By Neil Anderson
New wine must be put into fresh wineskins
Jesus taught that the forms of our Christian practice must change. In His parable of the garment and the wineskin in Luke 5:36-39, the garment and the wineskin are the external dress and the container, not the substance of our faith. They represent the religious customs, practices and traditions in which the substance of our faith is packaged. Jesus is stating a fact–the garment needs mending and the old wineskin is old! What worked before isn’t working anymore. Times change, cultures change, and what worked 20 years ago may not work today. But what doesn’t change is the object of our faith.
“Time-honored faith” and “long-established practice” blend together and become indistinguishable to the status quo. When someone advocates another form of practice, it becomes apparent that the security of the old…
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