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Contemporary Worship

Contemporary Worship

     From where did the idea of "contemporary worship" come?  The purpose of contemporary worship is so everyone can have the worship they want and enjoy and not what God has authorized as acceptable.  That which is called "contemporary" includes much which God has not approved and for which He has no respect.

     Even in the generation following Adam and Eve, Cain offered to God "contemporary worship".  In other words Cain offered to God worship that pleased himself instead of God.  Cainís worship was contemporary for his time period.  "Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord.  Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat.  And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering.  And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell" (Genesis 4:3-5).  Why did the Lord have respect for Abelís worship but not for Cainís?  Abel offered his worship by what God had said, therefore, his worship was accepted.  Cainís worship was rejected since it was not according to Godís word.  God has always dictated to man how He is to be worshipped.

     The idea that worship can be changed to suit each generation is outrageous.  In every generation, worship must always be what God has approved in His word "It is not in man that walketh to direct his own steps" (Jeremiah 10:23).

     Contemporary worship includes: baby dedications, women leading worship, clapping of hands, waving of arms in the air, praise teams, drama groups, singing groups, mechanical instruments of music, burning candles and incense, etc.  Where is Godís authority for all of this?  "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Colossians 3:17).  To do "all in the name of the Lord Jesus" is to do everything by His authority.  There is no authority from the Lord for many of the things done in contemporary worship.

     Contemporary worship is based on what is popular and pleases people at the time and not on what God has authorized in the Bible.  The various things done during contemporary worship usually have their start in denominational churches, and then congregations of the Lordís blood bought church "copy cat" them, just as Israel wanted to be "make us a king to judge us like all the nations." (1 Samuel 8:5).  Contemporary worship will usually change when something else new comes along.  Contemporary worship is designed to please men rather than God

     If we want to be true worshippers of God, our worship must be in spirit and in truth.  Jesus says, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.  God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23-24).  It does not say, "God is Spirit and we can worship Him any way we want".  In contemporary worship people do not seem to care if God is worshipped in spirit and in truth or not.  "For they being ignorant of Godís righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God" (Romans 10:3).  Contemporary worship is "feel good" worship mainly concerned with what I want, and not what God has authorized.

When people engage in worship, which God has not authorized, their worship is vain.  Jesus says, "But in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men" (Matthew 15:9).  Contemporary worship is vain, since it is after the doctrines of men and not from God.  It is another tool of Satan designed to cause people to lose their soul.
Adapted: Bro Ron Boatwright
07/04/10  PM


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