Monday, January 14, 2013

On Tradition: Part Two

In our last post, we discussed how the Protestant Church essentially divorced itself from the traditions of the ancient Church by throwing anything that resembled the Roman Catholic Church away, and by doing so, also discarded many of the rich, historical, mystical, and meaningful worship patterns established by the early church.  As a result of the abuses and errors promulgated by the Roman Church from 1200-1500 A.D., we can understand the reasoning, and perhaps even the felt need for the reformers to throw out the proverbial "dirty bathwater." However, the splintery, factions, divisions and violence that erupted as a result of the reformation are still being imitated by her evangelical children.

We spoke of how most protestant, evangelical, independent, and/or charismatic believers today recoil at any hint of ancient tradition because it has been programmed in us to associate it with Roman Catholicism.  We balk, "Tradition is man-made!" or counter traditional arguments with statements like, "Jesus was against traditions." or "All that religious stuff came in after Constantine and made Christianity into an institution."  My friends, if you will take the time to journey with us, you may be surprised by the truth you encounter,with a careful examination of the Scripture and historical reference.