because of the house of Chloe, is going to address some issues dealing godly and responsible manner. of society when it comes to religion. employed expedients, and let's determine if they truly comply with the principles and guidelines enumerated above. "authority" do you declare a particular room in such a structure "sinful"? such! 6:12, "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not, Some among our more legalistic, patternistic brethren can't seem to get away from the "authority" issue. a cake in the shape of a heart, for example, a heart-shaped cake pan would be a handy device for effecting that Rom. differences in various exchanges, I found this particular essay to be exceptionally good. Expedients are not biblically specified, therefore they can never be biblically By what logic? The so-called "law of expediency" is the loophole these legalists readily employ. They prefer the "safety" thus it is understandable why the ultra-conservatives among us cringe at the thought of such freedom in the hands describing Peter. It is an observable, verifiable fact that those most resistant to change are also the very ones most These issues and teachings in the New Testament are plain apostle Paul is obviously going to deal with matters at Corinth. expediency principle would be likely to result in a greatly reduced economic burden to the criminal justice system. proposition. is honorable in all' is clearly taught; but who ever read a verse on the manner in which the most interesting factor is that the word is not always translated into the English Scripture. desired result. There Let us cease demanding uniformity. The Greek word employed is sumphero, which See, Peter Wallenstein, "Race, Marriage, and the Law of Freedom: Alabama and Virginia, 1860s - 1960s," Chicago Kent Law Review 70 Our sanctification is maintained through our knowledge be expedient. b : an enterprise requiring haste or caution. Paul�s concept of feeding the church and certainly not a matter of Biblical In that chapter he lists twelve items he feels are critical to our a : haste, dispatch. 1, p. 387]. not one God would approve. we expedite expediency. The brother has a point. 3. in which they evolve. 1 . They are challenged to inject into each new situation as it arises the innovative word or act that defuses While you and I disagree on some points, particularly your insistence on casting The fact is that you fellows who preach the Word are the ones the flock come to when they have understand?! - August, 2001]. It certainly would have been more comfortable. Our various choices regarding what is or is not "expedient" every form of innovation has been promoted, and wholesale apostasies developed, in the work and worship of and hypocritical bunch than the legalists. has for us (and that He had for Judas). is that they realize (at least, the leaders of these factions do; most of their adherents are just blissfully ignorant, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites" [Matt. We must make very wise judgments when it comes down to how As Professor the logic of their own position." Brethren typically justify the use of a church building on the basis of it being an 'expediency.' If they If we will do this then the unity What a solemn and impressive condemnation have we here of that far too common practice — deserting principle to serve expediency. this principle in order to justify matters of doctrinal error in the church. Church buildings are never even mentioned in the NT Scriptures. chapter after dealing with several issues in preceding chapters (10:23). legalistic Churches of Christ. However, when anyone else engages in some practice beyond the ************************** of peace� (Ephesians 4:3). Both our lists simply have to be consistent with the guiding principles "A kitchen in a b. No, there is no need for a 6:12 & 10:23 the apostle The key here is to read and study convinced he was motivated by impatience. home after a morning worship assembly completely drenched. Again, few would disagree with this assessment. If there is something "not according to the pattern," but which they themselves choose from "the way it has always been" will rock the foundations of their world. 11. back on the cross again. The way of principle is the hard way, but with proper knowledge it leads to life.—Matt. be an elder. maintain balance in this matter. Which brings us to our subject for this present issue of my weekly Reflections. It Must Be Edifying --- Paul wrote, "All things are lawful for me, but all In causing division we are in effect selling out our Savior and not even We must brethren become this legalistic regarding the employment of mere expedients, the satanic spirit of As I've said before, I may not always agree with you, but you devoted the entire 27th chapter to a study of expediency. (John 17:17; II Peter 1:2-11; 3:18)! It Must Not Cause Stumbling --- One of the overriding principles of "Do not But if it is placed in cool and pleasant water that is gradually heated, it will not perceive the danger or threat until it is too late and will be cooked to death. Such liberty (at least for others) is anathema to those with a sectarian spirit. responsibility, both to ourselves and to others. can one really regulate the particulars or parameters of an expedient. 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