Those longstanding church traditions, Biblical and otherwise, must be questioned.
Now, I do realise that there are brethren who do not believe that there are such things as “Biblical traditions” in the church. So, let me recommend a Word Study on the subject, and then let’s talk. Also, I do realise that there are brethren who do not believe that we should question core doctrines. So, let me recommend they Survey the youth who have left the church on their knowledge of core doctrines, and then let’s talk.
For some, these are fighting words, and for others these are words best left unspoken. Of course, it is the latter who enable the former, and we all wonder at the lack of progress on the Renewing of our Minds.
Certainly, there are limits to questioning. But as long as an honest soul is walking towards the truth, we must be willing debate the details for as long as it takes. The apostle Paul looked to the soul of both the unsaved and the weak. He said:
“To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22).
Where we must look to limit those who question, is when it becomes obvious that they are knowingly walking away from the truth. Invariably, these questioners are challenging Biblical Truths that they too once accepted, but for reasons unacceptable to God’s Word, have chosen to oppose them.
As one very concerned brother told another brother, “You are in danger of coming under the condemnation of God that you are denying exists.”
Lest I fail to make my point: “There is a big difference between a person walking towards the truth and a person walking away from the truth.” For the former, any question is likely a step in the right direction. But for the latter, any question is likely a step in the wrong direction.
“Lord, give us love, wisdom and insight. In the Name of Jesus. Amen!”