Excerpts below originally posted by Scott Ransom on the Baptist Board. I found them interesting.
"...a few guiding hermeneutical principles for determining the scope of biblical commands.
"Interpret imperatives in light of their literary genre. A specific context may contain both timeless and temporary forms... The principle of
"Use of imperatives of the Bible is enduring for us if:
*it is addressed to an enduring audience
*it is based on a permanent relationship
*it is repeated, especially transculturally
*it is supported by prescriptive, and not merely descriptive, passages
*it is supported without abusing its literary genre
*it is taught as principle, not merely a manifestation of a principle"