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Neither Packer nor I are claiming that all tradition is bad. I agree with Packer’s statement that,

“All Christians are at once beneficiaries and victims of tradition—beneficiaries, who receive nurturing truth and wisdom from God’s faithfulness in past generations; victims, who now take for granted things that need to be questioned, thus treating as divine absolutes patterns of belief and behavior that should be seen as human, provisional, and relative. We are all beneficiaries of good, wise, and sound tradition and victims of poor, unwise, and unsound traditions.”

Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack Deere, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publ. House, 1993), p. 53

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