The Liturgy Trap:
The Bible versus Mere Tradition in Worship
The Liturgy Trap?
We hear all too often that someone has decided to leave the Evangelical Christian faith and join the Church of Rome, or Eastern Orthodoxy, or High Anglicanism. The lure is liturgy and tradition, and since the Evangelical and Reformed churches so often have such poor worship, it is not hard to understand the pull exercised by those churches that have a heritage of formality, sobriety, and beauty.
This cure, however, is far worse than the disease. The answer to the weaknesses of Evangelicalism is not a run toward the fallacies and errors of Rome, Orthodoxy, and Anglo-Catholicism, but a return to biblical patterns of worship.
Just as there is true and false doctrine, so there are true and false worship patterns. In this book, James B. Jordan sorts out the true and the false in the area of worship practice, discussing the cult of the saints, the veneration of icons, apostolic succession, virginity and celibacy, the presence of Christ at His Supper, and the doctrine of tradition.
Author: James Jordan
James B. Jordan, ThM, DLitt, is the author of several books including Through New Eyes, Primeval Saints, The Handwriting on the Wall, and Crisis, Opportunity, and the Christian Future. He is director of Biblical Horizons Ministries in Niceville, Florida.