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Title: Authority Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus... Colossians 3:17


1
For A Thing To Be An Expedient
2
Only Divine Is Acceptable
3
  • Expediency in human wisdom involves the right of
    choice within the realm of things generally
    authorized
  • When God specifies, then man has no choice but to
    obey or be in rebellion to God.
  • To go beyond or fall short of that which is
    specified is EVIL

Numbers 208-12
4
Innovations under the guise of expediency, has
caused Wholesale apostasies in the work and
worship of the church.
Through the centuries a misunderstanding
concerning expediency has dealt the church untold
misery.
5
  • Sponsoring church arrangements
  • Support of colleges from the treasuries of local
    churches
  • Orphan homes supported from the churches treasury
    -
  • Fellowship Halls
  • Providing Recreation and Entertainment

Todays innovators cry expediency in an effort
to promote
6
To Define -
  • Students Reference Dictionary
  • Appropriate to a purpose.
  • Something contrived or used to meet an urgent
    need.
  • Suited to one's comfort, purpose, or needs.
  • Webster
  • "Cultivation of, or adherence to, expedient means
    and methods."

7
To Define -
Expediency, then, has to do with "means and
methods " that is, the manner or way in which a
given work is accomplished.
In short, an expedient in religion is the best
means or method of executing a divine command
when the way to do it is not specified.
8
  • It Must Be Lawful - Romans 37,8
  • It Cannot Be Specified - Num 44-6
  • It Must Edify - 1 Cor 1023,33 1426
  • It Must Not Cause My Brother To Violate His
    Conscience - Rom 1413-23
  • It Can NOT Be An Addition To Gods Way Deut
    42 2 Jo 9 Rev 2218

9
  • Lying is not lawful
  • Romans 37,8
  • Divorce (for any cause other than fornication) is
    not lawful
  • 1 Corinthians 710,11
  • The end DOESNT justify the means!!

Abortion - Murder - Stealing Women
Preachers Fellowshipping Denominations
10
Nothing unauthorized can be classified as an
expedient -
Colossians 317 17And whatever you do in word or
deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
11
Nothing unauthorized can be classified as an
expedient -
2 John 9 9Whoever transgresses and does not
abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have
God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has
both the Father and the Son.
12
Nothing unauthorized can be classified as an
expedient -
Expediency is NOT A LAW but rather only a course
or rule of conduct based on existing law. (Foy
Wallace Jr. The One Book Analyzed and Outlined,
pg. 422)
Just because a thing expedites a lawful thing
does not make it lawful (1 Chr. 13 1 Cor 612)
13
  • The kind of wood used in preparing the ark was
    specified Gopher Wood
  • Gen 614,22 Heb 117
  • Noah could choose
  • Which tree to cut,
  • Which board to use for a particular need
  • Nails, rope, or other aides to fix the board in
    the place needed

14
  • The kind of wood used in preparing the ark was
    specified Gopher Wood
  • Gen 614,22 Heb 117
  • Noah could not use a different KIND of wood
  • Even if more expedient
  • Or even NO WOOD AT ALL, Noah would have
    disobeyed God!

15
The method of moving the Ark of the Covenant was
specified Numbers 44-6
  • Selecting which men from sons of Kohath the sons
    of Levi, to bring the ark of God from Kirjath
    Jearim to Jerusalem could be claimed as an
    expedient
  • BUT To select men from another tribe, or to
    select another method than the one specified was
    sinful

16
The method of moving the Ark of the Covenant was
specified Numbers 44-6
  • Consulted with every leader (1 Chr 131) but
    forgot to consult Gods word (1513)
  • The Ox Cart was unauthorized
  • The ox cart could not be claimed as an expedient
  • Was not specifically condemned but condemned
    because the method was specified!

17
God commands that we sing
Ephesians 519 19speaking to one another in
psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and
making melody in your heart to the Lord,
18
God commands that we sing
Colossians 316 16Let the word of Christ dwell
in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your
hearts to the Lord.
19
God commands that we sing
  • Instrumental music is NOT AN AIDE.
  • NOT INCLUDED within the practice specified SING
  • God specified the instrument THE HEART

20
  • God specified baptism as a necessary act of
    obedience (following, hearing the truth, faith
    confession repentance)
  • Expedients -
  • A baptistery
  • Baptismal clothing
  • Not Expedient -
  • Sprinkling it is a substitution for what God
    has enjoined upon us.

