Worship God-centered or Man-centered?
Lord Jesus Christ emphasized that, “God
is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in
truth” (John 4:24). Also,
when the devil attempted to entice Jesus to fall down and
worship him, the Son of God responded by saying, “Get
thee hence Satan: for
it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only
shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10).
These two passages should suffice in scripturally
clarifying that our God is the object and center of worship.
However, more and more churches and individuals are
placing emphasis upon worship services being man-centered rather
than upon God. They
are more interested in what pleases them than in determining
from the inspired Word of God how He wants to be worshipped.
this age of modern conveniences, people are inclined to seek
what has been coined as “creature comforts.”
Many have become self centered; instead of being
thoughtful and considerate of others, and especially of our
Heavenly Father. They
want the worship service to be modified in order that it will
conform to that which pleases them.
tempo of much of the music heard today in the religious realm is
more conducive to an old fashion barn dance than reverence
toward God. Not
only is that true within the denominational world, but sadly
this is also true among many congregations of the church.
In attempting to appeal to the whims of a permissive
society, several congregations of the church select songs that
will incite hand clapping, bodily gyrations, foot patting,
lifting up hands and moving them back and forth, etc.
The Apostle Paul stressed, “Let
all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians
14:40). There is
certainly nothing decent and orderly in such shenanigans.
Often, instead of singing in such services, there is
humming, whistling, repetitive sounds with their voices, and
even mimic with their voice mechanical instruments of music.
It seems that some brethren have lost all propriety of
conduct in blindly following the latest trends of society at
large. The New
Testament specifically instructs us to sing by speaking,
Ephesians 5:19 (this excludes humming, whistling, repetitive
sounds with the voice, and imitating mechanical instruments of
music). We are also
to teach and admonish “…one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with
grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).
A person cannot do that by exercising the innovations
need to get back to pleasing the Lord in their worship rather
than their sensual desires.
Again, if we are to please the Heavenly Father, then we “…must
worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).