The worship of God is a universal duty. This fact is acknowledged by all men except blatant infidels.
Christianity rests upon a fundamental premise that God’s favor is extended only to those who come to him through the person and work of Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Yet, while many profess faith in Christ, professing Christians differ widely in the manner in which they conduct their worship.
Such diversity in practice may prompt an inquiry. What means of worship possess the Lord’s approval?What pattern of worship does the L ord truly require of his people? Specifically, is there a biblical measure by which we may evaluate various practices of worship?
The present ecclesiastical scene illustrates the urgency of seeking a biblical understanding of worship. Some churches are introducing “contemporary” modes of worship: drama, sacred dance, multi-media productions even puppet shows. Others advocate free-style services, wherein anyone present may exercise his “gifts” spontaneously religious democracy with a vengeance. There are still others who are alarmed by growing ecclesiastical anarchy; their solution is to embrace the liturgical forms of Rome, Canterbury, or Eastern Orthodoxy.
We hold a different perspective. We maintain that the Bible contains general principles which regulate all matters of worship. First, religious worship must be directed to the Lord God alone; worship must not be given to false deities, humans, or any created thing. Second, the only acceptable means of worship are those established by God.