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How do churches that have indefinitely suspended in-person services understand Hebrews 10:25?

Let us start this answer by pointing out that while churches have stopped in-person meetings "indefinitely" according to the technical usage (which means "for an unknown time period&...
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Is there any biblical support for the Church to allow governments to close churches and prevent public worship?

From your comments you are asking about the case where governments have made regulations in response to a pandemic (Covid19) preventing in-person meetings, or limited their size, and not given ...
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Why did John Newton oppose Handel's Messiah?

Newton did indeed have issues with Handel's Messiah, so much so that in 1784–85 he gave a series of 50 sermons at his own church (St. Mary Woolnoth) in response to the oratorio being played at ...
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What is the basis for forbidding prerecorded music in worship services?

Clear statements against the use of prerecorded music have been made by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians ("On the Use of Pre-Recorded Music in the Liturgy") and Paul S. Jones (...
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Did Jesus command His Disciples to Worship Him?

TLDR: The Disciples worshiped Jesus on at least two occasions (Matthew 14 & 28). Studying these two stories is the most logical place to look to see if Jesus commanded them to worship him. Their ...
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What is the origin of hands lifting in worship?

It goes all the way back to Genesis 29:35 at least with Leah raising her hands in praise to YHWH in naming Judah. As a Biblical Hebrew professor thinking in Hebrew, I find the Old Testament full of ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

God tackled this argument head on by inspiring Solomon to write the book of Ecclesiastes. "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!" It demolishes many sources of meaning that people turn to which ...
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Is there any biblical support for the Church to allow governments to close churches and prevent public worship?

I found a quote I like from an online news source called The Week (emphasis mine). Like everything else in this world, Romans 13 makes sense within its broader context. And in the New Testament, this ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

I think you have rebutted the argument quite nicely in the body of your question but I will add a little to back up what you've said: but we have to take into consideration that we, humans, tend to ...
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How do churches that have indefinitely suspended in-person services understand Hebrews 10:25?

We live in an age where "meeting together" doesn't have to mean face to face services. I noticed in the comments you said: But that depends on getting what is so important about meeting ...
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Do Muslims pray like Christians should?

Nehemiah's posture is only one of many recorded in the Bible. Among the others: Moses bowed low in reverence, and so did many others, but he also prayed with arms outstretched. (Exodus 9:27) Abraham ...
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What is the basis for calling God's love "reckless"?

It's best for Cory Asbury himself to explain the meaning. From SongFacts website entry of his song: "When I use the phrase, 'the reckless love of God,' I'm not saying that God Himself is ...
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Do the reformed theology adherents believe that a believer should not "converse with" or "pray to" or worship the Holy Spirit?

Reformed theology maintains the full deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, so that there is no inferiority attached to the Holy Spirit that would result in the kind of subordination that the ‘...
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Do the reformed theology adherents believe that a believer should not "converse with" or "pray to" or worship the Holy Spirit?

Anne's answer covered the reason WHY the Holy Spirit is full Deity in accordance with the Trinitarian doctrine, thus showing that the Holy Spirit is worthy of worship, which the true Reformed ...
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Does any non-Catholic denomination maintain Altar Lamp, following Lev 6:12-13?

Does any non-Catholic denomination maintain Altar Lamp, following Lev 6:12-13? The Orthodox Churches have vigil lights, just like Catholic Churches to indicate that that Christ is present in the Holy ...
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Is there a specific purpose in placing a hot coal to your lips?

That is a reference to the commission of Isaiah (Isaiah 6). When he suddenly found himself in the immediate presence of the exalted God (likely Jesus), he was undone and fully aware of the separation ...
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How do Christians turn Sunday into the Lord's day?

Some terms might not be defined in Scripture, but this doesn't mean their meaning wasn't known or taught to the first Christians, as if the Apostles only taught by their letters, contrary to 2 ...
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Is there a good alternative word to “performance” to describe an evangelical worship team's actions?

Set is an acceptable musical term and doesn't carry as many negative or "performance" overtones as other words may. It can be used of a final production in front of people, a studio session ...
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How do Christians turn Sunday into the Lord's day?

“The Day of the Lord” usually identifies events that take place at the end of history and they always identify a span of time during which God personally intervenes in history, directly or indirectly, ...
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In RC doctrine, when is pop culture, like Bernstein's Mass, appropriate to tell sacred messages?

What the Bible says For starters, the Bible says in (Psalm 100: 1,2) 1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. RC ...
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Is there any biblical support for the Church to allow governments to close churches and prevent public worship?

It is easy to make decisions when one chooses between two paths, one of which is obviously right and one which is obviously wrong. One puts aside any inclinations of greed or other fleshly motivation ...
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Is there a good alternative word to “performance” to describe an evangelical worship team's actions?

the set your set the music set the musical portion of the service the service the praise the worship might all work, depending on your congregation. Comment: If you are playing along with loops/...
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Where did the layout of protestant worship come from?

One way to think about this is to think about their history. Many Protestant churches stem from the Catholic Church; their liturgy is derived from the Catholic liturgy at the time (potentially with ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

I would suggest rebutting the argument by turning it on its head: Giving one's life meaning is a perfectly legitimate reason to choose to believe in God. Indeed, the first great Existentialist ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

This argument is a classic example of a logical fallacy known as Bulverism (or "circumstantial ad hominem"). Quite simply, the argument has no relevance whatsoever to the question of God's ...
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Did John Calvin discourage harmonies in congregational singing?

Did John Calvin discourage harmonies in congregational singing? He did not discourage congressional singing, but it seems that John Calvin did discourage congressional singing in harmony. In the ...
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Connection between the Jesus Prayer and chanting "Jesus!" during worship?

The Jesus Prayer referenced comes from believers within a structured liturgical tradition - principally the Eastern Orthodox Church - so there would be no connection with the use of the prayer in the ...
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According to Jesus in the New Testament, where by name are the three places one ought to worship God?

The reference is presumably to this passage in the Gospel of John: Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you [plural—i.e., the Jews] say that the place where people must worship is in ...
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Hallelujah vs Alleluia

Hallelujah is used 4 times in the NT, all of which are in Revelation 19:1-6 (see GotQuestions). The Greek word used is Ἁλληλουϊά, which transliterates most directly to Hallélouia or also to Hallelujah....
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