Back to the principle of the specifics of God’s ideals in Scripture excluding alternative beliefs and practices. An excellent example and illustration of this principle is to use God’s specific instructions for the ark that Noah was to build. Genesis 6:14-16,
“Make you an ark of gopher wood; you will make rooms in the ark, and you will pitch it within and without with pitch. (15) And this is how you will make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, the width of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. (16) You will make a light to the ark, and to a cubit shall you finish it upward; and you will set the door of the ark in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories you will make it.”
See, God’s ideal for the ark. Is there a better way to build the ark? Could man improve upon God’s design? Would anyone make the ark and use some pine wood even one piece? Would anyone not pitch the inside and the outside? Who would not meet the measurements to the cubit? Who would think of making the window larger than one cubit? Who would build more than one door on the side of the ark? Who would add or subtract a story from God’s instruction for the ark? God’s ideal ark is perfect. See, God’s ideal for the ark was clear, and it excluded all adding and taking from His instructions even without a word of warning. For further insight, also consider the specifics that God commanded for the Israelites to take Jericho (Joshua 6). How many times were the Israelites to march around the wall? What were they to do?
Let’s apply the principle of exclusion to some New Testament beliefs and practices. God wants Christians to partake of the Lord’s Supper. We know the Lord’s Supper is a meal communing with Christ and remembering His broken body by eating bread and remembering His blood of the covenant for the remission of sins by drinking the fruit of the vine (1 Cor. 11:17ff). Now, we could reason that since Christ is the Passover Lamb for Christians, then we could have lamb’s meat added to the supper. Even in our desire to do good, we would be adding to what the Creator of the Universe has established for the Lord’s Supper. We would have arrogantly concluded that the Lord’s Supper could be improved upon from what the Lord has established. If the lamb’s meat was such a good idea, then why did the fully incomprehensible mind of God not establish such from the beginning? God’s ideal is written, and His pattern excludes all alterations.
Regarding baptism, why not immerse in flower pedals, smoke and, or a mist and also do water baptism too as one baptism? One would still be baptizing correctly and the Scriptures do not say, “You shall baptize with flower pedals”, but God’s ideal is already written and it excludes alterations. Regarding prayer, why not pray to Peter or Mary and also to God? On would still pray to God, but also to others who have passed away. Why not pray with incense and candles? The Scriptures do not forbid it, but God’s ideal is already written. Regarding church government, why not have a Pope or an Archbishop over multiple congregations and follow the Scriptures in having a plural number of elders overseeing each congregation? The Scriptures do not forbid it, but God’s ideal is already written and it excludes additions. Even in our “desire to do good”, we would be adding to God’s ideals. The fully incomprehensible mind of God did not establish these mad-made alterations to His written ideals. Only in arrogance and pride, would we conclude that God’s will could be improved upon from what the Lord has established.
Considering the next subject, this is where many people leave this principle and ignore the Truth, and say to oneself, “Well, that can’t be right.” Note what the New Testament has specified regarding music for worship to God. The New Testament Scriptures have only one type of music directed to and for God. Singing is what is specifically written and nothing else. Singing is God’s ideal music (1 Cor. 14:15, Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16, Heb. 13:15). There are no instruments, humming, whistling, or clapping in the New Testament Scriptures. Just like polygamy, instrumental music is in the Old Testament, and just like polygamy, instrumental music is not condemned by the New Testament Scriptures. Instrumental music like polygamy is no where to be supported in the New Testament while God’s ideal is readily available in the Holy Writ to be read by anyone concerning marriage and God’s music for worship. Marriage is between one man and one woman for life, and music is to be intelligible vocal music (1 Cor. 14:15). The practice of instrumental music among churches has just been made popular in the last 200 years. Before this, the founders and major teachers of denominations believed that the use of instruments to be wrong. This includes such men as Luther to Calvin to Wesley to Spurgeon. Just like God’s ideals for marriage, the Lord’s Supper, baptism, prayer, and church government exclude alterations, and so does God’s ideal for making melody by singing excludes alterations.
Only by intelligible singing does one worship in spirit and in mind as the Spirit condemned preaching, praying, and singing in unknown languages (1 Cor. 14). Note what is written about making melody by singing also excludes rhythmic body percussion of feet stomping, patting, snapping, hand-clapping, and so on along with other non-intelligible vocal music like humming and whistling. If Paul by the Spirit excluded the use of unknown languages for being meaningless worship, how much more are meaningless vocal sounds and musical instruments including body percussion excluded from New Testament music?
There Scriptures undoubtedly affirm that principle of exclusion. A true irony in not accepting the principle of exclusion is when one does not accept the principle of exclusion by the principle of exclusion. Since according to those rejecting the principle, the Bible is silent regarding the principle, therefore it is excluded. See the contradiction. How could the Bible being silent exclude the principle that excludes things for which it is silent? Again according to many, the Bible does not exclude other practices not mentioned in the Scriptures, therefore this principle is excluded being not mentioned in the Bible. The contradiction is clear. Again, since according to them, the Bible gives no authority for the Bible to exclude extra-Biblical practices, so the Bible excluding extra-Biblical is excluded being extra-Biblical practice. What a confusing and contradicting belief!
Lets “learn not to go beyond the things which are written” (1 Cor 4:6).
May we continue to walk in the light, so that Christ’s blood will continue to cleanse us of all sin (1 John 1:7).