Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Opus 2024-127: Pardon My Skepticism

I am finding the suggestions by You Tube to be of declining value.  I fell for some click bait today.  It advertised something like “10 Things Churches Do That Are Not in the Bible”.  I didn’t think the discussion would change a lot in my life but I was curious about what the guy had to say.

I was not disappointed in my skepticism.  

He started off with “denominations”.  They are not in the Bible.  I guess that would be true since things were just starting up.  Of course you could also make a case for the first church split was when the believers in Jesus were kicked out of the synagogues or maybe the time when the Hellenistic Jews and the locals were arguing over how they served lunch.  Wouldn’t the proclaimed difference between the ministry of Peter and Paul be considered different denominations today?

Things like “confession” were simply digs at the Catholics.  Declaring that immersion was the only Biblical form of baptism is a position I agree with but ignores the case that other believers make for pouring and sprinkling.  Such a case does exist.

What really got me to wondering where he was coming from was when he said the Bible did not talk about “worship services”.  It is possible that he was technically correct.  Of course, the Bible does not use the term “trinity” either.  I wonder what he thought the people in Acts were doing when they gathered together on a daily basis.  Where does he think Paul has been that made him write the 14th chapter of I Corinthians with its list of approved activities and telling women not to speak?

I thought it was of interest that he did not mention the Bible has nothing to say about podcasts telling us about what the Bible does not say, but my mind tends to run that way.

Time to go read a book.  You do remember books, don’t you?

homo unius libri

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