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Which Is Safe, Scripture or Tradition?

When we face a decision whether to accept the Holy Scriptures or man’s tradition as a source of religious authority, what should our decision be? When Peter and the other apostles faced this question before the Jerusalem Council in Jerusalem, they knew the answer, even though it meant imprisonment and suffering, perhaps even death itself: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29.

It took courage for Peter and his friends to take such a stand before this group of powerful men who had sentenced Christ to death but a short time before. They did not ask, “Is it a safe course for us to pursue? Will this decision cost us our lives?” They asked only, “Is this what God wants us to do?” Once this question was answered, their course was clear. They would obey God.

Through the centuries, following Christ has not always been easy. The majority of people have often misunderstood spiritual matters. It was so in Noah’s day, in Abraham’s, during Christ’s earthly ministry, and during the time of the Reformation.

The Scriptures state,  “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14. We must not expect the majority to be willing to pay the price required in following Christ.

The narrow way may not be the popular way, but it is the only safe way, for Jesus warns, “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Mark 7:7. For “every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” (Matthew 15:13.)

Something to think about as we consider the truth about the Sabbath.

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