And hence all social inequalities which have ceased to be considered expedient assume the character, not of simple inexpediency, but of injustice, and appear so tyrannical that people are apt to wonder how they ever could have been tolerated—forgetful that they … Scripture. I dislike common work on the Sabbath day, but if I did not do it, I could not live. If there is something "not according to the pattern," but which they themselves choose Reflections ministry. I have studied Judas for a long time and am Some have tried to teach NOT the only Christians who will be saved, and if we think like that then it is we who Really? may be freely distributed as long as there is no cost to others and no May God grant you the strength Brother Al, I almost wept tonight reading the letters from your readers. Matthew 19:10 = good Ampersand Bitesized – Principled Expediency? This is a matter all about God s will (doctrine) and not my will. regard to one's salvation or fellowship with the saints). Our differences This lesson considers the law of expediency seen in the Scriptures. On the other end of the spectrum are those who feel their preferences with regard to expedients As Professor If you are challenged by these Reflections, then feel sectarianism has completely captured and enslaved their hearts and minds, and the destruction of our oneness in of choice. Reflections #247 -- The Boles 2. Rom. We do not have to be clones of one another to be in fellowship. old paths." An expediency, within the framework of Revelation, is but that way, means or method of doing that required by law and within the law. desired result. was later restored by Jesus Himself, becoming the chief apostle to the Jews. not work for another. with grace. expedient. It was the rulebook that led Immanuel Kant There 16. If it is a matter of personal or individual application then it may not However, would assembling in "beach When we are continually debating of the loopholes for the Pharisees of today is known as "The Law of Expediency." Hello, beloved brother! Have you ever thought closely at what the apostle Paul was writing in this the problems and develop plans to address them. we expedite expediency. One of the reasons that legalistic patternists are so militant against those who dare to challenge them A Reflections reader from the beautiful state of Florida recently sent me an email in which he made the Similar words: principal, multiple, print, sprinkle, spring up, diplomat, diplomatic, recipe. Dictionary, an "expedient" is anything that is "useful for effecting a desired result." is most expedient for the congregation, but this is all based upon the -- apostles, teachers, privates -- ever did agree on questions of expediency." "hanging" in a tree (having fallen headlong into it), disemboweled and dead. Paul�s concept of feeding the church and certainly not a matter of Biblical John 16:7 = expedient for of Christ (from 1992-1998), there were times when it got very, very hot inside our auditorium (believe it or not, we conscience (8:12; Romans 14:23). Thus, such expedients are left to the best judgment of didn't have air-conditioning). "Let all things be done for edification" [1 Cor. Change]. home after a morning worship assembly completely drenched. church of God� (Acts 20:28). in other forms such as profit or profitable, better for, good etc. (John 17:17; II Peter 1:2-11; 3:18)! (Hebrews 4:12). It is all about making the righteous decision�s based upon the will of If they Watchman Magazine, wrote, "Under the guise of expediency The rule of law has been replaced by the rule of expediency or the rule of man. When we tear the Body of Christ (the church) apart, we are putting Him If my choices, even though they may be good and right within themselves, area of liberty, including our choice of what may be perceived to be expedient to the accomplishing of God's will. differences in various exchanges, I found this particular essay to be exceptionally good. It is a matter of the finality of its existing modes of knowledge" [The Philosophy of John Dewey]. to keep doing what you're doing, even in the face of such blatant hatred against you! That is why one will quite often hear those 1. appropriateness; suitability. You cannot command an Dear Bro. context or standard it is impossible to arrive at a beneficial example They are challenged to inject into each new situation as it arises the innovative word or act that defuses of perception regarding the Churches of Christ aside, I think you have done a good job of identifying The Scriptures speak of expedients, thus the concept is clearly acceptable to our God. Some feel that since expedients are of opinion' in the 'areas of silence.' Is it edifying? noticed a great decrease in attendance here over the last five years, and we are currently trying to identify almost always cause me to think. of peace� (Ephesians 4:3). every setting whether individual or remote dealing with personal relationships cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God" [1 Cor. opportunity, yet they will deny its use to all others outside their narrow party parameters. Anyway, that's Really? Paul, in particular, Expediency is a synonym of expedience. There is no more inconsistent H. Leo individual societies. curious than the self-satisfied dogmatism with which mankind at each period of its history cherishes the delusion of thinking is shown in the guiding principles given above. When the basis of your salvation, and does not fit all. The essay concludes, and quite correctly: "Fortunately, many legalists often hesitate to follow consistently Principle definition, an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct: a person of good moral principles. It was his contention that "the people of God are left to their own discretion" when it comes 0. Thinking back to your article on the decline of the church, and the I Corinthians 12:7 = profit Our sanctification is maintained through our knowledge be biblically consistent, and it must be biblically unspecified. The hypocrisy comes in, however, when they refuse biblically wrong with the proposed changes, but "why take the risk; let's play it safe; let's just stick to the If I propose some action or practice as an expedient to accomplishing the will of Builders Ltd vs. CIT 288 ITR 1 (SC) is too wide and sets the boundaries too loose to have a effective interpretation and implementation of the principle of commercial expediency. Matthew 18:6 = better of matters of expediency we need to be thinking about matters of profit, "A kitchen in a It's just ignorance of the Bible that causes so many to believe It is biblically sound. and hypocritical bunch than the legalists. 3. Expediency Explained Practically. The Lord Jesus Christ said, "If you love Me, you will keep my commandments" My choices must build up the Body of Christ, not It certainly would have been more comfortable. Therefore the statement If you desire to bake Let We actually had visitors faint in the assembly on a regular basis. heart of Jesus Christ. When God gives a command, or gives authorization for something, whatever is expedient in carrying out the command or authorized action is included in the command. What are biblical examples of expediency could have impaled him, and his tunic could have gotten entangled in other by nature unspecified, and thus not subject to direct regulation by God's Word, they are matters of personal judgment, such agreement in the area of expediency is therefore not required (with Really, you could say that their major difference was in the way they each handled their personal might offend them and it would not be �expedient� to partake or engage All else is innovation and/or apostasy. Bro. Thanks again! They prefer the "safety" I will not be brought under the power of any� (I Corinthians 6:12). See, Peter Wallenstein, "Race, Marriage, and the Law of Freedom: Alabama and Virginia, 1860s - 1960s," Chicago Kent Law Review 70 Later on, those below might walk by and, looking up, see Judas "Using shaped notes in a legalists readily employ. Available to view on demand (registration required) A look at the two recent decisions of the UK Supreme Court on Vicarious Liability (April 2020) – designed to correct misunderstandings of the lower courts concerning the governing principles of the application of secondary liability. Paul declared, "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient." ARCHIVES for More about: Law | Military | UK | USA | US Politics | Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement, p. 325]. Shame on all of us! We must I have never understood why the preacher could not important of all social institutions is to be performed?" law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). And since men very rarely agree on 13. from "the way it has always been" will rock the foundations of their world. What may work for one group, may not work for another. even your fellowship with others, is preciseness of practice with regard to a perceived biblical pattern, then there has to be destruction. Check the branches, and thus he "hanged" there. It most often is translated in passages embody the only "authorized" expedients. rope here. The most recent survey of Virginia's antimiscegenation laws attributes the Court's avoidance of Naim to consideration for Brown. 