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Scriptural Praise & Worship Versus Church Praise & Worship Music

 

Renette Vermeulen

 

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[Acknowledgement to Edgar Winter who produced this image]

I did not read Edgar Winters’ “The Worship Evolution,” and therefore cannot recommend it as sound doctrine. However, the illustration of this ‘spiritual evolution’ of believers from humble servants to ruling “little gods,” (“manifest gods” or ‘god in the flesh,’) says it all.  Paul warned in 2 Cor. 11:4, “I fear… as he serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds [thoughts] were corrupted from the simplicity [the “purity, transparency, and direction”] that is in Christ.  For if he who comes preaches another [false] Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different [holy] spirit which we have not received, [through a] different gospel, which we have accepted - you may well put up with it!” 

 

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IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “CHURCH” PRAISE AND WORSHIP MUSIC, AND ACTUAL NEW TESTAMENT COVENANT PRAISE AND WORSHIP?

I have received letters on how charismatic praise and worship leave some believers cold, while the unceasing repetitions of words or phrases in a song literally scare them. Yet, others seem satisfied that they are ‘really’ praising and worshiping God in a ‘Scriptural’ way.  In traditional churches, there is not much to be said for their type of ‘praise,’ (usually the same old hymns on dusty organs,) and worship does not enter their minds. While researching this topic, I was shocked by the lack of the Name of Jesus and of Scripture in these songs, while New Age and other occult mantras are disguised as praise and worship.  There is no doubt that satanic concepts and practises are engulfing believers who are exposed to money-making, self-seeking, ‘sexy’ ‘gospel’ bands, which flourish in churches and on social media.  As soon as one thinks ‘at last, true worship!’ your hopes are dashed by either another masonic sign that is being flashed to show their allegiance to Satan, or the disrupting “WOOOOOOOOOOOOW!” of Illuminist Michael W. Smith as he screeches praise to Satan in the background. 

As always, I had to flee to God and His Word for answers.   What bothers me the most about Gospel singers is not only the fact that they apply all the worldly standards to their performances.  Most, if not all, have masonic orders behind their incalculable fame and fortune, not the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible.  Hence, the Name of Jesus is disappearing from the Christian music scene and replaced by “the lord,” “god,” or any other non-specific reference to ‘a higher being.’ 

 

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[Acknowledgement to the people who published these images] 

Above down to below, from leftChris Tomlin and Michael W Smith show the Illuminati one-eye-covered sign.  The triangles behind Smith is Illuminati for sure.  Hillsong and Jesus Culture openly placed the Illuminati triangle or pyramid over them in their stage lighting.  David Phelps presents an Illuminati church triangle.  Jimmy Swaggart shows the masonic Knights Templar lion’s paw, and Don Moen gives us an Illuminati pose.

 

The greatest deception among praise-and-worship misconceptions is the ‘church’ concept of worship. It is right to declare in a song that we “worship” Jesus because He is the Highest, Almighty, Omniscient, and Omnipotent Creator-God of the Universe, Who Alone deserves all praise, thanksgiving, and worship. But it is wrong to think we must “worship in church,” or as the pagans (and sadly, as most Christians) believe, in some physical ‘holy place or temple,’ (Acts 7:48: 17:24.) Jesus clearly said, “[After the cross,] you will neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem, [any other so-called 'holy place,'] worship the Father… [After My resurrection,] true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit, [in their personally born again human spirits, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, 1 Ths. 5:23,] and in truth, [in sincerity and according to the truth of My Word.] God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth,” (Jn. 4:20-24.)

It is right to believe that God communicates with us when we communicate with Him in praise and verbal worship — and of course, in prayer, (Jam. 4:7-8.) Submitting to God and thus bowing before His throne to pray, praise, give thanks and to “worship Him in spirit,” will surely let “God also draw close to us.”  In fact, God is always in and with us through the indwelling Holy Spirit, (1 Jn. 2:20 & 27.)  However, as we concentrate our thoughts on Him in praise and worship, we become much more aware of His closeness to us. 

Still, our highest form of worship, which cannot be loosened from our ‘heart’ or human spirit and verbal worship, is what Paul commanded in Rom. 12:1-3, “...Present [or commit] your bodies, [human spirit, soul or mind, thoughts, will, intellect, physical body, and life] a living sacrifice; holy, [because you became completely holy at the moment you received Jesus when you were spiritually reborn, and so, you are fully] acceptable to God. This is your reasonable [worship and agape] service [to God,]” (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5,)

Churches have totally lost this true form of worship.  This is not lip-service to God.  Worship-service is giving or totally dedicating ourselves, our lives, and everything that pertains to our lives as “living sacrifices to Him.”  This is our personal lifestyle of worship in Christ by constantly surrendering to the “completeness of Christ” in us, (Col. 2:9-10.) Without this personal, constant ‘sacrifice’ of ourselves and all that we are, outward praise, thanksgiving, and worship remain impossible.

