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Is Church Formalism A Sin

Do you believe church "formalism" (same program over and over each sunday)"is a sin?---mima 11/13/2005

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First, stop going to denominational "churches." It will ruin your chances of the first resurrection.

Every denominational church has it's own interpretaion and man's traditions (formalism). Would a pastor of one denomination lead a congregation of another? Not likely. Scripture says that church is people. That's it. Nothing more.

Christianity is having a personal relationship with God, period.

Look into building your own home churches - the way of the first Christians.
---Steveng on 3/23/08

why would it be a sin? If the message is being preached and worship is going on in God's house than what is wrong?
---M. on 3/23/08

Formalism is NOT a sin if the Gospel is preached. There are many denominations, like the Reformed Episcopal Church--I went to their seminary, "the poor man's Westminster-- and loved how the Gospel was integral within the formal worship.

I also attend as a youth another formal church where the Gospel was not preached, but social gospel; the latter was dead, and the formal alive.

The measure of a church is if the Gospel is taught, and people saved.
All else is mere fluff.
---John_T on 1/5/07

I have never been to a church where pastor repeat his preaching service after service. God is a God of order and not of confusion..yes I like a bit of order each Sabbath so I know wht is happening..
---jana on 1/5/07

What makes a dead church is not the service but dead people not wanting anything from God the service cannot keep God from doing his work in people. Jesus stands at the Door and Knocks, you have to open it, the preacher cannot do it for you. Get you eyes off the service put them on Jesus stop being critical. God hates murmuring, seek out your own salvation with fear and trembling, your seeking will draw the power of God and a fountain will sping up in you and overflow to others.
---exzucuh on 1/4/07

It is NOT a sin, but rather, ritualism. This makes for a DEAD church. If you want a church that is Alive, go to a church where the services are Holy Spirit led, not people led.
---Leslie on 1/4/07

A church that does this puts God in a box - puts limits on God.
---Leslie on 1/4/07

No it isn't a sin, it is boring to do the same every week. That is why I like my church. You never know when the Pastor will make you switch seats. We don't go by a set program, we let God be God and let him have his will. I don't want to go to a church that follows a program and half to be out of chrurh right at 8:00 that evening. If God is finished working right then that is fine, but if he isn't don't close the service just because it is 8:00 or so.
---Rebecca_D on 12/5/05

Frankly, in an age where there is very little sane organization, (in general), I like a church with a little formal organization. Especially the singing of hymns. (At one church we attended as missionaries, the song leader didn't even know any hymns. When we sang them, someone else had to lead.) The Holy Spirit can work in formal church as well as infomral. A lot of the informal I've seen deals more with emotions than letting the Spirit work.
---WIVV on 11/14/05

I agree with you John, about the Holy Spirit leading the service. If your pastor was under the annointing of the Holy Spirit, then the same sermon/message wouldn't be preached week and week.
---cyndi on 11/14/05

If we consider "church formalism" a sin, then what is our definition of "sin"?
---Linda6546 on 11/14/05

1Corinthians 14:26-40.."everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way." Depends on your understanding of formalism and freedom. I've seen freedom used as an excuse for lack of discipline. "God is not a God of disorder but of peace." Freedom is just as much a 'sin' as formalism is when it is seen as the 'only'way to worship and inhibits the moving of the Spirit. I get more out of a formal service than one of so-called freedom. Formalism isn't sin - what's in heart can be.
---marya4586 on 11/13/05

I don't think formalism or tradition is a sin until it stops the freedom of the moving of the Holy Spirit to do something new.And this it does.Once you are involved with this freedom you won't want to go back to the formalism or tradition.There was very little formalism in the early Church in Acts.Being led by the Spirit is sooooo much more exciting.
---john on 11/13/05

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