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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 Westminster Abbey as part of a commemoration festival of Handel's 100th birthday. His stated goal was to preach on the Scriptural passages found in the lyrics of the ...


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Nope, it's not, actually. Luther used a form of music "bar form", but he was actually opposed to use of common tunes (like Calvin) for his hymns. The following is from an essay called "Major Forms of BS" by T. David Gordon: I cannot count the number of times I have heard the common myth about Martin Luther employing the tunes of familiar “bar songs” in ...


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Clearly, those phrases can't mean that we have the ability to alter God in any way. I don't think that the definition of "magnify God" in these phrases means to actually make God "bigger" or "greater". I understand them to mean "Make God more prominent in my life, our culture, etc." Magnification doesn't make objects bigger, it alters our perception of an ...


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Those who argue against images of Jesus do so primarily in two ways: (1) that any image of Christ is necessarily inadequate and false and (2) that images of Christ inspire worship and devalue the Word of God. Images of Christ inadequate and false Advocates of this position regularly appeal to the incomprehensibility of God. John Calvin1 and J. I. Packer2 ...


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I'm familiar with a couple different schools of thought on this. Doubtless there are others as well. The first comes from Greek Orthodox tradition. I can't really speak to it directly, but a quick google search turned up a result indicating that it might have more to do with history and wanting to separate themselves from pagan worship. But there's ...


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Well, so the big hidden question here is "what comprises an LDS sunday service?". A related question covers some of this, so I'll just summarize. In your average "Sacrament meeting", you'll typically have: 1 who presides at the meeting 1 who conducts the meeting (may be the same as the one presiding) 1 who leads the music 1 who plays the piano/organ 2+ ...


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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 (Singing and Making Music). Both emphasize two arguments: Authentic worship requires active participation Recordings are static and inflexible Authentic worship through ...


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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 actions were God-worship, not mere respect. The worship was permitted, not forbidden as idolatry (and punished). The context of the scene (words and actions of ...


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This answer relates to the Church of Scotland. Dancing has often been regarded with deep suspicion in the Presbyterian tradition. Originally, it was strongly associated with all kinds of bad behaviour, and would certainly not be permitted in church. Even after dancing became more socially acceptable, church was still meant to be a solemn and sober place. ...


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Key to answering this question is that no mainstream Christian denomination thinks they are actually worshipping any person other than the Triune Godhead - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. From the outside, however, accusations are often made in this regard. To the uninitiated, veneration of the Saints can look like worship. To the ...


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It is based on the understanding that some aspects of the Prophecy given by Ezekiel against the King of Tyre are more correctly directed at the demonic influence empowering that King identified to be Satan himself and the influence the KJV has had on the formation of Pentecostal doctrine. Consider: 12 “Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of ...


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I contacted the Valdensian Seminary in Rome and got this reply, from Lothar Vogel, professor of Church History: Dear Mr. Gunther, I thank you very much for your kind request and for your interest in Waldensian history. I can tell you that there are no sources concerning medieval Waldensian hymns or liturgies linked to Eucharistiv ...


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Roger Ellsworth in "Opening Up the Psalms" says not to pronounce the word: The word ‘Selah’ appears seventy-four times in forty psalms. This word signifies a pause or interlude. It may have been used to inform musicians to change instruments or to call for both musicians and listeners to ponder the truth that had been sung. In the public reading of the ...


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Each Weekly Meeting (that is, each congregation) has a clerk who is regularly elected by the members of the Meeting to lead all business conducted by the Meeting. Some weekly meetings (such as the School Meeting described by the Friends School of Minnesota) have the clerk of the Meeting or another elder chosen by the Meeting begin the meeting by rising and ...


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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 hand raising. After the most frequent verb for spoken praise HaLeL (Strong's #1984 & 8416), the word most translated (53 times) as "praise" is the verb YaDaH (...


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The LDS website gives a very succinct answer to this: In weekly worship services and classes, women preach sermons, offer prayers in behalf of the congregation, and teach adults and children. They may also serve as missionaries and as presidents of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations. Women participate in councils that ...


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It is a fairly natural idea to have somebody fulfilling this role, and various Christian traditions have done just that. The following are from Worship music: a concise dictionary (ed. Edward Foley, 2000): Cantor [Latin]. "Singer" (1) In Christianity, a 5th-century term for the psalmist; later, the medieval singer (often cleric) who intoned and led the ...


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I should probably let a member of the LDS Church answer this, as I only attended the LDS Church for a few months. There was an LDS conference during that time, and I'm going to attempt to answer based on what I can find for official statements and my own memory of the event. From the LDS Website: What is general conference? General conference is a ...


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Here's what Matthew Henry says in his short commentary: We should, even in our dress and habit, avoid every thing that may dishonour Christ. The woman was made subject to man, because made for his help and comfort. And she should do nothing, in Christian assemblies, which looked like a claim of being equal. She ought to have "power," that is, a veil, on ...


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This website gives a general idea about what some of the Churches of Christ teach about music in worship. As a result of the distinctive plea of the church - a return to New Testament Faith and practice - acappella singing is the only music used in the worship. This singing, unaccompanied by mechanical instruments of music, conforms to the music ...


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As for "how other Christians view this", the answer is "it depends on the Christian in question." Some Christians, as you pointed out, believe these are signs of the devil, others don't. Just like some Christians see Harry Potter as Satan's way of luring kids into witchcraft, while others think it's a good read and good movies. Some Christians see Satanic ...


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A common emphasis in Bonhoeffer's works such as "The Cost of Discipleship," "Life Together," and "Ethics" is the Church as a both a witness to Christ as well as a blessing to all people. Since the Church is the body of Christ she is called to bring his love to all people. (Goodreads has some good quotes from "The Cost of Discipleship" at: The Cost of ...


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Normally, I don't link to my own sermons. But in this case, I'm going to make an exception. As a Baptist pastor, I wrote this sermon specifically to address this question - Why would God prohibit making graven images? The upthrust of the answer is that images stick the thing of which the image is made in a fixed point in time. And, the truth is, that as ...


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Summary Everyone on Earth are the "offspring (descendants) of God," but only Christians are the "children of God" or "sons of God." Jesus is the recipient of prayer and worship while we are not because He is set apart from us, and Jesus is fully God, and we are not (not even close). We are undeserving of worship. Jesus is not our brother. Jesus is the only ...


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Luther did not, but William Booth did. He said, "Why should the devil have all the good music." 1 Additionally, one of the most famous songs set to a drinking song is "The Star Spangled Banner." Finally, back to Luther. While he did not set sacred music to drinking songs, he is credited with saying, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy....


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It's cultural. This is a Catholic answer, but not based on Catholic Dogma or even the Bible. It's just common sense. In the Western Hemisphere, and western Europe (commonly and ruefully [here at least] referred to as the West) we don't need dance to communicate. Furthermore, we can't even interpret dance as language. In African (and other) cultures ...


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There is no Biblical argument for any food or drink of any type to 'aid in spiritual connection with God' or in 'developing a deeper understanding of his Word'. However, as you already noticed, the Bible does oppose drinking too much alcohol. 9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? ... nor drunkards nor slanderers nor ...


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General Conference is literally the oldest tradition of the LDS Church, as the church was formally organized at a General Conference meeting on April 6, 1830. Section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants lays out the basic organizational details for the church established during that meeting. Of particular interest to this question are verses 61 and 62: 61 ...


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It's very ancient! Song has been used in worship since before the Psalms were written, and certainly continued into New Testament times. And through Christian history to the present. See Psalm 81 (among lots of other references): 81:1Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! 2 Raise a song, sound the timbrel, the sweet ...


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