for lesson 3: What We Lay Aside, as we continue to free ourselves from traditions that separate us from God!

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