What about "whatever is not commanded is forbidden"?
Originally Posted by Davidius
Then there is the indirect coercion of group behavior. If a church schedules a “special service” on Ash Wednesday they are coercing the congregation into behavior that is not commanded in the Bible. Even if they apply the “you are not required to attend” disclaimer, the subtlety of groupthink filters through and they may feel compelled to attend for that reason alone.
Pastors and elders need to avoid ego trips and be very careful to guard the liberty of the flock wrt the worship of God. They must not allow our liberty to be twisted into conformity without the clearest of direction.
Tom Albrecht Zeltenreich URCNA
, New Holland, PA.
"When I find the time, I'm going to sit down and write the social history of bourbon."
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