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Old 11-09-2008, 02:16 PM
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John 13:13-15
You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

I attend a Free Will Baptist Church that has a foot washing service to go along with communion. My church takes the above verses literally, but I think they were meant for us to humble ourselves and be servants to others. Feet washing was a Jewish practice and custom. I don't see why Christ would ask Gentiles to do this. We had a pastor at the church for 28 years who believed in it, but our last pastor did not. We have had our new pastor for over 11 months and he also believes in it. What do you think? I don't want this to sound bad, but I also don't like it because if we had a visitor they may think we are crazy!
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Old 11-09-2008, 02:30 PM
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I have never attended a foot washing church, and I don't believe it is one of the ordinances (baptism, communion), but I think it is a most humbling thing to do and I can see where it would be a symbol of humility and service to one another, something we could all stand to be reminded of. Just my 2 cents. You can keep the change.
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:51 PM
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John 13:13-15
You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

I attend a Free Will Baptist Church that has a foot washing service to go along with communion. My church takes the above verses literally, but I think they were meant for us to humble ourselves and be servants to others. Feet washing was a Jewish practice and custom. I don't see why Christ would ask Gentiles to do this. We had a pastor at the church for 28 years who believed in it, but our last pastor did not. We have had our new pastor for over 11 months and he also believes in it. What do you think? I don't want this to sound bad, but I also don't like it because if we had a visitor they may think we are crazy!
It is not the business of the church to think that visitors will think you crazy. Where I attend church, we practice feet washing along with our communion, however we don't say that it must be practice. It is an ordance of humility and we don't make it a have-to part of our communion but ever member does it and get a spiritual blessing in doing it. It is a privilege to humble yourself at the feet of a brother or sister. We practice closed communion and feet washing and only brethern of same faith and order among our sister churches are invited to do so.
We have some visitors that are invited to watch our practice.
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Old 11-09-2008, 04:42 PM
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If I walked in sandalled bare feet in the dusty streets and countryside, I might find feet washing a custom of the time.

T0-day, I prefer to wash my feet at home. Frankly, I don't see any humbling significance at all, and certainly no scriptural teaching that we are to follow forever.

There two ordinances typical to Baptist teaching: the Lord's Supper and believer's baptism.

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Old 11-09-2008, 06:28 PM
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If I walked in sandalled bare feet in the dusty streets and countryside, I might find feet washing a custom of the time.

T0-day, I prefer to wash my feet at home. Frankly, I don't see any humbling significance at all, and certainly no scriptural teaching that we are to follow forever.

There two ordinances typical to Baptist teaching: the Lord's Supper and believer's baptism.

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Old 11-09-2008, 07:16 PM
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I can't seem to remember anywhere in the new testament where Paul or Peter or Jude or any of the apostles are foot washing.
Jesus who is Master did it as an example of how the Pastor or Leader of the church should be, and yet we keep putting them on pedestals.
I have been to several churches where you can't even get close enough to ask the preacher a question let alone him wash your feet.
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While it certainly doesn't rise to the level of an ordinance, foot washing can be an amazing experience. For those that would totally reject the practice out of hand are missing a great opportunity to serve and be served in a powerful way.
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While it certainly doesn't rise to the level of an ordinance, foot washing can be an amazing experience. For those that would totally reject the practice out of hand are missing a great opportunity to serve and be served in a powerful way.
Sounds like works to me to make one feel religious.
We have to be careful when doing things to make ourselves feel righteous.
Even tithing unless it is done from a heart of humility will be selfish and vain.
Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret, will reward thee openly.
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I would simply say that feet washing in not commanded in the New Testament, Neither is it prohibited!

BTW, why do we have Sunday School, oh thats right it is commanded in in 4th John 4:4

I have never participated in feet washing, but it is a practice that I could respect.

Sandal wearing Salty

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Old 11-09-2008, 08:04 PM
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I would simply say that feet washing in not commanded in the New Testament, Neither is it prohibited!

BTW, why do we have Sunday School, oh thats right it is commanded in in 4th John 4:4

I have never participated in feet washing, but it is a practice that I could respect.

Sandal wearing Salty

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Sounds like works to me to make one feel religious.
We have to be careful when doing things to make ourselves feel righteous.
Even tithing unless it is done from a heart of humility will be selfish and vain.
Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret, will reward thee openly.
The experience has nothing to do with righteousness or religion... nor prayer. While I always appreciate the use of Scriptures, using them in their appropriate and proper context is equally appreciated.

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