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Plea For Doctrinal Purity

There was never a more devilish doctrine than that doctrinal purity is unimportant.  None can read the New Testament with an unbiased eye and keep from seeing this emphasis.  It begins with such representative statements from Christ as, “If ye abide in my word, then are ye truly my disciples” (John 8:31) and does not end until the final words of the sacred volume (Revelations 22: 18-19) “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

No New Testament author neglects this emphasis. The motive of this strong and consistent theme is the truth that the Word of God, through His Son, is God’s spiritual “seed” (Luke 8:11) “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. If the seed is faithfully preserved and planted it can produce nought but the plant imprinted by God on its spiritual “genes” (Galatians 6:7) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  Moreover, when the seed germinates and produces God’s plant, that spiritual plant, the church, can remain pure, healthy, and strong only so long as it feeds upon the pure food of the Gospel.  Apostasy cannot be defined apart from doctrinal corruption.  When one or one hundred saints move away from Christ it is because they have embraced a different, perverted “gospel” (Gal 1:6-7)  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

The reason why any congregation today is different from that of even one generation ago is that the doctrine has been changed. The two— the doctrine and the church — are inseparably linked.  When the doctrine is changed a vicious cycle, almost impossible to interrupt, is set in motion and the more the church changes, causing yet further digressions by the church. This is why the inspired men were so boldly militant in the preservation of Divine truth.  As they were, so must we be set for the defense of the Gospel, always ready to give answer for our hope and to contend earnestly for the faith (Phi 1:16; 1 Pet 3:15; Jude 3).  This is precisely why Paul made his powerful appeal on this theme to the saints at Rome: (Rom 16:17)” Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”

No better illustration can be found of the consequences of ignoring this appeal than the total apostasy of the church at Rome.  The congregation in Rome remained a church of Christ only so long as she faithfully preached and practiced apostolic doctrine.  When tolerance of false doctrine and its teachers began to prevail, the loss of her Scriptural identity was sealed; the seed was corrupted.

 

Lord,
Make me an
Instrument of thy peace
Where there is hatred,
Let me sow
Love;
Where there is injury,
Pardon;
Where there is doubt,
Faith
Where there is despair,
Hope
Where there is darkness,
Light
And where there is sadness,
Joy

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May One “Judge” Other Churches?

If a Christian teacher says that “false teaching” is occurring in a congregation of which he is not a member, would this be considered “judging?” Would it violate a church’s “autonomy?” There are actually two elements of this question that require consideration.

JUDGING

Somehow, many folks assume that all judging is wrong (yet they are not reticent to judge those whom they feel are judging). But all judging is not wrong. Hypocritical judging is wrong, I.e., condemning someone of the very thing that you are practicing.

(Matt 7:1-5) “Judge not, that you be not judged.
2 “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
3 “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
4 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
5 “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

(Rom 2:1) “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.”

Superficial judging, ie. Judging on the basis of mere appearance, is evil as well.

(John 7:24) “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

On the other hand, Jesus commanded us to judge righteous judgment, which is a judgment (pronouncement) consistent with Scriptural teaching. Paul rebuked the Corinthian Christians because they were flaunting their differences before unbelieving authorities, rather than “judging” these matters within the confines of the congregational environment.

(1 Cor 6:1) “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?”

And so, a certain type of judging is not only not wrong; it is positively required.

CHURCH AUTONOMY

The second aspect of the question deals with what one may or may not criticize relative to the affairs of a neighbouring congregation. If the subject under consideration has to do with an issue of mere expediency, it is not appropriate for the members of one congregation to be harshly negative toward the activities of another congregation. Expediencies are matters of personal judgment, and ought not to be targets for hostile barbs.

Having said that, the notion has some involved in the thinking of many that a congregation may practice virtually anything it pleases—no matter how much of a departure from the truth—and no one, who is not a member of the congregation, is at liberty to offer any censure. Such view is far from the truth.

When Paul wrote First Corinthians to the church in Corinth, he was living in Ephesus, (1 Cor 16:8) “But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.” where he laboured for approximately three years. (Acts 20:31) “herefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”

While in Ephesus, the apostle received reports of various happenings in Corinth. Accordingly, he wrote First Corinthians to address problems within that congregation. That congregation was divisive in spirit, (1 Cor 1:11) For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

The Corinthian saints retained a fornicating brother within their fellowhip (1 Cor 5:1) “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.”

Some were litigating their differences before heathen judges; others were abusing spiritual gifts, (1 Cor 12-14). Some of them even denied the future resurrection of the body, (1 Cor 15:12) “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?”

