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Does your level of outward worship (in a service) depend on level of spirituality, or personality? Does jumping up and down, running, waving flags, clapping, shouting, cartwheels, backflips, or somersaults have anything to do with genuine worship? What about more reserved people? Are both OK?

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Its All Show, and No Go.When you present
the Outside of you, Above the Inside.
Yes,your level of outward worship depends
on a level of Spirituality and Personality.
Let your light so shine.That is not a
reservation.
---Jack_8773 on 12/24/07


wanted just to add i believe in heart felt worship. when you talk about glory banners, dance teams or some other goofy charismatic silliness i think its promp not praise. when you REALLY feel God something has got to let loose. some say its in the flesh to show worship but more likely its pride that hinders worship (what do they think of me). There are 7 words in the hebrew for praise and none of them mean to sit still and look religious.
---Kraus on 12/7/07


I don't think it has anything to do with your "level of spirituality", and does have something to do with your personality. But more importantly it's a matter of the heart. For some doing all that stuff is coming from a joy that can't be contained. They are not out for glory or attention, but can't help but worship exuberantly (though this is not always the case, and that is unfortunate). Others are more reserved with their worship, but are just as "tuned in" as the next guy.
---kady on 12/7/07


Good questions my goodness. Yes, both is fine. However, I do not understand how when the Person of the living God floods you, that you can just sit there looking dead and acting dead. David took all of his clothes off and danced before the Lord thy God.
---catherine on 12/6/07

amen (although I advise keeping your clothes on)

You can tell if its in the flesh or in the spirit
We should be so full of His presence and love that we have to cry out
---Andrea on 12/7/07


I was raised in pentecostal church where this occurred on a regular basis. Now that I am older if people get excited and do this it doesn't bother me, if they have some kind of order. However, it is not scriptural at all to the best of my knowledge.
---veronica on 12/7/07




Well when the power of God hit's you you are going to move one way or another cry laugh jump you have ro have the spirit to worship like this thought Have you received the Holy Ghost since you belived
---betty on 12/7/07


Hey RitaH,

I have to agree. I believe we should come into the house of the Lord with all seriousness. Paul speaks of the aged men and women being serious - Titus 2:2, 1 Tim 3:11).

It is true we should not quench the Spirit -1st Thes 5:19. I've heard preaching that made me shout, "AMEN", and I saw an elder briefly clap once at some good preaching, but jumping around, waving flags, cartwheels, etc. is not being temperant - 1Cor 9:25.

Lord bless you,
---trey on 12/7/07


God is gentle and Holy and worship should reflect a sincere outpouring of thanksgiving and acknowledgement of Him. When things get out of control and purely hiped up and emotional, I think the would be worshiper is serving self at that point. God knows the hearts and intents of a man and whether he is just making himself feel good or is worshiping Him.
---jody on 12/6/07


we must be careful when judging someones worship. Davids wife criticized his wild dancing, she was wrong. it goes both ways, one who does go wild shouldn't judge the one just claps or lifts their hands. to test if you really are reserved or if its a love problem ask yourself how you would react at different places (ie your fav team wins the big game, you win the Millions, the one you love purposes) if your wild there and not in your relationship with God then its worth examining.
---Kraus on 12/6/07


Part 2: Besides, it seems to me, in my opinion anyway, that God would get far more glory--and people would benefit--by putting the money into a ministry instead of selling the banners. They are gorgeous but they can cost a pretty penny!
---Mary on 12/6/07




A lot of this is simply learned imitative behavior. People do it because it's expected of them.

There's a difference between being spiritually stirred and mere animal excitement, but the difference is too subtle for many to get.

As it is written: "Be still and know that I am God."
---Jack on 12/6/07


Hi Rita, I'm a lot like you dear, very uncomfortable in those situations. I can respect someone else's way of worship and sometimes envy them. I'm conservative but genuine. I've seen people waving "glory banners" and I've wondered how God is glorified--especially when I saw the price for these gems! LOL!
---Mary on 12/6/07


If I understand 1 Corinthians 14:40 correctly, these things are not to be done in Worship.
---Rob on 12/6/07


You forgot "handstands!"
---Mike_W on 12/6/07


I think outward worship can increase your level of spirituality or personality.Genuine worship comes from the heart(mind).Sometimes we feel like running or jumping,etc.But, sometimes we feel like falling on our faces before almighty God.Sometimes crying.It is all genuine worship "done decently and in order".If you are more reserved, that's o.k. too.Paying tithes is worship.Giving offerings is worship.Loving one another is worship.WORSHIP GOD!!!!
---donald on 12/6/07


Like no two flowers are alike, and God is a lover of variety, if done for HIM, He is looking at your heart and He loves "sincerety" weather doing cartweels, backflips, or just being soft and silent.....Both are honorable, when done for HIM. {and not for recognition of men}
---Whisper on 12/6/07


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Praise and Worship, prayers, all communication with God must come from the heart.
The outward washing of vessels, fringes on garments, bells, whistles, banners, flags, dancing mean little if all done in the flesh. Does it bring the lost to the Lord, set captives free - if not, rethink all the outward physical acts. Carrying palm trees down the aisle with branches knocking everyone in the head as you go, building of golden calves to place on the altar - all outward things do little for God.
---lovable_linda on 12/6/07


Good questions my goodness. Yes, both is fine. However, I do not understand how when the Person of the living God floods you, that you can just sit there looking dead and acting dead. David took all of his clothes off and danced before the Lord thy God.
---catherine on 12/6/07


There really isn't anything you can do outwardly in the means of a physical act that means you are spiritual.
As with all false religions that teach a special diet is required, religious traditions,.....

the waving of banners and flags, dancing through aisles, flinging yourself around in twirly gigs, a few ballet kicks and even a grandiose lift through the air - flying out over the congregation - physical acts do not move God's heart.
---lovable_linda on 12/6/07


There are some that say that they really "get it", understand the need for flags, banners and twirly gigs.

The true litmus test is how much does it affect everything going on around the home?
When you're through with the flash and splash, are you still depressed?
Does your husband still repulse you, do your kids enjoy your company?
That's the litmus test of wild praise and worship services - is it changing your heart and everyday life?
---lovable_linda on 12/6/07


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'Does jumping up and down, running, waving flags, clapping, shouting, cartwheels, backflips, or somersaults have anything to do with genuine worship?' I don't believe that a single one of these has anything to do with worship. I am very reserved and would run as fast as I could from a church that expected me to join in with any of that. I have been told that I should ask God to free me from my inhibitions but I, personally, think that it is they who have got it wrong.
---RitaH on 12/6/07


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