I almost hesitate to post this because of one particular friend who likes to point out the negative regarding Seventh Day Adventists, but the truth needs to be told regardless of who is affected, whether positively or negatively.
In listening to a “Present Truth” service, which is notated by the top of the photo provided, a particular emphasis struck home. I’ve thought about this many times over the years, but this time it is necessary to comment and that quite decisively. I had a lapse of time, in my life, due to drug addiction. It seemed what happened between the years 1991 and 2005 something occurred and those who had the break perhaps more readily see it than those who have been present during this time while the transformation has taken place. A gradual transformation can be dangerous, so I’m grateful for my lack of attendance perhaps not so much due to the circumstances then, but it explains why there is a lack of attendance today, on my part. And this is simply the “Babylonish” worship which has crept into the church of God.
I’ll repeat the major section of the photo,
“…the Lord has shown me (Mrs. White) would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing…And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit.”
Now, what makes me grateful for having lived as long as I have lived is because I came from what is called today a “conservative” church, but not anymore based upon the reports I hear! I am so thankful for my upbringing. It was a true type of worship which is seldom given today. Now, while this church experience never had any “worldly” type music being called “gospel”, and definitely no drums and dancing, this seems to be paramount in churches today, and sadly, in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. How many of our services now have so-called, “praise dancing”? How many services now have so-called, “praise and worship” times? How many have drums? How many have the ecstatic shouting by those caught up in the emotionalism? This did not take place during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s while I was there. And my return in the new millennium to see the dancing, to hear the shouting and music, reminding me of my disco years, but all now in the, ahem, “name of the Lord!” How can this be? Why should this be?
We can justify and explain this true degradation of worship as meaningful, needed and an updated form of worship because the times have changed, but they haven’t changed for the better. Now, I need to make a confession: I LIKE the music of the church of Babylon, I just don’t need it as a part of my worship experience, while in worship! I like music. My music hobby tracklist holds a plethora of music from R&B, Soul and some Hip-Hop, but I certainly know, rather, recognize it no matter how it is covered with the robe of sanctity. Truly the sheep know their master’s voice, and there are times when I answer the master of sin instead of the Master of sacredness and truth. That’s on me, but it is on many of us because we flock to our places of worship to get our addictive doses every Sabbath and this should not be.
We used to sing a song which had the lyrics, “Give me that old time religion…because it is good enough for me.” I’m now beginning to see where this song needs to be revived, more and more.
December 24, 2016