It apparently never occurred to Paul that he was “meddling” in the affairs of a congregation of which he was not a member. A Christian has the right to oppose error—wherever it may be. We would respectfully suggest, however, that it is not a reflection of maturity and balance to virtually consume one’s time in monitoring the problems of other congregations. When one virtually makes a career of “policing” the brotherhood, he reveals that he does not have a responsible view of what Christianity is about.

Written by Wayne Jackson


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The “Isaiah” Attitude

Seven centuries before the Christ came, God had a job that needed to be done. He asked, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah replied, “Here am I; send me” (Isa 6:8). The willingness of the prophet to accept the task to which God referred was exemplary for those who seek to serve God in any time frame.

Notice some of the background of the “Isaiah” attitude. He had seen a vision of the Lord in His glory, sitting upon His eternal throne. Such a glorious God deserved the fullest service! Could it be that so few in the church and in the world have the attitude of Isaiah because they have never caught the vision of the Lord’s glory and power? Of course, He does not manifest Himself to people today in direct visions of glory as the one the prophet saw. However, He has enabled us to see the great measure of His glory, majesty, and authority through His Word. When men visualize His glory they will be more likely to serve Him.

Isaiah was very humble before the Lord and felt himself unworthy to be so near the Lord (Isa 6:5). So many are hindered from serving God whole heartedly because of pride. Pride prevents our assuming the role of servants. It makes us want to protect our dignity above all. Pride convinces us that we know more than God. It makes us think we can improve on God’s eternal plans. It makes us think our plans are more important than God’s. Until we learn to take up our “towel” (John 13:3-16) as well as our cross, and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23), the “Isaiah” attitude will elude us.

Isaiah humbly confessed his sins and his unworthiness before God (Isa 6:5). Many people refuse to obey the plan of salvation because they feel inadequate and unworthy. Many members of the church commit some sin and drift further away from God because they realize they have sinned. This is the classic “catch 22” or endless cycle of many lives: people sin because they refuse or fail to serve because they have sinned. The only solution is to break the cycle as did Isaiah — obtain the Lord’s forgiveness by following His plan for our forgiveness.

With the vision of God’s glory and the assurance of God’s pardon fresh in his mind, Isaiah was ready to go wherever God would send and to serve however God would assign. Oh, how the Lord needs men, women, boys, and girls, with the “Isaiah” attitude. When the call for workers goes forth this attitude will make us respond personally, immediately, and unconditionally, with a hearty,

“Here am I; send me.”

What costs me nothing

After David had been told by God to build an altar and worship God on the threshing floor of Araunah, this Jebusite offered the king the threshing floor and everything necessary to worship God. David refused the offer with these words: “Nay, but I will verily buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt-offerings unto Jehovah my God which cost me nothing: (2 Sam 24:24)

Would that all Christians had the attitude of David. Instead, they often show the very opposite disposition. David realized that an offering which cost him nothing was worth exactly that to him: nothing. God has always demanded the best that a person has—not what somebody else has (Lev 22:21).

All we have has been given to us by God to use for His glory and in His service. We are but stewards of these things (1 Pet 4:10). The Lord expects us to be good stewards, but giving what comes without cost to us is not practicing faithful stewardship.

The measure of our devotion, reverence, and love for God is in direct proportion to how much we are willing to commit to the service of God, or how much we are willing to sacrifice (John 12:3ff). Those who take the easiest, cheapest way to serve God are, in reality, servants of self, not God.

There is to be nothing cheap about our religion. It is to be the best we have—the same attitude that characterized David. “I will not offer… unto Jehovah my God that which cost me nothing.”


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Pattern Religion

Victor M. Eskew

God has given us a pattern for obedience, a pattern for the church, a pattern for worship, and a pattern for work. Strict compliance with that pattern produces Christians only, Scriptural worship only and Scriptural work only. The real legitimacy of Christianity rests in strict adherence to the pattern.

“Either God’s Word is that pattern or there is no pattern… If God’s Word is intended to be a pattern it is a perfect pattern, for God cannot be charged with imperfection, and following it is important — yes, absolutely essential. If God’s Word is not intended to be a pattern, then it doesn’t matter what we are or what we do, in religion, nor does it matter whether we are anything, or do anything.”

When the above words were written, most members of the church agreed with this teaching. Since then, however, many have departed from the above thinking. They would ridicule the idea of “pattern” religion.

GOD ALWAYS HAD A PATTERN. God’s giving man a pattern to follow is not a new concept. In the days of Noah, God gave this righteous man a pattern to follow whereby he and his house could be saved. “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it” (Gen 6:14-16). Here God gave Noah a specific plan to follow. Noah did not rebel against God. He did not speak evil of God’s pattern. Rather, he yielded himself completely to God’s instructions. “Thus did Noah according to all that God commanded him, so did he” (Gen 6:22).

