Before I say what’s on my mind let me start by prefacing it with a few words:
There will be a lot of folks who won’t like what I’m about to say, will be angered by what I’m about to say, will be offended by what I’m about to say, and/or will want to argue/debate what I’m about to say. My answer to that is simple, I’m not asking you to like it, be happy with it, approve it, or agree with it. To that end your comments, good, bad, or otherwise will go unanswered and if they’re deemed inappropriate, deleted. So, before I continue, if you believe you can’t abide by or like these ground rules, read no further and leave now!
Here we go,…
…this weekend I’ve spent a good 8-10 hours listening to various gospel groups in concert. And while I have not one musical bone in me and I sing like a prisoner (always behind a bar and looking for a key😜) I do know what spirit filled, anointed, and sincere, heartfelt singing is! Having been reared in an old fashion Pentecostal family and church, coupled with 37 years of ministry I know that I know that I know spirit filled and anointed anything! That said, I feel that the past 25+ years of laxity that has overtaken the pulpit has had a negative effect on the church and the individual Christian. Pastors now dress down in the pulpit at every service. Anyone showing up in a suit and tie is now eyed as the oddity, the fundamentalist fuddy-duddy! Anything from torn jeans and a polo to shorts and a tee-shirt has become the norm, and with it, a laxity in reverence, sincerity, and, inerrancy. The Old Testament sacrifices didn’t require the best and purest of animals to be sacrificed for nothing! If it didn’t cost the individual something, it wasn’t a satisfactory sacrifice. Jesus overthrew the tables of the buyers, sellers, and money changer because they didn’t cost the people Anything!
Klave R. Weiden 09/27/2019