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  Human tradition is not the scared scripture. It is simply human tradition. These religious leaders were false teachers because they ignored the sacred scriptures and taught their traditions as divine truth. Jesus rebuked them for their false teaching. Later they killed Him.
Apostle Paul and Tradition. The Apostle Paul also had some strong things to say about tradition. The apostle had both positive and negative things to say. Here are his positive statements.
  Now I praise you because you remember me in everything, and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you. (NASB) 1 Cor. 11:2
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. (NASB) 2 Thess. 2:15
In both statements, the apostle encourages the saints or those who believe in Jesus, to hold firmly to his traditions or what he has taught them. It is important to remember that the New Testament was in the process of being written. What Paul taught or referred to as "traditions" was to become scripture and was included in the Bible. Therefore, the wonderful news about Jesus was initially taught by word of mouth. The last statement is used by the Roman Catholic Church to support their teaching about their "sacred" tradition.
      But the Apostle has some strong statements about accepting anything contrary to what had already been taught.
  Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep aloof from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. (NASB) 2 Thess 3:6
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. (NASB) Col. 2:8
They were to reject anything that did not agree with what they had already been taught. But the most significant statement is found in the next passage of the sacred scriptures.
  But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (NASB) Gal. 1:8  
The Roman Catholic Church has been adopting new teachings since the time of Jesus and the apostles. The apostle Paul clearly says that we are to reject any teacher who changes what has already been taught. The scriptures are the only proof as to what has been taught. Even if it is an angel, institution, or church, we are to reject that person or organization.
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