James Oldfield’s Broadcast, Thurs, November 15 – Part IV

The Holy Kiss

I’ve been thinking about this a lot.  James said the holy kiss was a custom, and it’s not an imperative for the church today.  However, it really interests me that he makes this distinction, because it sounds pretty arbitrary.  “I don’t want to greet with a kiss, so I’ll ignore that imperative and give a holy handshake.”

Now, given, the kiss of greeting is more of a Middle Eastern way of greeting.  However, the word that really piques my interest in this is the adjective “holy”.  Paul doesn’t say “Greet each other in the traditional way – with a kiss”, he says, “Salute each other with an holy kiss.”  HOLY.  That means that there must be something special to it.

It’s also found in the following passages:  1 Cor 16:20; II Cor 13:12; 1 Thess 5:26.  And Peter mentions to engage in a “kiss of charity” (1 Peter 5:14).

It’s there five times, and for some reason the Church of Christ ignores it, and justifies their ignoring by saying it was a tradition or custom.  It seems a whole lot more of an imperative than some of the other bags they put on people’s backs.

Methinks this is a pretty big inconsistency on their part.  And if they are so unapologetically inconsistent with this, I think that it’s an imperative that the people in their viewing audience search all of their teachings to find where other inconsistencies lie.

Sola Dei Gloria!


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