(St. Mark 7:5) “Then the Pharisees and Scribes asked him, why walk not the disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with un-washed hands?”
This question the religious leaders ask Jesus concerning the disciples washing their hands before they eat bread had more to do with keeping their religious traditions, than it did with the disciples washing their hands before dinner. You see the religious leaders were more concerned about the people obeying the written laws of Moses and the laws in which they created themselves than obeying God. Thus, the religious leaders were going to hell and didn’t even realize, because with their lips they honored God, however, their heart was far from Him. And as Christians we must understand if the traditions of men don’t line up with the word of God, and we continue to operate in those traditions, we too are on our way to hell. Because men and their man-made doctrines will bind you up and I’m not going to be bound by man; I’m going to be free in Jesus. If you have been in church for any length of time you have seen some of those traditions; a few which I have seen growing up was the belief that in order to cast a demon out of a person they had to be foaming from the mouth and rolling around on the floor; another was if your church was having service on a certain night and you’re out at a ball game, you must not be saved; if you are not screaming from the top of your lungs, you must not be preaching; and if you aren’t loud you must not be getting your praise on. These were all traditions of men or men who didn’t know any better. However, now that I know better, I must do better and so should you. Don’t allow the traditions of men (whether it’s a pastor-bishop-elder even your momma) to bind you up; know the word of the Lord for yourself. Because there are a lot of leaders out here doing it their way and Christians are just taking for granted that it’s being done right, when it could be tradition and just wrong.
God Bless You.