The New Testament Ordinances

 
 

What are Ordinances?

The definition for Ordinance: is and authoritative rule, and order or decree, a religious rite or ceremony. 1 Corinthians 11:1,2. An ordinance is not something Christ suggested we do, but it is something he actually practiced himself and wants us as his body, his church to continue to practice.

BAPTISM

Matthew 28:19-20
BaptismBaptism – In obedience to our Lord’s command to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

FEET WASHING

John 13:14-17
Feet WashingFeet Washing – “If then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you and example, that ye should do as I have done unto you.” (John 13:14-15)

THE LORD’S SUPPER

Matthew 26:26-20
Lord’s Supper – “After the same manner he took the cup, when he had supped saying: this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Cor. 11:25)

MODESTY

 
What is Modesty?
The issue of modesty is a touchy submit and should we approached on scriptural basis and not personal convictions. Some feel that goes does care about what we wear and how we dress. The Jesus said in Matthew 6:28 “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do thy spin. And yet I say unto you. That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, say what shall I eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
 
The Lord does care about clothing us. According to the scripture above, God is concerned about our wellbeing, what we eat, what we drink, and what cloths we put on. Back in the book of Genesis the 3rd chapter when man sinned and lost his innocence, and come to the knowledge of his nakedness before God. He thought he could use leaves as an apron to substitute his lack of clothing. These were clothing that they had made for themselves (Genesis 3:7). God felt that they were sufficiently dress, so he made clothes for them. (Genesis 3:21). God took coats of skin and clothed them. God clothed them.
 
What does modesty mean?
Modest means;
Good behavior, not a forward or bold, not boastful or elegant, moderate, not excess or extreme, not extravagant, not loose.
Shamefacedness and sobriety, the whole package of the heart.
When shamefacedness and sobriety is in the heart, it is produced through the character of clothing.
The language of the heart is revealed in your clothing.
 
 
Apparel (Greek Word) “Kotastole”
  • To deposit or put down a long robe like garment. It is the only time in all scripture that this word is used.
  • It means Long & Flowing
  • Modest Adorning
  • Meek and quiet spirit
  • It is in regards of a command in what women should wear.
  • A long and flowing garment, to not revealed the contour or shape of your body for men to gaze upon.
  • It’s not only a shame for a man to look at nakedness, but also to look upon the form and shape of nakedness to create a arousal within him.
Jesus said, “He that looketh upon a woman and lust.
Genesis 35:1-4
Jewelry and idolatry were marks of a heathen people. Jacob knew in approaching God these things must be put away.
Exodus 33:1-6
The children of Israel were a stiffed neck people. As they were preparing to make their exodus to the land of Canaan they were instructed to take off their ornaments. Here we see the children of Israel was stripping themselves of their ornaments. These ornaments was associated with the evil that was in their hearts. 1 Corinthians 10:1-11 The Things in the Old Testament are written for our example.
2 Kings 9:30 (Jezebel)
Makeup
Jezebel is the only person in the bible who painted her face. Jezebel in the bible is always associated with wickedness. She was used in the book of Revelation to represent a wicked church system.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isaiah 3:16-24’ 4:4-6
Wearing of gold
Here in the book of Isaiah we see that the Prophet is speaking to the sins of Israel and the manifestation of pride in the hearts. He said because the daughters of Zion are haughty. The word haughty means arrogantly superior and disdainful, proud. Here against they displayed their pride by the ornaments and jewelry they wore.
 
The Lord promised in the gospel day to take away such pride among his people. Isaiah who was the gospel Prophet said in (Isaiah 3:18) In that day, referring to the gospel day that he would take away the manifestations of their pride, and ornament of jewelry. (tinkling ornaments about their feet, their cauls, and round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets and mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and tablets, and the earrings, the rings, the nose jewels,) The changeable suits of apparel, the mantles, and the wimples and crisping pins, and such like) A lot of these pieces of ornaments were Oriental objects of jewelry.
 
Now I know we can make excuses for ourselves of why we wear these things. What are we talking about in these verses, we are talking about pleasing the Lord, not how to get around pleasing the Lord
 
  • Rings
  • Class rings
  • Masonic rings
  • Birthstone ring
  • Friendship ring
  • Engagement ring
  • Wedding ring
What about the wedding ring? Do you find in the bible any sign or symbol of being married? A marriage is made up of promises and commitment, not a sign or symbol. Where did the wedding ring come from? Cardinal John Newman, he is the prince of the cardinals of the Catholic Church and he wrote a book titled; “A essay on the development of Christian doctrine”.
 
Cardinal John Newman said, in order for Constantine to recommend a new religion to the heathen, brought in many paganist rites into Christianity, such as;
  • The Use of Temples (These that were dedicated to particular saints)
  • Incense
  • Candles
  • Holy Water
  • A silence procession
  • Turning to the East
  • Images and relics
  • A ring in marriage
 
These things were sanctified and adopted into the church. The “Ring” represented Sun Worship. The ring originally represented the disc of the sun. It was worn by the pagans to honor their “Sun god” and they wore it regularly to be reminded of the sun, so when it was brought into the church, the Nuns adopted it and wore it to be married to Christ. Then it was passed into Protestantism as a sign of marriage.
 
Jeremiah 4:30
God uses a woman to represent his church (Bride of Christ) and when the children of Israel fail to represent God, God style them as a harlot woman, one who turned away from her husband to go after her lovers, that is when she puts on her adornments. It is used in the bible as a symbol of apostasy and unfaithfulness.
 
Ezekiel 23:36-44
Here Judah and Israel is represented as playing the harlot that is going into apostasy, and idolatry. The painting of the face and the wearing of ornaments is associated with lewd women.
 
