This from C.J. Mahaney in a discussion at the recent WorshipGod conference, talking about what he would see as an important qualification for someone to serve on a praise team.
This one sentiment illustrates a crucial difference in understanding about the nature of religious affections. It illustrates well points I have been making recently about a lack of differentiation within the category of emotion that is prevalent today.
I agree with Edwards that externals are signs of nothing. Things spiritual, like religious affections, may or may not demonstrate themselves externally.
Now Bob Kauflin a few moments earlier in the discussion is clear that someone who doesn’t “seem to demonstrate a response” may indeed be worshiping inwardly, “but that’s not someone I want to put in front of people to inspire them.”
This, too, is a significant difference I’d have with these good folks. It is not the job of someone up front to “inspire” or “motivate” people to worship. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job.