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God Wants Sincere Heart Service

“Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart (Eph 6:5, 6).”

Christians are not immune from the possibility of serving out of a sense of routine, much like brushing our teeth. This happens commonly when one has been in the faith for a number of years. We coast along, having forgotten what it is to serve from the heart. To the church of Ephesus, the Lord has this indictment: “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love (Rev 2:4).” They did wonderful works but sadly had forgotten their first love to the Saviour.

Paul wrote of the attitude we ought to have in serving: from the heart. Our service must be sincere and without ulterior motive to be acceptable. Some serve as men-pleasers, hoping to win the approval and praises of their fellow men. The Lord warns us in Matthew 6:1-18 against putting on a show to impress others. A Christian does the will of God sincerely and without guile.

Resolving not to lose our first love, let the saints of God revisit once more what love to the Lord means on a practical scale. Love for God and the brethren, according to the apostle John, is obedience to Him. “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments (1Jn 5:1-2).”

The worship we render unto our God must be sincere. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).” Insincerity in worship is an insult to the Almighty. It has always been so. Joshua in his final address to the children of Israel exhorted them, “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD (Jos 24:14).”

Worship is a joy, not a burden. Well did the psalmist say, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD (Psa 122:1).” When the children of God gather on the first day of the week to participate in this holy activity, may our hearts and minds be ready to meet with Him through the acts of worship.

God wants our hearts to be right with Him and for Him. God wants true allegiance from the heart, not lip service. He wants more than an outward form of conformity. The New Covenant of Christ is a heart-religion (Heb 8:10). God wants our obedience not merely out of terror and dread of His threatened wrath and punishment, but because we love Him for who He is and what he has done, and because we desire to please our Maker. The greatest commandment is to love Him with all of our being. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (Mat 22:37).”

When Barnabas visited the brethren at Antioch, “and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord (Act 11:23). With all purpose of heart – that is the key. For it is out of a heart of gratitude for the great salvation that we serve Him (cf. Rom 6:17).

With all this in mind, let us check to ensure our service is sincerely from the heart. The first thing we can do is to align our ‘wants’ with the will of God. “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Mat 6:20-21).”

If we made a list of our wants and desires, and then made a list of what God wants of us – how close would they align? The Lord Jesus sets the perfect example. “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God…(Heb 10:9)” In the face of cruel death, He said: “not my will, but thine, be done (Luke 22:42).”

When we realised the discrepancy between our desires and God’s, we must seize the opportunity to align our will with His. This happens because we do not quite know our Lord as we supposed we do. To truly own eternal life is to know God. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent (John 17:3).” Therefore we must strive to grow in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ (2Pe 3:18).

The better we know God – the more likely our service will be from the heart. Engage actively in the church and the Lord’s work; spend time with God and His people. God has purposely designed that His people come together for worship and worship is a way of expressing reverence & love to God. The more we worship sincerely – the greater our love for God. It is a discipline. Let us also tell others of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

God’s commandments are not grievous to those with the right attitude. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous (1Jn 5:3).

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Boring

Sometimes today people make statements like, “I just can’t enjoy reading the Bible.  I’ve read it so much, it’s a boring thing.”  Or, “Christianity is a boring religion.”  Or, “I get so bored with the worship services.  There is nothing interesting and fresh about them.”

Probably, in all honesty, these thoughts are not new.  Every generation surely must have had its own people who felt bored and for whom boredom closed the doors to spiritual growth.  The difference is that in the past when people had those thoughts they were ashamed of them, knowing that there was some fault within their own attitude and understanding or they would not have felt that way.  So they usually kept their thinking to themselves, their own guilty secret.

Today, though, the boredom is expressed as a charge, not against self, but against Christianity.  If people find the Bible to be boring, the implication is that the Bible is at fault.  Christianity is pronounced a boring religion because it fails to meet the needs of today’s society.  Worship is boring because it is formal and ritualistic.

How sad it is that we have grown subconsciously so secure in our confidence in our own thinking and intellect that we question and find fault with God’s work rather than with ourselves when it seems that something somewhere is not measuring up to the needed standard!  Is this not the epitome of egoism?

