Matthew 15:1-20 (Press and hold on any verse reference to see the passage in its Biblical context.) Heart . Matt. 15:1-2 Traditions generally start for good …yet can become more important than God’s . Heart . Matt. 15:3-9 Traditions, and living “ ” from tradition, must be tested against . “Each generation of Christians must look to its beliefs. While truth itself is unchanging, the minds of men are porous vessels, out of which truth can leak and into which error may seep to dilute the truth they contain.” A.W. Tozer Universal Heart . Matt. 15:10-14 Eveyone lives with a sense that something is wrong…a sense of “ ”. things (traditions, liberated living, education, political positions, etc.) will not fix this. “The line between good and evil passes not through state, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart—and through all human hearts.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Heart . Matt. 15:15-20 Jesus is both the and the . Ezekiel 36:25-26 2 Corinthians 5:21 Heart Diagnosis: What traditions or ideologies am I holding on to that may be more important than and love for Jesus or love for others? What “liberty” have I pursued that I am not willing to bring under the authority of Scripture? What has The Surgeon revealed to me about my heart today? Will I repent and run to him?