We at the Faithful Scribbler would like to know, for the purposes of our own edification, why Protestants are so quick to label headcovering as “legalistic” and “contrary to the new covenant”, and yet, those same Protestants would DIE before they would give one cent less (or sometimes one cent more!) than their 10% tithe?!
Tithing is mentioned in a legal sense in the Old Testament. It was literally a requirement for Jewish people (and still is– many temples dont allow you in for holiday services if you havent paid your yearly tithe) to pay their required amount. And arent Protestants the ones always decrying every little old Old Testament law as “legalistic!?”.
Yet, headcovering, a practice done SOLELY out of love and respect for the Lord, is condemned by these same Protestants, who label it the dreaded L-word. Strangely enough, HEADCOVERING is expressly ordered by St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians– which, as many of you are aware, is from the NEW Testament Scripture. New Testament. New Covenant. Legalistic? When done purely out of love and respect for the Lord? Methinks not, friends. I smell the strong, pungent, aroma of hypocrisy!
Now am I saying you shouldnt give your 10% to the Church? Of course not. What I am saying is that Protestant doctrines (thanks Unfortunate Heretic Martin Luther) are awful picksy and choosey about what they do and do NOT consider to be legalistic. Sounds like one of those “inconvenient truths” the liberals are always getting so up in arms about! :)
While we’re on the subject of Legalism, Romans Ch 7 has THIS to say about it (emphases mine):
So what can we draw from this? First of all, theres NOTHING WRONG WITH FOLLOWING THE LAW!!!
The problem comes from following the law for the SAKE of the law, and not for following it out of love and submission to the Lord! This is particularly true of the laws found in the New Testament, at which point the faithful fell under the New Covenant of the Lord– remember, Jesus didn’t come to negate the holy Scriptures– He came to fulfill them!
You can’t pick and choose which parts of the law you personally feel like following, and then slander the followers of the others as Legalistic. When you do so, frankly, you demonstrate a poor understanding of the concept of New Covenant, and sound like an idiot.
But although you slander and insult me, from your false moral highground, I realize that your faith (not personally, but denominationally) is built upon a pillar of sand– incomplete at BEST. And so, I will pray for your conversion to truth, although I know that true conversion can only happen after one is humbled, and the humbling wont be coming from me, because I am not God.
(I realize that the tone of this particular post becomes increasingly agressive as my level of frustration has increased with writing and researching in the book of Romans. I do not intend to attack any one person individually, but rather, the MOST UNFORTUNATE institution of Protestantism, which, once again, feeds people half-truths that cannot be reconciled with Scripture. ESPECIALLY frustrating is that these same denominations claim to be built ONLY on Scripture! May God have mercy on those who are willingly blind to the Truth! And may He have mercy on those who have been led astray through no fault of their own…sigh).