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Why don't people raise their hands in some churches? Is there a biblical reason behind it or are they just raised not to do it and they don't question it?

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The Lord was always offended by hypocrisy (Amos 5:21)...

"I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies".

Public worship and outward signs of piety are the same as praying in public.
---more_excellent_way on 7/13/08


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Why do people raise their hands in some churches? Is there a biblical reason behind it or are they just raised to do it and they don't question it?
---alan_of_UK on 7/12/08

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---alan_of_UK on 7/13/08


"And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth [Gen. 14:22]. The lifting of hands is done only when you feel the power of God lifting them. All you do is corporate with Him. A great way to feel the power! There is no formal prescription for a certain order of worship in the N.T.. So we need to get inside the word of God, and draw our guidelines of how to worship from there.
---catherine on 7/12/08


Why do people raise their hands in some churches? Is there a biblical reason behind it or are they just raised to do it and they don't question it?
---alan_of_UK on 7/12/08


I understand when people are self-conscious but I got to a point a long time ago.

I'm not there to get noticed
I'm not there to worship - approve - be approved of

I am there to gather with other believers to WORSHIP HIM
---Andrea on 9/24/07




No, but I have really bad nails sometimes.
---Michelle on 9/24/07


Recently I was in a church service, and the preacher was preaching with such liberty and power of the Holy Spirit. I looked at one of the older sisters in the congregation. She had a eyes closed and her hands lifted up.

After services she stated that she was embarrassed by her actions.

I encouraged her not to quench the Spirit (1 Thes 5:19) and that Paul instructs us to lift up holy hands (1 Tim 2:8).

We should encourage God's saints to rejoice!
---trey on 9/23/07


What does the Bible say about how to conduct service?
---Steveng on 9/23/07


Hi, someone is probably going to beat me up for this, but I will admit I hate the skin on my hands, and especially the left hand, so if I do raise a hand in worship, it's totally from the bottom of my heart, but I tend to raise the right hand--too embarrassed to hold up my "ugly" hand lol! No major deformities of hands, just some freckles I really hate lol!
---Mary on 9/23/07


Part 2: anyone else out there like me--self-conscious of freckles and flaws? I know I have brain problems and tend to obsess but surely there is someone else out there like me--and will admit it lol :D
---Mary on 9/23/07




What is that verse that says something about better for someone to put a millstone around their neck than hurt one his little ones. People better watch to see that little babes in Christ (both physically and spiritually) are encouraged to grow in Christ and not turned off to the gospel. Children are our legacy in the church. Praise God for those kids! I will clap now for them.
---Michelle on 9/23/07


I guess they've never given God a clap offering either.

I wonder if we'll clap in heaven. hmmmm

Like thunder
---Andrea on 9/23/07


RitaH...Gosh...how sad for those kids in that church. I'm sure there won't be alot of applauding in Hell either...but there sure will be in Heaven. I know I would rather be on the applause side...you know what I mean? LOL
---Holly4jc on 9/22/07


These people are the same people that would have made fun of David - dancing before the Lord. They worship order and decorum and forget who the building and the people are gathered to honor.
---Andrea on 9/22/07


What's the name of the church- The emotionfree church? How awful for those poor babies! They worked so hard and to have their little hearts crushed by hearing their sheperd forbid people from appluading! As a teacher, this disturbs me greatly! Any other teachers or parents mad at this?
---Michelle on 9/21/07


Yes Mima...the chastisement will be great for that Pastor...by the Lord. I sure hope that lady does not change her ways because of him. Talk about quenching the Holy Spirit...sheesh!
---Holly4jc on 9/21/07


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Mima I haven't experiences that exactly but I was once in a church where the children performed some sketch and the invited parents applauded them. An elder of the church stood up and said "We do not applaud in this church." The atmosphere just went stone cold.
---RitaH on 9/21/07


Mima - He would never have to worry about me raising my hands in his church.

