The Dangerous State of Evangelical Worship. This is a Must-Read.
I don’t usually re-blog entries like this.
I read them, I may share them with a select few friends, and I may take notes from time to time. But when I read this one, I could not help but want to share it with you. From time to time I mention something called the Performance Mentality. It’s a trend I have observed first hand in many churches all over this country. And from what worship leader friends I have are talking about, it is rapidly spreading. It sets preference and opinion as the highest authority in ministry, and reduces “seeing through Spiritual eyes” to a low place in the decision making process- especially as a worship leader. It’s dangerous, it’s not in any way what I believe God has intended, and it is a cancer of the Body of Christ.
We must set our hearts to pray for our churches, worship leaders, and pastors.
Pray that they see this trend for what it is. Pray that the Spirit of God exposes truth from falsehood, and that the heart of worship returns to our places of worship.
This entry comes from a man who is a worship leader for an Anglican (right?!) church in Virginia. He hits this topic squarely on the head.
I’ll warn you: If you’re a pastor or a worship leader from any persuasion or denomination, this may make you a tad uncomfortable. But if you’ll take a minute and a deep breath, try to honestly evaluate what of this mentality you’ve allowed into your own thinking. I did that not too long ago, and I was shocked and appalled at just how much I had let myself subscribe to this way of thinking. And out of that uncomfortable conversation I had with the Lord, He brought me back to my roots, per se.
“When the Music fades, and all is stripped away; And I simply come”
Ok. now have a look.