“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
King James Version (KJV)
15:9 Teaching the commandments of men - As equal with, nay, superior to, those of God. What can be a more heinous sin?
Mt 15:9 In vain do they worship me. Quoted from Is 29:13. This worship is all idle, empty, and without profit, because they teach as doctrines the commandments of men. This rebuke to the Pharisees, who had added to the law of Moses many traditional human precepts, applies equally to all modern religionists who have modified or added to the Christianity of Christ and the apostles. Whatever one cannot find in the New Testament is of such a character; observance of saints' days, of Christians, of Lent, the removal of the cup in the Lord's Supper from the laity, infant sprinkling, party creeds and party shibboleths, are all of men and not of God. The devout worshiper should go right to the New Testament for his religion, and reject every ordinance or precept that is not to be found there.