ISNíT IT TIME TO LOOK AT THE BIBLE AGAIN?
by David Campbell
Since the writing of the New Testament much has occurred that has diluted, perverted, and distorted the truth.† Men have added their doctrines, traditions, and other ďtestaments.Ē† These, along with the various interpretations taught by men, have made it difficult for some to come to an understanding of the truth.† What we propose is that men leave behind the doctrines and traditions of men and go back to the Bible.† After all, the doctrines and commandments of men will make our worship vain (Matthew 15:9).
When we go back to the Bible we see a simple pattern for Christian worship that involved the following:
1. A regular assembly for the purpose of worship (Hebrews ).
2. Singing (Ephesians ; Colossians ).
3. Praying (1 Corinthians ).
4. Weekly observance of the Lordís Supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians -26).
5. Cheerful giving (Matthew ; 1 Corinthians 16:2).
6. Preaching the Word (Acts , 42; 20:7).
7. Worship in spirit and in truth (John ).
8. Worship in a decent and orderly fashion (1 Corinthians ).
This is a far cry from the types of worship we see in churches today.† On the one hand we have the ritualistic observances of centuries of manís traditions employed in some churches.† On the other hand we have many churches that have turned the worship of our Lord into an entertainment event designed to please men rather than God.† In so many denominations there is a strong emphasis on drama, orchestral music, contemporary Christian rock music, and many other forms of entertainment.† Because none of this was practiced by the church of Biblical times, we must conclude that this is a digression rather than progression (Revelation , 19).
History shows us that the people of
the first century were very much in love with entertainment.†
The people of the first century were very much like us.† They had families and jobs, and they experienced stress, illness, and faced death.† Though very much like us, those early Christians were content to accept the apostlesí teaching, and worship accordingly.† They understood that the good feeling one derives from worship comes from knowing that we are pleasing God (Matthew ).† We are pleased with our children when they do as we request.† In the same way God is pleased with us when we do what He wants.
Our goal is to please God by following the plan for worship that is found in the New Testament.† If you have an identical desire, we would welcome you and your family.