Emanna for 03/25/2019
Abolishing the Commandments in Ordinances (2)
Eph 4:22 That you put off, as regards your former manner of life, the old man, which is being corrupted... Col 3:10 And have put on the new man... (11) Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
Words of Ministry
Although we may like certain practices, we should not insist
on them. If we insist on a particular practice, we make it an
ordinance that separates and creates enmity. Christians have
been divided by ordinances, such as the various ordinances
concerning baptism. Some insist upon baptizing backwards;
others insist on doing it forwards. Some Christians are
divided over the use of musical instruments. Some permit a
piano, but not an organ; the practice of others, however, is
the opposite... Although I appreciate shouting and loud
praises in the meetings, I am not for these things. To insist
on any practice is to cause division. Hence, we must not have
any ordinances. On the cross of Christ all ordinances were
It is possible for ordinances to become a cause of hatred
even among those who have been close to one another. Two
brothers may have enjoyed pleasant fellowship for a number of
years, but simply because one is for shouting and the other
is for being silent, there may be enmity between them.
Instead of loving each other, they may come to hate each
other. Religious jealousy is a terrible thing. History tells
us that many have been slain because of it through the
subtlety of Satan, the murderer. Therefore, we must repudiate
all ordinances and go along with the practices of the saints
, as long as these practices do not involve anything sinful, immoral, or idolatrous....
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 201. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 7/14/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.