A precedent occurs when a previous event or action becomes an example that is used to justify similar circumstances in the future.

Biblically, we find these practices with the religious leaders. The scribes and Pharisees were notorious for binding various practices. In and of themselves they were not wrong to follow, but they were not God’s law.

We need to be careful not to take a precedent of the past, use it to justify current practices, and then bind it as law on the church.

It may be a good practice, but not practicing it may be okay also. The difficulty arises when it is bound on others incorrectly.

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