The Jews were forbidden to sacrifice an animal that was lame, blind or otherwise deformed (Leviticus 1: 3, 10, 3: 1, 22:20, Deuteronomy 15:21, 17: 1, Malachi 1: 8) . Every offering was examined, and if any spot were discovered, the animal was rejected.
In the same way, Christians should present to God the body and mind in the best possible condition.
We must surrender ourselves to the service of God and Ouvir Musicas Gospel see to it that supply is as close as possible to perfection. God will not be pleased with anything less than the best we can offer. Those who love Him with all their heart will desire to give Him the best service of their life, and will be constantly seeking to put the whole faculty of their being in harmony with the laws that will promote their ability to do His will. (White – Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 352-353)
All faculties and virtues must be preserved pure and holy; otherwise, self-dedication to God can not be acceptable.
Sinful condescension defiles the body and disables men for spiritual worship. What clings to the light that God gave him on health reform, has an important help in the work of sanctifying himself by the truth and being enabled for immortality. But if they despise that light, and live in violation of natural law, they must suffer the penalty; their spiritual energies are cushioned, and how can they perfect sanctification in the fear of the Lord? (White Health Council, 22)
This requirement is not arbitrary. God’s purpose for believers is complete restoration. This necessarily includes the purification and strengthening of physical integrity as well as mental and spiritual powers.
What is your rational worship.
Cult is a form of homage given only to a deity. it is worship. But God demands that we have the right view of true worship. Only this kind of conscious, submissive worship is acceptable. Everything else is false, it is vain, it is garbage, unacceptable to be presented before a holy and perfect God.
pessoas, professando a verdade, serão uma ofensa a Deus e uma lástima para a religião. (White – Testimonies, vol. 2, p. 202)
The word translated here as “rational” is the Greek word logikos, “rational,” “spiritual,” “logical.” That is, dominated by the mind and subjugated to it. This is the kind of worship that Paul is saying that we should offer and that is accepted by God.
Unfortunately, what we have been looking for is the opposite of this. The opposite of “rational” within the given context – which focuses on the human being – would not be “irrational”, for this word would be the negation of the concept. The antonym of “rational” in this case would be “emotional.”
The discussion of the role of reason and emotion in worship is not new, but I would like to return to this theme, for it is extremely important to understand some fundamental aspects of true worship.
As discussed in the introduction, there are distortions in the current church about the concept of worship. There is a lot of activity and events in the church, focusing on the idea of worship, but we have not seen the fruits of this “worship”, and the reason for this is that the current concepts are not grounded in a clear “thus saith the Lord.” They are, therefore, false and idle worship.
What we have noticed is that many people see worship and music as being synonymous. In some of our congregations, if someone says, “I want you to worship the Lord with me,” many will presume – and often rightly – that some music will begin to play immediately.
This is because many people sincerely believe that music produces worship, or music induces worship. The reason why many Christians today truly believe this is because we have buoscad, longed for, encouraged and cultivated a form of emotional worship. And, it is a well-known and proven fact that music induces certain emotional states. In this way, by reaching an altered emotional state, people believe they have experienced a worship experience. Nothing could be more misleading and therefore more dangerous.
But music as such can not produce worship. It can not induce worship. Music is not the origin of worship. I’ll say it another way: music is not the beginning of worship is its end.
Our worship before God, the worship we give to God in worship is spiritual. This means that true worship is initially internal, not external.
“Worship is an active reaction to God, by which we declare his dignity. Worship is not passive but participatory. Worship is not simply a climate; is a reaction. Worship is not just a sensation; is a statement. (Allen / Borror, Theology of Worship – page 16 – Emphasis in the original)
True worship is not a “climate,” to which we surrender. It is not a sensation, to which we are induced by the beauty of what we hear.
Let us be clear here: we are not saying that there should be no music in our services. On the contrary! Music is a fantastic instrument of expression of worship and instruction for spiritual edification.
In a religious gathering, the act of singing is both a worship of God and the act of preaching (…). (White – Selected Messages, v. 3, p 333)
The error here, we reinforce, lies in thinking that music can lead to worship, or that worship is the fruit of music. Indeed, according to the divine plan, what is happening is just the opposite: true music for God springs from a heart full of true worship!
With music or without music, true worship originates in the mind, through our decisions. We have decided to submit, to prostrate ourselves before a sovereign God. This is the concept of the Greek word usually translated as worship, proskuneo. This is the worship that Paul says is acceptable to God. it is the kind of worship that God wants.
Let us look at some examples of this process, which for many is a phenomenon, in inspired writings:
When Moses asked the Lord to show him His glory, the Lord said, “I will bring all My goodness before you.” “And the Lord passed by before him, and cried out, Lord, Lord God, merciful, gracious and long-suffering, mercy and faithfulness; who keepeth mercy for a thousand generations, who forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin, though he does not blame the guilty. … And immediately, as Moses bowed to the ground, he worshiped him. “[Exodus 34: 6-8] When we are able to understand the character of God as Moses, we too will hurry to bow down in worship and praise. (White – Fundamentals of Christian Education, 177)
Daily revelations of the character and majesty of his Creator filled the young poet’s heart with adoration and rejoicing. In the contemplation of God and His works, the faculties of David’s spirit and heart were developing and strengthening for the work of his later life. (White – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 472)