Sermons by Joel hendon


Articles by Joel Hendon

"Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way" (Proverbs 23:19)


Satan is working at his best these days (overtime) and I feel sure he is smiling. He has about one-third of the world's population, Muslims, who are determined to destroy all religions other than Islam. And beside that, he has numerous people within the Lord's church, as well as denominations, who are determined to change the worship of God into wild entertainment.

Congregations scattered all over the country are installing innovations into the worship of God. We find some who now have "worship leaders", "praise leaders", "praise teams" and "special servants" (including women-instead of Deacons), "hand-clapping", "arm waving" and about anything else you might want to mention. Some are introducing mechanical instruments into their musical programs, preaching ecumenicalism, accepting any and all beliefs into fellowship, and on and on. What was once the largest church of Christ in the world, has now joined in this new "reformation". Four of their fifteen elders have resigned over this new form of "praise worship".

One is made to wonder why God (with infinite wisdom), or Jesus, or the Holy Spirit, did not think to incorporate these entertainment attractions into his pattern when he gave us his word. Of course, all thinking Christians know that worship is to God, not entertainment for men, not designed to attract an audience. If God's love, his son dying upon the cross, his grace to us, is not enough of an attraction to get us to worship and serve him, then we are sadly off course. Some are removing the "of Christ" from their title, using rather the term "Community Church" or "People Church". I would that they might all remove His name if they are not going to repent and come back into the fold.

02/19/02 JHH

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