Matthew 23:23,24--Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others. Blind guides! You strain out a gnat, yet gulp down a camel!
The American Heritage Dictionary defines a creed as “1. A formal statement of religious belief; a confession of faith. 2. A system of belief, principles, or opinions.” It is not the first definition that causes us trouble—we need to know and stand true to what we believe. It is the second definition that invites trouble. Jesus blasted the religious leaders of His day. They were more concerned with their beliefs, principles and opinions than in leading people to God. Don’t be a swallower of camels! True joy comes in worshiping Jesus, not one’s religious views. By following Jesus we become runway lights marking for seekers the way to a safe landing. By following creeds we become bug lights—instruments not of grace but of zapping.
A Christian is to be consistent only to the life of the Son of God in him, not consistent to hard and fast creeds. Men pour themselves into creeds, and God Almighty has to blast them out of their prejudices before they become devoted to Jesus Christ.—Oswald Chambers in Studies on the Sermon on the Mount
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)