Tag Archives: pagan

Not of the world

Not of the world

If worship is inspired by the revelation of the Lord of glory, then it will flower into a life-changing communion with the living God that will ultimately be made perfect in glory. But for the present it takes place in the world, which has always been a very religious place, though not in a truly… Continue Reading

A People in Exile

A People in Exile

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series God's People in Exile You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series”God’s People in Exile”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Last week I presented the historical context for Psalm 137, a context of the people of God living in exile among a pagan people. Now once again,… Continue Reading

The Historical Context of Psalm 137

The Historical Context of Psalm 137

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series God's People in Exile You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series”God’s People in Exile”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Last week I began a series looking at Psalm 137. I am going to do two things with the psalm; first, I will look at… Continue Reading

Hillsong’s God

Hillsong’s God

At the Grace to You blog, Cameron Buettell and Jeremiah Johnson report on a recent visit to a Hillsong church: During our recent visits to Hillsong Los Angeles, we’ve seen that trend played out in vivid detail. Worse still, we’ve identified some unbiblical characteristics that Hillsong routinely attribute to God. They describe what Hillsong’s music… Continue Reading

Is using pop music in church the same as incorporating indigenous music in missions contexts?

Is using pop music in church the same as incorporating indigenous music in missions contexts?

One of the most difficult issues church leaders face today is whether necessary (and historically practiced) “inculturation” of Christian worship applies to contemporary American pop music. This article is an absolutely fascinating attempt to answer that issue. Now, huge disclaimer first: This is written by a Roman Catholic expressly for a Roman Catholic audience and specifically rooted… Continue Reading

You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way

You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way

Deuteronomy 12:2–7 reveals important principles regarding the way God desires to be worshiped and, specifically, the relationship between the biblical way to worship and the ways of the pagans. You shall surely destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under… Continue Reading

Stop inviting God to your worship

Stop inviting God to your worship

We hear it all the time in corporate worship services: “God, we invite you to come as we worship you.” “God, fill this place as we worship.” “God, you are welcome here. Come down as we worship you.” The motivation is, of course, noble: we want to commune with God in worship. We don’t worship… Continue Reading

How do we explain similarities between Hebrew and pagan worship?

How do we explain similarities between Hebrew and pagan worship?

There is no doubt that some of the practices of ancient Hebrew worship bear remarkable resemblance to the worship practices of the pagan nations around them. Other nations practiced similar sacrificial systems, had temples and priests, and many scholars note the the idea of covenants established by God with his people is virtually identical to… Continue Reading

Is Your Worship Christian or Pagan? 7 Tests by Todd Pruitt

Is Your Worship Christian or Pagan? 7 Tests by Todd Pruitt

Todd Pruit provides seven excellent principles by which we can measure whether or not our worship is pagan: Worship is to be regulated according to Scripture. Worship is the response to God’s self-revelation. Worship may be accompanied by affections but not guided by them. Worship should not be governed by pragmatic concerns. Worship is for… Continue Reading

Is Your Church Worship More Pagan than Christian? by Todd Pruitt

Is Your Church Worship More Pagan than Christian? by Todd Pruitt

This is a point I make every semester to my students: There is a great misunderstanding in churches of the purpose of music in Christian worship. Churches routinely advertise their “life-changing” or “dynamic” worship that will “bring you closer to God” or “change your life.” Certain worship CD’s promise that the music will “enable you… Continue Reading

Pagan music vs. Christian music

Pagan music vs. Christian music

Calvin Stapert makes the following observation about the difference between Jewish worship music and pagan worship music: Jewish psalmody was word-oriented, a characteristic that set it apart from the music of the sacrificial rites of the Israelites’ pagan neighbors. Pagan sacrificial music typically featured the frenzy-inducing sound of the loud double-reed instruments and the rhythms… Continue Reading