What we should wear in church

What we should wear in church


CHRISTIAN LIBERTY, IT IS A BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE THAT HELPS
TWO CHRISTIANS WHO DISAGREE ACTUALLY LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AND
DO CHURCH LIFE TOGETHER, EVEN WHEN WE MIGHT BE FIRMLY
PERSUADED, THAT GUY’S WRONG ABOUT THIS. PASTOR TY BLACKBURN,
THE SUBJECT THAT WE HAPPEN TO HAVE STUMBLED ON, WE’VE GOT A
LONG LIST OF CHURCH ADIAPHORA. WORSHIP TIMES. WHAT KIND OF
WORSHIP MUSIC DO WE HAVE. CHURCHES DIVIDE OVER THINGS LIKE
THAT. WHAT THE PASTOR SHOULD WEAR. WHAT THE CONGREGATION
SHOULD WEAR. HOW WE DO COMMUNION. MODES OF BAPTISM. A
LOT OF ISSUES. THIS ISN’T BEING LIBERAL, BUT THE BIBLE ISN’T
CRYSTAL CLEAR ON A LOT OF THESE ISSUES. BRILLIANT, IF YOU ASK
ME, THAT GOD LET’S US WORK THESE THINGS OUT THROUGH THE
CENTURIES. WE’RE NOT STUCK IN THE SEVENTH CENTURY LIKE, YOU
KNOW, SOME RELIGIONS THAT MOHAMMED INVENTED, WE HAVE
CHRISTIAN LIBERTY BECAUSE WE’RE NO LONGER UNDER THE LAW. HELP ME
APPLY THIS DOCTRINE. LET’S JUST FOR YUCKS, I BELIEVE MEN SHOULD
BE WEARING SUITS AND TIES. SO, I’VE TRIPPED INTO YOUR OFFICE,
AND I’VE INSISTED, THAT WE NEED TO BE–CONSIDER HOW THE HIGH
PRIEST DRESSED UP, UM, THAT WE WORSHIP HIM IN HOLY ATTIRE,
DEBATABLE FROM PSALMS, BUT NEVERTHELESS, AND THEREFORE,
WE’RE VISITING–WE’RE MEETING WITH THE KING, WE DRESS UP FOR
THE PRESIDENT THEREFORE, WE SHOULD DRESS UP FOR CHURCH ON
SUNDAY. AND, I BELIEVE THAT MEN SHOULD BE IN SUITS AND TIES, AND
WOMEN SHOULD BE IN THEIR SUNDAY FINERY. I’M FULLY PERSUADED IN
THAT. THEN, YOU BRING ME–I’M IN THE OFFICE WITH YOU, AND THERE’S
A BROTHER WHO’S LIKE, NO. THAT DOESN’T SAY THAT EXPLICITLY.
WHAT I’D LIKE TO HAVE YOU DO IS, HOW DO WE LEAVE THIS OFF. HOW DO
YOU HELP US, BOTH SIDES, LEAVE THE OFFICE AND, OH, FINE! HOW DO
YOU HELP ME THROUGH THAT?>>I THINK OF THE THINGS I WOULD DO
IS OPEN THE SCRIPTURES TO ROMANS 14, IS A PASSAGE SO IMPORTANT IN
AREA OF CHRISTIAN LIBERTY, AND UM, JUST READ IT WITH THESE TWO
BROTHERS. LET’S READ IT TOGETHER AND HAVE THEM READ IT OUT LOUD.
READ PORTIONS OF THE TEXT, AND THEY’D READ THROUGH FROM 14:1 TO
15:7, AND THEY’LL SEE THINGS LIKE, YOU KNOW, UM, ONE PERSON
REGARDS ONE DAY ABOVE ANOTHER DAY ALIKE. EACH PERSON MUST BE
FULLY CONVINCED IN HIS OWN MIND. UH, AND SO, WE SEE THAT THE LORD
HAS ALLOWED FOR THERE TO BE SOME DISAGREEMENTS IN DIFFERENCES OF
OPINION. AND THEN, TO UM, POINT OUT THAT ONE OF THE GOALS HERE
IS WHAT HAPPENS AT THE BEGINNING SECTION, PAUL GIVES AN
IMPERATIVE, NOW ACCEPT THE ONE WHO IS WEAK IN FAITH. ACCEPT
HIM, AND THEN,CHAPTER 15 VERSE 7, AGAIN ANOTHER IMPERATIVE,
THEREFORE, ACCEPT ONE ANOTHER JUST AS CHRIST HAS ALSO ACCEPTED
US TO THE GLORY OF GOD. SO THAT OUR GOAL REALLY NEEDS TO BE WALK
IN LOVE THROUGH THIS. NOW, THE BROTHER WHO’S CONVINCED THAT
EVERYBODY SHOULD WEAR A SUIT, UH, IT’S A CONVICTION HE HAS.
AND, FOR HIM, HE NEEDS TO WEAR A SUIT ‘CAUSE HE SAYS YOU KNOW, IF
YOU’RE CONVINCED OF THIS THEN YOU MUST DO WHAT YOUR CONVINCED
OF. UM, BUT…>>SO, YOU WOULDN’T, WITH ONE OF THEM SAY,
‘CAUSE HERE WHERE IT GETS DICEY, ALRIGHT, UM, BROTHER DOESN’T,
YOU KNOW, NEEDS SOME GROWING. THE ONE WHO FEELS THAT HE CAN BE
MORE CASUAL IN WORSHIP, NOW. WE’RE GOING TO TRUST THIS IS A
