If, Then Worship Conditions

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A conditional statement is one that is put in the form of if A, then B where A is designated as the premise, hypothesis, or antecedent and B the conclusion or consequent.

If…then statements are used extensively in the form of logic referred to as deductive reasoning.

Can we determine if spirit and truth worship is actually conditional using this form of logic? And if it is conditional, couldn’t we then develop a universal recipe for worship success? The short answer is yes but our premises and conclusions are often flawed.

The universal hypothesis and the place where worship conflict often originates is in our reasoning that if we sing it and play it in a certain way, then worship will occur. If hymns, then worship; if modern songs, then worship; if organ…if guitar…if casual…if formal…if scripted…if spontaneous. The antecedents are endless.

If the certain way will cause worship to occur, then that same reasoning would also cause us to conclude, conversely, that if it is not sung or played in a certain way, then worship will not occur. Some of us have read recent articles making this claim.

If how we sing and play our music is necessary for worship to occur, then music has devolved into a tool for worship preparation only. So, instead of offering us a way to express our worship it serves as a rehearsal for our worship. If we are leading worship with this premise, then at what point does our music evolve from worship preparation to actual worship?

Worship is indeed conditional but the conditions are not of our own making. God offers us a glimpse of his activity, his will, his attributes, his judgment, his discipline, his comfort, his hope, and his promises. Our response to that revelation is the sometimes spontaneous and sometimes premeditated reply, worship. 

So, the conditions have already been met…Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. If we affirm this mystery of our faith, then how can we keep from singing? If worship is our response to how these truths have been and will continue to be manifested in our lives, then worship will occur in spite of what we sing and play or how we sing and play, not as a result of it.

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