Rituals in Christianity

September 22, 2021

I talk about rituals a lot in my blog and throughout my channels. Consequently, I talk about my Christ-based faith a lot too. Do they go hand in hand? Am I “sinning” by doing “rituals” as a Christian? Well, let’s talk about that.

I sought out knowledge from the Got Questions website where they helped to answer this very question:

The only “rites” the New Testament church is commanded to observe are the ordinances: baptism by immersion (Matthew 28:19) and communion (1 Corinthians 11:25). But, even then, no details are given to regulate the exact methods to use. Baptism, of course, requires water, and communion requires bread and “the cup.” Churches are free to baptize people in baptismals, lakes, swimming pools, or horse troughs. For communion, the Bible does not specify the frequency of the meal, the type of bread to use, the alcohol content in “the cup,” or exactly who should administer the ordinance. Churches are allowed some freedom in these matters.

All churches have a format that they typically follow, and this can be thought of as a “ritual.” Of course, it is good for everything to be done “in a fitting and orderly way” (1 Corinthians 14:40), and having a procedure to follow is not wrong. But, if a church is so liturgical and its structure so rigid that the Holy Spirit is not able to freely operate, liturgy has gone too far.

Additionally, liturgies or rituals designed by people are fallible and are often unscriptural. It is even possible to “nullify the word of God” with the traditions people have created (Mark 7:13). Jesus warned against “vain repetitions” (Matthew 6:7), and many rituals held in churches today are just that. Repetitious prayers or creeds or songs can, over time, lead to dullness in worship rather than the free expression of one’s heart, mind, and soul before God (Matthew 22:34–40).

Are rituals wrong? No, not inherently. Empty ritual is wrong, as is any ritual that replaces, obscures, or detracts from a vibrant relationship with Christ. Are rituals commanded in the church? No, except for baptism and communion. God sees the heart, and He seeks those who worship Him “in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Rituals can be beneficial, but external rites should never be allowed to replace inner devotion.

Rituals can be beneficial, but external rites should never be allowed to replace inner devotion, where God judges the heart and intention. If avoiding “vain repetition” is encouraged, then “daily praying” would be frowned upon too, right? Might as well throw in your daily devotions too while you’re at it.

As you can see, you can twist and tie scripture to suit your end desire that you wish to remain comfortable in. But it will always go back to this:

God judges your heart. God sees yours intention. It’s between you and God. Period.

Repetition is NOT a sin. VAIN repetition is…. The “showy” repetition. In a way, Catholicism is showy…. But I’m not Catholic so Ill keep my mouth shut.

God wants repetition if its sincere; if it’s for Him. He doesn’t want it to be forced because it’s the “traditional” thing to do (Cough-Catholicism-CoughCough).

When I do my spiritual rituals, I am by myself. It is sincere. I am trying to connect with God, give Him my full attention (He’s a jealous God. He WANTS my full attention and adornment). I take joy and get excited to wake up early in the morning, when the home is dark and quiet, light my candle, close my eyes and pray/meditate to Him, for Him.

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