Charismatic Christians consider “praise and worship songs” to be, in effect, sacramental, bringing worshippers into the presence of God. So observes Matthew Sigler, who supports this tradition. Furthermore, he says, the music and other features of contemporary worship, as the Charismatics devised it, unfolds in a specific sequence according to a theological model. That is (in my words), it is liturgical. Problems come, he says, when non-Charismatic Christians lift this music and these worship practices outside of their original context, borrowing them while leaving behind the theology and “pneumatology” that goes with them.
So worship implies a theology, and theology is embodied in worship. And you can’t just mix and match. It’s illuminating to hear this from a Charismatic perspective. And it is both illuminating and ironic to hear an advocate of contemporary worship (because of his Charismatic theology) agree with us advocates of traditional liturgy (because of our Lutheran theology). The link and an excerpt after the jump. [Read more...]