In every discussion I’ve had with LC-MS members that are sympathetic to the desires of some for contemporary/creative worship, one of three (or a combination of all three) cards is played by the other party: 1) How our services are conducted is “adiaphora;” 2) (somewhat related) Christian Freedom; and 3) God approves of all forms of music. I have found that the best way to respond to any or all of these is to simply not respond at all. As soon as you get into discussions about music, Christian Freedom, or adiaphora, you have already lost the argument, not because you are wrong, but because the other person is usually ignorant as to the real role that these three things have in the context of worship. I have learned that the best response is to simply put it like this: “Congregations and pastors that stray from the prescribed orders of service and the commonly accepted hymns cannot be trusted to provide doctrinally pure worship for the congregation.” What that does is puts the burden of proof on the shoulders of the person who is sympathetic to these alternate forms of worship, and forces him to concede that those who use the prescribed orders of service do not have to worry about providing doctrinally pure worship for their flock, because it has already been proven to be so. It’s like this: those who refuse to submit to the received orders and hymns and insist on borrowing from non-Lutheran sources or creating an unchurchly atmosphere in their services are on shaky, unproven ground. You can say, “Are you so confident in your own creativity that you are willing to risk the souls of your members including your own just because you want things to have a differently feel to them?” Try that approach. I’m not saying it is going to win anyone for doctrinally pure, reverent worship. But it is a suggestion for thsoe (like myself) who grow increasingly frustrated in these matters.
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