Ž Then, there must follow the actions of this personal sacrifice, or the worship-service of our entire tri-part bodies, (human spirit, soul or mind, and physical body) – and this gives a completely different meaning to “praise and worship” as the ‘church' understands it, (1 Ths. 5:23.)  Hebrews 13:16, “Let us continually, [as a new and continuous lifestyle in Christ,] offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, [not only in song but in everything else, as well as in declaring the truth of His Gospel, which saves lost souls,] giving thanks to His Name…” Hence, in everything good, the typifying exclamation of truly born again Pentecostals was, “Praise the Lord!”  This continual, outward praise to God was a heart-felt sacrifice of thanksgiving to Him, Whom we constantly identify as “The Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible.” 

“But do not forget to [also] do good and to share, for with such sacrifices [of practical worship] God is well pleased, [for faith without Holy-Spirit led ‘works’ of the Moral Law is dead.]”  This is where the second practical part of our “love” for, or our practical worship-service to God comes in.  We must show Moral-law “love” to our “neighbors,” loving them in deed and truth as we love ourselves, (Jam. 2:14; Jn. 13:34.)  So, “doing good” unto others while expecting them to also ‘do good’ unto us in the same way, is therefore, undeniable worship to God - as in giving Him all the honor and praise (or ourselves and our lives) for all His goodness to us.  Jesus proclaimed in Mt. 25:40, “Inasmuch as you did it to one of [My disciples to honor Me,] you did it to Me.” 

This is another reason why “tithing to earn blessing” belongs to the temple-worship of the Old Hebrews. Fully blessed believers in Christ (Gal. 3:10-15) give, as Paul rightly commanded, “As the Holy Spirit leads them,” [because it is love and a most important form of worship to God, as well as] a privilege and pleasure, because it all comes from God Who supplies all our needs,” (2 Cor. 8:1-5.)  So, if we can supply someone else’s need, it is simply praise and worship to our Heavenly Father. 

What a wonderful “lost truth” this is, that our inward and verbal “worship” of God culminates in our “service” to others. 

Not to gain anything from Him or from them, but to glorify or “worship” our Lord, God, Savior and King Jesus in everything! 

 

Even during the Old Testament Covenant, which was done away with at the cross in favor of Jesus’ Eternal New Testament Covenant, (Heb. 8:13; chapters 7-9,) praise was connected to thanksgiving – and then real Godly worship ‘naturally’ followed from it.  Neither in the Old Testament nor in the New Testament, praise, (admiration that stems from thanksgiving,) or worship, (adoration or spiritual reverence,) was an option but an obligation that proves our personal dedication and commitment, (the ‘reasonable sacrifice’ of ourselves in totality, Rom. 12:1-3,) and our agape ‘love’ for the Most High God.  Praise, thanksgiving, personal sacrifice, and the worship that flows from it, are really the outward expression of our inward, reverent submission to the Highest God and His Moral Law, which commands, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength… and your neighbor as yourself...” (Lu. 10:27; Jn. 13:34.)


Such Godly “praise and worship” are not the outward forms of praise and worship we find in churches, (and I am not supposedly ‘judging’ the hearts of believers,) which became entertainment for the masses rather than personal sacrifice that expresses our revenant fear of Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ — as well as our obedience to the truth of Scripture.  Modelled on magnificent music concerts, mega and other church praise-and-worship bands became the global manifestation of Jesus’ warning in Matthew 15:18, “These people draw near to Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.” Everyone, whose heart is "near to Him," will discern these spiritual dangers and seek "all truth" about everything in His Word.

Praising ‘God’ on a humanized, intellectual level is progressively being accepted because of insincerity and a lack of personal commitment to Jesus Christ.  But the main cause is ingrained brainwashing church dogma, and church structures, norms, and forms, which contravene the Truth and commandments of Scripture.  In this way, the enemy of our souls robs believers of the personal and sincere praise and worship of God according to His will. Thus, where He described the cursedness of humanity’s sin-state without Him in Deuteronomy 28:45-48, Jesus warned, “These curses shall come upon you… because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart for the abundance of everything…”


Of course, New Covenant believers cannot ‘earn’ anything from God no matter how hard they praise and how sincere they worship, (or do other good works of worship,) but the Old Testament is “an example” to New Testament believers in how God deals with believers on a Moral level, (1 Cor. 10:11.)  So, Paul commanded in 1 Ths. 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything [even in bad times] give thanks… Do not quench the Spirit… [through ungratefulness.]”

