Ask a Pastor Column

Presenting biblical answers to tough questions


December 7, 2023

Q: In church we always get the line that we’re supposed to “obey the rules” but there are lots of rules that nobody obeys, including Christians. Do we get to pick which rules we obey?

A: It might be a bit simplistic to say that Christians are always supposed to follow the rules. Daniel’s three friends broke a rule when they refused to bow to the king’s statue (Daniel 3:1-18). The Apostles were told that they were no longer to preach in the name of Jesus, a rule that they promptly disobeyed (Acts 4:13-22). Jesus also mentions David as a “rule-breaker” who ate the showbread (a special bread used...

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