i’m looking to find a list of traditions, not found in the bible that most all non-Catholic Christians follow.

Can anyone help me with this?

I think thatswitching from the Saturday Sabbath to Sunday worship is a tradition. I don’t think that is in the bible.

Also, the NT canon is Tradition. There is no table of contents.

The fact that the NT canon is closed is also a tradition i think.

Are there others?



Sunday Sabbath

off the top of my head


Sola Scriptura is probably the biggest Protestant tradition.

There Jewish Jamnian Council acceptance of 66 Books is tradition.

Of course, on the denominational level you could get into all sorts of “traditions”, - from the Liturgical “approved” books of worship and prayer of the Anglicans and Lutherans, to the Evangelicals’ “Altar Calls”.


Are you looking for big T Traditions (official dogmas of the Church) or little t traditions that many christians follow but are not a matter of faith or morals?


Although not necessarily tradition, how about the use of the cross and the concept of the Trinity?


If you are referring to a Protestant belief that is not explicit in scripture but is rather passed down through teaching and word of mouth, I would say their biggest tradition is their salvation formula for “accepting Christ.” This involves saying the sinner’s prayer, which is an acknowledgment of one’s own sinfulness and the need for salvation, the acknowledgement of Christ’s payment of sins on the cross, and a formal invitation for Christ to come into that person’s heart to be his/her Lord and Savior.

It is reliably passed down through generations, and it is central to Protestant theology. No Protestant (at least in the Evangelical camp) questions this forumla, yet it comes to them through their own tradition, rather than scripture.

While this is not the normative process for becoming a Christian, I believe in ignorance of the Catholic Church, it is effective. It is a good example to illustrate to Protestants that they are not unfamiliar with the concept of tradition and it may help them become open to learning more about Sacred Tradition in the Church.


I’ve read a lot of good examples so far. Why is it that Catholics are criticized for their tradition when it seems most every denomination has some tradition in it.

How about Sunday School? Wednesday night services? Bible alone?


Celebrating the Lord’s Supper is in the Bible, a capital-T tradition that is also recorded in the New Testament. Don’t start turning into Seventh Day Adventists because you don’t know Da Book.

Christ’s Great Commission commanded Baptism, and teaching all that He, Jesus, commanded. That includes Holy Eucharist. “You must eat My Body and drink My Blood to have eternal life.” Methodists forbid alcohol, so that’s a little-t “tradition of men” that contradicts Jesus. Baptists don’t necessarily baptize. Little t tradition…

Jesus said to reject His servants is to reject Himself and the Father. A non-apostolic Church is an unbiblical, anti-biblical tradition. And Christ’s mandate to Peter to be His Prime Minister holidng the Keys to the Kingdom is an anti-biblical tradition of men. Christ prayed for unity, and we conjoin our prayers with His to bring back the scattered sheep.


The Marian dogmas are Traditions; so is saint devotions… :thumbsup:


thanks for your replies.
i guess that there are more than i thought.


[quote=nordskoven]… And Christ’s mandate to Peter to be His Prime Minister holidng the Keys to the Kingdom is an anti-biblical tradition of men…

I’m not sure I understand this statement. Can you elaborate?


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