If Meeism is in us, if it drives society, if it is invading our nation and infecting our churches naturally it is affecting our worship. Worship is the expression of majestic reverence to God that He deserves. It ascribes to God the supreme adoration to which He alone is worthy. In “God’s and His Rights” we discussed how God earned the right to our worship and reverence. Here we discuss how we have made the object of our worship “Me.” We have touched on this subject in previous articles however; we have not given it our full attention.
In John 4:23-24, Jesus is talking to the woman at the well. Like most people when you discuss God and worship, she attempts to justify her personal version of worship. His response is interesting:
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
In the Garden of Eden, the Serpent said,
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Anything that makes us a god gets us booted out of the garden. When we worship what we like, the way we like it, for personal gain, (become a planet, reincarnate as another creature, be lord over other planets you name it), “we shall be as gods.” Worship becomes for and about us. Most religions are empty because they promise exaggerated temporal things. As we noted in, “The difference between Religion and God,” (https://gbclander.org/2012/06/26/the-difference-between-religion-and-god/) religions are about men. In this article, we will contend that any worship that does not focus upon God supplants Him through personal ritual, emphasis or operation. This is Meeism in Worship.
False Christians claim Christ or belief in God yet refuse to attend an assembly of believers regularly. God is worthy of worship regardless our personal feelings. Claiming Christ yet not acting like a believer is hypocritical. Matthew 5:6 tells us that they “hunger and thirst after righteousness.” Righteousness on earth is learned and experienced under preaching (Ephesians 4:11-12), in fellowship (1 John 1:4) and when gathered in the body (Ephesians 4:15). If your soul is not convicted (Proverbs 14:2) when you do not attend church, you should have little confidence you have truly turned your life over to Him. Your level of personal comfort is no indication of God’s approval and in fact may testify the opposite. While the ship to Tarsis was being tossed and the crew feared disaster, Jonah was asleep in the hold. (Jonah 1:4-5).
Meeism makes church about us, not about God. Comfortable with your rituals? What does that have to do with God? God does not need church or ritual, people do. People attend church for a myriad of reasons. Some only think their kids need morality. Filling perceived needs does not trust God to fill your family’s needs. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “walk by faith, not by sight.” We are called to serve God, God is not called to serve us.
Attending because you like the music makes your church about entertainment not worship. Scripture never presents worship as entertainment, nor is it actually meant to be enjoyed, unless you enjoy praising and worshipping God. We do not naturally enjoy worshipping God (1 Corinthians 2:14). The sad truth is our heart is at war with God (Romans 8:7). It takes time to grow to like the things of God. Romans 12:2 says we are to be CHANGED by the renewing of our mind. One big change is we learn worship is not about me, what I like, what I enjoy, what I think I need, or what I believe my needs are. God changes us so that we like what He likes and wants what His requirements are in scripture, what He decides, where His word is paramount.
Meeism thinks one can worship in the privacy of the home. You may be able to devote time to God, there are pieces of worship involved, but you are not worshipping Him with your whole heart. The Bible consistently testifies that believers be engaged with other believers regularly. Further, “no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” (2 Peter 1:20) We take counsel from the cardiac surgeon before deciding on a procedure. We should take even greater care for our eternal souls. Though there is no requirement in scripture that a man attend seminary to preach, all those who served God as priests or prophets were prepared and trained. Seek someone who knows the scriptures. We are supposed to engage other believers; we are accountable one to another (Ephesians 5:21). Yes, those imperfect prickly people all around us are our guides in Christ. This is why we also “each esteem other better than” ourselves. (Philippians 2:3)
What do the scriptures say about worship? The whole of scripture tells us worship is always Godward in focus, function and purpose. John 4:23-24 tells us we must worship God in spirit and in truth. Worshiping God in spirit places our soul in God’s immediate presence. Humility demands a contrite heart. Worshipping in truth means, we organize services according to the scriptures. Worship is not compulsory, but there are expectations. Man’s chief attitude should be a heart broken for the sins he has committed, and contrite toward God and all those around him (Psalm 27&63). Church is not for a ritual but for the soul broken in sin that desires to gather with the children of God. Worship is a venue to thank God for His Son’s salvation wrought on the cross. Church is a place we gather to worship an incomprehensibly powerful and majestic God of the universe. All too often, we loose sight of that and make it about “Me.”
Meeism evinces a lost reverence for God. Meeism shows that man is no longer in awe of God. Sadly, the majesty and awesomeness of God has faded. God loves you. His affection is personal. He sent His Son to the cross for your salvation. The Messiah left Heaven and subjected himself to the cross to save your soul. Worship God and thank Him for that.