Worship in American churches has evolved into something that gives little thought or reverence to a God Who is holy and to be feared and reverenced.
Worship has become an activity more akin to a secular rock music concert than a solemn, spiritual activity of adoring hearts and humble souls.
Sadly, the focus of “worship” has become a question of what is satisfying to the participant and pleasing to the audience, rather than what honors the God of Heaven.
Rather than active participants in worship, the church in America has relegated its membership to the status of an audience that watches, rather than engages in worship and praise. (source)
I was in a big Christian conference recently. The big stage, various spot lights, an earsplitting roar and beat sounds in the dark crowded hall....from outside, one cannot distinguish whether it is a rock concert or a Christian meeting.
One devout sister reproved me for my distressing remark and said gently that she does not like this kind of atmosphere and the music personally as well, but she affirmed it anyway because she said "there is a good spirit in it and there are good fruits out of their worship."
And she added that it is a "style" issue so it is better we say "It is not my 'style' instead of "it is wrong." Yes, it is true that we should not mix our personal music taste with biblical validity issue, but even that did not remove my inner distress and cry that something is wrong here !!
Yes, there are serious compromises in CCM.
Yes, they do fellowship with worldly rockers.
Yes, CCM has some spiritual problems — but
I’ve seen them mention Jesus.
I’ve seen them give ‘altar calls’.
I’ve seen them do good.....
The CCM worship.
'Most “Christian” music is taken from the secular world. Whether it is the music of Broadway musicals, Country Western, Las Vegas ballad crooners or light rock or heavy rock and roll it’s secular not sacred.
When you then add sacred words to the secular music there is a natural disconnect. That’s why so much Christian music (even when it is well written and well performed) doesn’t really work.
Oh sure, people might like it. They might even have nice feelings about Jesus by listening to it, but the secular music was designed to produce certain types of feelings, and why should those warm sentimental feelings or hard emotional feelings be linked with worship?' (source)
Do you know that many sincere, god-fearing muslim seekers consider this kind of worship as blasphemy to the Holy God? Having served among them for more than 10 years, I testify to you with tears that it is one of the heart-piercing tragedies that sincere seekers have got stumbled by our so-called "Christian" worship and countless souls have left Christian church forever as a result---without encountering with Jesus Christ!
I have also witnessed that sincere Catholic believers/seekers in France and Germany find it difficult to find Jesus in the evangelical churches because of the same reason. How can we, as God's witnesses to the gentiles, answer Him at the last day, -- if "our" way of worshiping God like this, have virtually closed the door of heaven to the seeking souls?
Next year is the 500th anniversary of Protestant reformation. Our spiritual ancestors have fought the fight of faith without compromise. Many had lost their life for proclaiming and preserving the bible truth such as Sola Scriptura, Justification by faith alone, believers' baptism, the priesthood of all believers and so forth.
Has the reformation ended? Do we need to go back to our roots once again? O Lord, help us and give mercy upon us!