Monday, July 6, 2015

Avoiding Worldly Worship

Dear God-seekers,

Today I'd like to discuss a very pertinent topic for this time that we live in, which is avoiding worldly worship. These days, the seeker-friendly movement and churches consider it very important to make church services relevant to the world.  It's as if relevance were a biblical mandate to them, as if it is necessary to win souls. But that's because men think they are saviors, and they think they must attract the lost by being like them.

However, the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Savior. We cannot save souls, but He can and does. His Holy Spirit brings the conviction for sin and people come to know the Lord through the Scriptural approach. The Scriptural approach is the gospel, which Paul called the power of God unto salvation.  The Lord will never condone worldly practices. He will never bless evil, nor will he anoint evil behavior in order to bring souls into His kingdom.

Yet these days it's common for churches to have what amounts to a rock band that plays rock music for worship. These people are often dressed in a worldly manner, playing their instruments in the worldly way, and playing songs with a worldly style. Some churches even have the sanctuary darkened, and have various multi-colored stage lights shining on the band, fog machines running, LCD screens flashing multimedia images, and the music turned up very loudly. Some have invested a lot of money for such state-of-the-art systems.  It all resembles the rock concerts I used to attend when I was in the world. I read of one famous pastor of a mega-church in Washington, who enjoys so-called Christian punk rock worship music. Remember Lot’s wife, who looked back and became a pillar of salt.

Someone might argue that Paul said he became all things to all men so that he might win some. That may be true that he related to people for the sake of the gospel, but he did not become sinful, evil, or worldly in the process of becoming all things to them. We are not supposed to conform to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  The apostle Paul wrote about true spiritual worship:

"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." (Rom 12:1-2)

True spiritual worship begins by offering your body as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God. It does not include conforming to the world in any manner.

"Yes" in concert
Jesus said, "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (Joh 4:23-24)

Be careful what you call worship in truth.  Jesus Christ is the Truth (Jn 14:6).  True worship is defined by Him in the Word of God, not by the latest styles. And be careful what you define as "worship in spirit", only the Holy Spirit can properly direct us in worship, and obviously He is holy.

One of the warnings God gave to the Israelites through Moses was to avoid worldly worship. He said, "When the LORD your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, beware that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?' "You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods." (Deu 12:29-31)

Moses warned them not to inquire after the gods of the nations to learn how they served their gods, so that they might do likewise. He explained that the world had done every sort of detestable, despicable act for their gods in worship, including human sacrifice of their own children.  All these practices are repulsive to God, and He did not want His people to behave that way toward Him. He did not want His people following the world in the way they worshiped Him, because He hates those practices. He is a jealous God!

We would do well to heed this same warning and not copy the world in our worship. Don't worship the Lord according to worldly patterns.  The Lord is coming back right away, Church! And He is only coming for the holy ones. It's high time we sought holiness and consecration, and repent of these evil practices in our worship.  Come, let us return to the Lord. Confess our sin to the Lord and He will restore us. Seek His face always. Worship Him with reverence and awe. For our God is a consuming fire.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Photo of Yes concert, Indianapolis, August 30, 1977, by Rick Dikeman, courtesy Wikimedia.

Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like The Forgotten Sin of Worldliness, Separation from the World, Rock, Rap, and Reggae Music -- Two Divine Revelations, Holy Living in a Perverted World, Popularity of the Gospel, Come Out of Her, Garments of Godliness, Keeping Your Body Pure and Holy, Keeping Sundays Holy, Tattoos and Body Piercing, Faith Works!, Godly Attire and Adornment -- Seven Divine Revelations, Zipporah Mushala’s Third Testimony of Hell, The Straight and Narrow Path, Ask for the Ancient Paths, Remember Lot’s Wife, The Rise of Antichrists, and One Thing. I highly recommend reading, Only the Holy -- Three Shocking Testimonies and Holy Fire Baptism. You may find the Main Directory for this blog at Home, and also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

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