by Philippe Sterling1, originally published in the Jan/Feb, 2010 edition of Grace in Focus as “Return to Ritual, Pt 2”2
What are some reasons for not returning to the rituals of historic Christianity?
A. MOST LITURGICAL PRACTICES ARE NOT DERIVED FROM APOSTOLIC TEACHING.
The return to liturgy from the “historical church” may be inconsistent with an adherence to the sufficiency of the Bible for the beliefs and practices of the church. Many such practices are not derived from the New Testament but from later church history. T. A. McMahon aptly comments, “The Ancient-Future search to discover gems from “Classic Christianity” comes up short by a century—the century in which the New Testament was written.”3