Friday, September 4, 2015
Pagan trends in today’s Christian worship
In the contest between true worship and Baalism, the Bible book of Kings narrates as follows in First Kings chapter 18 verses 26 to 30.
26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal [Melqart, the weather god imported by apostate Israel from Tyre] from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.
27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”
28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed.
29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying [tongue-speaking] until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.
30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down.
Does the above narrative not look like what happens today in most Nigerian churches – especially, the so-called Pentecostal? In the wilderness, en route to the Promised Land, the people defiled themselves with the Baal called Baal-Peor.(Num 25:1-11, Ps 106:28-29) In Elijah’s day, it was Baal-Melqart in Samaria. And today, at least up to May 2015 when it’s derelict temple was destroyed by the history-hating savages known as ISIL (or ISIS since they invaded Syria), it was Baal-Shamin in Palmyra, Syria!
Though orgiastic worship, ecstatic shouting when praying and bodily laceration were the hallmarks of Baalism in the ancient times, there is a remnant which runs as a common thread down to this day.(Isa. 57:5, 8) That common thread is the noisome shout accompanying the frenzied dancing in the “Pentecostal” churches. I call them contractor-churches, though. And in Nigeria’s P* churches, it is an everyday affair – in utter disobedience to the law against noise pollution in a place like Lagos. Pray not to have a P* church near your abode! Yes, pray! The damages caused to the human soul by this cacophonous Pentecostal hazard are too many to enumerate here.
Shouting has become the template of heathen worship because they worship deaf gods – not the “hearer of prayer” whose name is Jehovah. (Ps 65:2, Ps 83:18). But the “only true God” is not so far away to warrant the shouting-prayer which disturbs the neighbourhood night and day. The sins of these hypocrites have shut them off and shot them light-years away from “the only true God” who hears the silent, tacit and thoughtful prayers of the meek ones.
Their sins have clearly separated them from the Most High and that’s why they will always shout very loud prayers and halleluyah refrains from morning till evening but God will never answer. They fast and repetitiously pray one theme of prayer everyday but God will not answer. They are not different from the 850 Baal and Ashtoreth/Asherah prophet-servants of King Ahab and his consort Jezebel. They are the children of Belial and are very far from the true God in their ways – that’s why they will continue to shout and cry in vain. God is not deaf! (Isa 59:1-3, Mtt 6:7, 8)
The remedy is for them to remove the idolatry of shouting but not learning the Word. Yes, retracing their steps to the true apostolic worship is what will ensure their deliverance, salvation and comfort. There is meaning and great gain in the injunction, “… seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness ….” (Mtt 6:33)
It is apposite here to take an excerpt from Anna Deihl’s “God is not Deaf” posted on June 10, 2015 on the PURSUIT OF GOD website. Please read:
“If we sincerely care about God, at some point we need to stop praying the way we want and start caring more about what He wants. If He has any preferences about communication styles, we should be very interested in knowing them. It turns out that God doesn’t like repetitious praying. When discussing the subject of prayer, Jesus said:
‘“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”’ (Matt. 6:7-8)
“If God has specifically said He doesn’t like something, then why would we want to keep doing it? Repetitious praying has become a huge fad in the Church today. From rosaries to group intercession sessions, we’ve become addicted to repetitious praying. And yet God says He doesn’t like this. If God doesn’t like something, we need to care about His feelings and we need to make a serious effort to stop doing it.”
And as for the unconscionable drumming during the P* church services, these rancorous Christians will do well to find out and know henceforth that the drum is not listed among the sacred musical instruments for the worship of God the Most High. Yet these so-called Pentecostals (and these include the CAC, the Apostolic Church, the white-garment churches, and the ones along the Lagos-Ibadan highway) go to the extent of hiring non-Christians and hemp-smokers to do the loud drumming! Is it then surprising that there is now the cannabis church of Indiana where the use of this aphrodisiac keeps congregants “high” for the current trend of cacophonous Baal worship? Read through the Bible books of Kings and Chronicles and see this incontrovertible truth about the non-provision for the drum in Jehovah’s worship.