2 Timothy 3:16, “all Scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness”

The world teaches that we should both love tradition and be open to change or embrace change. Yes, we should be open to change but embrace it only when it is in agreement with our truth, the Bible. We must love the Word of God. Our traditions should be biblical and not based in any human institution that determines right from wrong by applying new legalistic rules in order to satisfy our human natures. Just as God says church planting should be done, just as the early New Testament Church models church planting for us by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we too must follow the biblical example and make it our tradition because we love the Lord and His Word. Any human institution could include examples such as the theory of evolution, “religious” nations, churches and conventions with man made traditions. Religious institutions can add non-biblical requirements to church planting through errant teachings or through the honest desire of protecting the new church starts from failure or outside influences. Even for the right reasons, we can get away from clear and true biblical teachings on church planting if we add requirements that are not biblical. As Wade Akins states in his article “Incarnational Discipleship and Church Growth” in the Spring 2003 issue of the Journal of Evangelism and Missions, page 90, “When we put tradition above the Word of God, we invalidate His Word.” We are invalidating God’s Word when we hold tradition in higher esteem over the Bible for ANY reason.

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