The Traditions of Men Neutralize!
“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it….” — Deuteronomy 4:2
This same thought is repeated in the New Testament with very stiff penalties:
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” —Revelation 22:18-19
Religious people are very swift to observe the part about not diminishing any of God's commandments, but there seems to be an unwritten law that adding to them is okay. Every denomination has its own set of “do's and don'ts” that aren't found in Scripture, and like those of the hypocritical Pharisees, their unwritten laws usually have to do with outward appearance.
We should remember that adding to God's commandments is just as bad as taking away from them. We need to speak when the Bible speaks, and be silent when the Bible is silent.
The commandments of God and the traditions of men are not the same thing and must always be clearly distinguished. Any attempt to place them on the same level will always result in making the Word of God of none effect.
You have to either “lay aside” the commandments of God to keep the traditions of men or you have to “lay aside” the traditions of men to keep the commandments of God (Ex. 20:3).
Church liturgy is tradition, as well as many of the “do's and don'ts” taught by churches today. We can neutralize the positive power of God's Word toward us, and nothing will do that quicker than elevating man's traditions above God's Word.
God's Word is still true (Rom. 3:3-4) and will not return to Him void! (Isa. 55:11)
The Word will not profit anyone who doesn't believe it, but God's Word itself doesn't lose any power. If some do not believe God's Word, does that make God's Word of no effect?
The answer to this question is a resounding “no!”
God's Word still has its power to save, and it will profit you when you mix it with faith!