But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, There are six days on which work ought to be done; so come on those days and be cured, and not on the Sabbath day. (Luke 13:14)
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about churches, and how far some churches have strayed from the Truths the founders based the church upon. If you read the whole of Luke 13, you see that Jesus healed someone on the sabbath day (the day of rest), and the leaders of the synagogue were upset. This woman had been sick for so long that she was actually bent forward and could not stand up straight. After so many years of being sick, she could finally walk straight, finally dance, she was finally free…
I can understand why the leaders were upset, to a certain extent. They wanted order, and they wanted things to be organized. They felt that they were representing God by the rules that they made, and they felt that it was the appropriate interpretation of scripture, since this is what they had believed for so long. But just because you passionately believe something doesn’t make that thing right. You can still be passionately wrong in your beliefs.
I pray that God will deliver the churches of this world that are full of unbiblical rules, and they will realize that they are nullifying the word of God by their traditions. (Mark 7:13)