Old Things Can be Used

Spontaneity is no measure of sincerity; formality is no measure of legalism.

Much maligned is the concept of ritual. But atonement itself, the blood atonement of Christ, is a ritual, because it involves a symbolic act that God by His grace makes efficacious. To throw out traditional forms in the name of authenticity while claiming that only good intentions are needed is itself a dependence on appearance, because such an action itself assumes that only a very novel form will do for the believer to express what God puts into his spirit.

Instead of repudiating legalism, such trends as trends often result in more holier-than-thou attitudes towards those antiquated people who are too attached to tradition. Far be it from us to elevate tradition to a status it cannot enjoy, but age and lineage of use are not in themselves suspect.

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3 responses to “Old Things Can be Used

  1. That post on the regulative principle actually dovetails nicely into this post of yours. It’s always been a problem to me that some churches take the regulative principle too far (assuming they’re applying it correctly in the first place), eliminating any “extraneous” formalities of worship because they might be received as distracting or legalistic.

    There is nothing “up” with the principle because I believe it does very little to turn a worshiper’s heart and mind toward the riches of heaven. There is no ascension.

    And in the end, even churches that shy away from “rituals” still end up having their own liturgies and rituals – albeit unrecognized. What matters is the distinction between good, biblical liturgies and bad, idiotic liturgies.

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  2. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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