What Are ‘Christians’ Practicing in Church Today?

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
June 3, 2017

        For weeks this blogger has struggled with ways to discuss what Praise and Worship towards God means as intended in His Holy Word.  The matter has come up because of what too often now passes for such attention to The Godhead.  Today what is said to be purposed for and about Our Heavenly Father, and His Beloved Son, The LORD Jesus Christ, as presented by and through the anointing of His Holy Spirit—in so many churches today is far from what The Scriptures ever intended.

What claims to be adoration for God in too many 21st century places of worship in the United States today, is essentially entertainment, which Merriam Webster defines as “. . . amusement or diversion provided especially by performers . . . something diverting or engaging.”  Just because a pastor or choir director sanctions an “act” performed to supposedly “Christian” music, does not mean they have enveloped their “Christian” audience into an attitude of praise or worship for and towards The Godhead.

In fact, the meaning and action involved in such words as “bless,” “thanks,” “praise” can be used toward people as well as toward God.  The same dictionary defines the word “bless” specifically as applied to people: 1. “ . . .to hallow or consecrate by religious rite or word asked the priest to bless their marriage Bless this home. 2 religion :  to hallow with the sign of the cross He blessed himself before liftoff. 3:  to invoke divine care for bless your heart —used in the phrase bless you to wish good health especially to one who has just sneezed. . .”

Obviously, true believers must have their minds on who is the object of the use such praise and worship words– i.e. “Son, you are a blessing to me,” or “we want to praise Brother Johnson because of his fine work on the decorations,” or “thank you so much for your kind friendship.” Such words are used in human discourse by and about people all the time.  But care must be taken when such words are used in Church Services and intended to be toward God.

When people see what could be defined as “entertainment” at church—regardless of whether it is classical high brow or more low brow cultural music—they must be aware of Who or what is the object of such praise.  In other words, is certain music played because it is part of one’s background or culture, or arouses certain emotions, or takes one back to particular memories?  All of these human reactions however, may not involve God at all. God’s people should hallow or hold His Church as Holy, not for any purposes of entertainment. The Godhead alone is to be the sole Divine Object of Christian praise and worship.

Now “worship” is in itself a term solely to apply to The Divine and Holy Godhead. Webster’s definition of worship insists that it is:  “. . . reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also : an act of expressing such reverence; extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem.”  True Worship comes from the heart and soul of God’s people, when they put all of their thoughts, emotions and will on Him! It is never an act of going through habitual rituals.

For instance, God instructs the prophet Zechariah in wholesale Christian Bibles to tell church members in his day: “Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying, Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me? And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?

“Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain? (7: 4 – 7).”  In other words, in their prosperity, believers in those days simply went through the rituals of praising and worshipping God.  They went through the motions for themselves, not for Him. Their hearts were not into worship for Him.  And as the prophet continues, they soon lost their prosperity, and their nation.  Today, God’s people must turn away from ritual ‘entertainment’ and return with repentant hearts to their Savior, and Almighty God, or else today’ half-hearted Christians follow in that nation’s same fallen footsteps.

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