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Why Do We Do What We Do?

September 2, 2012


“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principals of this world rather than on Christ.”  Colossians 2: 8

Human traditions and worldly principals?  There we have much of the Church today.  Instead of depending on Christ alone; the Church has its multitude of traditions and it holds onto them with a death grip.

Some of these crippling traditions are as follows:

 1.  Calling the bible The Word of God.  This is a tradition developed by the church in the past 500 years.  It elevates the bible to a place equal or higher than The Holy Spirit and allows those who read best to manipulate and control the masses.  Please take note…the bible itself never claims that it is The Word of God and in fact it shows that Jesus Himself is The Word.  Anyone who says we are to be bible led, denies the rightful place of The Spirit in our lives.  The bible does indeed contain words of God, but in itself it is not The Word of God.  The Bible was never meant to be a rule book that is used to dominate others.

2.  Calling the building where we meet The Church.  The whole idea that we can GO to Church is a terrible tradition.  The Church is comprised of the people who follow Christ.  This Church is the people and NEVER the building where they happen to meet.  Don’t Go To Church, BE The Church!

3.  Tithing is a terrible tradition.  It was a requirement in the Old Covenant, but is no longer in Christ.  Now it is done only as a tradition.  It was used to support the Levitical Priesthood, but now in the New Covenant we are all Priests.  Sure we should be cheerful givers, but to widows and orphans and such and not Clergy and building programs.

4.  Another crippling tradition says that leadership is male.  This fallacy places men over women and denies females of their God given places in the body of Christ.  It is supposed to be The Priesthood of ALL Believers and not just males.  We are all supposed to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

5.  Any tradition such as The Clergy/Laity division that allows for any hierarchy within the church comes exclusively from the teachings of men and Not God.  In Christ we all will have times when we take the lead in fellowship as The Spirit leads us.  There is not a separate class of Christ followers that are OVER all other followers of Jesus.  Yes, I rail against this one a lot.

6.  The most recent tradition of men that has plagued the Church is the corporate business model of doing church.  In this model The Pastor is the CEO of the church and he has a board of other “leaders” and together they control the church.  The motivating factor of this tradition is money and we all know that whoever controls the money also controls the vision of the church.

There are certainly other traditions of men that limit the effectiveness of the church, but I will stop here for now.  I will say this though….ANYTHING that would have us depend on something other than Jesus is faulty and wrong.  Too many churches are more about building projects and storing up treasures here on earth then they are about being true to the message of Jesus.  He wants all of us to be renewed and turned away from the things of earth, so that we can instead follow Him rather than the traditions of men.  Traditions serve only themselves; we are to love and serve people.  Relationships matter way more than ANY tradition.   I do not do anything for the sake of tradition.  I do what I do because He leads me to; and if He does it more than once that is great too.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !






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  1. Very good, my brother! One more point about “the traditions of men”… they not only serve themselves, but are designed to serve the ones who make them. They also make of no effect the leading of the Spirit (God’s commands) among His ecclesia of Christ. Those who cling to men’s traditions fear the wind of the Spirit and resist it at all cost. This is why we who follow the Spirit will always find ourselves “outside the camp” being reproached by those who cling to tradition.

  2. Viqui Dill permalink

    Telling my story again, Captain. Thanks so much for this post.

  3. timbushong permalink

    So who are elders, defined biblically, again?

    • "BK" Zimmer permalink

      How would you define an elder Biblically, Tim?

  4. Tim, To put it as pure and simple as possible…elders are those who are older and more experienced.

  5. timbushong permalink


    Biblically-speaking, an elder is a man (1 Tim 3:2:”Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife…”) who God has ordained to oversee His Church (Acts 20:28::”Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.”), a man with character traits that are exemplary for all Christians (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1:5-9), and who has a good reputation (1 Tim. 3:7).

    In the local Church, elders have the primary responsibility of proclaiming the Word (2 Timothy 215: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”), of directing the affairs of a local Church (1 Timothy 5:17: “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”), and of shepherding Christ’s people (Hebrews 13:17: “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”).

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