A Conservative Reformation…
In Hebrews 10 23-25 we read:
First of all, I note that just because we might fail to spur our brothers and sisters on toward love and good deeds does not mean that we, or they, can not be saved (If this were the case, I think none of us would be saved!) – or even that either one is necessarily sinning!
In addition, as you read this, depending on your attitude about what the church and worship is, you may question whether or not I really am trying to spur you on toward love and good deeds (perhaps more like "dead works" some might think…)!
But let me try out my reasoning on you: because babies trust and love their fathers and mothers, they treasure what their parents treasure.
Therefore, as Christians who are called to be child-like, we to should trust and love our fathers and mothers in the faith: treasuring what they have treasured, namely, the Church's liturgy ("bunny trail" comment: so keep the young ones in the service!), which has its root in the Word of God.
After all, the Lutheran Reformation was the "Conservative Reformation". As much as was possible, liturgical ceremonies were preserved. Even those that did not endorse the Gospel, but were "neutral" (i.e. they simply did not contradict the Gospel), were retained.
One of my online students, referring to the incarnation said, "Not only did [God] come for us, he came in the most humble manner imaginable". The Son of God, though perfect, submitted himself to be born into a sinful race. Would that we be as eager to humble ourselves to before our spiritual ancestors!
Christians in the past were more eager than we to do this. And because of this, those who still use the historic liturgies today, passed on from Christians from generation to generation (developing only very gradually), have the following benefits:
But what of evangelism? No doubt – each Christian, like Jesus, desires to "seek and save the lost", and this should be a huge focus for us. At the same time, let us note what Paul says: "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." (Galatians 6:10)
First things first. Why should we not think that what Paul says here in one context has at least some relevance for this discussion as well?