It sincerely breaks my heart to see such dedication, such devotion, and such sacrifice amongst religious people whose beliefs are based upon the traditions of men. I have friends and family in various and sundry religious groups, wearing man-made names, worshiping by tradition and proselyting with an enviable energy rarely equaled among members of the Lord’s church. I am especially pained by those who are members of the Lord’s church but who have chosen to abandon truth for pop-religiosity. Jesus’s warning to them all is clear: “… all too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition” (Mark 7:9).
Jesus once asked the piercing question, “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). What is the answer? When one finds a statement in the Bible that contradicts a traditional belief, would it not be expected of a sincere, God-seeking person to humbly submit to the Master’s will? When one cannot find Bible authority for a belief being promoted why would the honest heart practice or defend it? To reject Jesus’ words is to reject Him, and His words will be judge and jury in the last day (John 12:48). To ignore these life-giving words would be rank foolishness.
The fundamental issue then is: who is wrong, and Who is right. In our longing for lost souls to accept the truth and our efforts to convert them, we must not forget that it is not a matter of winning an argument, flexing our Bible muscles or puffing up with some perceived religious superiority. It is a matter of what Jesus’s words say, and whether or not one chooses to follow them.
A precious soul is in eternal danger if, when presented with the truth, that person refuses to cease from sin. All the dedication, devotion and sacrifice one may offer cannot compensate for ignorance, apathy or rebellion. “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). Let us be diligent in showing the world our desire to follow the Lord’s Word and, by our example, help in saving lost souls from the error of their way.