If foot washing can be explained away by culture then so could immersion. Ritualistic cleansing was a Jewish thing; that is why there were so many baptismal pools scatterred around Jerusalem. The bread and FOTV of the LS are also cultural. They relate back to the Passover. Having women keep their mouths shut is cultural. Jewish women were supposed to be submissive; my wife and I are not and never have been Jewish.
The only CENI I agree with is Paul's instruction to Timothy. I gave up water for Riesling.
Lively: It is not about explaining away something by culture. While foot washing was done to show kindness, it is not the only way to show kindness... it is not the only way to serve one another... one is served best when one has his needs met.
Luk 7:44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
Luk 7:45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
Luk 7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
So, if a man needed help, such as the following...
Luk 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
Luk 10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Luk 10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
Luk 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
Luk 10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
Luk 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
Luk 10:36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
Luk 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
He took care that which was needful to him... I mean, he could have just washed his feet and sent him on his way right? If we are not getting the lesson that Jesus is using foot washing as an example to serve one another, then we have not gotten the message Jesus was teaching... Foot washing can be needful, especially during that culture, but it is not about foot washing in particular, but about serving one another... and foot washing was a way many back then showed kindness to one another and served them during their journeys... Here is another example of doing that which is needful to serve one another...
Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
Jas 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
What would these folks need to best serve them? Foot washing? Clothes and food? I have to tell you, I am truly amazed this lesson is not being understood.... it baffles my mind...