When Rite Becomes Wrong: Turning Rituals into Ritualism
When Rite Becomes Wrong: Turning Rituals into Ritualism Isaiah 1:10-20
When Rite Becomes Wrong: Turning Rituals into Ritualism Ritual The prescribed order of a religious ceremony; a customary ceremonial act. Ritualism Exaggerated emphasis on the importance of rites and ceremonies.
The Value of Repetitive Rituals Repetition is Frequently Used in Training
Repetition of Rituals can lead to Ritualism Repetition Makes It Possible To Act Without Thinking Action Without Thought Is Good With Some Things; Worship Is Not One Of Them.
Ritual in the Old Testament <ul><li>The Old Testament Law contained many rituals and ceremonies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many are found in the book of Leviticus – rituals concerning sacrifices, priestly consecration, clean & unclean, and the Day of Atonement. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cleansing of Priests (Numbers 8:6ff.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Passover (Numbers 9:2-3, 14) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Observance of rituals was necessary to please God (2 Kings 17:26) </li></ul>
Old Testament Isaiah 1:10-20 Assemblies Sacrifices Incense New Testament Heb. 10:25; 1 Cor. 11:17-30; Revelation 8:3-4 Assemblies Lord’s Supper Prayers Worship Involves Ritual Our Rituals Must Not Become Ritualistic
How Do We Deal with the Problem Of Ritualism? <ul><li>Not by altering the ritual . (Hebrews 11:4; Leviticus 10:1) </li></ul><ul><li>Not by limiting the observance of the ritual. </li></ul><ul><li>By continually examining ourselves and our worship . (1 Corinthians 11:28) </li></ul><ul><li>By living holy lives (Isaiah 1:14-16; James 4:8) </li></ul><ul><li>By keeping a God-ward focus. (Psalm 95:1-6) </li></ul><ul><li>By climbing higher and digging deeper into the meaning of our rituals (Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17) </li></ul>
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