Steve Scott: Protestant traditions not found in the Bible

Steve at From the Pew has posted his list of Protestant traditions not found in the Bible and I just had to post it:

Here is a list of Protestant traditions that I don't remember finding in the bible. I may be mistaken about some of these, and these are off the top of my head, in no particular order other than the order that I thought them in, so if I have goofed up this list, please let me know! I'm not suggesting any of these things are wrong in and of themselves. It's simply a list.

  • Sunday School
  • The pulpit
  • Preaching of the gospel in church - isn't every example in the NT of preaching the gospel outside of the church and to unbelievers?
  • Bringing people to church to hear the gospel
  • Grape juice used for Lord's Supper instead of wine
  • Christmas
  • Church buildings
  • Stained glass
  • The Sunday meeting being called a "worship service"
  • Choir
  • Tithing to the church instead of in ministry to others
  • Sunday meeting of the church without a meal
  • Sunday meeting of the church without Lord's supper being part of that meal
  • "Personal quiet time"
  • A Sunday church meeting without considering how to stimulate one another to love, or how to stimulate one another to good deeds, or the encouraging of one another.

Comments

Steve Scott said…
Abu,

Thanks for posting! I'm making allowance for the list to grow.
OumAmir said…
Given this statement:

"I'm not suggesting any of these things are wrong in and of themselves. It's simply a list."

what is the purpose of this list?
Steve Scott said…
OA,

I have two things in mind. I guess I can spill the beans over here on I&C. One will be making the point that evangelicals too often criticize Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy - not to mention more liturgical denominations within Protestantism - for having and holding to traditions not commanded in the Scriptures. The other will be in looking at some of these traditions to consider how some of them might contribute to the pushing out of some other things that are found in the Scriptures.
searching said…
How about joining yourself to a particular church and not attending any other.

Supporting your "man of God"

Never leaving your "man of God"

Fall Festivals

Parties and events for the pastor because he just doesnt feel "appreciated or supported"
Anonymous said…
What about the "Rapture"?

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