WORSHIP HOWEVER YOU FEEL LIKE
The Stones River Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, TN has made an unscriptural move and allowed instrumental music into their Sunday worship service. Their minister, Tony Woodall was quoted as saying, “You can worship however you feel like, whether we’re acapella or instrumental really doesn’t matter.” This Bible scholar evidently doesn’t know much about the case of Cain and Abel which clearly shows that what we do in religion must be authorized by the word of God, or else there will be serious consequences
Abel pleased God, but Cain had the idea that you can worship however you feel like, and his worship was rejected by the Lord (Gen. 4:2-5) Why? Because one was performed by God’s authority, and the other was not. God has told us what He wants in worship. “Make melody in our hearts” and not on instruments (Eph. 5:19), and it is not left up to us to add to that!
The Bible says, “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins” (Psa. 19:13). By definition, the presumptuous sin is that wherein one acts rashly, proudly, and is disobedient to God through acting highhanded. Peter described this sin in II Peter 2:10, “Them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.”
This Greek word, “tolmetai,” means bold (acting rashly) in disobedience to God.
This indicates that reckless and wanton manner used in spurning the will of God. The Bible emphasis that God and His will must be respected and obeyed, but one so self-willed will ignore the Lord and presume to make his own way (worship any way you feel), acts presumptuously. This is the point so needed in our day and time of great liberalism in the Lord’s Church.
The Bible clearly says that nothing is to be added or removed from what has been revealed as the pattern (Rev. 22:1-8). Many are simply not satisfied with the simplicity of God’s requirements and want a religion that pleases them -- not God! The Pharisees added an endless number of things to the Law of Moses (Matt. 15:1-9), and this made their whole worship in vain.
Presumption is at the bottom of all additions to God’s word, because the one who does it presumes that God did not give us what we needed in the first place. May we learn on this side of eternity’s shore that, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov. 14:12) May we be submissive to the will of God, and obey Him in all things, that we can refrain from the presumptuous sin and be lost eternally.
----- Earl Sutton