Over the past few days, I have been asking the following question: “Should we begin our study of the church with contemporary church practices then compare them with Scripture, or should we begin our study of the church with Scripture then compare that with contemporary church practices?”
While this article is long, it is well worth reading. Here are a couple of excerpts:
It’s amazing how much the church does because of man-made traditions, that when closely scrutinized, simply can’t be justified from God’s Word.
Changes in the life of a church are never easy. In fact, even if the changes are more Scriptural than its current practices, they are still very threatening. Thus, the status quo, no matter how barren it leaves us, is usually preferred over change.
I know the church with whom I gather has practices and traditions that “can’t be justified from God’s Word.” However, it is our desire to change those practices. We are not perfect people, but we do desire to mature in Christ-likeness, both as individuals and as the body of Christ… even if that change is not easy.