The Worship Quote of the Week for (09/04/2001):

The Erosion of God-Centered Worship
Todayís WORSHIP QUOTE is an excerpt from THE CAMBRIDGE DECLARATION, a
document put together by members of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.


THE EROSION OF GOD-CENTERED WORSHIP
Wherever in the church biblical authority has been lost, Christ has been
displaced, the gospel has been distorted, or faith has been perverted, it has
always been for one reason: our interests have displaced Godís and we are
doing his work in our way. The loss of Godís centrality in the life of
todayís church is common and lamentable. It is this loss that allows us to
transform worship into entertainment, gospel preaching into marketing,
believing into technique, being good into feeling good about ourselves, and
faithfulness into being successful. As a result, God, Christ and the Bible
have come to mean too little to us and rest too inconsequentially upon us.

God does not exist to satisfy human ambitions, cravings, the appetite for
consumption, or our own private spiritual interests. We must focus on God in
our worship, rather than the satisfaction of our personal needs. God is
sovereign in worship; we are not. Our concern must be for God's kingdom, not
our own empires, popularity or success.

SOLI DEO GLORIA
We reaffirm that because salvation is of God and has been accomplished by
God, it is for God's glory and that we must glorify him always. We must live
our entire lives before the face of God, under the authority of God and for
his glory alone.

We deny that we can properly glorify God if our worship is confused with
entertainment, if we neglect either Law or Gospel in our preaching, or if
self-improvement, self-esteem or self-fulfillment are allowed to become
alternatives to the gospel.

ó from THE CAMBRIDGE DECLARATION, by the Executive Council of the Alliance of
Confessing Evangelicals (1996). The entire document is found at <<
www.alliancenet.org/intro/CamDec.html>>. I highly recommend it to you.


Have a great week.


Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky
carlstam@aol.com
www.carlstam.org
www.sbts.edu