2 Thessalonians speaks of one who will come in deceit, proclaiming to be God. Paul reminds the church that they were called by the gospel, for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. He urges the church to stand fast and hold the traditions which we were taught, so as not to be deceived.
Religious traditions get a bad rap, and sometimes rightfully so. God did not call us to ‘religion’, but to Him. We can clearly read that Jesus didn’t care for men’s religious rules, but for true worship and belief.
On the other hand, some traditions are pivotal in keeping us as a true follower of Christ. How can we follow someone we don’t know? Reading our Bible opens our hearts and minds to truly know the Lord. How can we have a relationship with someone with whom we don’t speak? Praying keeps us humble before the mighty God, and open to asking for His own will in our lives. Prayer reminds us who it is upon which we depend.
Pr. 1:3 reminds us that the traditions of prudence, knowledge, and discretion are located in God’s Word, and are also very beneficial to us. “To give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.”
There are deceitful teachings around us that call discretion ‘out-dated’, prudence ‘old fashioned’, and knowledge of God’s Word ‘unnecessary and narrow-minded.’ The Lord reminds us through Paul; however, that some ‘traditional’ things will keep us from being deceived by one who is not the Living God. We were called to believe in the truth, and traditions that enhance our belief are beneficial.
I’m not telling anyone to get busy keep man’s rules. I’m encouraging us to hold tightly to the things remind us of the truth of God’s Word, and keep us close to Him. Those are the things that just might save our lives.