Is God’s word boring?  Not if we have cultivated (and cultivation is something we do ourselves, by choice) a hunger for it; not if it is His living word in our hearts instead of a dead letter; not if we love the daily guidance we receive from it. (Psalms 1:1,2) “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Is Christianity a boring religion?  Does it have no relevance in today’s world?  We need to understand that Christian does not draw from the world around it, and its relevancy does not depend on the culture in which it exists.  Christianity is a way of life designed by the God of heaven to fill all the needs of all men in all cultures for all time and to lift them above their human cultures.  Christianity is as relevant as its adherents will allow it to be in their individual lives.

Is worship boring and ritualistic?  Worship is adoration of God, not entertainment of humans.  It was planned by God according to His own wisdom so if there is any lacking, it is in us and not in the plan. God knew that there is strength in fellowship so he asked His family to gather regularly so that we should be continually aware of each other’s needs and would be moved by our love to help each other.

But worship is more than just gathering together.  And it is a much more involved and profound thing than just conforming to a ritual. (John 4:23,24) “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

First, Worship is adoration and exaltation of God.  The whole group is to be involved, but the act of worshipping is a very individual thing.  That is why those who participate fully go home spiritually invigorated by the experience while those who practice absentmindedly or were primarily spectators find worship “boring.”

Second, Worship is a teaching and strengthening process.  The hymns and the studies, the sharing of spiritual thought and growth, are all meant to edify the body.  Again, God showed His wisdom in His plan.  He knew that men would gain more from reaching out to others to help them grow than from concentration entirely on their needs.  So worship should, and must be, a time of giving and receiving, of “teaching and admonishing one another”, if it is to be effective. (Colossians 3:16)

Third, Worship is a weekly renewal of our commitment to the death of Christ and to the new life we have in Him.  How often Christians fail in their awareness of this part of worship!  If a sincere searching of the heart and soul is made each week, followed by a fresh avowal of giving of one’s entire self to God, how could such a time of consecration ever be labelled “boring”?

Everything about the Christian way of life is as new and vital as the “new” of a new day, because it is a living relationship between a living soul and his living God.  To allow it to sink to the level of boredom must surely be one of the deepest hurts we could inflict on our Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit.


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Whispering During Services

I had occasion to visit the services of another congregation recently. I arrived late because I had preached at 6.00p.m. and could not get there earlier. I took a seat near the rear of the auditorium, unfortunately, just in front of two teenagers. I could hear them whispering during the song that preceded the sermon. This I thought about a little, but did not become excited.

As the minister spoke, I was constantly annoyed by the whispering that came from behind me. Even though I tried very hard to hear what the preacher was saying, the continual disturbance by these two teenagers let me get little (if anything) from the sermon. It was like trying to hear the weather report on the news over TV when the children are yelling, laughing and playing.

Theses two teenagers sang the song of invitation with as much fervor as any of the other worshipers present. I thought about speaking to them, but being a stranger in their service, I simply left. I could not but reflect that they did not know if I were a Christian or not, nor did they care whether I heard the sermon or not. They had no interest in the preacher’s sermon and through their muffled conversation killed the lesson for others who sat near them. I kept wondering why their parents did not check on them and stop their talking.

Those of you who whisper in church service, I appeal—either wait until services are ended or get our conversations over before they begin. I saw a little poster in the lobby of a church house one time that went like this: “If you must whisper, whisper a prayer.” I like that idea and encourage its practice. “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Cor 14:40)

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The problem of distraction comes up every now and then. We have all experienced being disturbed by the cry of the baby, the movement of young children, the passing of notes and of course, whispering.

To the “noise-makers”: Be reminded of the importance of worshiping God in spirit and in truth. (Jn 4:23) God is in our midst when we worship and we must revere our Heavenly Father and be considerate to those around us too. To the “disturbed”: Let us be humble in correcting others and be patient while they grow in faith. (2 Tim 2:25-26)

We must not forget that Christ teaches us to be patient too. People at different stages of their lives face different challenges. Those who are strong, ought to bear with the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Rm 15:1) In short, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Mat 5:16)

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Have you met the Tate Family?

Do you know how many of the Tate family belong to our congregation? There is one man, Dictate, who wants to run everything, while Uncle Rotate tries to change everything. Their sister, Agitate, stirs up plenty of trouble with help from her husband, Irritate. Whenever new projects are suggested, Hesitate and his wife, Vegetate, want to wait until next year. Then there is Aunt Imitate who wants our church to be like all the rest of the churches. Devastate provides the voice of doom while Potentate wants to be a big shot.

But not all of the members of the family are bad. Facilitate is quite helpful in church matters, and a delightful member in the family is Miss Felicitate. Cousin Cogitate and Meditate always think things over and lend a helpful, steadying hand.

