Traditions

Matthew 11:19 “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

The other son in the company was Scott Johnson. He was another family Member, I planned to share my testimony with. I liked Scott he was a pleasant person to visit with, open, transparent, and  a little on the wild side compared to Bud, Craig, and I. We all have some baggage and Scott’s might have partly been leftovers from the Viet Nam war. We met at Scott’s home, he was unmarried and lived alone. Scott was a lot easier to talk with than Bud or Craig, so our conversation was longer and more pleasant. To start the meeting Scott  opened 2 beers and set one in front of me. I thought about it but didn’t say anything about not drinking any more, and the fact it was against the Evangelical free church and now Southern Baptist Convention. As our visit continued I slowly sipped on my beer. When I finished Scott asked if I would l like another beer. Sitting by the refrigerator I saw it was his last and said, I couldn’t drink your last beer. Knowing Scott he was probably relieved I didn’t take it, but I’ll never know. Although it was a pleasant meeting with Scott there wasn’t a change of heart in him, or a miraculous conversion in him, Bud, or Craig that I could see then or later, but I did tell them of my conversion.

A short time later Tom Bussard asked me to attend a meeting with him and Leaders of the  Evangelical Free Church in Clinton Iowa, I agreed and off we went. On the way to Clinton we discussed what Tom was going to do and that he wanted met to testify about the Romans 1:16 verse and my reaction to it, my meetings with Bud, Craig, and Scott. He also said, whatever you do don’t say any thing about the beer you drank I was surprised by this request and asked why. Tom said, because if you do, they won’t listen to a word you say after you tell them. This was the beginning of many lessons I would learn in my journey as a believer. It has been hard to sort out the biblically correct from what so many church members believe is correct. After many years I am more able to divide the two. So many times men’s traditions and church culture overrule what God has, and is teaching us.

Matthew 15:3  And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?

Mark 7:8-9 “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men. He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.

 Mark 7:13  thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”

Colossians 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.