Christ's instructions to the Church through
the Apostle Paul reads:
1 Corinthians 1:10
"Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus
that you all speak the same thing, and that there be
no divisions among you,
but that you be perfectly joined together in the same
mind and in the same judgment."
At the front of the majority of today's 21st
century church properties
are marquees & signs that read
Traditional Worship Service:
Contemporary Worship Service: ??:??
NOTE THE WORDING,
Correct me if I am incorrect.
Aren't these marquees and signs openly admitting to the
communities that they are attempting to reach for Jesus Christ
that they are divided, they cannot agree and get along in the
same service? QUESTION:
How does this admission square with the following Scriptures
that we all know so very well,
"Love, does not seek its own, ...."
verse that we may not know as
"Let no man seek his own, but every man another's
And, a verse that truly
puts this issue in a correct perspective,
may make the remainder of this page -- unnecessary,
all seek their own,
not the things which are Jesus Christ's."
FOLLOWING VERSE REVEALS TWO IMPORTANT FACTS
ABOUT LIFE AND MINISTRY
a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
 And if
(2) a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand."
My wife and I have been in church
service after church service across this nation that had 20 to 40 minutes of standing
[in complete disregard for the handicap and older folks] while singing choruses,
not hymns and not even real songs, only choruses! We've
been in many other church services that, in spite of the fact
that we knew the words to the songs or choruses, we couldn't
sing a single one of them because they sang these songs and
choruses to tunes and music that we did not know! How can
visitors possibly join in the music fellowship and praise?
The Pastors of these churches preached less than 20 minutes from
the Word of God! Most messages were only 10 to 15 minutes!
When and where in the Word of God
did Worship become music
"preferences" usurping the place of study, instructions and / or preaching the
Word of God?!
Add to this reality the fact that the
"vast" majority of churches
no longer have an evening service and the
"vast" majority of members never open the Word of God until
they go back to church the following Sunday.
Is this tragic or what?!
Reader, there isn't a First
Day of the week music and entertainment service recorded in the
entire New Testament. In every occasion mentioned, they met
to hear the teaching of the Word of God. In fact, music is
only mentioned three times in the New Testament concerning the
1 Corinthians 14:15
"What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit,
and I will also pray with the understanding.
I will sing with the spirit,
and I will also sing with
"Speaking to one another in
psalms and hymns
-- and -- spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom,
teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the
before our Lord's crucifixion, He and the Disciples sang a hymn:
"And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount
"And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount
Ephesians and Colossians,
please note the order of music:
Hymns and Spiritual songs"
please note the mandates for music:
in the Spirit and
before our Lord's crucifixion, note what it was Christ and His
they had sung a hymn..."
are ordained to preach the Word, not entertain, 2
charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who
will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His
kingdom:  Preach the
word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince,
rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine,
but according to their own desires, because they have itching
ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 
and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned
aside to fables.  But you
be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an
evangelist, fulfill your ministry."
and large congregations are divided over music and not sin
issues. Folks, don't we realize that division (music or
otherwise) is a sin? Shame on us,
"Now I plead with you, brethren,
by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the
same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that
you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the
same judgment," [1 Corinthians 1:10]
"But in giving this instruction, I do not praise you,
because you come together not for the better but for the worse. 
For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I
hear that divisions exist among you; and in part, I believe
it!" [1 Corinthians 11:17-18]
look at the results of the late 20th and, now, our early 21st
services which covers roughly 40 plus years:
*Worship services are casual in opposition
to formal, regal, dignified or even -- respectful.
worship services with the following:
awards event in sin city, Las Vegas, was black tie and tuxedo
meals for businesses are, as a rule, business dress -- including a
**Job interview, dress up to impress,
a suit, tie, dress shoes or a business dress.
Church for a worship service with the King of Kings and Lords of
and boys wear jeans and a casual shirt; women and girls wear
slacks that are so tight and
skirts (that the young girls and young adult women have to
continually pull down) that are
so short that the Pastor doesn't dare to
look beyond his pulpit. A
number of years
ago my wife and I were visiting a very large
Church Family. After the
service I was engaged in a conversation with an
individual that I knew (a Deacon)
a teenaged girl walked by with a skirt that was so short that
mid-sentence I interrupted myself with
"good-grief!" The man replied with, "she's my
daughter, isn't that awful?"
I replied, "Ok,
she's your daughter and what are you going to
do about it?"
