Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Worship - Personal or Corporate?

Darin Hufford has written an excellent article (in my opinion) on the issue of worship in today's churches. You can read the full article here. Here are some of the comments he made in the article (It may sound outrageous, but I would encourage you to read the entire article, especially if you have ever struggled with the charismatic style of worship):

[Thanks to Aida for recommending this. I have always wrestled with the kind of worship I have seen in my past church experiences]

New Testament worship is actually a "consummation" of a marriage relationship between the individual and God. In other words, it is not a corporate event, and for Heaven sakes we don't need a leader! Could you imagine if I were to allow a man to enter my wife's and my bedroom with a megaphone, stand over our marriage bed and give us directions?

We have learned to market worship singers in very much the same way that the world markets porn stars. The more expressive and loud (and attractive) they are, the better chances they have at being "on the team." We take pictures of people in personal moments of worship to the Father and use them to advertise our church and worship albums. If we think any part of this is acceptable, we are sadly mistaken.

When your worship leader tells you that it is his job to "lead you to the throne of God" with his worship leading skills, he is telling you that Christ's death and resurrection didn't do the job.

For many people, their so call "addiction to worship" were they sob and cry in a fit of ecstasy during the dimly lit song service is nothing more than a spiritual masturbation habit.

I am not suggesting that getting emotional during worship is bad, however I am suggesting that when getting emotional BECOMES worship, it is very very bad!When the experience becomes about finding gratification for yourself, rather than connecting to the Father, it's time to take another look at what you call worship.


Aida said...

Darin has a way of getting right to the heart of a matter. Sometimes he surprises me and maybe even makes me blush a little but I'm always challenged and encouraged. I find that his direct manner of teaching really helps to clarify my thinking and to help me on this journey of growing in understanding Father's grace. I agree with you. It was a great article.


Bino Manjasseril said...

I have always wrestled with many 'worship' practices but now Darin has put it into words and it gives me more clarity. Instead of attacking the surface of the problem he has attacked the root issue and I couldn't agree with him more. His style may be offensive to many but truth sometimes is offensive.