The Gospel Rules
We are apt to impose rules on other Christians that one does not find in the Scriptures, nor are they historically endorsed by the Church. Even when we recognize this about our rules, we still impose them for practical reasons, for the good of body and soul. Over the years, these prescriptions tend to harden into faith-tenets. I have heard it argued in the case of certain ones that they should be kept in place because the practical reasons for them haven't gone away, and removing them would disrupt the churches where they have in fact become part of the faith.
The problem with this is three-fold. First, we didn't have . . .
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