As believers in Ecuador wrestled with how to exercise this principle in their churches, they turned to Hebrews 10:24-25; “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
They asked the question: Is “to encourage one another" an absolute or non-absolute? You can do this (make a comparison) with topics such as the Sabbath, evangelism, prayer, baptism, pulpit, pamphlets, Bible versions, hymns, music, communion, serving one another, etc. Make a list, as much as you can, of as many absolute foundations (“functions”) and as many forms or non-absolutes and talk about them with others. Try to prevent non-absolutes (“forms”) from becoming absolutes (foundations), otherwise you will lose your freedom and power.”
From this Scripture they were able to contrast absolutes with the non-absolutes and realize how far the church had wandered from biblical truth and model. This bridge (‘then and now’) helps us keep our Christian practice as biblical as possible. Why is this important? If we insist that new converts follow our “forms”, they will translate non-absolutes into absolutes and therefore attach themselves to a form rather than Christ and His truth. That destroys true spiritual growth.
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