Can traditions which are kept inside a church be or become a burden? Some Christians have a problem with certain rules that are enforced within the church. Those who come from a strict Catholic background may now feel that they need more freedom or that their lives need to be more spirit than traditions-led. But is a worship service that happens in a prescribed order really that unspiritual?
Now before I go on I want to point out: I’m not promoting traditions of men that contradict the Word of God!
I love the KJV and wish all Christians in the English-speaking parts of the world would read only that version. Not because I think that this is the best translation but because all people would read and hear and pray the same words then. See, if we hear something over and over and over again it will eventually get stuck in our minds and sink into our hearts. Imagine reading Psalm 23 at home, then singing the very words with the congregation and then listening to the preacher who repeats the exact wording in his sermon. The words would be in our thoughts and minds and hearts continually.
Some congregations have the habit of singing Psalms in their services. While I do like some modern worship songs, I prefer to listen to and sing old hymns. They are rich in text and less driven by a certain instruments or beats. I’ll have to admit that I’m not used to Psalm singing, not yet, but I want to make this a habit in 2018.
I don’t find anything wrong with certain traditions of specific denominations. Yes, by performing worship service according to plan we are in danger of doing things as a matter of routine rather than led by the spirit. But the very words of the Bible verses, confessions, prayers and songs bring comfort and stability into our lives whenever we are in trouble or are going through hardships in our lives. We feel safe and know what to do in a church environment where certain sayings and rules have been established.
What are your thoughts concerning traditions inside the church? Do you belong to a certain denomination? What made you choose this one over another?