Opinions Please: Orderly Worship

A group of us are studying the issue of when more “charismatic” Christians (sometimes not-so-affectionately referred to as Charismaniacs) cross a line into doing something other than orderly worship and I want your opinion.

Is there a line? If so, what is it?

Opinions, please!

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  • Kent Kersey

    I think the problem comes in when the Holy Spirit is given priority over the Son in worship. The Holy Spirit’s role is to glorify the Son; therefore, when the Holy Spirit is worshiped outside the context of Jesus’ glorification, it’s out of line.

    Check out this great sermon by Spurgeon:
    http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/2382.htm

    (p.s. I’m following you on the Kindle, enjoying it a lot)

  • http://religionandmusic.blogspot.com/ Dustin

    I think in many cases it is just common sense. I don’t know how many time one of my siblings and I have tried to tell my dad something at the same time. His response would always be “I can’t listen to two people at once.” There needs to be some sort of order so people know where to turn their attention.

    Another thought comes from something one of my Bible College professors taught me. He likes to say that “The Holy Spirit is smart enough to plan ahead.” In other words, just because we plan something ahead of time and bring order to a service, that doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit isn’t working.

  • Le Petit Geant

    I honestly do not understand how people “act” like that when there is no account of Jesus being overtly charismatic. Aren’t we supposed to be like Jesus?

  • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron

    Great points from everyone so far. Kent, thanks for sharing the link to the Spurgeon sermon – it’s on the top of my “to read” pile in my continued study. (Also glad you’re enjoying the blog – how do you like the Kindle, by the way?)

    Dustin – Exactly my thinking, and why I’m so grateful for divine providence (and verses like Philippians 2:12-13). I wonder if some have forgotten that while their worship is to God, it is also intended to be edifying for those around them?