God also gave a pattern to Moses by which the tabernacle was to be built. In the book of Exodus, we read of God’s command to Moses to make the tabernacle according to the pattern he had been given. And the Lord spake unto Moses saying…let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the

Pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it: (Exo 25: 1-9) Moses, like Noah, complied with the Lord’s pattern without murmuring and complaining. In Exodus 40, the tabernacle was erected. Verse 33 closes with these words: “So Moses finished the work.”

A PATTERN TODAY. God has not left man without a pattern today. That pattern is found in the Scriptures. “All scriptures is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2Tim 3:16-17).

God has given man a pattern to follow so that he can be saved from his sins. That pattern includes hearing the Word of God, believing that Jesus is God’s Son, repenting of sins, confessing the name of Christ, and being baptized for the remission of sins. He has given a pattern for worship, church organization, Christian living, and the home. The list is endless.

CONCLUSION. God did not intend for man to grope about in darkness with no pattern to follow. He did not intend for each man to make his own pattern. Therefore, He gave man the pattern He wanted men to follow. Man’s responsibility involves his doing all things according to that pattern. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt 7:21)


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Don’t Leave God Out

The wise king Solomon in his book, Ecclesiastes, clearly stated there is a time for everything in our life. If we look at our life, we know this to be true. There is a time to grow physically, time to study, time to get a job, time to settle down and have children, there is also time to grow old and finally a time to die (Ecc 3:1-8). In between all these times in our lives, there will be many times of joy and our share of the times of pain, anguish and disappointments.

Indeed today, we are caught up in a rat race to excel in almost everything we do. Previously it was good enough to pass our examinations but now, it is the age of scoring distinctions, learning to play the piano, organ etc. Previously when we got ourselves a house, it became our home, our abode of happiness but now, it is a question of the size of the house, is it a 4-room, 5-room, executive, etc. Getting a job has also become a sophisticated search fro higher wages, benefits, promotions, etc. Today, we are brought up in the computer age and much new advancement that indirectly place more emphases on human excellence. Recently, there was extensive coverage on the emerging problem of stress-related illnesses in our mass media. Asia magazine devoted almost its entire coverage on stress in Asia.

This quest for excellence and to be No. 1 has sadly led to the decline of the family as the basic unit of society. Today, we have many broken homes, neglected children, alcoholism, bankrupts, etc. More importantly, in the quest for survival, people by and large have neglected God.

The present state of affairs tends to imply that man feels that he only needs himself to survive, that he alone is the master of his own destiny, thus a breeding ground for humanism. God is thought of as a faraway, distant concept that has no effect on man. The younger people who join the job market today have no time for the Supreme One, trusting only self. It does seem that people only turn to God when they are completely helpless, stricken by illness, failures in their personal life, etc.

The Bible clearly, and without doubt, teaches that there is life after death and that the life we now lead will determine what is in store for us.

People who live their own life without God or with a superficial relationship with God live it to their destruction. There will be no second chance. Some people leave it to the twilight years of their life before turning to God when they see death’s dark shadow approaching. What is the use of giving God aged service and late reverence when God really demands strength and vigour of our younger days?

There are many who think that their life is secure up to 50, 60, 70 or more years. The inspired book of James talks of life as a vapour that today is and tomorrow will be no more (Jas 4:14). Who is to say that anyone will be alive the next day? Does accident, cancer, heart attacks seem foreign to anyone?

In conclusion, I say, obey God now and live forever. Death is not the end at all; it is only the beginning of another chapter with God or eternal punishment without God. Let us not take living for granted. Let us find the time for everything. There is a time for God. It is not only on Sundays but everyday, a daily living with God and His living word, the Bible.

The 1993 Story Continues

It’s now Jan 2003. I was asked to write a follow-up to my article of May 1993. 10 years had sailed away. As I took stock from 93 to 03 and looked again at the article, I am not surprised that many things have indeed not changed! By and large people are still leaving GOD out of their plans, their decisions, their lifestyle and their daily living. GOD is still being looked upon as just another item, sought only when we get into difficulties; an insurance policy at best.

I’m sure if a survey was done island wide in S’pore we will find more yearnings for GOD. Why? Because of the economic crisis, job insecurities, anxieties and stress. In 1993 the situation was almost the same as it is now. Conclusion – people don’t really change, do they?

