Friday, April 13, 2012

Hold Fast to Scripture Faithfully Delivered

Newly devised human traditions that claim to be divine revelation but disavow the apostolic witness must be gently and charitably resisted. * They must not be confused with the divinely revealed good news received from the apostles.  "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ" (Col 22:8; see also 1 Tim 1:4).  Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because they neglected the commandment of God "in order to maintain the tradition of men" (Mark 7:8; Tertullian, Praescr. 7).  The godly transmission of the memory of Jesus Christ must be maintained accurately and faithfully, since it is the living memory of God's own coming to humanity (John Chrysostom, Comm. Gal. 1.6).

Thomas C. Oden, Evangelicals and Nicene Faith, p. 10

*  Dr. Oden is being quite gracious in his approach.  There are times when a right sharp rebuke is necessary (Tit 1:11, 13).

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