There is an interesting conversation taking place in response to my post last week about “authenticity” in worship. The question revolves around affirmation from God that our worship is indeed acceptable. The question is, if we choose to do something in worship, and God affirms in our hearts that it is acceptable to him, how can anyone else claim that the act is somehow wrong?
This question reveals an important issue that I would like to comment on just briefly. The question assumes that God somehow affirms our worship through an inward feeling, impulse, or some other kind of impression.
On the contrary, the point I made in response to the question is that the only affirmation we have from God that our worship is acceptable to him1 is his Word. Only the Bible affirms our worship, and it does so when our worship aligns with its standards.
So the underlying presupposition of the question itself is flawed. If someone’s worship does not conform to the standards of the Word of God, then no feeling or peace or impression justifies it. And if someone’s worship does not conform to God’s Word, then those feelings and impressions are certainly not, therefore, affirmations from God.
Therefore, we have every right to question the validity of someone’s worship if it does not conform to Scripture, whether or not they feel peace about what they are doing.
The Word of God is our only and ultimate affirmation of worship that is acceptable to God.
- I should note that by “acceptable,” I am referring to the Romans 12:1, Hebrews 12:29 use of the term; I am not referring to ultimate, eternal acceptability, which is possible only through Christ, but the measure of acceptability that God expects of his children after he has already judicially accepted them because of Christ. [↩]