PRAISE AND WORSHIP

Each of us is told to sing praises to God. Worship is corporate, it is not having someone with a microphone singing at them.

The worshipping church doesn’t consume music, it makes music. But the modern concept of a lead singer arose from commercial pop music, written for a soloist or a small group. It’s no wonder, then, that most live pop worship sounds quite similar. A “leader” singing with pop inflection and affected tone, while ad libbing and improvising rhythm and melody, doesn’t ask of a congregation, “Sing with me.” It says, “Approach congregational singing like it’s a concert.”

We are living in the days of the celebrity Christian. We have witnessed the advent of the “worship superstar,” especially over the last two decades. Granting a microphone to a musician is offering them a whole lot of power and prestige. Some take the opportunity to showcase their own affected pop styling and build their celebrity in the mould of so many others. Some have exploited the vulnerability of an emotionally-compromised congregation  Just look at the record sales for the so-called “worship industry.”

Because our culture is so used to listening to music for entertainment, we make our own celebrities. Make no mistake about it. The church does this, too. We begin to associate worship with a person and a performance, rather than corporate prayer through Word and Sacrament.

Listen to the attached performance and understand why Pastor Andy Savage. said the following: “And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason you never give a worship leader the microphone. This particular Sunday will be forever chronicled on the internet and known as the Sunday Lowpoint, certainly not the Highpoint…

CALL TO JOIN UK CHRISTIANS IN PRAYER OF REPENTANCE

Dear Christian Warriors:

Let us look at what the Bible says about “defending the Faith?”  

JUDE: “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” Jude 1:3

PETER: “Honour the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” 1 Peter 3:15 

PAUL: “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 

DAVID: “Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” Psalm 94:16  

PAUL TO TITUS: “He must be devoted to the trustworthy message we teach. Then he can use these accurate teachings to encourage people and correct those who oppose the word.” Titus 1:9

PAUL TO TIMOTHY: “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2 

PAUL THE THE PHILIPPIAN CHURCH: “The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defence of the gospel. Thus each of us believers in Jesus Christ as Lord is to be a defender of The Faith . There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Philippians 1:16 

PAUL TO THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS: “Thus each of us believers in Jesus Christ as Lord is to be a defender of The Faith . “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:4-6

Let us look at what the founders of the English monarchy expected of their King or Queen: One of the Queen’s titles is “DEFENDER OF THE FAITH.” Here are portions from the oath that she took at her coronation:

Archbishop of Canterbury: “Madam, is your Majesty willing to take the Oath?”

Queen Elizabeth II: “I am willing.”
Archbishop of Canterbury: “Will you to your power cause Law and Justice, in Mercy, to be executed in all your judgements?”

Queen Elizabeth II: “I will.”
Archbishop of Canterbury: “Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel?

Queen Elizabeth II: “All this I promise to do.”
The Queen then moved from the Coronation chair to the altar of Westminster and, kneeling, with her right hand on a bible, said:
“The things which I have here before promised, I will perform and keep. So help me God.”

You and I owe a great debt to the Godly roots planted centuries ago in England.   From the Venerable Bede to Hugh Latimer’s preaching and ultimate witness burned at the stake, Tyndale, Wesley, Whitefield, Wilberforce, Livingstone, and C.S. Lewis, the deep roots of Christianity have been furthered and spread globally by devoted English Christians. Perhaps, apart from Israel, no other nation has been as foundationally influential. Even to its role in the reestablishment of Israel as a nation with the Balfour Declaration in 1917.

Despite these Godly roots, today in the United Kingdom there is an anti-Christ, anti-Israel, rebellious spirit growing. These Godly roots are threatened. Church attendance continues a decades long decline; Christians are being removed from party tickets, dissuaded from running for office; there are more Muslims than Methodists. 

Thus an event set for Noon, next Friday, December 6, 2019 in London’s Parliament Square could not be more timely. A shofar will be blown before and after a 30-minute silent “Prayer, Repentance Vigil.” Together with prayers from many other UK Christians the event will constitute a statement of repentance for the United Kingdom’s historic abuse towards Israel and a dedication to restore England’s Godly roots. 

This is a critical time as it is being held days prior to the British election.  Recent terror activity in London underscores the urgency of this hour.   You and I are part of the global Bride of Christ. Repentance is a key cleansing agent to present ourselves without spot or wrinkle awaiting the soon-returning Bridegroom.

Howard Barnes, leader of England’s Call2Come ministry leading the repentance vigil declares: “The urgency of our times is for the Bride to get ready.” 

Interceding with our brothers and sisters in the UK today and through next Friday’s event is one step towards getting ready. To intercede and to repent ourselves during that half hour will add to our unity in Christ and that Bridal cleansing process. Given the 17 or more centuries of Christian witness coming from England, planting Godly roots in our nations, it’s also the least we can do.
Please join us at NOON LONDON TIME next Friday, December 6th.  May God’s roots be restored in the United Kingdom as we REPENT and commit to defending the Faith! 

 IN CHRIST’S NAME, 
Pastor Jeff Pastor Founder/Director National Day of Repentance www.repentday.com