Worship Minister, Woodmont Hills, Jubilee 99
Rubel Shelly of Woodmont Hills has added a worship facilitator to train musical and drama teams to perform the worship for the congregation, perhaps incompetent to worship for themselves. All bold or other marks are this writers to connect certain phrases to comments and, we believe, do not change the sense of the original. Less you understand Rubel Shelly and Woodmont Hills to be neutral about instrumental music as worship, you may want to read Rubel Shelly's repudiation of the none use of instrumental music in worship. This, of course, is the step required before the use of musical worship teams could be presumed to have mediating power between God and the worshiper.
THERE IS NO TRUTH IN ANY OF THE DEFENSES OF MUSIC AS WORSHIP.
I review this material by Tom Burgess because I was sent a copy of his book and asked to refute it. Other reviews:
See more on Strabo's definition of the worship of Apollo or Abaddon or Apollyon: his MUSES are the locusts or musical performers in the book of revelation.
2. Tom Burgess More Review of Plutarch: if Psallo authorizes "church music" it authorizes a homosexual gathering.
3. Tom Burgess on Moralia confirms the "Music-Heresy-Perversion" connection which has no historical exception. 10/20/04
4. Tom Burgess on John Chrysostom: are the anti-instrumentalists ignorant rurals? 10/21/04 What about Paul and Martin Luther and John Calvin and Zwingli and--everyone who believed the Bible as authority.
5. Tom Burgess on Kurfees versus Thayer and Grimm: Quotes from: G. C. Brewer, A Medley on the Music Question, Gospel Advocate, Nashville 1948. Burgess uses the same Krewson arguments. LATEST 11/06/05
Musical and Charismatic all relate to the worship word, THRESKIA. This was invented by Orpheus and other "Greek god." This speaks of ANY ritual claimed to move you into God's presence. The musical produced effects create endorphins which cause the effectsof FIGHT, FLIGHT or SEXUALITY.
While Dr. Shelly proposes to preach only a "core gospel" he not only repudiates any presumed authority for not using instruments, he goes further and demands that they are the gift of God. At the same time, he declares on the side of A Capella for the "plenary" sessions of the church but allows them for other "non-worship" rituals.
However, at the Restoration Forum at Abilene Christian University (ACU), Dr. Shelly had already established a foundation hostile to the purely A Capella view by repudiating those who resist full fellowship with instrumental groups.
Dr. Shelly Also lays on the lash pretty severely against those who refuse to accept instrumental music in worship.
In the Web advertising for this worship minister, a scary statement is made:
"Work with the worship planning committee, the preaching minister and worship presentation groups (music, drama and technical) to facilitate group worship experiences which will help bring worshipers into the presence of God.
God made Himself manifest in the flesh because no man, no worship team, no preacher could redeem or be the intercessor.
And he (God) saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. Is.59:16
Paul was an apostle and he said:
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus 1Ti.2:5
Defining the nature of Christ, Alexander Campbell seems to prophetically warn against pretending to be either God or His agent. God's arm was His own Divine nature because no "second rate" member of the god family would work:
"Again, if the person sent, however highly exalted in relative dignity, were not more than a creature,
there would still remain an infinite distance between him and the Deity, so that
he could neither bring himself, nor any one else, nearer to God than his or their nature and circumstances had already placed them Alexander Campbell
Even musical churches are appalled at the rise of music to manipulate:
"The orthodox position on truth, or "sound doctrine" is being slowly undermined by a desire to build an earthly political kingdom, self-centred ministries and marketing the anointing. As a third generation Pentecostal, it is sad to see the inroads the New Age is making amongst our own ranks. Sadder still, Shepherds are too busy hooking up to the latest fad to realise that in the process they are selling the truth. Proverbs 23:23 tells us to Buy the truth and sell it not . . . God's truth is to be valued above thousands in gold and silver. (Psalm 119.72)
"When a high value is placed on personal experiences or revelations, Scriptures are then unscrupulously twisted and misquoted.
We find those who believe the feelings of a congregation must be hyped-up in order to `feel' the Presence of the Lord
or else the church is thought to be `dead.' ... music is used as a means of `connecting' or `feeling' the Presence of God. (p. 89) -->
"A key component of the Gnostic experience is the alteration of consciousness. Because the Gnostic is subjectively driven, the perception of God becomes something that hinges on feelings rather than faith. In order to improve upon the feelings, the use of additional mechanisms to create moods, especially the use of music, is frequently brought in. For more Click Here.
