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Lifting Holy Hands

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Salty, Aug 6, 2022.

  1. Salty

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    I Tim 2:8 tells us "I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
    Is that verse telling us to literally raise our hands as we pray?

    As we know, many of us Baptists do not raise our hands - except to vote in a a business meeting.

    I went to a Larnelle Harris concert one night (and he is SBC) asked the audience to raise their hands in worshiping the Lord. He continued and said - You Baptists, raise one hand halfway.!
     
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    The raising of hands in worship should be driven by the Spirit not by men who seek to make others seem spiritual. No doubt some come to church and raise hands simply to seem spiritual and some do not raise their hands because they are afraid that they might be seen as trying to look spiritual.

    As I said the raising of hands should always and only be driven by the Spirit and never withheld when we feel prompted by the Spirit.
     
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  3. Salty

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    I have never felt the need to do so.
    I dont even do the wave at ball games.
     
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    It depends on the church I am in. Some churches seem so spiritually dead while others seem to have a spirit about them that moves me to raise my hands in praise. The same is with saying the "AMEN" during preaching. Some preaching is so dead it does not even begin to move me while others sets my spirit on fire to shout the "AMEN."
     
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    I have no problem with a hearty "Amen" when appropriate
     
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    Perfect example of a tertiary issues for churches or 3rd order
     
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    Paul is using the same language that we find in Psalms 63:4 and Psalms 141:2. I think the Jews and the early Christians were more expressive than modern Christians. I don't think this is a command to literally raise our hands in prayer or in worship. Having said that, I have always felt comfortable with raising my hands and getting expressive. Probably because I attended Spirit-filled churches for many years after giving my life to Christ. Most in my little Baptist church are reserved, and that's okay. I've never felt judged, and I certainly would never judge those who are uncomfortable with this style.
     
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