I really don’t feel like writing much about the WebEx worship service I just witnessed. Basically it was just another campaign to value the church, because more and more people are stopping in their attendance of worship services, tired of all the pretentiousness of it all – the “success” we continue to reap; the “blessings” and so on.
But what is truly noticeable, from the very beginning is the lack of spirituality of the worship service. Certainly, there were people answering in the prayers, but if you would simply watch the body language of the choir members behind administrator, one could easily see the boredom and sleepiness.
So by the time the lesson finished, Matt Pareja had to do his utmost best to make the people cry by squealing louder and louder. Thus, it begs the question, is it really a spiritual worship service when the minister has to squeal like a pig to beg God to pour out his Holy Spirit?
Let’s get something straight, in the olden days, and I mean during the time of the Messenger, the ministers literally had to shout out their prayers for two reasons;
One , they did not have a good sound system at their disposal. They HAD TO should in order to be heard. Two, because of the lack of a good sound system and microphone, when God poured out his Holy Spirit, there was so much weeping and crying that they could not be heard.
The present church administration has the finest sound system in every worship service. He brings his own! Why would anyone need to shout when a whisper can easily be heard?
God is not DEAF. So who are you shouting at? Everyone can hear you fine. To be honest, in all the Webex Worship services I have attended, the brethren do not even answer! Why would they? It is a repeat. A rerun. A PLAYBACK. That includes the days or in this instance weeks old prayer. Does God listen to a stale prayer?
Speaking of prayer in case you have not had a chance to read this post about prayers, let me share this with you. It includes the specific instructions of the former executive minister on how proper solemn prayers should be conducted. What we witnessed was a squealing session.
And why is the entire thing in Tagalog? Most countries outside the Philippines are English speaking. Didn’t brother Eraño Manalo give specific instructions regarding English? Here…(sorry for the poor quality)
More importantly, this is what the BIBLE says:
“That’s how it is when you speak unknown languages. If no one can understand what you are talking about, you will only be talking to the wind. There are many different languages in this world, and all of them make sense. But if I don’t understand the language that someone is using, we will be like foreigners to each other”. 1 Corinthians 14:9-11