Presentation means "performance, commerce, naming of a clergyman to a benefice, the position of the fetus at the time of delivery.
Psychologically: anything known by sense perception rather than by description." (Webster)
. . . Turning inwards to a subjective location of God as indwelling, speaking, communing and guiding, in a MATERIALISTIC OR CONSCIOUS SENSE, is open to gravest danger; for upon this thought and belief, sedulously cultivated by the powers of darkness, the most serious deceptions of deceiving spirits have taken place. [War on the Saints, by Jesse Penn-Lewis, The Christian Literature Crusade, 1977]
In a similar model pervading the marriage of religion and commerce:
Worship leader: Full-time, paid. Recruiter of various types of indigenous (naturally produced kls) music. The primary responsibility is to recruit unchurched people who just happen to like singing, playing an instrument, being involved with drama, running the sound system, or generating computer graphics. From.
McClintock and Strong identify this as "the first heresy widely pervading the church."
"In competition with pagan musical art, congregational singing began to wane. Basil states that he had 'the Psalms rendered by skilled presenters after the manner of the triumphal Odes of Pindar, the congregation joining at the closing verse, with the accompaniment of lyres..." (Int Std Bible Ency, Psalms, p. 2494a)
All of this is the adoption of Catholic practices which were borrowed from legalistic Judaism and from Babylonian paganism. We remember Solomon's dedication of the temple God didn't want and could not live in. While the Levitical-Military musicians played a dark cloud filled the temple so that the priests could not minister. However, the people "outside the walls" offered their prayers to God without the priests and God heard from heaven.
Observers have noted that singing secular songs or sentimental poetry in church owes more to the publishers of song books than to the Biblical demand. For instance, the mode and source of singing in the young Americal Restoration Movement owes all to Alexander Campbell's song book without notes. Part of the battle began when other publishers put out similar songs with notes. In an interesting web page the writer notes that:
"There is no evidence that any hymns but those of Stennett were ever sung in any of the Sabbath-keeping churches of London in the seventeenth century. Considering the times, one might conclude that no singing at all was practiced in the General Baptist congregation that became known as Mill Yard. Pinner's Hall, a Particular Baptist congregation, may well have congregationally sung the Psalms from its founding.
The modern "switch and bait" form of performance worship in order to demonstrate the high spiritual nature of the performers and to entice them into becoming "dues paying members" is clearly a form of crass commercialism.
"The justification for the avoidance of congregational singing was that, since singing was an expression of faith, it was hypocritical to engage in singing in a public congregation which might include people present who made no profession of faith. The opposition to congregational singing was so strong in the 1690s that Stennett refers to it in the introduction to his hymnal, and goes to the length of asking another person to write a defense of the practice.
Stennett understood that almost 1700 years of church history had allowed no place for singing anything but Biblical Psalms. However, if his own songs were to be imposed he had to find someone else to make up a defense from the Bible. The point of the article is that singing, like prayer, is something one does for themselves. Can you imagine 8 hard-wired, amplified members of a worship team offering prayers just to attract the unbelievers. The evidence is that it would be hypocritical like "sounding your trumpets as you put something in the collection plate." The Arians used this with performance women singing down the streets to attract the masses to their new doctrine.
How about a Seeker Service Worship to put the best praying team on display? Won't they see how well we perform and want to become a dues paying member? How about a Prayer Worship Minister to facilitate or manipulate the congregation with prayer?
How about a choir or trumpet quartet acting like a pied piper to parade through Nashville so that the seekers can see us put our "contribution" into the preacher's pot? Well, I know what Jesus said but then I know what Paul said.
Jesus came to take these "burden laders" off the back of the "laity" so that they could worship God for themselves. Through his discussion of the Samaritan woman (she was not an evangelist), Jesus forever liberated everyone from worshiping at a certain place or having the worship performed for them by clergy:
Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jn 4:20
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Jn 4:21
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship; for salvation is of the Jews. Jn 4:22
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Jn 4:23
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Jn 4:24
The words "spirit, understanding and mind" are all related to the thinking ability of the brain God gave us. To worship in spirit is to worship in the mind. It is to worship according to the understanding which God as Spirit gave to us:
Spirit: Pneuma (g4151) pnyoo'-mah; from 4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by anal. or fig. a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by impl.) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, doemon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit: - ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Comp. 5590. (opposite rational soul)
Understanding: Dianoia (g1271) dee-an'-oy-ah; from 1223 and 3563; deep thought, prop. the faculty (mind or its disposition), by impl. its exercise: - imagination, mind, understanding.