And, of course, there is the black sheep of the family, Amputate, who has completely cut himself off from the church.

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Note: If you’re not familiar with some of the names of the “Tate” family, you may wish to look them up in the dictionary.


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Spontaneous Worship

“Spontaneous Worship” is one of the gimmicks employed by those who seek to restructure the worship. The idea is that of spontaneously bursting forth in song, prayer, or testimony. This practice is often observed in “youth meetings: and :devotionals.” Those in charge of these activities often (not always) seek to create an artificial atmosphere of mysticism and excitement by turning down the lights and asking those there to hold hands. Then an invitation is extended for any and all to participate by doing whatever they feel impelled to do: begin a song, word a prayer, or speak. The speaking is usually in the form of testifying as to how much more fulfilled and happy their lives are since they “accepted Christ.” The prayers are sometimes “chain prayers” in which all who desire are invited to participate. Spontaneous singing is not always exclusive of these special meetings, but often takes place a few minutes before the regular meetings of some congregations. One arriving prior to the announced time is shocked to discover the worship has already begun.

Authority for such worship comes not from the New Testament, but rather has its roots in the false worship of sectarian churches. New Testament churches were commanded to “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Cor 14:40).

The expression “in order” is from the Greek word taxis which has been defined by scholars as: “An arranging, arrangement, order (akin to tasso, to arrange, draw up in order), is used in Luke 1:8 of the fixed succession of the course of priests; of due order, in contrast to confusion in the gatherings of the local church, 1 Cor 14:40”. Spontaneous worship then is a violation of this command. While orderliness is included in the command, it
involves more. A practice may be orderly but not in order. Though the New Testament has not specified the exact sequence of the items of worship, it has specified what they are and that the services are to be by plan or arrangement. The number of songs or prayers used, whether the Lord’s Supper is observed before or after the sermon, etc., are things which may be varied from time to time and congregation to congregation, but this is not to be done haphazardly or spontaneously without plan or arrangement beforehand.

The idea of spontaneity comes from the Society of Friends (Quakers) who teach that one must wait until the Spirit moves him before speaking in their assemblies. We are told that they sometimes sit for hours before one feels that they Spirit has directed him to speak. This practice may also be derived from the Pentecostals who teach the direct operation of the Holy Spirit, modern day revelations, and speaking in tongues. Testimonial services come from Calvinism, which requires an “experience of grace” before one is admitted to membership in churches practicing this doctrine. While they speak of “testifying for Christ,” they are in reality testifying concerning themselves. The testimony of the apostles and inspired men of the first century is recorded for us in the New Testament. They were eyewitnesses of His resurrection and gave ample testimony of His Divinity. The idea of mysticism and excitement created by such things as turning down lights, etc., comes from spiritualism and the occult religions.

I believe that true New Testament worship has been restored, and any effort to modify will only result in perverting it and making it vain. There are those who accuse us of ritualism and traditionalism and attempt to cure this situation by adding the rituals and traditions of men. I plead guilty of practicing only those rites authorized in the New Testament and holding fast to the tradition of the apostles. Worship in churches of Christ can be improved and made more spiritual by improving the worshiper and not by modifying the worship.

There are many things in life
That we cannot understand,
But we must trust God’s judgment
And be guided by His hand.
The Lord is a stronghold to him whose way is upright.
Proverbs 10:29


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Pattern Religion

Victor M. Eskew

God has given us a pattern for obedience, a pattern for the church, a pattern for worship, and a pattern for work. Strict compliance with that pattern produces Christians only, Scriptural worship only and Scriptural work only. The real legitimacy of Christianity rests in strict adherence to the pattern.

“Either God’s Word is that pattern or there is no pattern… If God’s Word is intended to be a pattern it is a perfect pattern, for God cannot be charged with imperfection, and following it is important — yes, absolutely essential. If God’s Word is not intended to be a pattern, then it doesn’t matter what we are or what we do, in religion, nor does it matter whether we are anything, or do anything.”

When the above words were written, most members of the church agreed with this teaching. Since then, however, many have departed from the above thinking. They would ridicule the idea of “pattern” religion.

GOD ALWAYS HAD A PATTERN. God’s giving man a pattern to follow is not a new concept. In the days of Noah, God gave this righteous man a pattern to follow whereby he and his house could be saved. “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it” (Gen 6:14-16). Here God gave Noah a specific plan to follow. Noah did not rebel against God. He did not speak evil of God’s pattern. Rather, he yielded himself completely to God’s instructions. “Thus did Noah according to all that God commanded him, so did he” (Gen 6:22).