I'd go to a church that knows Christ and what a wonderful thing He has done for me. Worship is the least of a scarifice I can give Him - its actually such a joy
---Andrea on 9/21/07


Recently a friend of my wife attended a Lutheran church(Missouri Synod). After lifting her hands in service the pastor came to her and said," we do not raise Our hands in this church". The story is true, perhaps the chastisement will be great.
---Mima on 9/21/07


Just because a person doesn't raise their hands in church, doesn't mean they aren't worshiping God. We all worship God differently. Some people are afraid of what others might think, if they just let go and let God in control. Me, I want the Holy Ghost to use me in everyway.
---Rebecca_D on 9/20/07


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It is an excellent way to praise God and it's only for believers. I wait upon the holy spirit. Most people that goes to church are lost. And the ones that are saved if they are found to really worship God are looked down upon. The lost don't seen to understand that church is a place of worship and honor the living God, and to grow with other believers. But no longer is church like that. Do not mock God.
---catherine on 9/8/07


It is a wondrous thing to know your in the presence of God - its something that we're even on our feet.
We should be as babes enjoying and rejoicing in God our savior. hands raised - flags flying- shouting - be blessed - I'm ready for church!
---Andrea on 9/8/07


I think that we should come before the Lord the way he wants us, not the way that is the most comfortable to us. The Lord is not any old person, he is the Almighty God and King of Kings. If his Word says lift your hands, then I want to do it out of respect and love for him. I would not meet the Queen of England the same way I would meet my new boss. Shouldn't I treat God with even more awe and respect when I come to meet with him?
---Michelle on 9/4/07


How incredible! That what God admonishes us to do is considered by many, to be interuptive and unnecessary. It's time for the Church to repent.
---john on 9/4/07


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I always like to think of lifting up my hands with my heart unto the Lord. When I pray or praise Him I lift my hands in adoration and to worship God. I surrender all,most of all I surrender the foolish pride that might keep me from doing that to love the Lord. To raise ones hands in worship or prayer is a liberating gesture which takes me out of me and puts me into the Spirit, nearer Oh God to thee.
---Darlene_1 on 9/4/07


Jody m. Maybe I miss understood. But how would raising hands and the holy ghost movement be relatively new. When raising hands is in the old testament and holy ghost movement is in the NT in book of Acts
---mike on 9/4/07


some churches take the scripture that says 'let all things be done in order' to mean that the Holy Spirit is not allowed access to the Church - they are so afraid for the sake of decorum that they are willing to give up genuine worship.

its what we call the frozen chosen

I remember when I first went to a pentecostal church - it was like being a board - once I got free - its hard not to lift my hands
---Andrea on 9/4/07


Alan, here's a few:
Nehemiah 8:6
Ezra praised the LORD, the great God, and all the people lifted their hands and responded, "Amen! Amen!" Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

Psalm 28:2
Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift
Psalm 63:4
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 134:2
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.
---Christina on 9/4/07


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Raising hands is a sign of submission, a fact I was unaware of growing up. I was taught it was wrong because it was "just for show" but since have realized it is an act of surrender - giving all to God. But some are not comfortable with it and that's their choice.
---christy on 9/4/07


There are many other differences in the way people worship the Lord than the raising or not raising of hands. We are all individual people and, just as we would all react in our own unique way when meeting any other individual so we should be allowed to react when we meet with the Lord. However, some behaviours are learnt to a point and, yes, Michelle, I think the church in which we are raised influences us quite a lot. Neither is right or wrong.
---RitaH on 9/4/07


Raising of the hands during worship is biblical. We are admonished all through the book of Pslms to "raise holy hands to the Lord". I believe that those who do raise hands are probably more educated in why they do so(maybe) but those who do not, are simply following tradition passed down for centuries. Worship was more inhibited. Hand raising/Holy Gost movement is relatively new.
---jody_martin on 9/4/07


