Are there some practical Christian standards that leave you perplexed? Habits ostensibly endorsed by scripture but remain inexplicable? Staunchly maintained as being right and yet no one can properly explain why they are right. Justified because previous generations did this and therefore must be right? This book examines; woman wearing hats to church, woman wearing men's clothes, baptism adults and children, professional associations and living by faith.
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Copyright 2015 I.L.Gray
Permission granted to reproduce for personal and educational use only. Commercial copying, hiring, lending is prohibited. All Bible quotations taken from the DARBY translation; quotes have been presented in square brackets and italic font, and where Darby used italic for emphasis, ‘*’ is used.
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When Christians meet together formally for fellowship they regulate their gatherings in keeping with Biblical instruction and principle. Differences of opinion that exist between Christian groups are due therefore to interpretation and understanding of the truth and context of scripture. To this end, until otherwise proven, it must be assumed that all fellowships have customs and practices that are not scripturally correct in context and content but are essentially dogmas inherited from forefathers.
Sir Isaac Newton (1643 – 1727) is quoted as saying, ‘A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.’ (Quote from education material copyright 2009 Christian Education Europe Ltd. Calculus PACE 1140 page 3). This perspective Newton applied to his studies in maths and science but it is equally true of interpreted Biblical teaching. Newton’s habit of secular study also applies to ecclesiastical study, ‘I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light.’ In essence this is scriptural, [IS 28:9-10 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand the report? Them that are weaned from the milk, withdrawn from the breasts? For [it is] precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little. ...].
(As an aside to the topic being discussed it is opportune to draw attention to the foregoing quoted scripture from Isaiah; see John 13:23-25 and 21:20, ‘his’ disciple is not ‘withdrawn from the breasts’ but is ‘in the bosom of Jesus’ whereas ‘the’ disciple is ‘withdrawn from the breasts’ and is ‘leaning on the breast of Jesus’. To appreciate the distinction between ‘his’ and ‘the’ disciple see first book entitled ‘Man’ chapter 7 ‘Divine Marriage’ ISBN 9783958494237).
Returning to our topic; any practices mandated by a Christian fellowship (or for that matter our parents and forebears) should be understandable i.e. teachable and make sense. Never continue to ‘just do it’ on the basis that others, ‘who know better than you’ decided this and therefore ‘it must be right’—God created each one of us as intelligent beings capable of thought and reasoning, and He also requires this of us, it is our responsibility. Even when speaking with Him God allows us to question, make enquiry, in order to learn, [IS 1:18 Come now, let us reason together, saith Jehovah:]. Questioning, with a view to understanding, what anyone presents as God’s truth is not rebellion but responsible enquiry. You have one life, to make of it what you will, do not waste it on false doctrines and vanities, seek to know the truth.
This book examines some of the customs and practices experienced from having formal Christian fellowship and which are now shared with you for your consideration and spiritual growth.
1 The Covering
2 Man's Apparel
5 Living by Faith
[1COR 11:4-5 Every man praying or prophesying, having [anything] on his head, puts his head to shame. But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered puts her own head to shame; for it is one and the same as a shaved [woman].].
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