Lie #3: Tradition Trumps the Mission

Ironically enough one of the greatest threats to the health of the church today is, well, the church itself and its tendency to bask in its own glory; to supplant its unique mission with the status quo; to live in its past successes (and sometimes failures) while refusing availability to the high calling it has in this very moment to lead on the edge of hope with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. Choosing tradition over the mission is evil and destructive, and echoes the activities of the Pharisees of old, to whom Jesus offered this penetrating rebuke: for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God (Matthew 15:6).