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Pattern Theology: The Author of Confusion

Under the Old Covenant, if you weren’t born the right gender, in the right family, in the right tribe, and in the right nation, you couldn’t access the Most Holy Place where God lived. If you happened to be born into the right tribe, you could go into the Holy Place, and if you were male, you could get a little closer to God than the women. This covenant had entire books dedicated to laying out a pattern that was to be strictly observed.

The New Covenant has no such restrictions, patterns, or rituals. Worship is not a faucet we cut on and off because we are always in the Most Holy Place. Every action, every deed, every thought is worship to God. Blanket restrictions on the number of cups used in communion, instrumental music, or women speaking in the assembly make no sense in this context. Every believer is a priest that offers their life as a continual sacrifice to God daily (Rom 12:1). There is no “worship service” in the New Testament with five ritualistic acts which followed a specified pattern. As my uncle Micah observed, Leviticus was part of the Old Covenant, and if God wanted us to have an instruction manual like it, He would have supplied one.

The idea that a “pattern” in the New Testament is found by going to five different books, taking passages out of context that have nothing to do with a prescribed weekly assembly, and then demonizing anyone who doesn’t agree with your not-so-necessary inferences is so strange. God is not the author of confusion, but pattern theology is.

Oddities in Pattern Theology:

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