Which sentence uses the word ordinancescorrectly? A. If you want forgiveness for your ordinances, you must confess them to God. B. God promises rich ordinances to those who seek and do His will....
Which sentence uses the word ordinances correctly?
The essential thing about ordinances when it comes to Christianity is the division between the Catholic and Orthodox church and most Protestant sects. In the former, things like communion or marriage are called sacraments, but in most strains of Protestantism, they are ordinance. The difference is explained by S. Michael Houdmann as such:
Protestants and Evangelicals see ordinances as symbolic reenactments of the gospel message that Christ lived, died, was raised from the dead, ascended to heaven, and will someday return. Rather than requirements for salvation, ordinances are visual aids to help us better understand and appreciate what Jesus Christ accomplished for us in His redemptive work. Ordinances are determined by three factors: they were instituted by Christ, they were taught by the apostles, and they were practiced by the early church. Since baptism and communionare the only rites which qualify under these three factors, there can be only two ordinances, neither of which are requirements for salvation.
In Catholic, Orthodox, and a few Protestant sects, these rites are requirements for salvation-- they aren't examples, they are things that must be done. The seven named by Catholicism are: baptism, confirmation, holy communion, confession, marriage, holy orders, and the anointing of the sick. There is ongoing debate within and between sects about the differences between salvation and ordinance. Lastly, when speaking of various rites, obligations, etc, in Christianity, there is "command", which is God's word that must be obeyed. Additionally, in the LDS (Mormon) Church there are some additional nuances which can be seen in the last source link provided.
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