I have to rant a bit today. My apologies to those offended.
I am writing on a sin which has surged through the church, given blessing by preachers, elders, deacons, and Christians alike. It is the sin of personal preference.
I visited a church this weekend where one man refused to sing praise and worship music because it was not a hymn. While he did not voice his opposition, he stood silent, very visibly in protest.
I have heard this argument before, that new music is not pleasing to God. I have also heard those who only read the King James Version of the Bible because “That’s how Jesus spoke.” (Jesus spoke Aramaic by the best estimation of historians, as did most people in his area in that day. Old English was not used at that time.)
These are preferences. There are tons of them. Which side to put the piano and organ, use pews or chairs, deacons or elders? Should women be allowed to serve in leadership capacity in church? How involved should children be in the church?
Churches and entire denominations have been founded on such petty disagreements. If the church is the bride of Christ, how much adultery does it commit by focusing on disagreements rather than what unifies?
I urge you if you have a complaint over anything in the church which is not explicitly laid out by God or Jesus, let it go. It is a preference and may tear the church in two.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” – Ephesians 4:11-13