Florida Pastor David McWilliams Claims Contemporary Worship in the Church ‘Harms Discipleship’ and Does Not ‘Worship God With Reverence and Awe

Rev. David B. McWilliams, Ph.D., Senior Minister

A Florida Presbyterian Church in America pastor recently critiqued contemporary styles of worship in favor of hymns and psalms.

On Wednesday, David McWilliams, senior minister of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, delivered a message titled “Reformed Doxology: Worship According to Scripture” at a Gospel Reformation Network conference.

According to The Christian Post, McWilliams read a passage from Hebrews 12:28-29, in which believers are commanded to “worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”

“We long for a Holy Spirit-induced relish for the truth, a delight in the triune God, a heart moved promptly and sincerely by God’s glory in our private and public worship,” the minister said.

McWilliams, who is also a former professor of theology, stressed that one of “the main principles in worship” was that it must be conducted with “reverence and awe”, which can be hampered by “casual attitudes, carnality, certain kinds of music, and even vocabulary.”

“For example, who can think that a service peppered with salsa rhythms will lead the congregation to worship God in reverence and awe?” he asked. “Or rock music. Will sentimental tunes or music that remind one of night clubs lead us to reverence and awe?”

McWilliams went on to contend that “certain forms of music, attitudes, and actions are immediately excluded from worship by the one principle that we are to worship our God in reverence and awe.”

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SOURCE: Christian Headlines, Milton Quintanilla

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