Psalm 28:2 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
Psalm 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord (notice that it's a command, not a request).
Also I noticed that several time when the children of Israel would worship corporately they would lift up their hands. Check out Nehemiah.
Is that enough scripture reference?
---Michelle on 9/3/07


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I think it's true that a lot of churches may think of raising hands in worship as inappropriate, but it isn't an unbiblical thing to do. It IS an act of adoration and surrender, and worship to our Lord, and we are encouraged to life holy hands to Him. Raising our hands benefits us just because it seems to be a way we release our faith in His actual presence, enabling us to love Him more, and then receive from Him.
---Deborah on 9/3/07


There are at least 7 different places we are told to raise our hands.
We're also told in Ps. 150 to praise him with dance.
Either we have a lot of ignorance in the body of Christ or we just don't feel like doing it.
---john on 9/3/07


It is biblical and considered a sacrifice of praise. There is much in the scripture about praise, worship and the joy of the Lord.

Psa 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee [as] incense, [and] the lifting up of my hands [as] the evening sacrifice.

1Ti 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Psa 7:17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
---Andrea on 9/3/07


If it's inappropriate to raise your hands in church, how come we are told to do it several time in Psalms?
The way I see it, when I raise my hands to God I am showing him I surrender to him and I am opening my heart to him. It's a physical act that has a spiritual meaning.
I have never raised my hands in worship because I was raised to. I do it because I love God.
---Michelle on 9/3/07


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Obviously God doesn't care if our worship is dignified because David danced before the Lord in a very undignified way and God himself calls David " A man after his own heart". David's very undignified response to the tangible presence of God had God's attention. Jesus was about as undignified as it gets. He ate with prostitutes and tax-collectors- very undignified. Where in the Bible does it say we have to be dignified? Orderly and decent yes. Dignified- no
---Michelle on 9/3/07


As for most mainline denominations thinking it is an interruption, I think you are wrong on that one too. Churches all over the world are realizing that raising your hands does not mean you are being over emotional or "undignified".
I had one pastor, in very mainline denomination, say that Jesus told him if he could lift his hands for him on the cross then the pastor could lift his hands in public for him. This was not a pentecostal/charasmatic chuch.
---Michelle_Sinclair on 9/3/07


1) Raising hands and clapping during worship in church is very scriptural and even encouraged in the bible...so is shouting out a cry of victory unto the Lord! Can't you just picture King David, dancing before the Lord with his hands lifting high shouting out his praises unto the Lord? What a fun time he was having worshipping the Lord. I love that kind of praising and worshipping, loving on God in the freedom He has given us in Jesus Christ, worshipping with all our heart.
---Holly4jc on 9/3/07


2) Psalm 28:2
Hear the voice of my supplications, When I cry to You, When I LIFT UP MY HANDS toward Your holy sanctuary.

Psalm 47:1
Oh, CLAP YOUR HANDS, all you peoples! SHOUT TO GOD with the voice of triumph!

Psalm 63:4
Thus I will bless You while I live, I will LIFT UP MY HANDS in Your name.

Psalm 134:2
LIFT UP YOUR HANDS in the sanctuary, And bless the LORD.
---Holly4jc on 9/3/07


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3) Psalm 141:2
Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The LIFTING UP OF MY HANDS as the evening sacrifice.

Lamentations 3:41
Let us lift our hearts and HANDS To God in heaven.

2 Samuel 6:14a
Then David danced before the LORD with all his might

And when King David's wife criticized him, he said:
21b Therefore I will play music before the LORD. 22 And I will be even more undignified than this.

Let's all dare to be as unashamed to worship God as King David was!
---Holly4jc on 9/3/07


May my prayer be set before you like incense, may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

Obviously when the Jews prayed and lifted their hands, God didn't think it was too undignified or David wouldn't have wrote this. God doesn't change, he's the same yesterday, today and forever.
---Michelle_Sinclair on 9/3/07


Because in most most mainline denominations it is considered an inapropriate demonstrative action and an interruption of the dignity to public worship.
---notlaw99 on 9/3/07


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