GRAY AREA, AND THE ONE WHO’S RECOMMENDING FORMALISM, DOES ONE
OF THEM HAVE TO CHANGE? DOES THE GUY WHO’S CASUAL HAVE TO PUT ON
A SUIT AND TIE TO ACCOMMODATE THE CONVICTION OF THE OTHER
BROTHER?>>WELL, I WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM BOTH TO DO WHAT
THIS PASSAGE TELLS YOU TO DO, WHICH IS OK, LET’S TALK ABOUT,
YOU MAY FEEL FINE, ONE GUY MAY FEEL FINE WEARING A SUIT AND
TIE, FEEL LIKE HE MUST. ANOTHER GUY FEELS COMPLETELY FINE
WEARING FLIP FLOPS, FOR INSTANCE WHICH, YOU KNOW, IS PUSHING THE
OTHER SIDE OF THE ENVELOPE A LITTLE BIT. BUT, THE ISSUE IS,
TO TAKE THEM TO THE LORD. THEY ANSWER TO THE LORD FOR WHAT
THEY’RE DOING. SO, WHY, WHAT’S YOUR MOTIVATION IN WHAT YOU’RE
DOING? AND THEN, REALIZING THAT IT’S NOT ABOUT OUR RIGHTS, YOU
KNOW, THE PERSON WHO WANTS TO WEAR THE FLIP FLOPS MAY FEEL I
HAVE A RIGHT TO WEAR WHAT I WANT TO WEAR TO CHURCH. ONE OF THE
THINGS WE HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR IS HOW THE CULTURE SEEPS INTO
OUR THINKING. YOU KNOW, WE’RE NOT TO BE CONFORMED TO THE
WORLD, BUT BE TRANSFORMED. WELL, THE WORLD TALKS ABOUT RIGHTS. I
HAVE A RIGHT. YOU DESERVE. BIBLICALLY, THAT, THAT LANGUAGE
IS OUT OF PLACE. YOU DON’T HAVE RIGHTS. WE HAVE
RESPONSIBILITIES. I MEAN, WHEN YOU COME TO CHRIST, YOU BECOME
HIS SLAVE. YOU SURRENDER EVERYTHING. YOU DENY YOURSELF
AND YOU TAKE UP YOUR CROSS. SO, WE SHOULDN’T EVER BE ASSERTING
ANY RIGHTS. NOW, WE DO HAVE LIBERTY. BUT, THE LIBERTY SHOULD
BE EXERCISED FOR THE GLORY OF GOD. WHETHER YOU EAT OR DRINK,
WHAT YOU DO, DO ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD. SO, ARE YOU DOING
WHAT YOU’RE DOING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD? NOW, THEN, FALLING RIGHT
ALONG THAT, IS IT PART OF YOUR LOVING CHRIST THAT YOU’RE
DRESSING THE WAY YOU ARE. OKAY, NOW YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE YOUR
BROTHER. IF YOU LOVE GOD, YOU SAY YOU LOVE GOD WHOM YOU’VE NOT
SEEN, AND DON’T LOVE YOUR BROTHER WHO YOU HAVE SEEN YOU’RE
A LIAR, JOHN SAYS IN 1 JOHN 4:19. SO, NOW LET’S WALK THAT
OUT. PART OF LOVING IS SPEAKING THE TRUTH TO MY BROTHER. I FEEL
LIKE HE REALLY HAS A BLIND SPOT HERE. HE’S BEING TOO CAVALIER IN
THIS AREA. AND, HOLINESS IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO CHALLENGE,
SPUR ONE ANOTHER TOWARDS. SO, A BROTHER FEELS LIKE HE’S NOT
BEING HOLY. WELL, SPEAK THE TRUTH TO HIM, BUT UM, DO IT IN
AN ATTITUDE OF LOVE. SOMETIMES, IT’S GOING TO TAKE SOMEONE SOME
TIME TO COME ALONG EVEN IF I’M RIGHT ON SOMETHING AND THEY’RE
WRONG, IT’S GOING TO TAKE TIME FOR GOD TO LEAD THEM ON. AM I
GOING TO LOVE THEM THROUGH IT, CONTINUE TO SPEAK THE TRUTH, BUT
LOVE THEM THROUGH THE PROCESS, RATHER THAN JUDGE THEM.>>
WHICH I WOULD SAY IS THE FINAL IMPERATIVE ON OUR LIST. AND
REALLY THAT IS, IF, WHEN WE’RE LIKE THIS WITH ONE ANOTHER,
WE’RE ACTUALLY STILL COMMANDED TO LOVE AND NOT JUDGE ONE
ANOTHER. WHICH MEANS, IF WE ARE STILL ACTING LIKE THAT IN OUR
HEARTS, WE’RE BASICALLY SINNING, AND THAT SHOULD MOTIVATE US TO
BE MORE THOUGHTFUL AND LOVING TOWARD OUR BROTHER. THE DOCTRINE
OF CHRISTIAN LIBERTY. DANGEROUS AND BEAUTIFUL ALL AT THE SAME
TIME. AND, IMMINENTLY PRACTICAL. THANK YOU, SIR.

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