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Contemporary Worship: Not Fish, Not Fowl

This is exactly right:

There is very good reason that both charismatics and traditionalists (and in particular the Reformed) should be dissatisfied with the appropropriation of Praise and Worship Songs and some other elements of charismatic worship by historically evangelical churches. From the charismatic point of view, such churches have adopted these songs and this worship as a technique for outreach. What they lack is the Spirit – or the spirit of charismatic worship with its emphasis on personal encounter with Jesus in the power of the Spirit.

On the other hand, what historically evangelical churches need to recognize is that they have adopted songs and worship elements from the charismatics who have a distinctive view of the Spirit and worship. In particular it ought to be recognized by both Presbyterians who have a theology of worship (the regulative principle) and Anglicans who have a method of worship (common prayer) that charismatic trees cannot be grafted onto their roots.

Put other ways, contemporay worship is neither fish nor fowl, cold nor hot.The integrity of both traditional worship and charismatic worship is undermined, if not destroyed, by contemporary worship.

via The Christian Curmudgeon: Contemporary Worship: Not Fish, Not Fowl.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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