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Examining Discernment in Worship

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He is jealous for me. Love like a hurricane I am a tree.

We are His portion and He is our prize.

You didn't want heaven without us. So Jesus, You brought heaven down.

Speak revival, prophesy like it is done

The first two lyrics are both from what has to be the worst worship song in decades, "Oh How He Loves Me." Written originally by John Mark McMillan, all of the hip worship outfits have copied it and play it regularly. The song is a lyrical train wreck with virtually nothing biblically redeemable about it. God is not jealous for you beloved. one can make a biblical case for jealousy for His collective people but personalizing removes the truthfulness and creates a self-worship atmosphere. His love is not like a hurricane, which would depict something violent and out of control. This is the same argument against the equally vapid song "Reckless Love." We are not His portion either as the lyricist has this backwards and neither is God a "prize." These concepts are all part of the self-worship model promulgated by the Friend of God theology.

The third lyric is from Hillsong. The notion that God did not want heaven without us is beyond narcissistic and has nothing to do with worshiping the almighty. It once again exalts man instead of God. Here is today's deep theology. God is perfectly fine without you or me. The purpose driven worship complex insists that God is chasing after us like He needs a prom date. I read a defense of this song from a worship leader who just did not get the point. Her central argument was the "context" surrounding this poor lyric. You cannot defend an unbiblical lyric by saying, "Look! The lyric after that is completely biblical!" While we are on this subject the same argument applies across entire song spectrums. Hillsong has some completely palatable and biblically sound songs. That does not change the fact that others are completely unbiblical, nor does it change that as a church they are one of the most egregious heresy spreaders in the entire world. Why in the world would I want to point anyone back to Hillsong? This is the same argument for false teachers. The majority of what a false teacher teaches is probably acceptable. Someone like Joseph Prince might even be 80% correct. The other 20% however will send you straight to hell. No one walks into a church with a sign around their neck saying wolf. The worship leader of Jesus Culture will swear she loves Jesus but if you ask her for a testimony she might tell you about the time that Jesus whisked her away to the thrown room of God where she met the Father face to face. This allegedly was a waking visitation where God the Father ripped out a piece of His own heart to show Kim Walker Smith how much He loved her. Now we know that Walker-Smith did not meet the Father face to face. How do we know this? Because the bible says no man can see the Father lest they die. Now, I will assume Walker-Smith is not lying which means she had a very detailed demonic experience that she could not tell was from the devil. I say this to ask the simple question -- why would you want to direct anyone to Jesus Culture?

The last lyric is from Elevation Worship, who is pastored by the heretical Steven Furtick. The king of narcissistic bible interpretation is it any wonder that the musical outfit Furtick heads up would also not be biblical. There is so much wrong with this one short lyric. First of all, it promotes the false chasing of revival, which is part of the NAR dominionist teachings. Second it promotes word faith heresy that says we can speak things into existence. Lastly, it promotes the false signs and lying wonders network and their unbiblical belief that anyone can prophesy. That is a lot of heresy packed into seven little words! Truth matters beloved. What we say to God matters. It is not worship to tell Him how much He loves you. It is not worship to tell God you are going to prophesy something He has not told you -- in fact it is arrogant. It is not worship to tell God that He could not bear to be in heaven without you. Worship is what we say to God and what we tell Him is what we believe. God deserves better than Steven Furtick, Brian Houston and Jesus Culture. We ought to care to bring Him better. Worshipping God starts with the truth.

God also deserves to be worshipped in spirit. The key verses actually tell us why! God is a spirit and therefore those who worship Him must do so in spirit as well! We are connected to God through His indwelt Holy Spirit. This is no small point beloved. The fact is that most in churchianity are unsaved. The things we speak of require the indwelt Holy Spirit. This is why lyrics that elevate man are preferred. This is why worship has become narcissistic entertainment. This is why the church needs smoke machines, disco lights and countdown clocks. It is false worship driven by the spirit of this world. That is why spirit is tied to truth. This is why as believers we should feel convicted of the bells and whistles that are only used to attract goats. We know what worship is!

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