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Scriptural Praise & Worship Versus Church Praise & Worship Music
[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,’ who is “another” Jesus,) 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 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 NEW TESTAMENT COVENANT PRAISE AND WORSHIP?
I have been receiving letters on how charismatic praise and worship leave some believers cold. Yet, others seem satisfied that they are really praising and worshiping God in a Scriptural way, while in traditional churches, there is not much to be said for the type of ‘praise,’ (usually the same old hymns on dusty organs,) as worship does not even enter their minds. While researching this topic, I was shocked by the reality of empty praise, (even openly Illuminati/satanic mantras,) and the unscriptural concepts of worship, which are engulfing believers who are exposed to money-making, self-seeking, ‘sexy’ bands, which flourish in churches and on social media. 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, but that it seems most, of not all, have the Illuminati and its other Masonic orders behind their incalculable fame and fortune, not the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible.
[Acknowledgement to the people who compiled and published these images]
Above, from left: Chris Tomlin: Illuminati one ‘all seeing’ eye. Michael W Smith: Illuminati triangle and covered eye. Hillsong: Illuminati. Jesus Culture: Illuminati. David Phelps: Illuminati church triangle. Jimmy Swaggart: Knights Templar lion’s paw; Don Moen: Illuminati.
The greatest deception among praise-and-worship misconceptions is the ‘church’ concept of worship. It is not wrong to declare in a song that we “worship” God 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, [nor 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; 1 Cor. 3:16,] 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. 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’ and verbal worship, is what Paul commanded in Rom. 12:1, “...Present [or commit] your bodies, [human spirit, soul or mind, thoughts, will, intellect, and physical body,] a living sacrifice; holy, [because you became holy at the moment you received Jesus when you were spiritually reborn, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5,) and so, you are fully] acceptable to God. This is your reasonable [worship and other] service [to God.]”
Churches have totally lost this true form of real worship. This is not lip-service to God. Worship-service is giving in totality ourselves, and everything that pertains to our lives as a “living sacrifice to Him.” This is our personal lifestyle of worship in Christ by constant surrender to the “completeness of Christ” in us, (Col. 2:9-10.) Without this personal ‘sacrifice,’ outward praise, thanksgiving, and worship are impossible.
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.) Heb. 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 old exclamation of the Pentecostals, “Praise the Lord,” Whom they constantly identified as “The Lord Jesus Christ.”]
“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.) “Doing good” unto others in Jesus’ Name is therefore undeniable worship to God.
This is yet 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 someone rightly said, “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.)
What a wonderful “lost truth” that our inward and verbal “worship” of God culminates in our “service” to others.
Not to gain anything from Him, 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,) praise was connected to thanksgiving – and then real Godly worship ‘naturally’ followed. Neither in the Old Testament nor in the New Testament, praise, (admiration that stems from thanksgiving,) nor 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. 12:1-2,) and our love for the Most High God, the Lord Jesus Christ. 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.)
Praising and worshiping Jesus on a merely humanized, intellectual level happens because of insincerity and a lack of personal commitment to Christ, but mainly because of the brainwashing church dogmas, structures, norms, and forms, which contravene the Truth and commandments of Scripture; robbing believers of personally and sincerely praising and worshiping God according to His will. Thus, where God described the cursedness of the sin-state without Him, (Deut 28:45-48,) He 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…”
So, the passage in Deut. 28:45-48 tells us what praise really is. It is “joy” in God; [not uncontrolled laughter, twitching, falling, rolling, shaking, screaming, and other madness, but] “gladness of heart” for everything He does for His believers - and what He does even for unbelievers in this world that we will share until Jesus returns on the clouds.
Psalm 100 describes how we do this practically: “Give a joyful shout to the Lord… [not silly yelling but reverent, heart-felt praise,] 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...”
And so, 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 guitars,] flutes, loud and clashing cymbals…” (Read Ps. 98:4-9.)
Thus, traditional church members who complain that guitars, etc. 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 content of church praise and worship. It is not the instruments that have changed Scriptural praise and worship, but the motive, church 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. There is, in the older songs, except for the choruses, no constant repetition of one or more words in the song (real occult mantras) like in many modern songs. And we do not see masonic signs given in older songs, (this took off during the 1980 with singers like Jimmy Swaggart,) by which the singers proclaim that they belong to Baphomet, the god of the masonic lodge, and not really to Jesus!
One needs to use one’s intellect to understand and sing Gospel songs. One cannot sing what one does not understand, because the lyrics in songs are declarations to God, ourselves, other people, and the devil. But in modern songs, often with occult/masonic signs daringly displayed on the covers of the albums, phrases or words like "fill me up… fill me up… fill me up…” or “worship… worship… worship…" sometimes 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 “repetitions,” which Jesus sternly forbade in Mt. 6:7. Whether we pray, praise or worship, “we are not heard because of our “many words and vain repetitions like the heathens” believe.
Additionally, the lyrics of the old songs were clearly focusing the attention on Jesus and eternal life in heaven, while the lyrics of new songs “pull down” heaven and 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 and honor to God.
Most unspeakably evil, the Name of Jesus is hardly ever mentioned in modern worship songs! “The Lord,” or “God” can fit into Hindu, Islam, and even Satan worship. Jesus must be mentioned by His Name, otherwise, the song, (especially if this happens with the songs of the same singer,) is worthless and can denote praise and worship to anyone else.
Then, there are the dangerous lyrics powered by false doctrine. The "Come Now [come down] Holy Spirit..." refrain is totally unscriptural, because since Pentecost until Jesus returns, (Mt. 28:19-20,) 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" like during the Old Testament, before Jesus went to the cross to cleanse all believers as the "temple of the Holy Spirit,” (Jon 7:39.)
As many others, the song, “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 all true believers at the cross, (Jn. 12:31; Col. 2:11-15.) Jesus’ victory also manifests in the fact that believers already have 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…" (Mt. 28:19-20.)
Calling up the false “Elijah” spirit through praise songs is another deadly deception. There is no such thing as “mediating” prophets like 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 Baptist” to 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 and Final, Mediating Prophet, and no one can ever take His place, (Heb. 1:1-14.) “Mediating prophets” or 'go-betweens' such as old Elijah and Moses forever belong to the ousted Old Testament Covenant, (Heb. 8:13.)
The praise and worship of the true ecclesia is also not the temple-structured “priest”-leading 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…”
Naturally, not everyone can sing as well as these singers can, and there is nothing wrong with them uplifting us with their music if it is 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. 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 He Alone is The Head of His body, (1 Cor. 14:26; 12:4-11; 12:12-31.)