A congregation is not challenged when it is told that it may worship as it wants! The result? Rock concerts in one, psycho babble and animal noises in another, spouting off sentiment as "thus saith the Lord" and the finite rule being whatever Christ lays on my heart, regardless of the fact that the other parishioner's heart is going to have "Christ" laying something completely different on it. The result. NO CHALLENGE. Rather, this "if it feels good do it, even if you shouldn't" smorgazord Christianity. The Church liturgy calls people to come and mystically worship God, to lay their own personal likes aside. Where is the challenge when the criterion of an encounter with the living God--as worshiop should be--is decided on how great a time you have? If that's worship, you can keep it. I can rock out way better at a local concert hall. I can feel better and think just super charged, happy thoughts in my living room with my friends.
aserb, excellent point my brother. Truth please, even if it might not make me feel so good. The last thing I want is a Church that will bow down to me, but rather in wisdom and love, keep the standard that I must aspire to, and help me with the means to get there. Where's the challenge when we can alter the Church, and bring it down to what we want it to be? Where is the dignity, the glory, the honour in something like that?
In Christ, the least,