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Corporate Worship Blasphemy

Someone here said "Corporate worship is blasphemy." What do you think?

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Great post kathr, it reminded me to focus on what worship is rather than what it is not.
---Rod4Him on 11/4/09

There is corporate body that say:

Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:

Is directed to the Jews only and does not apply for the Christians, but is this true?

Dear friend, all the Gospels were directed to the Jew!

So do Christians tear off all the Gospels and ignore all the sound words of Christ, and ignore the gospel? Are you for ignoring all the Gospels because they were directed to the Jews?
---paul9594 on 11/4/09

This is a challenging topic to discuss because of the different definitions of the concepts. Rod4Him***

Jesus said we "worship" in Spirit and truth. With that, since I am indwelt with the Holy Spirit I can and do worship 24/7/365. When I study,is actually alone with the Lord and my Bible,the Holy Spirit illuninates the Word and I receive TRUTH. I don't need a corporate body to do that.

When I think of Corporate Worship, I think of Promise Keepers, or corporate confession, or the such where that being a corporate movement taking oaths actually not Biblical.

Christ is your Head, where I believe in the individual priesthood of the Believer, not a Corporate Leader to have to answer to!
---kathr4453 on 11/4/09

Rod4Him,thats a good question. We must remember what Jesus would do or did. Didn't he eat with publicans and sinners while others judged and thought he was wrong to do it. We never know when others are listening to us worship or praise God and be affected by it in a positive way. Once at church I was lost in worship,singing unto the Lord and the man behind me told me how beautiful I sounded singing to God. The reason I did sound that way to him is although I do have natural ability ,it was the anointing of God he was moved by. He is a commited Christian but I still made an impression on him and I'm sure we do on others more often than we think.
---Darlene_1 on 11/4/09

This is a challenging topic to discuss because of the different definitions of the concepts. What does corporate mean? What is worship as envisioned in the question? What is blasphemy?

Observing the previous paragragh, there are 3 variable definitions of the terms which make for an almost impossible situation to answer the question. Readers and bloggers may be thinking about something different that another person.

Is singing songs of praise with others appropriate? Yes. However, what about if they are living in sin? do we participate in "worship" with them?
---Rod4Him on 11/3/09

Rhonda here's the Bibles truth. 2 Chronicles 5:12,13,14 Also the Levites which were the singers,-. It came even to pass,as the trumpters and singers were as one,to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD,and when they lifted up their voices with the trumpets,and cymbals and instruments of musick,and praised the LORD saying for he is good,for his mercy endureth forever:then the house was filled with a cloud,even the house of the Lord.So that the Priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud:For the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God. Psalms 68:32 Sing unto God ye Kingdoms of the Earth,oh sing praises to the LORD,Selah Acts 16:25 - Paul and Silas prayed and sang praise unto God-.
---Darlene_1 on 11/2/09

I believe Corporate worship SHOULD be the Body coming together. However in this day and age Corporate Worship has become Christians and Catholics TOGETHER, or Christians and Mormons TOGETHER Nov 11, 2004 as Ravi Zacharias did in Salt Lake City...actually apologizing for Christians that they don't believe Mormons are Christians. THAT kind of Corporate Worship is anti-christ...a hooking up for the purpose of a one world Church!

---kathr4453 on 11/2/09

God inhabits the praises of His people. There are angels that surround the throne of God that worship Him day and night. It is blasphemy to infer that corporate worship is blasphemy. I can't understand why anyone would say such things.
---jody on 10/30/09

Hebrews 12:22-24
Identifies five groups of individuals, who inhabit the heavenly Jerusalem.

The first group, there are 'myriads of angels, to the general assembly.' Literally, can be translated 'myriads of angels in festal gathering.'

The second group is the 'church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven.' The term 'first-born' is our relationship with Christ, the 'first-born born of all creation,' Col 1:15 called the Church.

The third is God Himself.

The fourth group, 'the spirits of righteous men made perfect.',is a reference to the Old Testament saints.

The fifth resident of heaven is the focal point. He is 'Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant.'His presence illuminates the whole city.
---kathr4453 on 10/30/09

Now, there are two assemblies. There is the general assembly we have been brought to (Hebrews 12:23) by the Holy Spirit. This includes all believers.
---Linda on 10/27/09
Linda, Hebrews 12:23

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven,
and to God, the Judge of all,
and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

Linda, I believe WE are the Church of the firstborn.
---kathr4453 on 10/30/09

Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Heb 10:24,25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
---jerry6593 on 10/30/09

I truely feel sorry for anyone who has to Demonize God's work or move in order to support their own or denominations belief system.

