I have been serving in the preaching ministry for over 27 years now. I have been serving in the music ministry for well over 30 years. Many times throughout these years I have had to go back and correct errors that I made either while training musicians or preaching the gospel. It is never an easy thing to do when you have to stand before a congregation and apologize for things that you may have said or taught out of ignorance. While speaking during service yesterday I felt a very strong conviction over something that I have been teaching for many years concerning the “new thing” that God was going to do for and through his people.
Throughout the years I have made many slurry references concerning things like, "Old Time Religion", "The Red Hymnals", and "Physical Manifestations of the Spirit". I have made comments like, "We don't need those things any more because God is doing a new thing". I have been one of those preachers that preached so much on the new things that I forgot about the things that brought me to this point in my walk with the Lord. Now don't get me wrong, God is doing new things. They're new because we have never seen them nor experienced them not because they are new to Him. I said all that to say this. Don't let go of the things that has brought you to this point in your Christian journey.
As Christians we don't need to hang out in Jordan but we must never forget that there is something that ties us to our past that was brought out of Jordan which is the alter (The Stones of Remembrance). When our children ask, "What meaneth though this" let us have the answers to give them. Let us be able to tell them how God saved us. Let us be able to sing them the songs that brought joy and strength to us during our time of trouble. Let us be able to tell them how God healed us in our time of sickness.
Let us remind them the God is still able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think. Whether the remembrance comes out of a red hymnal or through an old time preacher man that has very little or no education let us never forget. Paul teaches us to hold fast to the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. While holding fast let us walk on into perfection.