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What About "Expediencies?"

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What About "Expediencies?"

To reason that multiple cups in the communion service are justified by the rules of expediency is misleading and wrong.

For something to be "expedient," it must "contribute in order to help...be profitable" (Thayer, p. 597). The missionary societies, instrumental music, the centralization of church funds, the modern "pastor" system, and many other changes in the Christian system of the New Testament have been introduced and foisted upon brethren in the guise of expediency. So has it been of multiple communion cups. It is ironic however, that while these modern innovations have been called expediencies, they have divided us instead of building up or solidifying us. Such openly violates Paul's demand of 1 Corinthians 14:26; "Let all things be done unto edifying" (building up).

For something to be expedient, (1.) It must certainly be within the obvious bounds of law (1 John 2:4); (2.) It must strengthen and build up the body (1 Cor. 14:26). It can NOT be an expedient, (1.) If its use results in discord and disunity (1 Cor.10:32, Rom. 14:19); (2.) If it violates the sincere convictions of others, causing them to violate their consciences in participation (1 Cor. 8:7-13).

There may be matters of judgment believed and practiced personally by one that do not materially affect another's salvation (Rom. 14:5). However, that which is intro-duced into the work of the church and certainly the public worship (such as instrumental music and multiple communion cups), affects every member and every worshipper. When some matter of judgment is injected into the worship of the church that blatantly violates the conscience of multiplied thousands, by no stretch of the imagination can that injection be considered expedient.

Multiple cups appear as an expedient only when viewed superficially, usually through the eyes of convenience or sanitation. But if something differs from the Bible text, whether a stated command or Biblical example, that thing can never qualify as an expe-dient. Neither can it qualify if there is no command, divine statement, example or neces-sary inference broad enough to include it. No change or alteration of the worship can be genuinely expedient if its utility requires a disregard of positive, divine revelation, or if it divides the body of Christ.

 

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