Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A God of Order

There is this practice in some churches where worship becomes a frenzied free-for-all with all sorts of things going on.  I know the arguments that when I write about such things, I am putting God in a box or that I am denying that the Spirit can move any way that He wants.  Technically, those things are true, but Scripture does not speak of a God who enjoys random chaotic kind of things.  In fact, one passage in Scripture puts things in perspective.

For God is not [the author] of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.  1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV

I want to follow this with a passage about worship.

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  John 4:23 NKJV

Many have plenty of spirit but very little truth behind their worship.  The words of our Lord make it clear that both are essential for true worship.  This does not merely mean that we sing Scripture verses in our worship but that our worship is consistent with Scripture.  If what we do is not consistent with scripture, we are not truly worshiping.  For those who think that obedience is not important, just ask Uzzah who only reached out his hand to steady the ark and was struck dead by God because he was not supposed to touch the ark (2 Samuel 6).  The fact is that my comments regarding the practice of some worship services is not keeping God in a box or trying to limit the Spirit, but it is an acknowledgement that the Spirit will never depart from the truth contained in the Word of God.  In order words, it is not about limiting God but about trusting God to not act outside of His word. 

Church services should be orderly.  If you do not believe God likes order, then please refer back to the Old Testament.  Read about the arrangement of the camps as the children of Israel wandered the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land.  I also ask you to read the rules to handling (or not handling) the Ark of the Covenant.  Read about the specific assignments to specific families within the Levite tribe as to who is supposed to do what in their ministry.  Read the instructions for the Temple.  You can even go back further and read the instruction God gave Noah on building his ark.  If God is not so exacting then why did He create such a specific system of sacrifice for the covering of sins.  If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then we have no choice but to believe that God is just as exacting today. 

The order of things should be obvious by creation around us.  We know that a child takes about 9 months to be born because of a very ordered and specific development process in the womb.  Much of science tries to deny the existence of God, but the very fact that science even exists is a testament to the order God put forth in Creation. Everything from mathematics to chemistry to physics to biology is premised on predictability.  If the universe was random, science would be impossible.  In fact, if the universe was random, life itself would be impossible.  Speaking of life, life itself is an order of the likes we can barely understand.  Getting back to church, let us even take a look at music.  Music is highly structured.  Songs are played in keys, music is played in notes and chords, and even rhythm is, well, rhythmic.  Can you imagine a band all playing in different keys or if their idea of chords were just random notes played together?  Or what if the band was out of time with one another or even playing entirely different songs.  It would sound horrible if we could even decipher what we were listening at all.  It would not be music, it would just be noise.  

Finally, there is the fruit of the Spirit. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

The idea that we can listen to music and react with no self control, in complete and confusing chaos, or even as some youth do and thrash around and into each other in response to Christian music are not spirit-filled acts.  I know that may offend some people but if you are acting in the exact opposite of the fruit of spirit, the fruit you are expressing is not of the spirit.  The idea of being slain in the Spirit, or convulsing in the Spirit, or being drunk in the Spirit, or thrashing around like a violent fool in the Spirit are inconsistent with what the Bible tells us are are fruits of the Spirit. 

I am not saying that the Bible is against dancing or even vigorously worshiping our Lord.  The Bible also gives examples of those.  What I am saying is that whatever we do should have order and structure to it.  Worship is not a concert for our entertainment and I see too many cases where people start to see it like that. I suppose that much of the blame lies in the many churches that turn worship into a rock concert complete with manipulative tempo changes, lighting effects, stage gimmicks, and the like.  I think it is a wonderful thing that so many want to worship in Spirit, all I am saying is that you have to consider Truth as true worship is an incorporation of both. I will leave you with a truth that I hope we all consider.

Let all things be done decently and in order.  1 Corinthians 14:40 NKJV

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