BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26, 2019
TEXT: Luke 4: 16-22
Key verse: Hebrews 7:26 “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;”
When we observe praise, thanksgiving and worship of God in the ministry of Jesus Christ, we notice the absence of dancing in it. This can be seen in the following:
(i) Praise and thanksgiving given by recipients of miracles to God in the ministry of Jesus.
(ii) Praise and thanksgiving observers of Christ's wonderful works gave to God in heaven.
(iii) Thanksgiving and worship recipients of miracles gave to the Lord Jesus Christ.
(iv) The worship Christ's disciples gave to Him as the Son of God.
(v) The worship service Jesus had with His disciples where they sung a hymn.
(vi) Praises and worship the angels gave to God after the shepherds had been told of the birth of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
(vii) Praise and thanksgiving Jesus gave to God the Father when He was on earth.
We see in all these accounts that dancing was absent. The present dancing in praise and worship seen on crusade grounds, church worship services and Christian gatherings have no root in Jesus ministry. Was God glorified in the praises and worship offered to Him under the ministry of Jesus? Certainly.
Can any minister bring more glory to God through praise and worship in his ministry than that which God received when Jesus Christ was a Minister on earth? If the congregations were never led into or occupied with dancing under the ministry of Jesus, why should any minister today think that God highly esteems dancing practiced by the congregation of His worshippers?
This is last days' delusion and a corruption of true praise and worship of the holy God. Nothing but repentance is required of this dancing ministers and churches that have turned the worship of God into occasion of fleshly gratification. The church must return to true worship, in spirit and truth, giving no glory to the flesh. Holy worship of the Holy God is impossible in a dancing church!
Some misinterpret the parable of the prodigal son to mean that Jesus approves of dancing in churches! The music and dancing was not in praise and worship of God by a congregation of worshippers. This activity was a secular setting. Jesus employed this story to teach great gospel truths.
Music and dancing is not His recommendation to the church for praise and worship by this story. All through the ministry of Christ, in public or private, the audience did not engage in dancing, despite many occasions of joy and praise to God.
Thought for the day:
All through the ministry of Christ there was no dancing
Song for the day:
You are worthy, King of kings, Lord of lords....
Bible reading for the day:
Ezekiel 36-37; 1 Peter 3
PASTOR PAUL RIKA