Hosea 2:13-
When Israel went into idolatry, she always decked herself with jewelry. What is highly noted in Hosea prophecy is verse 2:13, that when they did these things, they always “forgot the Lord”.
 
1Timothy 2:8-10
I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
 
1 Peter 3:1-6
Adorning the hair
 
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
 
Revelation 17:1-5
In this scripture, we see the Apostate Church style as a woman who was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. Do we see how wearing lewd clothing and ornaments are associated with that which is corrupt and out of the will of God.
What does it mean to dress modestly Part 1
 
 
 

GOSPEL GIVING

What is Tithing and where did it come from?
The true origin of tithing is unknown. We find that it was practiced by both Jews and Gentiles at a very early date, but we have no record of where or when it had it beginning.
Abraham’s Tithe
The first biblical account we have of tithing is where Abraham on his return from the slaughtering of the Kings, gave Melchisedec, the King of Salem the tenth of his spoils. See 14:17-20. Not his income
Jacob’s Tithe
Some time later Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, who had been evicted from his father’s house, promised God that if He would restore him to his father’s house is peace he would give him a tenth of all that God gave him. See Genesis 28:20-22.
God heard his prayers and granted his request, and furthermore gave him his father’s inheritance, the land of Canaan, for his future possession. See Genesis 35:11,12. Then, according to the contract, the tenth of the entire production of the land of Canaan legally belongs to God, and to withhold this tithe from God was considered robbery. See Malachi 3:7-10.
Moses Tithe
Later, when Moses gave the Law to Israel (Jacob’s posterity in Canaan, this contract was remembered and inserted in the Law to impose upon the Israelites during the life time of the nation, or their stay in Canaan Land. See Leviticus 27:30-34. As this contract was made with Jacob and only included Jacob’s inheritance, the land of Canaan, it could not be extended beyond its bounds, or to any other people. This is how and why tithing was carried into the Jewish church and imposed upon them as a duty to be observed.
Tithing was Israel tenth of the gross production of the land of Canaan which included every see planted in the ground, oil, wine, all livestock, herbs, with nothing exempted. See Leviticus 27:30-35. This was Israel’s tithe, and the people today who claim to be tithing are not doing the same. Just giving 10% of your monetary earning is not 10% of your entire production. Tithing, like all other types and shadows of the old law covenant was fulfilled by Christ. Matthew 5:17,18. “Fulfill” means “To bring to a close, to finish”. When Christ expired on the cross and said, “It is finished”, John 19:30, all things written of him then fulfilled. See John 19:28. The Law then came to an end and passed out just as Jesus said it would. For additional proof, See Galatians 3:24,25; 4:22-31; Heb. 8:6-13; 10:9
Why was it abolished?
The Old Testament tithing system was abolished because of its many faults and imperfections. This shall I prove. See Hebrews 7:19; 8:6-8; Heb 10:1; Col 2:14-17; Gal 3:24-26; Hebrews 10:9; Romans 6:14. Among these groups of shadows, tithing was one of the most beautiful and attractive of them all, when properly understood. Here it is:
Literal Israel consecration of her physical energies in literal Canaan, beautifully typifies spiritual Israel’s consecration of her spiritual energies in spiritual Canaan. “The experience of entire Sanctification”. They gave in part, but in order to receive God’s blessing, but we give our all.
Again it is wrong because it is not a law of equality; for this imposition would work a hardship upon one class while another class could live in luxury and at ease, because some are more able to give than others. This contrary to the principles of Christianity which forbids such distinctions. See 1 Corinthians 12:24,25.
And again its principle is wrong because it is a fixed law of taxation imposed upon another person without his consent. This is also contrary to the law of liberty and freedom given him by inspiration. See 2 Corinthian 9: 6-9.
Again, its principle is wrong because it cannot universally be applied. No man can thith who income is below the cost of production. We have many today who are on relief with no income at all. These certainly could not tithe. Since the tithing system cannot be universally applied proves it does not belong to the gospel of Christ. It belongs to the law, the old yoke of bondage, just as Jesus says does. Matthew 23:23.
Now, let us see if in the New Testament the Church of God was tithing. If they were, we will have proof of it in both precept and example.
 
These Tithers, in their little book on tithing, lament finding so little about tithing in the New Testament, the reason for this is because the writers of the New Testament knew that it had been abolished. And if tithing was a doctrine of the New Testament Church, and is commanded as some Tithers claim. We would have to tithe regardless of our poverty or inability to do so, or else quit profession to be saved.
Tithers, having no scripture to support them in their false claim, resort to such scriptures that they can wrest unnoticed for their proofs. These are the scripture that they wrest for their false claims.
The church at Jerusalem. Acts 4:32-37; 5:1-4
The church at Corinth. 2 Corinthian 9:6-9
The church at Galatia. 1 Corinthian 16:1,2
Malachi 3:7-10 – This was written to the sons of Jacob, the nation of Israel, not the New Testament church of God.
Matthew 23:23 – Here Jesus plainly states that tithing is of the Law.
Genesis 14:17-20 – Concerning Melchisedec Ministry. Also see Genesis 17:23-27 (The Covenant of Circumcision), and Galatians 3:8-18.
Hebrews 7th Chapter – Concerning Abraham’s Tithe
Conclusion
In conclusion, I wish to advise that I do not object to tithing or any other method of gospel giving provided it is done voluntarily. If you want to tithe you have a perfect right to do so, and if you do, God will bless you for it, however not because you were tithing but because you were giving; and the more you give, the more you will be blessed 2 Corinthians 9:6-9. What I object to is the false claim that tithing is a doctrine of the church, commanded and enforced by intimidation and threats, as some are doing, thereby making it a test of fellowship.