Tag Archives: Worship

The Dumbing Down of Worship

Over the last 50 years or so, there has been a dumbing down of Biblical worship and the witness of professing Christians in America. The extent of this process has increased to the point that the present worship or witness is not recognizable to that of the early body of Christians in Apostolic times. What […]

Grace! Grace! Marvelous Grace!

The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.”  And he went out and wept bitterly. – Luke 22:61, 62 After that look from our Lord Jesus, I can almost guarantee you Peter […]

You Can Take the Israelite Out of Egypt, but…

Exodus 32. Wow. It almost makes my head swim to see the scene played out on the pages of Scripture, particularly verses one through six. Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us [a]a god who will […]

A Contrite Apology from Dr. Joel Beeke to “Christian” Rappers

First, here is Dr. Joel Beeke’s apology: Recently I was asked to participate in a panel discussion at a Reformed Worship conference. In that discussion the panelists were asked to address the subject of Christian rap music (which I took to mean rap music primarily in the context of a local church worship service). To […]

Signs You May Be In A New Calvinist ‘Church’

New Calvinism is not Calvinism. New Calvinism is a cancer within the church body. Here are just a few signs that one may be involved in a new calvinist organization. 1. Casual dress is encouraged (including acceptance of pajamas, sandals and slippers.) 2. Hymn books are not used in preference to big screens showing the […]

Why Arguments for Exclusive Psalmody Don’t Stand Up

Brian McClung, Minister of Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church in northern Ireland, has offered a series of posts in which he gives some persuasive reasons why, in the end, arguments for the use of exclusive psalmody in worship simply doesn’t hold water. McClung writes in his opening post: The point of dispute is not the singing […]

Lessons on the Ordinances of God

Q: To whom are the ordinances of God made effectual? A: To all of God’s elect they are effectual to salvation and to them only. When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. – Acts 13:48; But […]

Top Three Justifications for Celebrity Preacher Worship

1. “Look at the number of followers this preacher has – He obviously is blessed by God in His ministry, so we need to follow him.” Where in Scripture are we taught to follow the religious leader with the greatest number of followers? (cf. John 6:65-67) Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a.k.a. Pope Francis, has over one […]

What is the spirit behind this performance?

A feature of New Calvinism is that it mixes the holy with the profane, and this, in my opinion, is because there is no fear of God before their eyes. The embedded video is an example of New Calvinist worship in practice. The scene is The Resolved Conference (2008) of John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church, […]

When Pastors Void the Law and Commandments

Pastors have forsaken God’s laws and commands, and in fulfillment of His many warnings and promises, He has forsaken America. As we look around at even professed Christians, we wonder why Christianity does not keep “believers” out of the worse sins of the world: murder, theft, fornication, adultery, sodomy, &c. We see even adulterers and […]

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Charles Wesley on the Dangers of Contemporary ‘Christian’ Music

Charles Wesley (1707-1788) is well known as a minister, poet and hymn writer. Even in his time, he was well aware of the dangers of music that was ‘fleshly.’ There is much in the lyrics of one hymn he wrote, which the Church, particularly young people who profess Christ, would do well to study and […]

Sola Scriptura, Faith, Practice & Evil In the Church

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 The word translated adequate here may not be the best transliteration. Adequate has been defined as having the […]

“Holy hip-hop”as Family Catechism?

Here’s the trend in the Church these days… https://twitter.com/jaredhmoore/statuses/291659570605092865 Here’s the poll. What do you think? Wait!! Read this before you vote.

Come Out from Among Them

The Old Testament provides us with great examples of how God delivers people from the hands of evil. Such is but the physical type of that deliverance which is offered at the hand of God through Jesus Christ in which men are offered deliverance from the condemnation brought upon all mankind at the hands of […]

The Hewn Stones of Contemporary Worship

If you make an altar of stone for Me, you shall not build it of cut stones, for if you wield your tool on it, you will profane it. – Exodus 20:25 This and other verses in this chapter have to do with the public worship of God. They concern the regulations or rules for […]

The Dumbing Down of Worship in America & Our Biblical Witness

A big part of the problem is that we have gotten the unconverted in the church while still unconverted, and as such, they have no love for God, His Christ, His people nor for true worship. Over the last 50 years or so, there has been a dumbing down of Biblical worship and the witness […]

Lyrics – The Worst Argument for Contemporary Worship Music

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  – John 4:23 The nameless woman to whom these words of Jesus were spoken is representative of the vast majority of mankind, all religious, […]

What Happened to the Old-Fashion Religion?

This past Sunday millions of people who profess to be followers of Christ met at their respective places of worship. In light of the early body of believers, their worship, their practice of holy living, their evangelistic spirit and the results afforded them by a sovereign God, the question of a necessity would arise, “Where […]

Hypocrites! Get Out of the Church!

I would say to you, members of this church, "Be holy!" Whatever you are, do seek to be holy. And if you will not be holy- if you have a mind to keep your sins- do us the favor to give up your profession. If you will have your sins, and go to hell, you […]

How Am I to Worship God?

Man asks, “How am I to worship God?” and he has answered it also in his own way. In the gorgeous temple, in the pillared cathedral, with incense, and vestments, and forms, and ceremonies, and processions, and postures, he says. But these performances are the ‘will worship’ of self righteousness, not the obedient service of […]

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