Should “Custom” Prevail As Law?

It is disturbing and worrisome to me that we have, within the Lord’s church, those who are so deeply committed to customs and man-made traditions that they might hurt the church over matters of opinion and option, not matters of doctrine. They appear to defend and demand long-held practices that are matters of mere choice as though what they defend and demand is stated doctrine in Scripture. They think their personal likes should reign over any changes in matters of judgment or optional expediency. They want their long-held practices in matters of judgment to prevail over any change in those matters, such as (for example): time of services or order of worship, etc. Any deviation from their “norm” (custom) is uncomfortable and looked upon by them as being “unscriptural” when, in fact, it is not unscriptural. What these brethren fail to realize is that by demanding their way in such matters they actually denominationalize the church. They turn it into a denomination. They would probably be horrified to hear this said of them. Nevertheless, it is the case. Jesus addressed this: “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'” Matthew 15:7-9.