Monday, July 25, 2005and so, we begin...
80 Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together and communicate one with the other.
82 As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honoured with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.
Behold, the source of all Romanist heresy. These two quotes were taken, word for word, from the "Catechism of the catholic church". It is what I was taught in the days when I was a Romanist, and it is what they continue to teach today. What are these "sacred traditions"?
1- Fourteen to Fifteen apocryphal books
2- The writings of the Greek and Latin "church fathers"
3- The collection of "church" council pronouncements
4- All papal decrees
According to Romanist doctrine, the four classes of "church tradition" listed above, compliment and are in harmony with the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures. The problem is, of course, they do not, as we will be looking into over the next few days.
Extra-biblical traditions are clearly condemned in the Bible; both in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament:
"Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you." (Deuteronomy 4:2)
"Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition." (Mark 7:5-9)
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." (Colossians 2:8)
Oh! I can hear my Romanist counterparts screaming right now: "what about 2 Thessalonians 3:6?"
"Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us."
Ah! yes! the situation here, of course, is defining what these traditions which the saints at Thessalonica received from the apostles. So let see now, do we, for instance, ever read of Paul going to Mary (Jesus' mother) to make requests through her unto God? Do we ever see any of the apostles use objects in their worship of God? Do we ever see the apostles recognize Peter as the pope? The answers to these questions: no, no and no. The traditions spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 3:6 are the teachings and practices we read of in our Bibles. Paul did not write one thing, only to practice something different.
The only and final authority for all matters of faith and practice is the Bible, the Word of the Living God. Plus nothing.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The verse above is crystal clear. The Greek word for PERFECT, means complete. The man of God is COMPLETE and throughly furnished unto all good works. Zero need for anything else. When God says COMPLETE, it means 100%.
This is what born-again saints often call Sola Scriptura (Scripture Only). This is the foundation of a true saint of God. When the foundation is built on anything other than the Bible, it is false religion and is cursed. When a foundation is built on the Bible plus other teachings, the Truth becomes a lie, and once again, we end up with a cursed false religion; this is the chief sin of Romanism.
Romanist, you have been deceived and are walking in the wicked traditions of men, repent and be converted unto God that your sins may be blotted out.