True Faith or Mere Religion

Read Matthew 15:1-20

Jesus is confronted with the imposed traditions of religion, which the Pharisees and scribes had made as authoritative as God's law and word.  Though offensive to hear, for the sake of his disciples Jesus confronts the impact mere religion has concerning how God's Law is used, how hypocrisy is generated, and how the true nature of the heart is veiled. Too many have traded true saving faith in Jesus Christ for mere religion.