Stylos is the blog of Jeff Riddle, a Reformed Baptist Pastor in North Garden, Virginia. The title "Stylos" is the Greek word for pillar. In 1 Timothy 3:15 Paul urges his readers to consider "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar (stylos) and ground of the truth."
Image (left side): Decorative urn with title for the book of Acts in Codex Alexandrinus.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Reformed worship, holy days, and holidays
The arrival of “Easter Weekend” raises the question again of
how Scripturally regulated worship relates to the “Christian calendar.”Even many evangelical Calvinistic churches “observe Lent”
and during this past “holy week” have held “Maundy Thursday” and “Good Friday”
services.But are such “holy days”
Biblical or do they lead to erosion and even compromise of Biblical practice?Even if one opts out of the “Christian
calendar” what about private and family observance of holidays?
Back in December 2011, just before Christmas, I preached a message
worship, holy days, and holidays in which I reflected on these
questions. Though it related to
Christmas it also has relevance for Easter.Below are five observations I made in that sermon:
is only one Biblically mandated holy day for new covenant believers and that is the
Lord’s Day or the Christian Sabbath.
Christian calendar developed after the time of the apostles and led to
confusion in the church.
the Protestant Reformation there came a purification of worship.
4.We should follow
in the tradition of the mature Reformation and hold to the Lord’s Day as our
only Scripturally approved Holy Day.
5.We can, however,
personally and in families culturally celebrate holidays as long as we do so in
a way that is commensurate with Christian conscience.