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We Are Not in a “Worship War”

In Calvary Baptist Church, Vinnie Bosscher on September 27, 2011 by The Spillover

Here are some thoughts from our Worship Leader, Vinnie Bosscher:

What in the world is a “Worship War”? Crazy as it may be I have already been back at Calvary for over two months now and I cannot count how many times I have heard this phrase since I arrived. In fact I was hearing this phrase before I even got here! People would ask or say, “How do you intend on battling the worship wars here”, or, “Why would you want to go to a church that is in the middle of a worship war”…and the one that breaks my heart the most “I don’t want to serve while the church is in a worship war”. This phrase is so negative and so…hmmmm let me think, WRONG.

Brothers and Sisters, Calvary is not in a “Worship War” now, nor has it ever been in one. What we are in,  is a battle of spiritual warfare. Paul says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”. We are NOT at war with each other though it may seem like it and though some might want to be but we are in a war with the dark powers of evil and the things we cannot see. And how do we battle this…PRAYER, FASTING and SCRIPTURE.

Do you want unity in our sound, music and church…stop fighting the “Worship War” that doesn’t exist and start battling the same battle as Paul. It’s really easy to tear apart and fight what you don’t like or want in this world…it’s not so easy to fast, pray and read scripture to battle the evil you can’t even see.

4 Responses to “We Are Not in a “Worship War””

  1. I’m praying today for unity in CBC and for God to show each of us individually how to sacrifice something within ourselves so that we may love and care for someone else. Let us love each other, even at our own expense, Lord. We’re begging you!

    Anyone else want to share specifics of what you’re praying for?

  2. Well said, Vinnie. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Then verse 13 goes on to say, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Let’s recognize spiritual warfare for what it is — a thinly disguised attempt to disrupt a church and refocus our attention to what we think we can touch and feel — music and worship.
    Liz

  3. Thank you for getting right to the heart, Vinnie. And Adam, we’re praying! Kraig and I have felt strongly for some time that our body needs to come together before God in prayer and seek Him, no other agenda. It’s scary, because who knows where He might take us–but that’s the most awesome, exciting thing about it. His heart is for unity (not uniformity–unity), and He can bring it!

    In reading this I was reminded of some points the speaker at Barakel’s Labor Day family camp had this year. He covered the Sermon on the Mt, and in ch. 6 where it speaks of giving, prayer and fasting. What are the rewards of these? Giving: the joy of joining with God in what brings Him pleasure; Prayer: the reward is that God gives us Himself, we have access to Him!; and Fasting: when we give up a certain current pleasure, our hunger for Christ and His return increases.

    Anyway, slight tangent, but certainly on track with the heart here!

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