My Thoughts. . .
We are a people of the book. Right? We believe that if scripture does not teach something in book, chapter, and verse, it isn’t biblical. Despite that claim there are a number of things accepted as biblical which are not found in the Bible. Their origin is human rather than divine. Those items are accepted as scriptural by assuming they fit that category. Sometimes our assumptions immerse us in human inconsistencies, but we continue to indulge because that’s the way we’ve always done it. When we fail to find it mentioned in book, chapter, and verse, we accept our assumptions as our authority rather than the Bible. In other words, we discover “authorized” ways to ignore that “silence.” See if you can find these modern phrases in the Bible?
- We are going to the church to worship God?
- Brother/sister [name] is no longer a member of the church?
- We decided to build a church building to worship in and paid for it from the 1 Corinthians 16:1-3 collection?
- Only men must pass among the audience to distribute the Lord’s supper?
- One may keep time to the singing by tapping his finger on the pew, but not loudly?
- Only men are allowed to say “Amen” in the worship assembly because women are to Keep their mouths closed?
- Our worship assembly begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday in our auditorium?
- Worship is held in our church auditorium?
- Every expenditure of the church must be identified as being under 1) evangelism, 2) benevolence, or 3) edification. If not, that item is unscriptural?
- The worship area may not be labeled as “the sanctuary” but must be called “the auditorium”?
- The Bible teaches that the church must have Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night services at the building?
- Our congregation has Sunday School or Bible classes?
- Everyone drink the fruit of the vine from one container passed among the members?
- Everyone drink the fruit of the vine from individual containers passed among the members?
- Each member must personally contribute upon the first day of the week?
- The head of the family is the only one who has to contribute on the first day of the week?
- The church met in multiple houses in the first century?
- The church had street or building signs to identify their meeting place?
- Jesus said, “I will build MY church.” It is scriptural to refuse to put his name “Jesus” on a church’s street or building sign, but best to substitute his title?
- When one quotes a passage of scripture, he must always give book, chapter, and verse?
- The unleavened bread used in the communion must be commercially bought rather that made and brought by members?
- Respectful silence must be maintained in the Sunday morning assembly of worship?
- Four-part harmony (soprano, alto, tenor, & bass) were practiced by the church in Ephesus and Colosse?
- A person who was a prophet in the first century always taught God’s truth?
- One church may hold a conference to decide a practice for all other congregations without a representative from those assemblies being present?
- “The Lord’s table” is a small piece of furniture identified by the words of Jesus from Luke 22:19?
- Men show the proper respect for God on Sunday morning by wearing a suit and tie? However, Sunday and Wednesday night one may leave that respect in the closet?
These are just a sampling of most things we accept without producing a specific passage from the New Testament detailing it. Where is the authority in Scripture giving us that freedom? This is not to condemn, only to make us think and question our actions. Why do we do the things we do?