Music Idolatry + Pagan Influence = False Worship
"Ye worship that which ye know not; we worship that which we know: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and Truth: for the Father requireth even such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and Truth." -John 4:22-24
As we explore the state of humanity, we begin to notice a very dark and sinister existence of something more than we first realized. Although blanketed by a genuine feeling of peace, as we dig further into the truth of our reality we begin to notice subtle signs of demonic influence; we can start to see small seemingly insignificant pieces of a larger puzzle begin to form a shape. This shape is not what we were previously aware of and the full effect of the situation begins to set in causing that, once peaceful feeling to morph into a more nervous sort of "false" sense of security.
If you look around, to the naked eye it seems pretty normal. There is violence in the news, noise mostly, yet inside your house everything seems ok. But as you begin to venture outside the protective bubble of your reality you will be witness to a reality much different and wicked than you ever imagined. Yes, a prompt check of the area or a short drive through your local community reveals a somewhat different truth than you are accustomed to hearing from the media. When you are sitting in your humble abode, you feal safe and this sense of comfort encompasses you as a mother wrapping her arms around you as a child and snuggling with you. But the perception of peace and quiet changes once you leave that "safe zone" and you discover a world plagued by disease, famine, war, and sin.
When you leave your safe zone (the protection and blessings of Yah) you experience darkness and suffering. Turmoil and pain encompass every aspect of this spiritual loneliness and you desperately seek that comfort you once knew. But you cannot find it because you still have the burden of sin and YHWY cannot be within the vicinity of sin.
This is what our world is really like! That false sense of security you felt before--that was the deceptive work of the enemy or Satan "Lucifer" who is the Father of lies. He is known as the accuser of the people and his techniques and habitual wicked scheming produces the most sinister reality of all. It is this deception that he used to "trick" Eve with in the Garden of Eden and it is the same deception that he uses constantly to trick humanity with.
What do you do then? There is only one thing to do! Seek a relationship with The Messiah, Yahushua of Nazareth....That's right my friends. The only way to find resolution is through faith in Yahushua who died for this very purpose. You must believe in order to receive the grace extended to all humanity by Yah ; only then will you be able to approach the throne of grace in boldness and find the "rest" that Yah has made possible again through His Son--Yahushua of Nazareth! Yah never told us as believers that we would escape every tribulation and hardship. Matter of fact, Yahushua tells us quite a different reality of what we will most definitely face as believers of Him and His disciples (see Matthew 10, 16, 24). Matthew 25:31-46 provides us everything we need to know in order to ensure we are on the right path to the New Kingdom!
Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then the herald cried aloud, "To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: and whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnice." Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live forever." "Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image: and whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnice." "There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, "Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?" "Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnice; and who is God that shall deliver you out of my hands?" Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter." "If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnice, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king." "But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image wich thou hast set up."....And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnice....He answered and said, "Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."....Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent His angel, and delivered His servants that trusted in Him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God." (Daniel 3:1-18, 20, 25, 28)
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new convenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the convenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
So, we can clearly understand from this passage that true worship is worshipping Yah in spirit and truth. (John 4:23&24) There is no other way because Yah made it this way. It is not up to us to change it!
The New Testament reveals the First Century Church as a community of believers who had everything in common. They enjoyed giving to the poor, to each other, to all who had need. This was a reflection of His love for His children--formerly Israel and now all who believe in The Messiah,Yahushua of Nazareth as their Savior and Lord! No where in the Scriptures does the church resemble any of the denominational structures or institutionalized bodies we now recognize as the church. No where in the Scriptures will you find anything about seperate priests or a clergy system of control. According to 1 Peter 2:9 we are all priests in a royal priesthood and Yahushua is the High Priest. So with the ritualistic institutionalized system of the church today, how can we continue to claim we are walking in Yah 's will? If The Messiah died to tear down the traditions and rituals of the former covenant (Hebrews 9:1-28), which included false worship, then why are so many church bodies continuing to utilize these same abolished systems? The only things that Yahushua abolished were these trivial, man-made systems of false worship and yet we continue to see them in the church even today!
Furthermore, the worship that we observe in the apostate church today resembles something out of a music video on MTV. We walk into the "house of God " and are witness to the greatest travesty of the ages--wild theatrics, musical performances, hundreds of spectators in a demonic trancelike state, individuals laying on the floor flopping around as if seizing in an epileptic state, satanic rock music out of a woodstock concert, women dressed in flashy, revealing clothing seducing the crowd with their sensual movements and sexual voices, and much more. While all along the Pastor walks around on a stage raised much higher than the "audience" claiming that "God is in the room!" He continues to motivate the crowd using phsycological mind-control techniques through highly intellectual words too confusing for the average spectator to understand with excited tones thereby stimulating the spectators into further excitment. Even if someone was to recognize the confusing and very irratic behavior for what it is they would not have the freedom to confront the pastor for fear of receiving an immediate eviction for "Attempting to influence the congregation through Satanic means."
Upon confronting the leadership you will most likely hear "Your one of those!" or possibly "You are in a cult." Whatever terms they use to identify your apparent "crazy" criticism that is neither "upbuilding" or "edifying for the rest of the church body" you will definitely face sure expulsion from that church almost immediately. The pastor or an "elder", who apparently nobody ever argues with given their almost godlike status because of their "time in service" as a "christian", will proceed to inform the congregation in a very dramatic performance of "teary eyes" and a broken voice how much they hated kicking you out just then but that it "had to be done to protect the chastity of the congregation." Then the congregation will presume to begin breaking down into a room full of sniffles and sobs in recognition of the outstanding performance produced by their "hero" pastor who did what "I would never be able to do." So, confronting the pastor or leadership within a specific established body would only prove suicidal if not homicidal. You would only serve to make the pastor into a martyr which would only increase his popularity instead of revealing his wolf fangs and fake sheep clothes. Instead of exposing a false prophet you would serve to strengthen his ministry.
What do we do then? What church do we attend? How do we know which one is right then? How can we ever reveal the truth of false religion and turn around the church from apostate to faithful again? I don't think that we really can do much of anything to fix the apostate church to be completely honest. You must realize that despite the obvious corruption within the institution of the church Yahushua warned us of this impending danger in Matthew 24 and other passages in the Scriptures. Furthermore, this must occur for the redemption plan to move forward as we are steadily approaching the return of our Savior and Lord. The answer is not in "fixing" the church or solving anything that is already broken. Matthew 13:24-30 describes the Parable of Tares; how we must not attempt to uproot the weeds from the wheat but allow them to continue to remain among the wheat until the end. Yahushua is assuring us of this reality but instructing us to remain weary and educated of the situation.
The remedy to any problem as a believer or disciple of Yahushua of Narareth is to continue to spread the gospel and live as believers, accountable to one another and always loving each other as He loves us. We are to dedicate our time and effort to biblical study and prayer; feeding the hungry, helping the poor, healing the sick, setting the captives free, realeasing the oppressed, visiting the prisoners (Isaiah 58:6, 7; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 25:31-46; Acts 6:1-7). We do all this while always keeping true to the Word of Yah in everything we undertake throughout our ministry whatever it may be. Fellowshipping is done as time permits and each Holy day of Yah must be observed (Leviticus 23). Worship remains in Spirit and Truth. The church is anyone and everyone who believes in The Messiah, Yahushua of Nazareth and accepts Him as their Personal Savior and Lord. This is the "ekklesia" of the New Testament First-Century Church.