TRADITION OR NO TRADITION? THAT’S THE QUESTION…
It seems every year when holidays come around, there's this cloud of controversy as to whether today’s believers today should celebrate them or not. In this short article, I hope to provide you with a real standard to help you discern between something that should be celebrated and something that shouldn’t.
To determine the answer, I always use the law of extrapolation. It has aided me over the years in seeing the forest for the trees and says that if something is true it should still be true at the furthest extremes. So let's establish a few rules first:
- We are NOT allowed to worship the one true God in a way that is forbidden (Deut. 12:30-31).
- We are NOT allowed to worship Him in any way that replaces an already clear mandate (Ex. 32).
- We ARE allowed to create traditions to worship Him that do not break the first two rules.
- We ARE allowed to observe traditions that don't break the written Word or the spiritual principle (the original intent) behind it.
Let's break each of these four rules down one by one.