Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Who Are We Dealing With?

True worship must reflect the reality of who God is.  That is, whatever the liturgical forms may be, they must conform to certain theological norms.  But for many advocates of "contemporary worship" this fact is often obscured by attempts at ad hoc constructions of "orders" of worship that pay more attention to what the congregation demands than to what God requires.  For example, in many charismatic services today worship is a continuous celebration.  One gets the impression from start to finish that God is nice, accommodating and friendly, always expected to meet my needs and solve my problems.  One gets to see only the divine fascinans without the tremendum, love without holiness, immanence without transcendence.  This seems to be the predilection of our modern age.  The "domestication of transcendence" is not only found among so-called progressive theologians; evangelicals and charismatics are equally guilty of domesticating transcendence through their marketing strategies and seeker-friendly services.  Perhaps we all need reminding that Aslan is "not a tame lion."

Simon Chan, Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshiping Community (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2006), 57. 

Soli Deo Gloria

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