*Casual dress and worship hasn't improved
Church attendance. Attendance is down and is
continuing to go down. What casual dress
has most definitely advanced is, the ladies pants are
tighter and their skirts and shorts are --
shorter, much shorter. In fact, my wife and I have
noticed that in years past the girls and ladies
wore sandals and or flat footwear and now they
are wearing high heels that make them appear more
"leggy" and "appealing". Folks, I hate to
burst your contemporary spiritual bubble but -- this is known
as "sex appeal"
-- and is in total
violation of 1 Timothy 2:9a,
"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with
*The vast majority of Churches have only one worship
service, and why have they decided
to have just one service? The goal was to
have one "convenient" and well attended service and
give the membership the remainder of Sunday to
relax. Has this improved attendance, no!
Now they have one poorly attended service and
they cannot maintain their needed budget
NOW LOCAL CHURCHES ARE EXPONENTIALLY DECLARING
BANKRUPTCY AND ARE CLOSING!!
Let's explore this for a moment. We once
had two worship services and -- we used to teach and preach the following:
1 Corinthians 16:1-2
"Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of
Galatia, so do you also.  On the
first day of every week let each one of you put aside and save, as he may
prosper, that no collections be made when I come."
It was expected of Christians to worship our
Lord with their Love Offerings so as to maintain the Ministries and
facilities, correct? Traditionally, the morning worship service had
the greater amount of love offerings and the evening service had the lesser
dollar amount of love offerings.
20th and now the 21st Century Church, for convenience
and or for what ever other reasons -- is now only having one worship
service. In doing so, they not only have
DENIED MEMBERS AND VISITORS THAT
WORK IN THE SERVICE INDUSTRIES, I. E., DOCTORS, NURSES, HOSPITAL AND
CARETAKER WORKERS, POLICE AND FIREMEN & WOMEN --
THE AVAILABILITY FOR WORSHIP [BECAUSE THEY WORK DAYS AND
CANNOT ATTEND MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES] THEY
HAVE ALSO DENIED THEMSELVES OF THE EVENING LOVE OFFERINGS
THAT THESE MEMBERS AND VISITORS WOULD BRING WITH THEM!! I find
this factoid interesting and deserving Galatians
6:7-8a, "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a
man sows, that he will also reap.
[8a] For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap
corruption,..." And, just what is
corruption, it's called -- destruction and failure!
*Christians and Christian families are doing
everything on the Lord's Day (Sunday) that they do
on the other six
days of the week, and their unsaved friends and neighbors are
are they any different than I am(?)" and --
we're actually wondering why our witness is
spite of all of these new worship and service innovations,
the divorce rate among Church
exponentially trending upward, in
most regions it is the same as the unsaved crowd
and in many other regions, the Christian divorce
rate is higher than
the unsaved crowd.
the above a progressive trend?
I'm not going to dwell on the following issue because God's Word
explains this issue very well:
"Wisdom is with aged men,
And with length of days, understanding."
"Do not remove the ancient landmark
Which your fathers have set."
"The people will be oppressed,
Every one by another and every one by his neighbor;
The child will be insolent toward the elder,
And the base toward the honorable."
I'll be blunt. Those of us with the
silver hair (and many with little and no hair) who are growing
very close to our three score and ten years of age, and, many
of us who are way past our three score and ten years know what
works, what God honors and what God blesses
because "wisdom is with aged men, and with length of days,
understanding [Job 12:12].
We are a part of God's "ancient landmarks" to and in the
local Church. Your younger generations didn't "just
happen", we gave birth to you. And, as for the vast
majority of church facilities across this nation, God gave us
"old folks" the vision, the manpower and the finances to
build and pay for the facilities that you've inherited and enjoy. We old folks remember very well the successful, growing community Church
family ministries, the successful Christian family marriages, the
Christian colleges and seminaries and the growing and flourishing
home and foreign missionary agencies. Today our
Christian Church Family ministries, Christian marriages, colleges,
seminaries, home and foreign missionary agencies are but a mere
shadow of what they once were. Many of you that are in your
20s, 30s and 40s don't have a clue what I'm talking about because
I'm almost 70 years old and have been married to the same woman for
almost 50 years. You, on the other hand, have grown up in an
age of spiritual disasters, failing churches, failing and failed
marriages & broken homes.
