Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man”…Ecclesiastes 12:13
Man has not been given the authority to add to, or take away from, the precepts of God. Yet, as in the garden of Eden, the serpent in an attempt to deceive asks: “Hath God said?” Yes, He has spoken and the Word of God does not change!
When that Word became flesh and dwelt among men, the most religious of all those calling themselves followers of God were found by Jesus to be of the “devil”, “serpents and vipers.” These people, although very religious, had through tradition, made God’s laws “of none effect.” Jesus told them: “Ye neither know me, nor my Father” yet they claimed the highest position of leadership and authority.
The same thing is going on today. It has been shown over and over again that many traditions, taught by today’s leaders, have absolutely no Biblical authority. In addition, it has been shown that they are, in fact, customs developed by pagan sun worshipers in honor of “other gods”.
The attempt to substitute non-Biblical doctrines “the commandments of men”, in place of God’s commandments, is “in vain”. Who is being honored? – Who is being worshiped? – Not Christ!
We have been warned that not every one that calls Christ Jesus “Lord” will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but only those doing the will of His heavenly Father. Even though many have done wonderful works in His name, they will be told that, as transgressors of God’s law, they must depart from Him: “I never knew you”.