21
  • The Lord specified that the church preach the
    gospel to the lost
  • Expedient
  • Which preacher to send or support Radio TV -
    Mail
  • Not an expedient -
  • Another organization established and supported by
    the church to select and support a preacher!
  • Same is true with benevolent societies

22
  • Organization of the church is specified
  • Elders of one congregation cannot overlook the
    work of other congregations (1 Peter 52)
  • The sponsoring church arrangement is not an
    expedient, but an unlawful extension of the work
    and oversight of the elders of a congregation.

23
If a thing is a matter of human choice or
expediency, but causes division in the body of
Christ it is sinful to practice that thing!
24
1 Corinthians 1426 26How is it then, brethren?
Whenever you come together, each of you has a
psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a
revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things
be done for edification.
1 Corinthians 1426 26How is it then, brethren?
Whenever you come together, each of you has a
psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a
revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things
be done for edification.
25
1 Corinthians 1023-33 23All things are lawful
for me, but not all things are helpful all
things are lawful for me, but not all things
edify. 24Let no one seek his own, but each one
the others well-being. . .
26
1 Corinthians 1023-33 . . 33just as I also
please all men in all things, not seeking my own
profit, but the profit of many, that they may be
saved.
27
Sometimes the expedient thing is NOT TO DO
SOMETHING!
1 Cor. 89,13 9But beware lest somehow this
liberty of yours become a stumbling block to
those who are weak. . . . . 13Therefore, if food
makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat
meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
28
Sometimes the expedient thing is NOT TO DO
SOMETHING!
Rom 1415-21
15Yet if your brother is grieved because of your
food, you are no longer walking in love. . . .
29
Sometimes the expedient thing is NOT TO DO
SOMETHING!
Rom 1415-21
19Therefore let us pursue the things which make
for peace and the things by which one may edify
another.
30
Sometimes the expedient thing is NOT TO DO
SOMETHING!
Rom 1415-21
21It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine
nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or
is offended or is made weak.. .
31
  • Sometimes subtractions are done unto edification!
  • To leave off my wants for the unity and peace
    within the church
  • To cease my murmuring and complaining
  • Refrain from forcing my opinions on others
  • Withdrawing from those who cause division -

32
However If a thing is required by God, it must
be done no matter what the consequences may be
even if it divides people
33
  • We must discern between essentials and
    non-essentials
  • Essential
  • Sound, forceful preaching speaking ALL the truth
    in love . .
  • Not pleasant
  • May make people mad
  • May cause them to leave

But demanded by the Lord 2 Tim 42
34
  • We must discern between essentials and
    non-essentials
  • Essential
  • Observance of the Lords Supper upon the first
    day of the week
  • At the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of
    the service?

What if all do not agree?
35
1 Corinthians 1032 32Give no offense, either
to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of
God, 33just as I also please all men in all
things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit
of many, that they may be saved.
36
Romans 1413-23 13 . . let us . . . resolve not
to put a stumbling block in our brothers way.
14 . . .nothing unclean of itself but - 15 . .
. Do not destroy 19 . . . pursue the things
which make for peace and edification 20 . . . it
is evil to eat with offense. 23But he who doubts
is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat
from faith for whatever is not from faith is sin.
37
We must not force our way upon a brother who
sincerely believes that it is wrong and thus he
violates his conscience
38
This Rule ONLY Governs Matters of Expediency
  • Someone may argue . . .
  • We are not helping the kids because we do not
    offer
  • Entertainment
  • Recreation -
  • We are not helping the hungry in Africa

The Lords church is NOT authorized to engage in
entertainment, recreation or general benevolence
39
Do we have to give in to EVERY LITTLE doubt in
the realm of expediencies?
  • Are we open to study?
  • Or have we decided our opinions and beliefs and
    have the attitude Dont confuse me with the
    facts!

40
Do we have to give in to EVERY LITTLE doubt in
the realm of expediencies?
Are we concerned with the well-being, and growth
of the church? Or are we being selfish, nit picky
holding the church back? 
41
  • Assembling Hebrews 1025
  • Expedients -
  • Place Building, home, tent, . . . .
  • Lights Lamps, electric -
  • Windows air conditioners
  • Seats pews, padded,

These things Do NOT add to, or change Gods
command to assemble, or our worship, but rather
expedites our fulfilling the command.
42
  • Assembling Hebrews 1025
  • Expedients -
  • Place Building, home, tent, . . . .
  • Lights Lamps, electric -
  • Windows air conditioners
  • Seats pews, padded,

Lighting candles as part of worship is an
addition BECAUSE THE NATURE OF WORSHIP HAS BEEN
CHANGED!
43
  • Music Ep 519 Col 317
  • Expedients
  • Pitch pipes,
  • Song books,
  • Song leader.
  • NOTE---nothing God requires is changed by using
    such aids

44
  • Music Ep 519 Col 317
  • Expedients
  • Pitch pipes,
  • Song books,
  • Song leader.

