I was raised on the old B-A-P-T-I-S-T below. These are the things that supposedly made us 'distinctive' in our faith. But as I'm reading and learning, I'm discovering that most -if not all- of these do not mean what they used to... what they're supposed to. This post will focus on the Priesthood of the Believer & Individual Soul Liberty.
It is true that 70 years ago all women wore skirts only. It is also true that our culture changed. Perhaps it would be fair to say that those who first changed were making a statement that ladies today are not necessarily making. It was not culturally acceptable then. What I am afraid we fail to see is that cultureis the last line of consideration for the Christian after the issue of covering our nakedness is addressed. For example, walk up and tell some burly Scottish guy in his kilt that he looks feminine or girly and as you pick yourself back up off the ground, you will probably realize he was all man and a cultural issue was involved.
Standards are what many churches measure their members up against… Is his hair short enough? Is her skirt long enough? Their music has drums in it! I heard they went to the movies! He didn’t wear church clothes to church! Their family went to the beach! Did you know that he smokes? Ahhhhhhh! The list goes on and on…
Many churches define their rules as 'standards.' Some standards are given a higher ranking than others and are labeled 'convictions' while others which carry less weight are 'preferences.' Different churches, attempting to determine what is important based on the Bible, asserts these standards upon the congregation. Some churches even create defining boundaries of fellowship and … Continue reading Raise the Standard!
God’s Relay Race - 1 Timothy 1 I want to get your attention…to hear the truth…truth is Powerful The Race is Important! • V1 – “commandment” God started it • V3 – “doctrine” – who we run for • V6-7 – “swerved” – What’s at stake – souls 1. events (sports) with all the ta-da … Continue reading God’s Relay Race