Worship or Pomp and Ceremony -by Lois Macdonald

Viewers everywhere are glued to Netflix’s mini-series “The Crown,” following the life of a young Queen Elizabeth. Still, Symphony AM’s rankings reveal that the series “Orange is the New Black,” an account of life inside a women’s federal prison, and “Narcos,” the title speaks for itself, are far more popular with the 20’s to 40’s audiences. Proof in the pudding that the age of “Pomp and Ceremony” has been overthrown by cynicism and skepticism. The Millennial generation has taken it upon themselves to dissect all positions of authority and some for a good reason. The downside is that this has left the foundations of our government, laws, schools, and churches, crumbling. Christians are questioning the authority of their church leaders and challenging the relevance of Scripture in today’s society. Mega-churches are keeping their pastors in-house, and their collections even closer, while church-planting takes a back seat. These sophisticated, hi-tech, acoustically superior sanctuaries rank high on the entertainment scale, lots of praise going on, but the big question is “praising who?” Is God actually there? More and more believers wonder whether it is better to commune with their Lord and worship Him in the Spirit, at home. Somewhat ironic, for that is how the first churches began. No Pomp and Ceremony necessary. Bottom line, what does our Lord and King think? He warns us that He is a Jealous God in Exodus 43:14 and that we should tremble before Him in Psalm 96:9!

That He, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him, must worship in the Spirit and truth.” John 4:24.

For myself, I feel very strongly that our God will not tolerate having Himself or His Word dissected by anyone! Surely, we are living in the final church age before Christ comes. “Laodicea,” is the church we have created and is described in Revelations?   “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were either one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!  You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” Revelations 3:15-17.

It is the age of “entitlement,” where we like our forefathers before we cry out to God begging, “We want to be like the nations around us…” 1 Samuel 8:20.

Worship or Pomp and Ceremony?

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