Mind: Nous (g3563) nooce; prob. from the base of 1097; the intellect, i.e. mind (divine or human; in thought, feeling, or will); by impl. meaning: - mind, understanding. Comp. 5590. (opposite rational soul)
Worship is not something you or your team can do for me. I don't need you; I don't want you. Go away! Can you bow in reverence toward God and "get credit" for me? Of course not. Can you pray for me? Of course not. Can you sing for me? Of course not. Can you preach as an act of worship as something done to me and for me? Don't be silly.
My worship is something which only I can do. And if you are singing, chanting, dancing around, clapping your hands and acting as an effeminate, you literally destroy any hope that I have of coming before Him in silence. Worship is:
Proskuneo (g4352) pros-koo-neh'-o; from 4314 and a prob. der. of 2965 (mean. to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (lit. or fig.) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore): - worship.
It is terminal arrogance to believe that with ceremonial legalism you can facilitate or manipulate or excite or exhilarate me into silent reverence for God. Liberal or conservative, you are not my intercessor. Only Lord Jesus Christ was God and can bring us into His presence. Everyone admits it: when the music begins you concentrate on the music and how it "meets your needs" and cannot really think of God. I know that you feel good but that is just a destructive drug high injected into you by musical, charismatic drug pushers to build up his own nest higher than others.
Indeed, can you love the Lord for me with your heart? Can you pray or sing in tongues (most modern songs) and make my understanding fruitful? No. Paul said that our prayers have to be in our own spirit or mind with our own understanding?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Mt.22:37
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 1Co.14:14
What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 1Co.14:15
Can you pray in the Holy Spirit for me? No. However, I can pray in my own mind or spirit as I watch with perseverance:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication (request) in the Spirit (silent, mental), and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Ep.6:18
Worship under the sacrificial law was a legal duty to avoid death. You worshiped in a place and you worshiped God with animal sacrifices. You always worshiped in a certain physical space. However, the new kingdom is a spiritual place. God dwells within the human mind or spirit.
That is the only place that you can meet Him now.
You cannot worship God in an external way unless service to others flows from your own mind or spirit. There is nothing which others can do to "facilitate" that. If you believe that the "chill up the back" when the effeminate choir injects you with endorphins is spiritual worship then you are a good prospect for the musical drug pushers.
Singing is not something you do for me or to me. Nor is it external with hundreds of watt of noise power. Spirit does not come out of new wineskins or effeminate chorusing. The Word is spoken to one another as the only source of Spirit:
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Eph 5:18
To be filled with the Spirit is not to be filled with a "little man in the big man." Rather, the parallel passage in Colossians make it clear that "spirit" is the Mind of Christ which comes from the Words of Christ:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col 3:16 (Don't be childishly arrogant and presume to do that for me. God will get you!)
Jesus made it clear that spirit is His Mind or mental disposition which comes from His words of spirit and life:
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Jn 6:63
Paul then wrote:
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Eph 5:19
We have shown in other fragments that melody in both Hebrew and Greek comes from very destructive roots. This is why Paul outlawed the old methods of external melody which was intended to abrade the enemy to death to take their inheritance or prune their vines to make them wither. Therefore, Paul puts the speaking external to one another and the melody is internal where it breaks or abrades our heart.
We now know that sound is generated and the electrical effect flows to many parts of the body. If you literally vibrate my brain in its cage then you are abrading (melodying) me to bits. However, If you speak the Words of Christ to me my own heart breaks and I fall down and worship. Scholars have always known this:
"The true, highest melody, however, is that which is sung without any voice. It resounds in the interior of man, is vibrating in his heart and in all his limbs. Isaac Loeb Peretz (1912). Click Here for the rest of the story.
Father, Son and Spirit are not the names of three co-equal persons or gods. Rather, it stands for Lord (God) Jeus (Son) Christ (Spirit anointed). To worship the Father, then the Son and then the Spirit "in their names" is blasphemy:
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Eph5:20
The church will continue on its downward spiral as long as certain men hire on as servants and attempt to be masters doing your thinking, your planning, your worshiping and your praise. Paul said that fools love to be fooled but we had better wake up.
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