(3)”But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?”
(7)”Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,”
(8)”This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”
When is the church going to learn to honor the Lord with the right honor? The type of honor that comes from a surrendered heart. The type of honor that God seeks is that which lifts God above all else. He is High and Lifted up. He is Above all and Beyond all. He, alone deserves our Highest Praise and our Highest Level of Honor.
Instead, it has become apparent that we honor people above God, and this is the wrong honor. We exalt our leaders as gods instead of as representatives of God. Truly, the man of God and the woman of God is worthy of double honor according to the Bible (I Timothy 5:17). Instead, we should save the worship and praise for God alone. On the other hand, we have, also, decided to honor the people with the wrong honor.
When the children of God come together for worship and praise, our services should not be man-centered services. The worship service should not be dictated around what will please the people the most. The worship should be God-Centered, based on what will honor and please God the most. That is to say, the songs should be chosen that invite the presence of the Holy Spirit in the place. Otherwise, we might as well have a secular concert, or a social club if we choose only those songs and only those sermons that draw crowds through means of entertainment value.
This is the world’s way and should not be mimicked by the church.
None-the-less, we honor the world with the wrong honor. We celebrate worldly celebrities and seek to accommodate political correctness above scriptural accuracy. If its a popular movement in the world, we love to transplant it to our churches, in order to please the world and avoid the persecution that comes from a world that hates Christ and hates the ways of righteousness.
We Must Stand For God, and Stand By His Righteousness!
We must remember that, we are not “…our own? but we have been bought with a price…” (I Corinthians 6:19-20). This is easy for us to forget, by the way. The same Lord that died for us expects us to be “…a bride without spot or wrinkle…”(Ephesians 5:27). A church that “…seeks first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness…”(Matthew 6:33), is a church that seeks to honor and please Him. And He, in turn, promises to supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory, by Christ Jesus.
What Does A Christ-Centered Church Service Look Like?
A Christ-centered worship service looks like that which is found in the book of Acts. That means old, stale, church liturgy is out the window. Boring hymns along with rock-n-roll songs, and hip hop with gospel rap are out the door. But anointed songs and sanctified tunes are the order of the day.
In fact, most of the worldly music was founded on anointed gospel music and gospel tunes. Furthermore, good anointed gospel music might sound like R & B, or a little rock-n-roll, or even a little hip hop. The difference is that this gospel music is Holy Spirit-led music, and that is what breaks yolks of bondage. Most of the music of the world is generally demon-led music and that music has no place in God’s worship service because that’s the wrong honor.
The Word of God is presented with Holy Spirit guidance. The message is strongly Bible-based, Christ-centered and the cross of Christ is elevated as God’s answer to man’s needs. The message should be followed by an Altar call for repentance, salvation, and the in-filling of the Holy Spirit.
There should be the laying on of hands for healing and casting out of evil spirits. Jesus said in Mark 16:17,
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”
This is the type of church service and church work that honorable in the eyes of the Lord.
The Right Honor
The right way to honor God in the church is teach and preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27, ESV). Yes, that includes teaching the great promises of God for: prosperity, healing, and deliverance, but not without teaching the conditions that are required for receiving each promise. Then, we must not forget the teachings of holiness and righteousness as taught by the Apostles Paul, Peter, and John. Furthermore, we cannot ignore the teachings of the Old Testament, as some do, because some might believe that it is not relevant to the church.
The Old Testament was the only Bible the early church had. Eventually, decades after being founded, the early church would have and Four the Gospels, and letters from the Apostles, but not originally. When they wrote in the New Testament that it is written… or that scriptures says…, they were speaking about what we now call, the Old Testament books of the Bible. Yet, some in the church today seek to ignore the Old Testament as not being relevant for today, but doing so is neglecting the whole counsel of God, this is the wrong honor toward God.
In conclusion, we must honor God in the highest and best ways possible in order for our honor to be accepted by God. We must honor God in our words and in our deeds. We must give Him the Highest Honor in our songs, in our teachings, in our preaching, and in our out-reach. He is, truly worthy, like non-other, of the Highest Praise, the Highest Worship, and the Highest Honor.