BILL’S BLOG ENTRY #63

From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“BALANCING”

““Another aspect of the balance a disciple must achieve in his/her life is in the content of worship. We are encouraged in John 4: 23 – 24 to “worship the Father in spirit and truth.” In this day and time, there is often a perceived conflict between spirit and truth. Yet the Scripture clearly says that a disciple worships God in spirit and truth. Some teach that worship is not true unless it is primarily an emotionally charged, charismatic, ecstatic experience. If one is not “slain in the Spirit” or “speaking in tongues”, one is not truly worshipping and questions are raised as to one’s salvation! Once I went to worship at a church known primarily for its charismatic style of worship. I was enjoying praising the Lord, but I was seated while doing so. One of the other attendees who was on her feet shouting and dancing actually paused to look at me and ask, “What’s the matter with you?”, because I was not worshiping in the same manner as was she! I could not understand. If she was really focused on God and giving Him praise, how could I and my manner of worship be of any concern to her?! On the other side, there are those who approach worship almost as a purely intellectual exercise, emphasizing the knowledge and “science” of the worship experience. A disciple is not required to “feel” anything at the point of salvation. A disciple does not have to pass a written or oral examination in order to be granted a place as a disciple. Yet, an intimate, personal, loving, living relationship with God and knowledge of His will for you will cause you to rejoice! Emotion and intellect are not incompatible in a disciple. They are complementary.””

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