Is it little wonder that one who is searching for truth hears that and is confused when they turn to the Bible and cannot find support for those traditions or actions?
By behaving thus we marginalize the Word of God. We raise our tradition to the same level as His Word. We confuse people. We focus them on the wrong things. In Matthew 15:8 – 9 and Mark 7:6 – 7, Matthew and Mark both quote Christ as He quotes Isaiah 29:13.
Truth is not in our traditions. Truth is not sourced in our creeds. Denominations are not the keepers of truth. Truth is found in the Word and character of God. We are His ambassadors, 2 Corinthians 5:20. We would do well, I would do well, to remember where truth is found.