Great Grace or Feigned, Selfish, Natural, Dead Religious Facade?

Worship is not supposed to serve you, it is supposed to serve God.

If you can’t “enjoy” worship unless it has “your kind” of music and amenities, then you don’t know what worship is; maybe you’re better off going to a jazz club or a cafe to “get your worship experience”. Entertainment and sensual appeal is not worship. Worship is not something a Church should be marketing as something to make you feel good. Worship is a service to God, not to man. The bi-product of worship is neither the grounds nor the end object thereof.

The greatest act of worship ever committed was Jesus Christ on the way to and upon the cross.

Light shows, electric guitars, ambiance and refreshments is not worship, it is not necessary for worship, it should not be used to advertise and solicit attendance to Church functions, nor is it the way of the cross. If those things are present, that’s fine, but when we start marketing and advertising them under the guise of worship, or when we require or need those things to worship God, we’ve totally lost it. (it is a guise of worship)

(Joshua 24:14 [AKJV])
Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve you the LORD.

Some things about the Church are so far gone, that when people look back, they can’t even see the right way any more. That’s called LOST.

sensual
[sen-shoo-uh l] adjective
(((1. pertaining to, inclined to, or preoccupied with the gratification of the senses or appetites; carnal; fleshly.)))
2. lacking in moral restraints; lewd or unchaste.
3. arousing or exciting the senses or appetites.
4. worldly; materialistic; irreligious.
5. of or relating to the senses or physical sensation; sensory.
(((6. pertaining to the philosophical doctrine of sensationalism.)))

From the bible: Sensual = G5591 ψυχικός psuchikos (psoo-khee-kos’) adj.
1. sensitive, i.e. animate
{(in distinction on the one hand from G4152, which is the higher or renovated nature; and on the other from G5446, which is the lower or bestial nature)}
[from G5590]
KJV: natural, sensual
Root(s): G5590
Compare: G4152, G5446

Worship is not “natural/sensual” – creating worship services with the aim of appealing to the senses of the attendees, is contrary to the doctrine of Christ.

(John 4:23 [AKJV])
But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.

(John 4:24 [AKJV])
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

True worship isn’t something that needs marketing and advertising. We have fallen deep into an earthly, personal needs based Christianity, as if God is our personal bell hop from heaven or some divine genie in a bottle who we can summons at will to serve our needs and desires, to make us feel good. We have decided that worship services should be designed to make us feel good. That was a huge wrong turn!

We need to return to the way of the cross.

(Luke 9:23 [AKJV])
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

(Luke 9:24 [AKJV])
For whoever will save his life shall lose it: but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

We need to get our attention and affection of our own selves, off of earthy and natural things and onto Christ.

(Colossians 3:2 [AKJV])
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

(Colossians 3:3 [AKJV])
For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

(Colossians 3:4 [AKJV])
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.

If a Church is more interested in marketing to please the flesh rather than sincerely seeking to exalt Christ – RUN. Get away from it. The Gospel is not about a business aimed at serving the emotional and sensual needs of the people. There is very limited demographic when it comes to God and Christ. Generally, either you are a sinner and an offense to a Holy God and in desperate need of repentance and forgiveness of sin by faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ, or you are a saved servant of the most high God, sanctified by Him and to Him, and being sanctified by the Lord.

Your whole life has been a natural life of appeal to the senses. Adding God the list of things with which to serve your appetites is not a function of the Gospel or the work of the Church. It is feigned and selfish, natural religion.Of the sort of natural men and natural minds.

Ask yourself how regenerated, divines filled with the Spirit of God can resort to earthly and fleshly methods to advertise and market how a worship service can fulfill your sensual appetites? Using the flesh to attract flesh will result in more flesh be used to maintain flesh. And therein lies the Church for the most art in America.

I had one “Christian” musician tell me that “without popular modern music in the Church, we won’t draw any numbers”. He said “we have to appeal to the young people and their musical preferences”. Tell that to the Apostle Peter at Pentecost.

(Acts 4:33 [AKJV])
And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was on them all.

That’s all we need! Great Grace; the Holy Spirit of the Most High God is enough. Period. How dare we attempt to supplement the God of salvation and power with these corrupt devices of men and thereby tell God and men that God is insufficient. It is an obvious statement that we rather have another than God while at the same time using His Name.

 

A Little History

Sensationalism   /  Philosophy and Psychology

Alternative title: Sensationism

Sensationalism, in epistemology and psychology, a form of Empiricism that limits experience as a source of knowledge to sensation or sense perceptions. Sensationalism is a consequence of the notion of the mind as a tabula rasa, or “clean slate.” In ancient Greek philosophy, the Cyrenaics, proponents of a pleasure ethic, subscribed unreservedly to a sensationalist doctrine. The medieval Scholastics’ maxim that “there is nothing in the mind but what was previously in the senses” must be understood with Aristotelian reservations that sense data are converted into concepts. The Empiricism of the 17th century, however—exemplified by Pierre Gassendi, a French neo-Epicurean, and by the Englishmen Thomas Hobbes and John Locke—put a greater emphasis on the role of the senses, in reaction against the followers of René Descartes who stressed the mind’s faculty of reasoning. Locke’s influence on 18th-century French philosophy produced the extreme sensationnisme (or, less often, sensualisme) of Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, who contended that “all our faculties come from the senses or . . . more precisely, from sensations”; that “our sensations are not the very qualities of objects [but] only modifications of our soul”; and that attention is only the sensation’s occupancy of the mind, memory the retention of sensation, and comparison a twofold attention.

http://www.britannica.com/topic/sensationalism

 

Return to the Apostles Doctrine – Return to the Old Paths

(John 15:5 [AKJV])
I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.

(John 15:6 [AKJV])
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

(John 15:7 [AKJV])
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you.

(John 15:8 [AKJV])
Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.

(Romans 12:1 [AKJV])
I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

(Romans 12:2 [AKJV])
And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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