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If I Were a Pastor, I Would Suspend All Muscians

If I were a pastor, I would suspend all musicians, and the praise team too. Most of them are carnal anyway, and carnality breeds more carnality.

It’s hard to usher in the presence of the Lord when you are actively engaged in sin. We really need to be more prayerful of the people we allow to “minister” to God in these roles.

The priest had to be clean before he could enter the tabernacle to minister to God. After making the sacrifice, the priest had to thoroughly wash himself in the laver, for if he were not clean when he went into the tabernacle to stand before God, he could die.

We’ve become too dependent on the music and the prepared song selections that we don’t know how to be spontaneous in our worship, allowing the Holy Ghost to direct us.

What would happen if we went to church one Sunday and there was no one on the organ or the drums, and no one sitting in the pulpit (the elevated platform)?

Can you just imagine what would happen if the focus was truly on God, and not the sound of the organ or the vocal ability of the praise team leader?

What if someone sitting in the pews broke out with a hymn:

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot;
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt;
Fightings within, and fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind;
Yes, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

I believe a shift would immediately begin to take place in the atmosphere the moment this song rang out, as people began to lay down their worries, their fears, and began to focus on God.

When the focus is directed to the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, burdens are lifted, chains are broken, heavy hearts are healed, and sinners are saved.

When we become spontaneous in our worship, not moved by the sound of the organ, but led by the Holy Ghost, God gets the glory. And when God is glorified, He begins to grace us with His presence. His Shekinah Glory is manifested in the atmosphere, and ministers to us as we minister to Him.

When we tear up the script and throw out the program, the Holy Ghost takes control of the service. It’s not about me, or you, or us, but it’s about God.

We’ve lost this in our churches. We’ve become distant from God. We’ve become carnal and aloof. We praise Him with our mouths, but our hearts are far from it. God has become this far-away God to us, who is “out there” somewhere. We really don’t know Him.

  • Well, it’s time for the church to become acquainted with the God that we say we serve.
  • It’s time we get to know Him with our hearts, and worship Him in spirit and in truth.
  • It’s time for us to turn back to our first love, and rid ourselves of carnality and sin.

Let’s become more spontaneous in our worship of Him, seeking to be led by Him.

When God is glorified, a change begins to take place in the atmosphere. When God is in control, it becomes less about man, the music, the program, and all about God.

Right now, there is this ice bucket challenge taking place around the world, where people are being challenged to take a bucket of ice cold water and dump it over their heads. This thing has caught on like wildfire, and people are videotaping themselves completing the challenge and posting it on social media.

I would like to also issue a challenge … to the church. I challenge you to suspend all musicians for one Sunday, tear up the program, and allow the Spirit of God to take over your service for one Sunday. Don’t worry about an order of service. When God sees that He is welcome in your midst, He will take control of the service and direct, minister, and correct. I think you’ll be pleased at what God does in your midst when He is allowed to take control. Be prepared to be graced by His presence!

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Jackie Darling
Wow! This is so true, Jeanita! I was recently in our night service at our church and the elders declared that there would be no sermon. He declared that we would worship the Lord. We had musicians there, but there hearts were tuned to the songs of the Holy Spirit and at times they even stopped playing and bowed down on their knees to worship Him as they sang. At one point, the church was just silent before Him for about a few minutes. It was something to behold- over 500 people on their knees quiet before the Lord in… Read more »
Yes, I do realize that this message will be hard for some to digest. But if it gets us thinking about the way we worship God, then it’s worth it. God gave Israel specific instruction on how they were to worship Him. Only the best will do. And no ‘strange fire’ is to be offered up to Him. I applaud your pastor for stressing the importance of worship. It’s really not about us. Something powerful happens when we put down our strange gods, humble ourselves, and worship Him. This message is from God, for the church today. I believe He’s… Read more »