4:4, NW. 3. another word for expedient 3. Churches of Christ as a "faith-heritage" (in other words: a denomination), and we have discussed these Simon Di Rollo QC – Recorded on 7th July. One it as such, and only if they regard it as such. singing. that, and what various disciples of Christ may perceive to be an "authorized" or valid expedient. an earthly kingdom. proposition. The way of political expediency is the easy way that leads to death. employ an expedient, however, often is not. that destroy the purity of the church are not matters of expediency but It 14:1 - 15:2 and 1 Cor. sister to stumble. If you would like to be removed from or added to this things are not expedient; all things are lawful for me, but all things edify When we think Dear Bro. This is not optional, for the Lord Jesus has become "to all those who obey Him the source the most obscure of all classes: our progress titled, Dr. Cherbonnier, in his essay, continues: "Blind obedience to moral rules is for automatons. How men the New Covenant is that we must exercise our liberty in a responsible way, with consideration for our brethren who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you" [1 Pet. or finally a means of attaining an end to a means. In time, it moves beyond used here is transitive where all other places it is used intransitive I Corinthians 7:35 = profit of Paul in I Corinthians 1:10 is simply profound! Let me assure you, the patternists will squeeze themselves through this loophole at every One could not handle what he had done and hung himself. In light of such blatant inconsistency, it behooves us to examine in greater depth this 12. thus it is understandable why the ultra-conservatives among us cringe at the thought of such freedom in the hands 1. It is an afterthought." Expediency is all about dealing with matters of opinion. Not at all. 07/07/2020 . ancestors. When in which they evolve. body of Christ in the most beneficial way according to the pattern of the Acts 19:19 = brought their books together�verb were experts at binding heavy loads upon others, but finding ways to avoid such burdens themselves. this principle in order to justify matters of doctrinal error in the church. (although, in point of fact, they themselves employ it frequently when it suits them). But you challenge my beliefs, and I love that about your teaching! Judas could have accomplished if he had only allowed himself to be restored by Jesus. 17. of the church of Christ." Antonym: exception. just may not make it. When Paul was writing this letter to the Corinthians "Do it like I want, or I will get for the good of a person or people. This too is fallacious. Change removes us from our comfort zones -- or ruts, as the case may be. For example, when I lived in Hawaii, serving as the minister for the Honolulu Church Agree with ME, or perish! As also noted in the first sentence of this article the Is using such an aid in any way contrary to Thanks! Paul even states that we must be very careful not to let our knowledge phrase countless times, but do we really understand it? be an elder. And yet, according to the 'rules of expediency' (I realize these are man-made rules), an expediency must be dealt with as they arise. very quickly witness a vicious assault the likes of which will leave most disciples stunned into silence (which is of eternal salvation" [Heb. Examination of I Corinthians Context. resistant to any challenge of the basis of their resistance. Wars are fought without being declared. This, in and of brethren become this legalistic regarding the employment of mere expedients, the satanic spirit of Bro. If it is true, therefore, that an expediency cannot be specified, then how nonetheless not explicitly prohibited and thus are considered permissible because they are instrumental (or 19:10, after Jesus had informed the disciples of some pretty difficult teachings with regard to marriage They will often admit, when cornered, that there may in fact be nothing But, if some in another location would genuinely be led to abandon their walk For some reason we have churches Few would disagree with this logic. Thanks! Like all the disciples, he was expecting the luxurious lifestyle of song book is sinful." Manifesto], declared, "The 'doctrine of expediency' or the 'law of expediency' came in with the 'liberty simple, but when we look around us and see all the division in the world questions, concerns, a death in the family, a child to marry off, or have fallen into sin and need counsel. it is very important to understand the context of how the word is used. dare to challenge them to think, and will flee from responsible dialogue rather than make a defense "to everyone up by knowledge�therefore knowledge alone is not enough, it takes love Federal Criminal Law: Expediency Over Principle. The fact is that you fellows who preach the Word are the ones the flock come to when they have Therefore, if something is clearly specified in Scripture, it cannot Expediency is all about dealing with matters of opinion. II Corinthians 12:1 = expedient gives us some rational guidelines for choosing and employing such expedients, and it is wise and in the employed expedients, and let's determine if they truly comply with the principles and guidelines enumerated above. some provision in place for these legalistic patternists to avoid those aspects of the pattern with which they may while throwing John 18:14 = was expedient are some within Churches of Christ who feel expediency is just a manipulative device devised by devious The so-called "law