Scott Clark hits a home run on this point. Critics of Reformed worship point out that high church traditions have a rich heritage that draws upon the intricate symbolism of the Mosaic temple. We Reformed agree, actually. That is the problem. Clark notes (244ff):
- The temple was instituted under Moses as part of a theological system that was temporary. It was the center of the cultus that Paul described as “fading” (2 Cor. 3:7-11).
- The NT does use temple imagery to describe Christians, but it never draws liturgical inferences from that imagery, only moral and theological.
- To use the temple as the center of Christian worship is inherently defective from the writer of Hebrews perspective (Heb. 8:1–10:18).