One thing that bothers me a lot is why seemingly very intelligent people educated with good jobs cannot accept the existence of the GOD of the Bible but they can believe myths and fables of the world religions. There is another group who accepts all the denominational teachings and is unable to rightly divide the word of GOD. They can’t even understand that the authority for today is the NT and that the OT was for our learning only. I was talking to a scholar last week and he was talking about instrumental music and dance of the OT being used today for worship. How sad. They practise “buffet” teachings – take what they like from the OT and leave those things which do not fit in – so instrumental music is in, dance is ok, circumcision no need; all the OT feast and sacrifices no need…”buffet” style indeed. We order the “set meal” laid out by God, we take the main dish from the NT. My own personal take on this is that the majority of those who call themselves Christians don’t really care about such issues as authority, doing things the authorized way etc. They are happy to just listen to their earthly pastors and clergy to lead them.

The teachings and being right in God’s sight is not at all important to them; just love GOD and be sincere. Basic Bible teachings such as believe and be baptized are brushed aside. I urge the Christians at JCOC to be determined to follow the old paths and increase in their wisdom by continuing in their study of god’s word. Be vigilant and defend the faith from false teachings and learn to trust GOD always. We are in this world but we are not of this world, we are Christians during good times and bad times, all our life is a challenge to be loyal to GOD. We should not be envious when our neighbours prosper, when our friends get their promotions, when we are sabotaged, when we feel let down. GOD has his plans for us. We should not compare JCOC with the massive crowds that attend the ‘fun and joy’ churches, where doctrine and the deep teachings are swept aside for entertainment value and the “feel good” factor. An ex-JCOC member whom I met at a wedding recently is attending one of the newly created churches. She said that she is very happy there, because they can come and go as they please, with no real commitments needed.

If it is god’s will, perhaps 10 years from now, I may be called upon to write another follow-up on this article, I guess you already know that things will still be the same 1993, 2003 or 2013…

May the peace of our GOD be upon all our JCOC members.

Written by Ullas Nair
First published on 16th May 1993.


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The Authority Principle

IS GOD FAIR? Out of the multitude of God’s servants of all times, Moses would surely be ranked in the top ten, if not in the top five. He was a great man in many ways. He was a natural leader — a military commander, a nation-builder, a prophet! Moses was a man whom God used mightily — a legend in his own time.

It was Moses who for 40 years led the murmuring, complaining Israelites toward the promised land. Without Moses’ prayerful intercessions, God would have given up on that sinful nation. Any lesser man than Moses could not have accomplished what he did. Israel never had another leader like him (Deu. 34:10).

Yet after almost a century of service, after trials and triumphs, after 40 long years of leading a rebellious multitude through the wilderness, Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land of rest (Deu 34:1-4). How could this happen? Why would God turn His back on a servant like Moses? Numbers 20:1-13 gives the reason.

GOD’S COMMAND: It is the first month of the fortieth year of wandering. The people have almost reached their promised land. Moses’ job is almost finished. The entire Israelite community has arrived at the Desert of Zin; but there was no water.

The people blamed Moses. They murmured; they complained; they quarreled. Moses took the problem to God in prayer. God told Moses what to do: “Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink” (Num 20:8). For the most part, Moses obeyed God explicitly. He took the staff and assembled the people before the particular rock that God had mentioned; but then he departed from God’s specific instruction. Instead of speaking to the rock as God commanded, Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff (Num 20:11).

GOD’S REACTION: Men are tempted to want to excuse Moses for what may seem like such a “little thing”. But the Lord said to Moses, “Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them” (Num 20:12). Moses disobeyed God! God authorized speaking to the rock. Moses substituted striking the rock. Moses sinned. God punished.

WHAT LESSON DO WE LEARN? God’s reaction to Moses’ sin should teach us something. Only the things God has authorized are acceptable to Him as worship. God is the authority. Any additions, any subtractions, any substitutions to His word dishonor and displease Him. This AUTHORITY PRINCIPLE is stated in the New Testament. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Col3:17). “In the name of Jesus” simply means by His authority. Only by doing what God has authorized can man please God.

Let’s be specific. Only unleavened bread and fruit of the vine are authorized as elements of the Lord’s supper (Mat 26:17-30). Anything else is excluded. Pizza and Pepsi would be sinful if added to the Lord’s table. Only immersion is authorized for baptism (Rom 6:4). Sprinkling and pouring are not authorized and cannot be substituted. Prayer is to be offered to God the Father (Mat 6:9). Prayers to the Virgin Mary, dead saints, or the apostles of Jesus are not authorized and therefore wrong. Christians are commanded to sing certain kinds of songs with the heart and lips in worship to God (Col 3:16). When a banjo, guitar, or piano is added to God’s command, God must surely be displeased because He has only authorized singing.

