Reaction to a comment on No Expressed Prohibition

One of our readers commented on the brief article regarding the argument on “A thing not expressly prohibited is allowed.” We earlier said that this kind of reasoning is dangerous because there are many things not expressly prohibited but when taken into the church they are not welcomed even by those who espouse the above quoted axiom.
Justin, the one who made the comment says that there should be several items that go with the axiom like: (a) It is not a prohibition, (b) It is used in the OT, (c) God does not change, so he would still enjoy musical worship, and (d) Etc.
The above enumerated guidelines are still wanting. For example: the 7th Day Sabbath is not expressly prohibited, it is in the OT, it was observed by our Lord Jesus, and God would enjoy resting because He has finished creating the world, and God does not change. Do we then keep the 7th Day Sabbath? But we have the celebration of the resurection of Christ on the first day of the week and so we have the first day or Sunday worship. We have a change of the Law and change of the Priesthood. Read Galatians 3 and Hebrews 7. God does not change but God changes laws and covenants.
God can also change the way He wants to be worshipped. That’s what Jesus said in John 4:24. God pointed to the temple and the City of Jerusalem where the able bodied Jews should go three times a year. But God changed that according to John 4:24.
The meaning of the word psallo has changed over a period of time according to Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon page 675. At the time of writing of the NT, psallo meant “to sing.” It had dropped off the meaning of a musical accompaniment. The word “salvage” in the Philippines has changed its meaning so we have to be very careful. Salvage comes from the word “salvar” which means to save. But a police superintendent should be careful not to make a command to his men: “You go out and salvage the drug users.”
In the next article we shall give more examples of words that have changed their meanings. — Eusebio Tanicala

One Comment to “Reaction to a comment on No Expressed Prohibition”

  1. Practical Question — Acts 11:1-18

    I have a simple question, though I surmise the answer may be complex, as it often is with simple questions.

    What must a person “Do” to be a member of a local Church? I suppose that begs another question, what must a person “do” to be “saved.” and how do we know that they are?

    I know some of you may feel that the pastor should already know the answer to these questions, and yet I desire to know and hear your thoughts for they are always helpful to me as I work through the passages in front of me. To those of you who have been courageous enough to respond in the past, “thank you,” it’s an encouragement and help to me, even if I do not always respond to each of your thoughts. I pray that the process is helpful and encouraging for you as well.

    Journeying with you,
    Randy

    Nollie Malabuyo said…
    What must a person “do” to be saved?

    Nothing. All of salvation, from predestination, to calling, to justification, to glorification are done by God (Rom. 8:29-30). Our text says that even repentance is a gift of God (Acts 11:18). And we know that faith itself is a gift of God (Eph. 2:8-9 “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”). This is because all mankind is dead (not sick) in sin and no one is able to respond to God’s call for faith and repentance (Rom. 3:10-11), unless he is “born from above” (John 3:3).

    When someone “accepts” Jesus as Lord and Savior, it is only because he has been granted prior life (regeneration) by the Holy Spirit, and not because he did it by his own “free” will. The acceptance is only a manifestation of his prior regeneration.

    What must a person “do” to be a member of a local church?

    If we’re talking about official membership in a local church, a person has to publicly profess his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, acknowledge his submission to the authority of the elders, and promise to live a life of obedience to God’s revealed will in Scripture.

    And how do we know that they are?

    We don’t. Only God knows the hearts of people (1 Chron. 28:9). We can only make a fallible judgment based on what we can see in a person’s life, whether that life is lived in accordance to God’s will in Scripture or not. This is where church membership and church discipline become very important: a church member who is outwardly not living an obedient life could come under the discipline of the elders. But ultimately, the goal of church discipline is not only to chastise, but to encourage the person to repent from his sin and be restored the life of the church once again.

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