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Herman Bavinck on the elevation of tradition to the level of Scripture—more specifically, Roman Catholic Tradition:

« Traditions are rejected as the institutions of human beings (Is. 29:13; Matt. 15:3, 9; 1 Cor. 4:6). The tradition that developed in the days of the OT prompted the Jews to reject the Christ. Over against it Jesus posited his “but I say to you” (Matt. 5:27, 32, 34, 38, 44), and against Pharisees and scribes he again aligned himself with the Law and the Prophets. The apostles appeal only to the OT Scriptures and never refer the churches to anything other than the word of God proclaimed by them. Inasmuch as in the early period tradition sought to be nothing other than the preservation of the things personally taught and instituted by the apostles, it was not yet dangerous. But the Roman Catholic tradition has has utterly deteriorated from that level. It cannot be demonstrated that any doctrine or practice is of apostolic origin except insofar as this can be shown from their writings. The Roman Catholic tradition, which gave rise to the mass, to Mariolatry, to papal infallibility, and other Roman distinctives, is nothing but a sanctioning of the actual state of affairs of the Roman Catholic Church, a justification of the superstition that has crept into it. »

Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 1, ch. 14, pg. 490

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