Worship Through A Proxy Server

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A proxy is a person who is given or takes the power or authority to act or do something on behalf of someone else. In computer networks, a proxy server is a system or application that acts as an intermediary, gateway or filter for clients seeking resources from another network or system. Functioning as a relay between a client and a network, the proxy server sifts and screens information.

Congregations have rejected the old covenant practice of designating priests as a special class of religious hierarchy. The belief that someone else must mediate our relationship with God for us or dispense God’s grace to us has been set aside through our foundational doctrine of the priesthood of every believer.

But even though churches have embraced this understanding theologically and doctrinally, they still continue to function depending on their leaders to serve as earthly high priests. In practice, they have figuratively reattached the veil and reverted back to the functions of the old covenant.

When we view our worship as something that is done for us rather than what we do, we are asking worship leaders to function as a priest or proxy server. This attitude is perpetuated when only a select few are encouraged or even allowed to read, speak, pray, testify, lead, sing, exhort, offer communion, baptize, lament, confess, bless, praise and thank.

Regression is also evidenced when pastors guard hierarchical territory by being the only ones that can rightly divide the Word of truth; when worship leaders perpetuate the impression that worship starts when they start it; when congregants abdicate their individual priestly functions to those who lead them; and when we all view Sunday gathered worship as our only worship offering.

As the tabernacle and its elements are described, the author of Hebrews points out that the old covenant limited access to God. Only the high priest was allowed into the Holy of Holies one time a year with a blood offering (Hebrews 9:3, 6-7). So the place where God’s presence was most revealed was not available except through the high priest and only at certain times.

In the new covenant, however, Jesus became the mediator serving as the intercessor for the people of God. An earthly priest or proxy was no longer required; the sacrifice was complete; Jesus’ blood was offered; the veil was torn in half; and the way was now open for all to worship Him without an earthly mediator.

The new covenant offers Jesus as our high priest, sitting at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, serving in the sanctuary set up by the Lord, not man (Hebrews 8:1-2). His blood sacrifice gave and continues to give worshipers access to the presence of the living God. An earthly proxy server is no longer needed since Jesus in this place of ministry became our worship leader and serves as our mediator or proxy.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, what could occur in our worship if we truly believed, embraced and practiced the understanding that we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19)?

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One Response to “Worship Through A Proxy Server”

  • Rex Clayton Says:

    I can only surmise that this article is a statement against those who have taken up the mantle of “High Priest” in their respective churches. From my experience the office of overseer is Biblical and we have combined it with the pastor, teacher, administrator and community contact. I know that as the pastor the day to day activities, the church calendaring, the administration of the church office, preacher, Sunday school administrator and many other functions fall to me. Part of the blame for that belongs to me and the other blame belongs to the church. We do more than what is prescribed in Scripture, to exhort and train in righteousness so the body can exercise good works. There are a few who believe their pastor is God’s right hand but most pastor’s I know work hard to tell the church to focus on Jesus. Most are underpaid and live in the poverty zone.

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