Anger and frustration is all that you’ve witnessed or
experienced and failure is simply considered normal Christian
living. As a general rule, you are the folks now running the
Church, Her ministries and are responsible for the
"Contemporary Worship Service" signs all across America.
To your praise, you're doing anything and everything possible
[that you can think of] to increase membership because attending
Church for the purpose of hearing the Word of God preached as
the primary purpose and goal is no longer sufficient in
today's society. Can
I substantiate that as a fact?
Do your Churches
have an evening worship service any longer?
If your Pastor
preaches longer than 20 minutes, how attentive are you?
How long would
you remain in the membership of your Church if one Sunday morning
your Pastor stood behind the podium and said the following:
"Greetings in Jesus
name and welcome to our worship service.
Please bow your head in prayer.
Please stand as
we read today's Scripture text found in ______________ .
And with this introduction he proceeded to preach what the Lord
told him to preach for the remainder of the allotted time.
When finished, he closed with prayer; walked down and stood at the front of the sanctuary
and asked folks to make decisions, i.e., accept Christ as Lord
and Saviour, repent of sins, indicate that they would like to
join in the membership, and etc.
Upon his conclusion of
the "morning worship" service, he then announced that he would
be back at 6 PM for another worship service.
would you return for that worship service? At the
conclusion of that evening worship service he announced that, as
long as he remained as the Pastor of your Church Family, from
that day forward, there would be two worship services, an AM and
a PM service. Would you attend two worship services to
hear the Word of God preached two times every
other questions? After you leave the worship service on
**How many seconds,
minutes or hours do you spend studying the Word of
Sunday afternoon through your return the next Sunday morning?
return to your Church during the week for an organized Bible
**How many seconds,
minutes or hours do you spend studying the the
Ladies Home Journal,
various cross word puzzles, Teen Weekly, and other secular books
and magazines from Sunday afternoon through your return the next Sunday
**How many seconds,
minutes or hours do you spend studying your TV
NBA, MLB, NHL, WNBA and etc. from Sunday afternoon through
your return the next Sunday morning?
**How many seconds,
minutes or hours do you spend attending sporting
going to the "Y" or another health club -- etc.,
etc, etc., etc, etc., etc. from Sunday
afternoon through your return the next Sunday morning? Do
you begin to lose your
interest 20-minutes into a NASCAR race, football, basketball,
baseball game or
hockey match? How long is an average NASCAR race or NFL
football game? How
long is your average worship service?
**AND YOU REALLY
BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE AT THE TOP OF YOUR
SPIRITUAL AND CHRISTIAN LIFE?
**Do you really
believe that listening to a 20 minute sermon on Sunday morning
is going to
empower you to know God and His Word sufficiently well to enable
you to live a
successful Spirit filled Christian life for the remainder 10,060
minutes of the week until
hear the next sermon. We live 24
hours a day (1,440 minutes), 7-days a week
(10,080 minutes) and 52 weeks a year (524,160 minutes).
Let's break it down another way, there are
8,736 hours in a year (not
Year). Do you
and I really believe that we can live a successful Spirit filled
8,736 hours if we only hear
17 hours and 20 minutes of sermons?
Are you ready to admit that you're more interested in
than in Worship?
A CLOSING THOUGHT AND THREE
CLOSING QUESTIONS FOR YOU
CONCERNING MUSIC AND WORSHIP SERVICES:
Those of you who no longer "REGULARLY" use a hymnal, song
book or written music, do you know that
it was the Church
that gave musical talent to the public school systems, not the
public schools giving musical talent to the Church. In
the public school systems, it is only a select few individuals
who actually learn how to sing in harmony by using written
music. These select few are enrolled in choir class and or are
involved in a glee club and other musical interests.
Previously -- in the Church, all Fundamental Churches, everybody
-- young and old -- learned how to read music and, every
individual in a Church Worship Service who wanted to, learned
how to sing in harmony.
Now who’s going to teach our children how to sing musical
harmony -- the public school system? Is
that what you really desire?! The unsaved world of rock and
roll, sexual, violent and hate filled lyrics, filth, rap and
etc? The vast majority of their music (noise) doesn’t require
harmony – just loud drums, especially very loud bass drums.
you displaced or removed the ancient landmarks?
is your attitude concerning your elders:
a student, encouraging
insolent (?), i.e.,
"if you would dialog with me you would understand."
is with aged men, and with length of days, understanding"