Comment: You wish. "By word of mouth"

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You wish. "By word of mouth"

You wish. "By word of mouth" as later translations state. Paul's teaching to them, not written scripture. Ego te absolvo.

stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter NIV
stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter ESV
stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. NASB

Exegesis, not eisegesis, my dear fellow. If he meant the scriptures, he would have mentioned them, as he often did. Don't let your presuppositions cloud your judgment. There was no New Testament at the time Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, this was the second earliest letter we have, and no gospel account existed.

Jesus attacked traditions when they took on a life of their own, and deflected attention away from God, and his Kingdom. He attacked them when they served the power politics of certain groups, rather than the people. He never openly condemned the Jewish idea of a hedge around the law, only that it had grown so much it impeded access. Protestant churches, especially churches like Fundamentalist Baptist churches, are full fo traditions: the right clothes to wear, the right entertainments, the right way to preach a sermon, the right way to sing hymns, the right way to design ahouse of worship. These can become an end in themselves, and prevent people growing in grace. They can also channel spiritual life towards a higher end. They cannot be proven from scripture. They are traditions of men. Some of them are novelties in their time, like anxious seats; in time they become set in stone and form the way the Christian life is lived. Then they can become a hindrance if people do not convert in the 'right way'; they divide the people of God. The same goes for forms of words that pass as 'deep' Bible teaching; they are just passed around, unexamined, and become devalued over time. Some fo the most virulent enemies of 'traditions of men' are deeply traditional in their ways.

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