Lacking of Biblical authority, then, is what makes Auricular Confession, baptizing of images, baptizing of infants, canonization of saints, celibacy of the clergy, lighting of blessed lamps and vestments, sprinkling for baptism, using musical instruments in worship, and a hundred other things that God has not authorized, wrong. Their authority derives not from God but from men.

GOD IS FAIR: Moses knew what God wanted but he substituted something else. He deserved the punishment he received. Man can know what God wants today. The New Testament is a pattern (Heb 8:5) of what God expects. Any deviations from God’s pattern are sinful and deserve His judgment.


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Is Hand Clapping in the Church Scriptural?

Why do some clap their hands (applaud) during the worship of the church? Some clap when they agree with a point the preacher has made. Some applaud when he finishes his sermon. This is to show their approval of it. However, there is no Scriptural authority for hand clapping in the worship of the church! One of the principles which will help us understand the Lord’s will for worship is to”speak where the Scriptures speak, and to remain silent where the Scriptures are silent.” In other words, when the Lord teaches us by a command, approved example, or implication in His Word, we have authority to do it. If He does not, then we are doing it without His authority.

What is the proper way to show agreement or approval in worship? The answer is found in 1 Corinthians 14:16. Paul wrote: “Otherwise, if you bless with the Spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say ‘Amen’ at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?” The manner of Paul’s question implies that the proper way to show agreement is to say “Amen.” Even though this passage is dealing with the miraculousspiritual gifts of the apostolic age, it clearly shows how the Lord expects His disciples to show agreement today.

If God had simply said, “Show agreement,” then hand clapping, whistling, or anything else could be done to accomplish it. However, God did not simply say “Show agreement!” He said to say “Amen” to show approval or agreement. This principle is clearly seen in Genesis 6:14. The Lord told Noah to “Make yourself an ark of gopher wood.” Since God commanded the specific kind of wood to be used, no other kind could have been used with His approval. Since, in the New Testament, God has commanded the way to show approval or agreement in worship is by saying “Amen,” then no other way can be used with His approval! God does not have to say, “Thou shall not practice hand clapping or any other thing except to say “amen.” When He commanded saying “Amen,” this eliminated (left out) every other way of doing it!

The apostle Paul wrote: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17). To do a thing “in the name of the Lord” means to do it by His authority. Therefore, we must have authority for everything we do in our worship and practice. Where is the verse which gives us authority for hand clapping in worship? It is not mentioned anywhere in the New Testament!

Please consider the following arguments from the Word of God:
I.
A) All Scripture is given to thoroughly equip the man of God for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
B) No Scripture authorizes hand clapping in the worship of the church.
C) Therefore, hand clapping is not a good work!

II.
A) It is a violation of Scripture to go beyond what is written (Revelation 22:18,19; 2 John 9).
B) Hand clapping in the worship of the church is not written in the New Testament.
C) Therefore, hand clapping in the worship of the church is a violation of the New Testament!

III.
A)“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).“Whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).
B) The Word of God does not mention hand clapping in the worship of the church.
C) Therefore, hand clapping is not an act of faith and is a sin!

IV.
A) God has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” through His Word (2 Peter 1:3).
B) God’s Word does not give us anything concerning hand clapping in the worship of the church.
C) Therefore, hand clapping in the church does not pertain to life and godliness!

Some try to justify hand clapping in the worship of the church by arguing, “It is mentioned in the Old Testament.” While this is true (see Psalm 47:1), this does not authorize it in the worship of the church today. We are under the New Testament law of worship. The Old Testament Law was for Israel and has been replaced by a new and better covenant (Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 7:12; 8:6-13). The fact that hand clapping was commanded in Old Testament worship does not authorize it in New Testament worship any more than the fact that the burning of incense and the offering of animal sacrifices in Old Testament worship gives authority for them in New Testament worship. We are not under the Old Testament law of worship today! If one leaves out the offering of animal sacrifices and burning of incense, he must also leave out hand clapping.

Some try to justify hand clapping in the worship of the church today by insisting that it is a matter of option. One can choose to do it, or one can choose not to do it. But if it is an option, why not leave it out? Many Christians cannot do it in good conscience. If it is not commanded, but merely a matter of option, then it should not be used for this will cause division. Those who oppose hand clapping in worship do not believe it is an optional matter. They oppose it because it is an addition to the God given pattern of worship in the New Testament.

When we worship God, we must simply follow that which He has revealed to us in the New Testament. Hand clapping as an act of worship is not revealed in the New Testament. Therefore, in order to please God, we must leave it out of our worship! God demands respect for His Word. To add to it or to take away from it is to incur the wrath of God. It will result in one’s being kept out of the Holy City, which is Heaven (Revelation 22:18,19).