Might be a different question, but here goes:
We are currently vacant, but have had a non-CRC pastor (fully ordained with masters of divinity, cleared by classis, and submitting to our classically appointed councilor) helping us out.
A member has suggested that it is improper for this pastor to raise his hands during God's greeting, blessings, or benedictions.
Can anybody shed light on to this from a Biblical perspective. It seems to fail the common sense test, insofar that hands were well used throughout the Bible. However, the question remains, is the act of raising hands during these times reserved for CRC/RCA ministers only? Does the church order really intend this preservation in its description of official acts?
Same question could also apply when Elders do reading sermons. Is hand lifting prohibited then too?