Who do you think you are? What gives you, A MERE MAN, to interpret the Bible for everyone else. That's the elders job. When it comes to subjects like clapping, instrumental music, one cup, WHAT SONG BOOK TO USE...these are elder issues! The website is a very good ministry, don't get me wrong, but subjects like these that the Bible doesn't clearly state, to take verses out of context to make them say what you want them to say in wrong. That'd be like me taking my music history book and pulling out certain things to make it say that Mozart never lived...what's the deal?
Who are we? Admittedly we are mere men. God gave us, and all others (except the unaccountable), the responsibility to read, understand, and follow His word which is truth. John 17:17. Moreover, he gave each of his children the responsibility to spread and defend that truth. You may trust all of this to elders, but history shows this may not always be true. Read the history of the falling way of the early church. See what is happening in some congregations today as elders lead congregations astray and congregations blindly follow. You may think that elders will answer for any misconceptions you have or that you cannot be blamed for any misconceptions you do have if you have followed the elders blindly. While it is true that the elders will give an account for the souls that they shepherd, Hebrews 13:17, it is still true that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2Co 5:10 KJV). It will do you little good to say, “But the elders said . . . .” Christ may well ask you what He said and it is by His word, not that of the elders that you will be judged. John 12:48.
That said, may this humble Christian off a little free advice. The next time you “fly off the handle” and accuse someone of taking something out of context, you would do well to provide information concerning what and how something is taken out of context and why you think it is so. Conclusions supported by rational arguments are worthy of consideration, whether they be right or wrong. They can be rationally and logically discussed. Conclusions, especially broad sweeping conclusions, having no specificity and unsupported by rational argument, are not worthy of consideration or response.
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