He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?” (Matthew 15:3)
One of the sins Jesus rebuked while He was on earth was the elevating of human religious traditions to the status of God’s will. The fact of the matter is that we do not get to tell God what is right and what He must accept from us. God’s commands, by definition, take precedence over human tradition. To think otherwise is the height of hypocrisy and self-righteousness (Matt. 15:7). Jesus said our worship is vain when we prefer to obey our doctrines instead of God’s commands: “In vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:9). Test everything you believe and do against the word of God. Then, follow God instead of men, and you will have His approval.