But - If a mechanical instrument of music is
used, it is an addition - the type (nature,
characteristic) of the music specified is
changed. The instrument is specified The Heart!
45
Preaching 2 Tim 42-5
2Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of
season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all
longsuffering and teaching. 3For the time will
come when they will not endure sound doctrine,
but according to their own desires, because they
have itching ears, they will heap up for
themselves teachers
46
Preaching 2 Tim 42-5
4and they will turn their ears away from the
truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5But you be
watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do
the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
47
Preaching 2 Tim 42-5
  • Expedients
  • Chalkboards,
  • Computers
  • Overhead projectors,
  • Electronic Projectors
  • Microphones, Tape recorders, Radio TV . .

Do these add to, or change the work
requirements of preachers? OR Do they ONLY aide
him in doing his work?
48
Preaching 2 Tim 42-5
  • Additions
  • Preaching something other than the word
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Comedians -
  • Acting . . .
  • (Dramas or plays ARE NOT PREACHING!)
  • Fluff -

49
Teaching- (Edification)
Ephesians 411-16 11And He Himself gave some to
be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and
some pastors and teachers,
50
Teaching- (Edification)
2 Timothy 22 commit thou to faithful men, who
shall be able to teach others also.
51
Teaching- (Edification)
Hebrews 512 For when for the time ye ought to
be teachers,
52
Teaching- (Edification)
  • Expedients
  • Arrangement in classes to carry out the command
    to instruct

In what way would a congregation change or add to
Gods instruction to teach its members by
providing opportunities based upon the
capabilities of the learners?
53
Teaching- (Edification)
  • Expedients
  • Arrangement in classes to carry out the command
    to instruct
  • Age -
  • Gender
  • Abilities
  • Maturity -

54
Nothing unauthorized can be classified as an
expedient -
  • Animal sacrifices
  • Burning candles
  • Instrumental music

Not authorized acts of New Testament worship Can
they then be claimed as an expedient in
worshipping God?
55
Nothing unauthorized can be classified as an
expedient -
  • Institutions apart from the church cannot be
    claimed as expedients for doing the work that the
    church was given to do

They are unauthorized institutions
56
Nothing unauthorized can be classified as an
expedient -
  • Recreation is not a work of the church
  • Therefore to build a recreational facility is not
    an expedient in carrying out the work of the
    church. 

57






Commands
Aids
Additions
Baptize (Mt. 2818-20)
Pool, River, Baptistery, Etc.
Basin to Sprinkle Cup for Pouring
House, Hall, Church Building,
Family Life Center, Gymnasium, Etc.
Assemble (Heb. 1024-25)
Cups, Plates, Table, Etc.
Lords Supper (1 Cor. 1123-29)
Social Meal (1 Co. 1117-22, 34)
Raffle Tickets, Chili Suppers, Cake Walks, Etc.
Give (1 Cor. 161-2)
Collection Baskets
Song Book, Leader, Pitch Pipe,
Piano, Guitars, Organ, Violin, Etc.
Sing (Eph. 519)
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  • The principle is
  • That which assists is an aid that which changes
    (either by addition, subtraction or alteration)
    is unauthorized.
  • The first is permitted while the second is
    condemned.
  • An "expedient" is an aid that is suitable for
    carrying out that which is authorized

59
  • It Must Be Lawful - Romans 37,8
  • It Cannot Be Specified - Num 44-6
  • It Must Edify - 1 Cor 1023,33 1426
  • It Must Not Cause My Brother To Violate His
    Conscience - Rom 1413-23
  • It Can NOT Be An Addition To Gods Way Deut
    42 2 Jo 9 Rev 2218

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  • Instrumental Music Choirs Soloist
    -Entertainment
  • Women Leading Prayer, preaching
  • Raffle Tickets, Bake Sales, Car Washes, Chili
    Suppers, etc. . .
  • Communion - Monthly, Quarterly, Annually, .
  • Dedicating Babies -
  • Plays (Drama)
  • Applause
  • Hand Waving
  • Childrens Church

Innovations under the guise of expediency, has
caused Wholesale apostasies in the work and
worship of the church.
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