God also gave a pattern to Moses by which the tabernacle was to be built. In the book of Exodus, we read of God’s command to Moses to make the tabernacle according to the pattern he had been given. And the Lord spake unto Moses saying…let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the

Pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it: (Exo 25: 1-9) Moses, like Noah, complied with the Lord’s pattern without murmuring and complaining. In Exodus 40, the tabernacle was erected. Verse 33 closes with these words: “So Moses finished the work.”

A PATTERN TODAY. God has not left man without a pattern today. That pattern is found in the Scriptures. “All scriptures is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2Tim 3:16-17).

God has given man a pattern to follow so that he can be saved from his sins. That pattern includes hearing the Word of God, believing that Jesus is God’s Son, repenting of sins, confessing the name of Christ, and being baptized for the remission of sins. He has given a pattern for worship, church organization, Christian living, and the home. The list is endless.

CONCLUSION. God did not intend for man to grope about in darkness with no pattern to follow. He did not intend for each man to make his own pattern. Therefore, He gave man the pattern He wanted men to follow. Man’s responsibility involves his doing all things according to that pattern. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt 7:21)


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The Authority Principle

IS GOD FAIR? Out of the multitude of God’s servants of all times, Moses would surely be ranked in the top ten, if not in the top five. He was a great man in many ways. He was a natural leader — a military commander, a nation-builder, a prophet! Moses was a man whom God used mightily — a legend in his own time.

It was Moses who for 40 years led the murmuring, complaining Israelites toward the promised land. Without Moses’ prayerful intercessions, God would have given up on that sinful nation. Any lesser man than Moses could not have accomplished what he did. Israel never had another leader like him (Deu. 34:10).

Yet after almost a century of service, after trials and triumphs, after 40 long years of leading a rebellious multitude through the wilderness, Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land of rest (Deu 34:1-4). How could this happen? Why would God turn His back on a servant like Moses? Numbers 20:1-13 gives the reason.

GOD’S COMMAND: It is the first month of the fortieth year of wandering. The people have almost reached their promised land. Moses’ job is almost finished. The entire Israelite community has arrived at the Desert of Zin; but there was no water.

The people blamed Moses. They murmured; they complained; they quarreled. Moses took the problem to God in prayer. God told Moses what to do: “Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink” (Num 20:8). For the most part, Moses obeyed God explicitly. He took the staff and assembled the people before the particular rock that God had mentioned; but then he departed from God’s specific instruction. Instead of speaking to the rock as God commanded, Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff (Num 20:11).

GOD’S REACTION: Men are tempted to want to excuse Moses for what may seem like such a “little thing”. But the Lord said to Moses, “Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them” (Num 20:12). Moses disobeyed God! God authorized speaking to the rock. Moses substituted striking the rock. Moses sinned. God punished.

WHAT LESSON DO WE LEARN? God’s reaction to Moses’ sin should teach us something. Only the things God has authorized are acceptable to Him as worship. God is the authority. Any additions, any subtractions, any substitutions to His word dishonor and displease Him. This AUTHORITY PRINCIPLE is stated in the New Testament. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Col3:17). “In the name of Jesus” simply means by His authority. Only by doing what God has authorized can man please God.

Let’s be specific. Only unleavened bread and fruit of the vine are authorized as elements of the Lord’s supper (Mat 26:17-30). Anything else is excluded. Pizza and Pepsi would be sinful if added to the Lord’s table. Only immersion is authorized for baptism (Rom 6:4). Sprinkling and pouring are not authorized and cannot be substituted. Prayer is to be offered to God the Father (Mat 6:9). Prayers to the Virgin Mary, dead saints, or the apostles of Jesus are not authorized and therefore wrong. Christians are commanded to sing certain kinds of songs with the heart and lips in worship to God (Col 3:16). When a banjo, guitar, or piano is added to God’s command, God must surely be displeased because He has only authorized singing.

Lacking of Biblical authority, then, is what makes Auricular Confession, baptizing of images, baptizing of infants, canonization of saints, celibacy of the clergy, lighting of blessed lamps and vestments, sprinkling for baptism, using musical instruments in worship, and a hundred other things that God has not authorized, wrong. Their authority derives not from God but from men.