So, the passage in Deuteronomy 28:45-48 tells us what praise really is.  It is “joy” in God; [not uncontrolled laughter, twitching, falling, rolling, shaking, screaming, running, and other madness, but] “gladness of heart” or sincere thankfulness for everything He does for His believers - and what He does even for unbelievers in this world.  This is His goodness, which we must share with all of humanity until He returns on the clouds.

Ž Psalm 100 describes how we do this practically, “Give a joyful shout to the Lord… [not silly yelling but reverent, heart-felt, loud praise to the Lord,] serve Him with gladness; come before His presence with singing, [fearfully/respectfully but boldly declaring] that the Lord is God Who made us… Enter into His gates with thanksgiving… and praise. [This is from the Old Testament norm of temple worship.  New Covenant believers simply begin to praise God ‘from the heart’ because we are always in His presence and anointing through the Holy Spirit Who constantly indwells us as His spiritual temple,’]  (1 Jn. 2:20-27; Eph. 1:13-14; [KJV.] 1 Cor. 6:15-20.)  Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name...”

Ž Therefore, Psalms 149 and 150 fully ousted traditional, joyless hymns and grieving church organs by commanding, “Sing to the Lord a New Song [inspirited by the Holy Spirit Himself,] and His praise in the Assembly of saints. [The ecclesia; the congregation or gathering together of the members of the body of Christ.] Praise God in His [heavenly] sanctuary… Praise Him for His mighty works and excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of trumpet, harp, timbrel, and dance, [not manmade and satanic ‘stage diving,’ ballet, and otherworldly dance and madness, but truly Holy Spirit inspired dance!] stringed instruments [like violins and guitars,] flutes, loud and clashing cymbals…” (Ps. 98:4-9.)

 

Traditional church members who complain that guitars, drums, etcetera, do not belong in “church” (or rather, the assembly of believers,) should read the Bible. The problem is not the loudness of the praise or the musical instruments, but the twisted content and strange motive of church praise and worship.  It is not the instruments that have changed Scriptural praise and worship, but the hidden agendas, false doctrines, and worldly — mostly Illuminati/masonic and other satanic additions to it. 

 

I have looked back on the old praise and worship songs of even worldly singers like Jim Reeves; comparing the doctrines in their songs with those of modern praise and worship “leaders,” whom Christians have been getting addicted to during the last decades.  The differences between their dogmas are major.

One needs to use one’s intellect to understand and sing Gospel songs as we are communicating with Jesus.  One cannot sing what one does not understand, because the lyrics in songs are also declarations to God, ourselves, other people, and the devil.  In the older songs we find choruses, but we do not find empty repetition of one or more words like in many modern songs, which are flooded with real occult mantras.  And here I am talking about phrases or words like "fill me up…  fill me up… fill me up…” or “worship… worship… worship…" that often continue for several minutes at a time. This is an ‘emptying’ of the mind or thoughts, (like in Eastern yoga and other occult practices,) by useless or “vain repetitions,” which Jesus forbade in Matthew 6:7.  The danger of ritually emptying our minds is that we open ourselves up to demonic control and even demonic possession.  When we pray to our Father in heaven, or praise and worship Him, we can know “we are not heard because of our many words and vain repetitions like the heathens do.” 

Additionally, the lyrics of older songs were clearly focusing the attention on Jesus and eternal life in heaven, while the lyrics of new songs “pull down” heaven to replace it with “me,” being blessed by worshiping God.  In reality, “I” am already fully blessed in Christ as His born again child and disciple, (Gal. 3:10-14,) and must, therefore, “bless” God with my praise! Praise is not to ascribe blessing to “me,” but to ascribe glory, thanksgiving, and honor to the Almighty Creator of the universe. 

 

Previously, w did not see masonic signs given by older singers, (this fad took off during the 1980’s with masonic singers like Jimmy Swaggart.  However, every modern singer (and preacher,) sooner or later, now give their masonic signs, which proclaim that they belong to Baphomet, the god of the masonic lodge, and not to Jesus!  They all want the incredible fame and fortune of the religious-political Christian world, which only allegiance to Satan can buy them, because they refuse to be hated by the world like it hated Jesus Christ, the God of the universe.  Most blasphemously, since that time, occult/Illuminai/masonic signs are daringly displayed during their ‘concerts; and grandiosely on the covers of their music albums.

Ž Unspeakably evil, the Name of Jesus is hardly ever mentioned in modern worship songs!  “Lord” or “god” can fit into Christian, Hindu, Islam, or Satan worship.  Jesus must be mentioned by His Name, otherwise, the song is worthless and can denote praise and worship to anyone.  Merely praising ‘the lord’ or ‘the father’ means we can stand next to a Satanist praising ‘lord and father Satan.’ 

