The criminalization of Christianity has been going on for awhile now. Today, the media has been calling it SO wrong and evil, but been calling real felony crimes ..right... even giving a pass to those who have committed many felonies.. and have run for office here in the USA. Duh! People don’t seem to care, or feel they can do anything about the corruption. If you live for and clearly share your faith in Christ, they will call it a hate-crime.
Counter cultural, that’s what it really is..I mean living and walkin' no-compromise (spiritually) in Him down here. Every viewpoint and type of worship on earth here is tolerated and even celebrated today.. except the biblical Christian viewpoint and the worship of God. The family is under attack, the local church is, and your faith, believer, is too.. but God gives more grace. Have you noticed that more and more local churches ..even the ones with really good teaching.. that don't allow true worship to happen are getting shoved aside as believers bail on em? I don't think that the sound Bible teaching should get shoved out on radio stations as people hunger more and more for praise and worship, but this too is a sign of the times -- these times of increased suffering pre-rapture. We need both, but I must admit.. I too some years ago bailed on a church that had top notch teaching but wouldn't allow fresh biblical praise and worship of Jesus.. together as a Family. That's what heaven will be all about. Worship is not about one; it’s about many. In an age when Christians are dropping out of church and shunning weekend teaching services, we’re kind of in danger of becoming individualistic worshipers. People sometimes tell me: I don’t have to come to church to worship. I can walk along the beach, or hike in the mountains, or—some have told me this—I worship on the golf course. Oh yeah, well, wait it you miss a shot out there. David Jeremiah says, "The worship John saw in heaven was united, corporate worship. In fact, in the entire book of Revelation, the only time there is any independent worship is when John periodically fell down and worshiped God in light of the incredible visions he received. All the other worship in Revelation involves vast groups whose hearts are bound together in praise, such as:
- Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” —Revelation 5:11-12
- And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. —Revelation 14:2-3
- And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!” —Revelation 19:6