Standing at the back the gymnasium, a “praise team” of teenagers were organized to display their praise for the first time before the Christian high school where I served as a Bible teacher. Knowing the words of Christ, I was not happy. With my arms crossed in confusion over this contradiction, the worship director called me out before the student body for being so displeased. He knew why, and I remained cold. I wondered, “Why Christ’s teachings about true worship were disregarded to make a show out of worship?” I was not standing alone among other teachers and students, who were also concerned about this. That event led to the school president requesting my resignation to which I did not consent, so I remained to finish the year. Therefore, I have always been concerned about sincere Christians being led to worship God for the display and amusement of others.
Jesus taught not to give benevolence or worship for show to be seen before others (Matt. 6:1-7). Jesus also warned of spiritual leaders, who went around in long robes, loved greetings with titles, wanted the best seats at spiritual gatherings, and made a show of their worship (Mark 12:38-40, cf. Matt. 23:6-11). Was this only a first century occurrence or do religious men do the same today? Are churches not led by such examples now?
Religious television testifies of the existence such worshipers. From traditional to contemporary and from highly ritual to charismatic “healing”, many churches have been seen for making a show out of their worship. Why then do churches permit their “pastors” special titles, set “choirs” in robes, give these the best seats before everyone, and make a show out of worship? Why do churches have “praise teams” in which many dress in edgy contemporary clothing, who sing praises for display? Do these churches not mimic in modern pattern the behavior of the scribes and Pharisees that Christ spoke against? Did Jesus not warn us about religious leaders, who make a show out of their worship?
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