Ž Then, there are the dangerous lyrics powered by false doctrine.  The "Come Now [come down] Holy Spirit..." refrain is totally unscriptural, because since That One and Only Day of Pentecost until Jesus returns, (Mt. 28:18-20,) the Holy Spirit with His full "anointing" constantly "abides" inside all His true believers, (1 Cor. 6:19; 1 Jn. 2:20; 27.) He does not "come down on them" as during the Old Testament, before Jesus went to the cross to cleanse and deliver all true believers with His completed atonement in their place.  After the cross and Pentecost, all sincere believers together form the spiritual “temple of the Holy Spirit,” which will reside on earth until Jesus’ return on the clouds, (Jon 7:39.) 

As many other songs, “Let My People Go,” also falls into this criterion. Jesus cannot be calling to Satan to “let His people go.” Satan was already permanently and completely “cast out” of all Jesus’ blood-cleansed believers at the moment of their personal, sincere rebirth in Christ, because Jesus eternally dethroned him as the spiritual “ruler” of believers at the cross, (Jn. 12:31; Col. 2:9-15.) Jesus’ victory also manifests in the fact that believers already have [present tense] Jesus’ complete authority and commission to prayerfully and in Holy-Spirit leading, “go into all the world and make disciples” by preaching His True Gospel to them, water baptizing them, and teaching them everything Jesus [and not churches] have said, (Mt. 28:18-20.)  As a result, such lyrics indoctrinate believers with false teachings, which can never be true praise or worship. 

Calling up the false “Elijah” spirit through praise songs is another deadly deception. There is no such thing as “mediating” prophets as the Promise Keepers, “manifest sons of god or god in the flesh,” say they are. Jesus is the Only Mediator between God and man, and the restoring ministry of old “Elijah has already come through John the Baptistto prepare the Old Hebrews for Jesus’ ministry, which led to His crucifixion, death, resurrection, ascension, and the outpouring of the indwelling Holy Spirit at Pentecost, (Mt. 3:11-12.)  None of this will ever happen again, (1 Tim. 2:5; Mt. 17:12; 11:11-19.) We have Jesus God as the Last or Final Mediating Prophet, and no one can ever take His place, (Heb. 1:1-14.) “Mediating prophets” or 'go-betweens' such as Elijah and Moses forever belong to the ousted Old Testament Covenant, (Heb. 8:13; chapters 7-9.)


Old Testament Covenant “praise and worship” leaders literally “led” the old Israelites, but such leaders do not exist in the New Testament assembly of true believers. Every sincere believer in Christ is a spiritual “king and priest,” and all His Scriptural “ministries” humbly “wash the feet” of the ecclesia or assembly of believers with the gifts, which the Holy Spirit had entrusted to them, (1 Cor. 12 & 14.) Of course, those who can sing and play instruments must “minister,” (as in servanthood,) to build the ecclesia in praise and worship, but they are not the icons modern “praise and worship leaders” have become.

The praise and worship of the true ecclesia or assembly of believers is also not the temple or church-structured, “priestly” control of the Old Testament, as all sincere believers are spiritual “kings and priests” in Christ, (Rev. 1:6-8; 1 Pt. 2:9-10.)  Together, they must function under the complete leading of the Holy Spirit as Paul explained, “…When you come together [in the assembly of believers,] each of you has a psalm, [a song of thanksgiving and praise,] a teaching… a tongue, a revelation, an interpretation…”

Ž Granted, not everyone can sing as well as those ‘iconic’ singers can, and there is nothing wrong with them uplifting us with their music if it is focussed on the Name of Jesus as God Himself,  their lyrics are Scriptural, and above all, Holy Spirit inspired.

However, quite the opposite of what happens in church must happen in the assembly of true believers. There, believers are entertained by “professional” praise-and-worship leaders who make millions from showing masonic signs. Here, everyone, led by the Holy Spirit, should participate in different ways because we are all members of One body: the body of Christ, where Jesus Alone is The Head of His body, (1 Cor. 14:26; 12:4-11; 12:12-31.)  And we all received gifts from the Holy Spirit to minister to one another in the ecclesia “as He wills,” with only one goal in mind: to glorify Jesus our God, Lord, Redeemer, Savior, and Blessor, with our praise, thanksgiving, and worship, (1 Cor. 12:4-11.) 

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Ž Worldwide Hillsong Church Deception 

Ž The Bethel — Jesus Culture Deception 

Miraculous Healing — does God still heal and how does He do it?

Ž The Great Deliverance Ministry Deception  

Ž The Power of Praise in Deliverance from Affliction

What does Jesus Really Say about a “Worldwide Revival?” 

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How to live fruitful in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ

The Lord’s Supper and Eating with Unbelievers or Not? 

Was Jesus Begotten or Created — And is There a Difference