Saturday, January 01, 2011


Be faithful to God. When God's says "speak to the rock", He doesn't mean strike the rock. God said to Moses, "Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water." (Num. 20:8). We know from the following verses that God recognized unfaithfulness in Moses. What this means for us is that when God says to "be immersed", He doesn't mean pour or sprinkle the water. When God says to "sing", that doesn't authorize plucking the instrument. The unfaithful, self-willed religious folks cry "legalism", but it's really just cover for their own presumptuousness.

When the self-willed religious folks among us proceed with their picking and blowing in worship to God, they have this same spirit where they do not obey the voice of God and presumptuously speak for what God likes when it is really their own desires that are being satisfied.

‎"But," they say, "God liked instruments in the Old Testament." Do they really think that Old Testament worship is to be incorporated into the New Testament worship? Experience tells me they will answer "yes" because to say "no" would reveal their inconsistency. In order to keep their plucking and blowing they would willingly allow other aspects of the Old Law. Also they ignore the fact that the blowing of trumpets and plucking of stringed instruments was location specific, to the temple. Outside of the temple it wasn't allowed. So do the pluckers and blowers also approve of building an external temple and ignore that the temple of God now is the body of Christ?

I am no longer surprised to see the lengths people will go to justify their carnal impulses, even if it means disunity and perversion of the Word of God.
"But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” (Num. 20:12)
We learn from the Old Testament, and from this example of Moses and Aaron, that to add or take away from God's Word is not being faithful to the voice of God. To be faithful to God is to treat Him as Holy by listening closely to His will and doing that. When sprinkling is substituted for immersion, or when "plucking" is reasoned or interpreted into God's command to "sing", that is not faithfulness. Faithfulness is the issue. Love and faithfulness to God is not shown in platitudes or mere words of praise, but in deeds and truth.

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