I have one more post in my series on High Southern Culture. I plan to address the historiography of the so-called “Confederates in the Pulpit.” A minor detour for the moment. The closest any high church tradition can get in the bible’s commanding our use of incense is in Malachi 1:11
For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be[b] great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering.
Granted this isn’t actually a command but it seems that God sees their use of incense in the coming generations. Several difficulties come to mind:
- To be consistent with the text, are you also offering “the pure offering?” If you spiritualize that part of the text, why is the Protestant wrong in spiritualizing the incense part?
- Are you using the proper formula set forth in Exodus 30:9 (You shall not offer unauthorized incense on it)?
- If you are not offering the 1:1 formula, you are literally playing with fire, since the “non-judge-non-wrathful-God not-killed” Nadab and Abihu for offering unauthorized incense.
- If you are using the 1:1 formula, then one has to ask why we as New Covenant Christians have to go back to the types and shadows which the Book of Hebrews put a stop to?