“What does it mean?”

A couple of weeks ago, I posted “WOW Worship” — and wow, people noticed.  Today, I ask you to notice what someone else wrote on worship.  I don’t really know anything about the author.  I know we differ in some ways, I suspect there are more.  But after following a link to her article, I decided it could have my link, too.

The worship song:

The other day, I heard a beautiful worship song. It was penned by a brilliant songwriter, known the world over. It displayed the poignancy that brilliant songwriting does, that seemingly casual ability to hit on a tune so simple as to be unforgettable, and yet somehow so superior that most of us could never come with anything half as good. It was gorgeous.

Its lyrics were intimate and personal, and yet so unpretentious….

Intimate, intense worship, stirring the depths of our being — that’s the “nirvana” we’re told to seek by the modern Christian worship “gurus”.

But the author (naturally, when you understand this worship song) has some “what ifs”:

What if instead of turning believers (and unbelievers) aside from the core doctrines of the faith, putting a gun to our heads and yelling, “Deny Christ! Reject His church! Break all unity! Start to hate and stop loving! Call him NOT-Lord!” what if the devil were a little smarter than that? What if he realized that he would need something more subtle to deceive the people of God, and his plan was actually to keep all the right words and phrases and doctrinal hashtags (#deityofchristforever, #Jesusrocksmyworld, #churchisthepeopleofGodcool, #virginbirthanddeathandresurrectionetcetera), but erode the reality so he could substitute a new meaning for the same old words? What if he offers a new Jesus? A different Lord?….

What if he could substitute a sensual religion for the actual one?….

What if a generation is being trained to feel saved rather than to be saved?

What if rather than preaching a gospel unto repentance, a gospel is preached unto emotionally driven spiritual encounters?

The author finds something not-quite-so-Christian about lyrics that say, “This feeling can’t be wrong, I’m about to get my worship on….”

And so she comes to the “what does it mean” question:

What does it mean?

What does it mean that…they are practicing “contemplative prayer” and seeking out the mystics for spiritual guidance, (as popular, or maybe more popular, in the evangelical church even than charismatic)? (emphasis mine)

The Sensual Invasion.”  Worth a read, if you are troubled about the so-called “worship” so common today, about “worship” designed to spread the sensual religion.  Please — click through and read the article.

Sometime, somewhere, somehow, if you want to please our Lord, you are going to have to look really seriously at what worship really is supposed to be.  You are going to have to jettison all the trappings of a godless culture that twist worship of a holy God into something He abhors.

So much could be said on this topic, but I’ll just close with what I’ve said many times before.  If you seek emotional / spiritual experiences that God hasn’t told you to seek, Satan will gladly provide one for you.  Even if it does nothing but whet your appetite for such and make you a serial experience-seeker, for him that’s a win — he’s shifted your focus, from God-seeking and God-honouring to yourself-pleasing.  That’s going to have a long-term payoff, but not one that is to your benefit.  “The Sensual Invasion” is not a toy with which to play.

About Jon Gleason

Pastor of Free Baptist Church of Glenrothes
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4 Responses to “What does it mean?”

  1. That article was excellent! Thanks for the intro and the help to get over there. Very good thought about what Satan would be doing. Subtlety is very dangerous because most people are not discerning enough to see the poison dropping into the water.

  2. deeptichannaiah says:

    This article makes us understand the importance of worship. As you pointed out, it’s not necessary to “feel” good all the time we worship God, but we do feel joy (emotion) sometimes and many times during worship when we worship God in spirit and in truth!

    • Jon Gleason says:

      Indeed. Feelings are not bad! 🙂 It is the seeking of them, beyond that the identification of “worship” with them, so that worship is only considered to be worship if emotions are stirred, that is so detrimental.

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