Why doesn't the church practice the holy kiss, since it is a New Testament command?

In the New Testament, there are several references to the practice of the "holy kiss," which was a common greeting among early Christians. In Romans 16:16, Paul instructs the church to "greet one another with a holy kiss." Similarly, in 1 Corinthians 16:20 and 2 Corinthians 13:12, he encourages believers to greet one another with a kiss of love.

Despite these references, the practice of the holy kiss is not commonly observed in modern churches. There are several reasons why this may be the case.

First, the cultural context of the holy kiss may not be relevant to modern times. In the time of the early church, the holy kiss was a common cultural practice used to express greetings and farewell. However, today in many cultures, the kiss is not a common form of greeting, and it may be perceived as inappropriate or uncomfortable.

Second, the holy kiss may be seen as a potential source of discomfort or even inappropriate behavior in a modern context. In some cultures, physical contact between strangers or acquaintances is not common, and the holy kiss may be perceived as an invasion of personal space or intimacy.

Third, the practice of the holy kiss may be seen as outdated or irrelevant to modern Christianity. While the New Testament commands believers to greet one another with a holy kiss, the emphasis on this practice may be seen as detracting from more important aspects of Christian faith and practice.

Finally, some churches may have chosen to replace the holy kiss with other forms of greeting or fellowship that are more relevant to modern culture. For example, many churches encourage members to greet one another with a handshake, hug, or verbal greeting.

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Jamie Larson