GOD IS FAIR: Moses knew what God wanted but he substituted something else. He deserved the punishment he received. Man can know what God wants today. The New Testament is a pattern (Heb 8:5) of what God expects. Any deviations from God’s pattern are sinful and deserve His judgment.


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Is Hand Clapping in the Church Scriptural?

Why do some clap their hands (applaud) during the worship of the church? Some clap when they agree with a point the preacher has made. Some applaud when he finishes his sermon. This is to show their approval of it. However, there is no Scriptural authority for hand clapping in the worship of the church! One of the principles which will help us understand the Lord’s will for worship is to”speak where the Scriptures speak, and to remain silent where the Scriptures are silent.” In other words, when the Lord teaches us by a command, approved example, or implication in His Word, we have authority to do it. If He does not, then we are doing it without His authority.

What is the proper way to show agreement or approval in worship? The answer is found in 1 Corinthians 14:16. Paul wrote: “Otherwise, if you bless with the Spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say ‘Amen’ at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?” The manner of Paul’s question implies that the proper way to show agreement is to say “Amen.” Even though this passage is dealing with the miraculousspiritual gifts of the apostolic age, it clearly shows how the Lord expects His disciples to show agreement today.

If God had simply said, “Show agreement,” then hand clapping, whistling, or anything else could be done to accomplish it. However, God did not simply say “Show agreement!” He said to say “Amen” to show approval or agreement. This principle is clearly seen in Genesis 6:14. The Lord told Noah to “Make yourself an ark of gopher wood.” Since God commanded the specific kind of wood to be used, no other kind could have been used with His approval. Since, in the New Testament, God has commanded the way to show approval or agreement in worship is by saying “Amen,” then no other way can be used with His approval! God does not have to say, “Thou shall not practice hand clapping or any other thing except to say “amen.” When He commanded saying “Amen,” this eliminated (left out) every other way of doing it!

The apostle Paul wrote: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17). To do a thing “in the name of the Lord” means to do it by His authority. Therefore, we must have authority for everything we do in our worship and practice. Where is the verse which gives us authority for hand clapping in worship? It is not mentioned anywhere in the New Testament!

Please consider the following arguments from the Word of God:
I.
A) All Scripture is given to thoroughly equip the man of God for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
B) No Scripture authorizes hand clapping in the worship of the church.
C) Therefore, hand clapping is not a good work!

II.
A) It is a violation of Scripture to go beyond what is written (Revelation 22:18,19; 2 John 9).
B) Hand clapping in the worship of the church is not written in the New Testament.
C) Therefore, hand clapping in the worship of the church is a violation of the New Testament!

III.
A)“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).“Whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).
B) The Word of God does not mention hand clapping in the worship of the church.
C) Therefore, hand clapping is not an act of faith and is a sin!

IV.
A) God has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” through His Word (2 Peter 1:3).
B) God’s Word does not give us anything concerning hand clapping in the worship of the church.
C) Therefore, hand clapping in the church does not pertain to life and godliness!

Some try to justify hand clapping in the worship of the church by arguing, “It is mentioned in the Old Testament.” While this is true (see Psalm 47:1), this does not authorize it in the worship of the church today. We are under the New Testament law of worship. The Old Testament Law was for Israel and has been replaced by a new and better covenant (Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 7:12; 8:6-13). The fact that hand clapping was commanded in Old Testament worship does not authorize it in New Testament worship any more than the fact that the burning of incense and the offering of animal sacrifices in Old Testament worship gives authority for them in New Testament worship. We are not under the Old Testament law of worship today! If one leaves out the offering of animal sacrifices and burning of incense, he must also leave out hand clapping.

Some try to justify hand clapping in the worship of the church today by insisting that it is a matter of option. One can choose to do it, or one can choose not to do it. But if it is an option, why not leave it out? Many Christians cannot do it in good conscience. If it is not commanded, but merely a matter of option, then it should not be used for this will cause division. Those who oppose hand clapping in worship do not believe it is an optional matter. They oppose it because it is an addition to the God given pattern of worship in the New Testament.

When we worship God, we must simply follow that which He has revealed to us in the New Testament. Hand clapping as an act of worship is not revealed in the New Testament. Therefore, in order to please God, we must leave it out of our worship! God demands respect for His Word. To add to it or to take away from it is to incur the wrath of God. It will result in one’s being kept out of the Holy City, which is Heaven (Revelation 22:18,19).