Summary: If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God. - 1 Corinthians 11:16 It is amazing how much we can be influenced by our upbringing and also our surrounding environment. This in no way is differ ...
If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God. - 1 Corinthians 11:16
It is amazing how much we can be influenced by our upbringing and also our surrounding environment. This in no way is different with our view of Christian practices and doctrines as we can simply imbibe all that we are surrounded with considering it the very truth when in fact we have never thought outside of a box of interpretation ourselves and others have made. One thought that is prevalent in Christianity in North America is the idea of the autonomous church. The simple belief is that each group of Christians or local assembly of believers is fully independent and free from any control or influence from other groups unless they desire it. This belief arose out of wanting to be free from larger denominational or religious groupings of christians and also out of the aspect of freedom in republic mindset thinking of America. Such thinking seems right and good on the outside but when we look at the New Testament and the early Churches we actually see an entirely different picture.
Paul the Apostle states in the passage we are looking at that the certain practice of Lord's Supper and head-covering was not just a practice of the Corinthians but a custom for all the churches. His way of saying this was "no other practice" meaning this is the way we began the church and right now this is what all the churches are doing, so why would you want to do it another way? This is not a church tradition thousands of years later but an apostolic practice written in the bible and encouraged by the Apostles. So we see early Churches had common practices that were not imposed but recognized as what God desired thus all did them unless they found themselves rebelling against God's order. Another thing we see in the early Church is the constant sense of community, traveling Apostles, Timothy and others appointing Overseers, letters written to Churches were Apostles never visited yet was commanding them to be obedient to the Gospel. Scriptures overly share with us on unity of believers, loving one another, Saying no to our independence is good as we are one family and one with all believers in the Lord, not just in spirit but practically in this earth.