As a follow-up to my previous post, “Ow, C’mon, All Ye Faithful, regarding bad theology in Christmas hymns, here are five takeoffs on the subject.
Our current sermon series is Leviticus 9 in which we study and meditate on the offerings described in this chapter and elsewhere.
When you visit our church on the Lord’s Days, you’re welcome to get a free copy of the following booklets from our literature table. You may also download these booklets below.
Bowing down, kneeling, and falling down before an idol are variations of the same thing: idolatry. They can do all kinds of spin, hocus-pocus, and gymnastics to distinguish “veneration” from “worship,” but this is idolatry, plain and simple.
“If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,
from doing your pleasure on my holy day,
and call the Sabbath a delight
and the holy day of the Lord honorable;
if you honor it, not going your own ways,
or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly;
then you shall take delight in the Lord” (Isaiah 58:13-14).
“We, the church, have unwittingly encouraged you to simply import musical practices into Christian worship that—while they might be appropriate elsewhere—are detrimental to congregational worship.”
A husband promises to love and to cherish his wife, but would he keep this promise if his wife was unfaithful? Not so with Christ, who, like Hosea, kept his promise, even to an adulterous Bride: he “loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
Therefore, whether it be God or a creature that is imaged, the moment you fall prostrate before it in veneration, you are so far fascinated by superstition. For this reason, the Lord not only forbade the erection of statues to himself, but also the consecration of titles and stones which might be set up for adoration.
In the Bible, most of the clapping is for two things, both of which have nothing to do with â€œclap offeringsâ€ today.
These two sacrifices—Christ’s and ours—fulfill the old covenant burnt offerings which have become obsolete. So, our early church and Protestant heritage should prevent us from using musical instruments in the public worship of God.
“Liturgy” is not a Roman Catholic invention. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, the people of God always worshiped with a liturgy.
Where did they get the idea of worshiping a golden calf and indulging in sexual revelry? From the Egyptians and Canaanites, no doubt.