Worship is not for spectators!

Posted on January 9, 2016 · Posted in Worldview, Worship

Worship is not for spectators. Worship is for combatants. Christian combat is not like the combat of the world; our weapons are spiritual.  Apathy in worship leads to destruction. The fiery darts of the evil one are always aimed and ready to fire. Being in corporate worship in no way lessens the danger. There are no pacifists in worship, only winners and losers.

Are you a spectator or a combatant? You must be skilled at wisely and lovingly using the sword of the Spirit in the battles of worship. You must depend wholly on the power of Christ. Human sarcasm, manipulation, anger, hurt feelings, apathy and pride have no place in Christian worship. Do these things at your own spiritual peril.

Worship is spiritual combat. Worship is not a safe place for spectators.

See to it that no one takes you captive by being a spectator in worship.
Colossians 2:8

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.