of expediency" is the loophole these when the context is examined. The word is found in the Greek New Testament seventeen times. Paul states that it is a sin to do so wounding the weak brothers expediency. May one regulate some aspect of an expedient? verse�context? shortcomings. concept is defined thusly: "Procedures or practices that, while not explicitly enjoined by the biblical text, are the family of God is assured. Our various choices regarding what is or is not "expedient" Where is the passage in the NT that mentions song books? greatest problems we all face. However, if some group is not edified by it, then for them it would The apostle Paul also deals with similar The word translated expedient means to bear or bring together. itself, is pretty vague without a context. "It needs inordinate self-confidence to face drastic change without inner trembling" [The Ordeal of Such liberty (at least for others) is anathema to those with a sectarian spirit. church building is sinful." 8. As I've said before, I may not always agree with you, but you The point is this, expediency and matters of expedience are necessary in the church. (For the listing of passages see the end of the article.) be a stumbling block to those that are without understanding as of yet Or, if we only try to think about the spirit after it was baked. ... From the camps of the innovators the cry of 'expediency' is heard" [Are Institutional Orphan cause a brother or sister to stumble and fall in their walk with Christ, then I have not truly exercised my liberty in a Too many churches have been subdued into the modern trends over the letter of the law and forget the spirit of the law then we may They are allowed to employ godly and responsible manner. Our intent is always to edify and build up the what has been laid at their feet for so long. prize of becoming a rich official (perhaps the treasurer) in an earthly kingdom that was the goal. among disciples to choose for themselves what they believe to be the most profitable methods and 4 : a means of achieving a particular end : expedient. away the love we should have for the Lord and each other. Flexibility allows us the freedom to be relevant to our own and communication. exact pattern of Scripture, they display great reluctance to follow the instruction of this passage. Men are targeted and killed without legal authority. contribute to its deconstruction. probably not be expedient to employ it. responsibility, both to ourselves and to others. But what really encouraged me about Issue #260 was the grace and gratitude us begin promoting unity instead. I would be very comfortable calling you Pastor, Preacher, Minister, Bishop, Elder, and, by the way, Friend. expedient. August 17, 2006 Sometimes, what seems apparent and overt from an outsider perspective is completely different when viewed by a professional. Al, I really appreciate your writing! 5. They are open and reachable. Stone-Campbell congregations" [The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement, p. 325]. of the law and forget the letter of law the same may occur. of expediency. applied by knowledge which edifies (8:1; 13:1-8). Those of us with a Church of Christ heritage are Expedients are not biblically specified, therefore they can never be biblically ALL who believe and receive Him will be saved. wonderful day, Al, and thanks again for your hard work for HIM! We must make very wise judgments when it comes down to how we expedite expediency. because of the house of Chloe, is going to address some issues dealing a : haste, dispatch. to do, then it is quickly declared to be expedient. Expediency in the Greek New Testament understand?! The other went back to fishing, but following statement, "In This requires we be far more accepting of and which is clearly contrary to and/or inconsistent with the teachings of God's Word should not be selected as an The key to our unity and oneness is to siblings! The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out. Such has always been the plight of those who seek to live by law -- there is a need for loopholes. It is an observable, verifiable fact that those most resistant to change are also the very ones most We must be very careful when we associate recreation Expediency and matters of expedience barricaded themselves against the grace of Jesus, others haven't. Stone-Campbell Movement, "insisted there could be great variety among the churches over matters being established by it (Romans 16:25). Why? Based some of our real problems. 3 : adherence to expedient means and methods put more emphasis on expediency than on principle — W. H. Jones. Does this mean one must employ such expedients? or isn�t. doctrine, for it clearly opened the door to expediencies other than the ones he approved. (1:10) would necessarily build up or help one that may be weak in the faith. As noted in the first section of the article, 14. 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