In 1993, while attending a ministry for substance abuse, we were invited to worship in a tent-meeting, conducted by a singer/preacher. What I saw taking place, the women kicking off their shoes, the music specifically manipulated to cause fervor, and arousal, and the guys taken in by the sensuality of the now party-type styled worship so-called, had me getting up and standing on the outside of the event. When approached by one of the ministry’s leaders as to why I was outside the tent when we’re to be kept together for security reasons, I had to state plainly what I saw was not of God and I wanted not to be associated with it.
“Tertullian acknowledges that it was not without an appearance of truth that men declared the sun to be the god of the Christians. But he answered that though they worshiped toward the east like the heathen, and devoted Sunday to rejoicing, it was for a reason far different from sun-worship. And on another occasion, in defending his brethren from the charge of sun-worship, he acknowledges that these acts, prayer toward the east, and making Sunday a day of festivity, did give men a chance to think the sun was the God of the Christians. Tertullian is therefore a witness to the fact that Sunday was a heathen festival when it obtained a foothold in the Christian church, and that the Christians, in consequence of observing it, were taunted with being sun-worshipers. It is remarkable that in his replies he never claims for their observance any divine precept or apostolic example. His principal point was that they had as good a right to do it as the heathen had.” Excerpt from Chapter 16, John N. Andrews’ “History of the Sabbath and First Day of the Week”.
I like the last sentence, “His principal point was that they had a good a right to do it as the heathen had.”
This seems to be the same reasoning we’re seeing as justification for this celebratory-type worship which is pervading all Christendom, sadly, even among Seventh Day Adventist. The excuse being, “I used to party for the devil, so now I can party for the Lord” and other such nonsense has beclouded minds into justifying sensuality and heathen-type behavior now Christianize into something acceptable.
THIS IS WRONG!
I don’t need to get into what David did because any Scripture-reading individual know it was not within the confines of the Temple. The distinction of what Israel did while in the very presence of God and their learned worship style from Egypt as characterized by Moses being instructed to come down from the mount to handle his business, is the same kind of worship being held in churches, Sunday as well as Sabbath, and thought to be acceptable to God.
When did it ever become fashionable to use excuses to worship God? If worshipping God is to be done in “Spirit and Truth”, where is the truth and the spirit used in the foolishness we characterize as “praise dancing” or “holy dance” or the emotionalism more prevalent in the “Black” church but the “White” are not too far behind? When the distinction can no longer be made whether it is worship or a party, we have lost the goal and God has already left the room.
I am so convinced what is now being played as music in our churches is an insult in the ears of God. The angels have taken their instruments and have left the building. There is no longer a distinction between the profane and the sacred because it no longer matters. The excuse, what I used to do for the devil I can now do for the Lord has polluted our relationship, worship and salvation and sadly, we cannot know this anymore because nobody cares. We just want to have a good time. Time, culture and age can no longer be an adequate excuse for our actions. Perhaps I’m just getting older, but I would prefer to use the word “maturity” as my reason, that age and sensibility is finally taking root as my walk continues being developed, as I’m being groomed for my place within that selected group called the 144,000. When I imagine that great company of people of God, I cannot see them bouncing around, definitely not “jammin” in the name of the Lord!
January 16, 2016