Rituals prevalent in church?

25 12 2011

If you have been in church for a while or at least in Charismatic and Pentecostal circles, you more than likely would have been exposed to some services or meetings in which the preacher calls on the Spirit of God to move powerfully in the midst of the people. For example, the preacher may blow on the people, or wave His hand over the people to facilitate this ‘’invoking’’ Gods Spirit!

There is nothing wrong with calling on the Lord for help, but what I do not agree with is when the congregation is almost ‘’forced’’ to obey commands such as, “lift your hands up and worship”, or “confess and repent of your sins so that God will move in our midst”.

All over the church world, these kind of ‘’religious rituals’’ are being ‘’performed’’ because of the wrong belief that people have. They have been taught that they need to do something in the natural realm, to ‘’invoke’’ the Holy God. For example: they believe that they have to be holy enough, or to be sanctified enough, or get loud enough, or to get flag waving enough, to get God “visit’’ with them. The purpose of these ‘’religious rituals” is to ‘’convince or persuade’’ the Holy Spirit to come down from heaven into the building that they are worshipping in, with the purpose of getting Him to supply and provide for whatever needs the congregation may have. To the un-churched persons in the meetings, these ‘’ritualistic experiences’’ would have been quite unsettling to say the least and may even have put them off Christianity for good.

I remember how I felt when I was in one of these services for the first time. It really scared me to say the least and I felt very uncomfortable. I remember people doing very strange things (to me anyway), all in the Name of the Lord. Then after being exposed to this kind of ministry for a few years, it became ‘’normal’’ for me, and I became a part of it.

What I didn’t realize at the time was this: All religions believe in ‘’invoking their gods’’ through ritualistic practices. For example, the Hindus practice invoking their god Shiva, by chanting mantras and dancing. Some African tribes believe in the practice of invoking their ancestral gods by chanting, dancing and singing. These religions all believe that they must perform rituals to get their god to come down from his exalted position, and manifest himself to them, in order to fulfil their needs and desires.

Every religious tradition has its rituals to invoke their deity, and many churches are no different. Why do so many believe that if we shout loudly enough, or sing well enough, or pray enough, then God might just “come down” and make people fall over and shake on the floor just to prove how great the preacher is???

In closing God is Supreme and Sovereign. He does not need us to conjure Him up so that He will perform and dance to our religious tunes!!!

Eph 2:5 KJV  …., (by grace ye are saved;)

Eph 2:8-9 KJV  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  (9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.



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