I don't subscribe to any of they many hundreds of "christian" religious systems who are simply daughters of the MOTHER Rev 17

if you were "truly sorry" for those who don't subscribe to your religious high then you would have scripture to share that would PROVE "your idea of truth" ...instead you do what MOST who SERVE their denominations do just claim it is true because you said so NOT because it is TRUTH from God

Christ said MANY will profess him on their lips and he will say to them I NEVER KNEW YOU
---Rhonda on 10/29/09

"those who have Gods Holy Spirit DWELLING in them would not need a group of people to understand HIS presence"
---Rhonda on 10/25/09

While this may be true to a point, there are some things that cannot be experienced alone. I love the presence of God. He is with me always. The truth of that does not change even when I don't "feel" Him. And I love the body and being gathered together unto Him with others who love Him. The upper room experience was not done with just one person up there. There had to be many people in unity. Now, there are two assemblies. There is the general assembly we have been brought to (Hebrews 12:23) by the Holy Spirit. This includes all believers.
---Linda on 10/27/09

There is corporate body that say:

Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:

Is directed to the Jews only and does not apply for the Christians, but is this true?

Dear friend, all the Gospels were directed to the Jew!

So do Christians tear off all the Gospels and ignore all the sound words of Christ, and ignore the gospel? Are you for ignoring all the Gospels because they were directed to the Jews?
---Paul9594 on 10/26/09

Christ will be king of Israel, and the Israelites. There is no Pentecostal, Greek or Jew. Lets make the terms match with what our Father calls us! Do not add and subtract from His Word! Deut 4:2, it makes things more confusing for you!

The Jews who BELIEVE in CHRIST are no longer Jews. They are Israelites, some dont know this! The Law was given to the Israelites. I respect TRUE Jews having their place in the history of God's people. But there never was Jewish Law, but only the Oracles OF GOD! The torah OF GOD!

Dear friend worry about being grafted into the root the spiritual Israelites born of God, like Moses, David, Abraham etc. Who kept the faith and Gods Torah/ teaching/instructions.
---Paul on 10/26/09

Rhonda you are mistaken. That experience was from God,the sheep know the shepherds voice and they will follow no other. I know my Shepherds voice and respond only to Him,God. It wasn't a religious high it was reaching a higher Spiritual plane through Jesus by dying to self and refusing to be cut off from all God has for his people,including a blessed fellowship with God. Feelings oh yes Glory to God,feelings God himself put into every human who isn't afraid to allow them. I truely feel sorry for anyone who has to Demonize God's work or move in order to support their own or denominations belief system. Christians know Satan counterfeits what God does for real,with the goal of seducing unexpecting people.
---Darlene_1 on 10/26/09

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those who have Gods Holy Spirit DWELLING in them would not need a group of people to understand HIS presence
---Rhonda on 10/25/09

These are the kinds of statements that started this blog.

I agree with your statement and I am a Pentacostal. However, I am saddened by your statement because you have never felt this for yourself.

We Pentacostals must watch closely to not get "hooked" on the feeling and we need to keep our worship Biblical and our theology sound.

But true freedom in worship is a wonderful thing and is very Biblical.
---Mark_Eaton on 10/26/09

Darlene what you described is a religious high is a feeling is NOT FROM God

those who have Gods Holy Spirit DWELLING in them would not need a group of people to understand HIS presence within

unfortunately when you get a group of people together who want to "have an experience" many will claim that "experience" to fit in - not because the event happened

you may believe God was "present" but nothing in Gods Word describes your IDEA

there are many people who do not believe in a Divine Creator yet believe we are "all gods" who claim that SAME experience
---Rhonda on 10/25/09

I am Pentecostal but I don't remember raising any rafters,might have shook a few. What I wish to address, how many of you during worship have had the experience of a Holy Hush going through the people singing? It is a very awesome place to be with God. Just to receive the anointing to such a degree that everyone there doesn't make a sound,all together they just feel the move or anointing of God so strongly all one wants to do is bask in his presence. I will add not every pastor is Spiritually mature or experienced enough to allow God to move this way and they have missed a chance for beautiful peace and greater enrichment from God's Spirtual move.
---Darlene_1 on 10/23/09

Mark E. What you describe sounds great. We do a very similar thing, however the wives are included and made great contributions.

We basically do an inductive Bible study where we read through a NT book, for now, and we take a portion in context and study it historically, archaeologically, and the cultural setting. Everyone contributes. Then we look for what there is to learn from the passage, asking what do we learn about God or Christ and what we should do.

I make a specific effort not to teach statements of faith, but let the passage teach what it teaches.

I am glad separating genders works for you. I can't imagine that, but am glad it works for you.

We do have desert, but it is very short at the end.
---Rod4Him on 10/23/09

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When I described the room filled with people, I was actually thinking of our group that meets in our homes. It is primarily couples meeting with couples. It is very light on the word and heavy on the fellowship (and dessert).

I meet with the men from the home group in a separate men's Bible study and we really get down to the meat of the word and really do some aloud praising. There is real power in this men's group, and we are really changing lives. The proof is that the wives are noticing the change in their husbands.
---Mark_Eaton on 10/23/09

Thanks Donna ... another at last who understands the Latin root of the word!

(See mine 10/18)
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/22/09

The adjective "corporate" comes from the Latin "corpus", meaning, "body". Incorporation refers to "making a body".
"Corporate worship" worship means worshiping as a body. There is nothing in the term that specifies loud or quiet, musically or non-musically, spontaneous or directed. A group of deaf mutes worshiping together in sign language are engaging in corporate worship every bit as much as rafter-raising Pentecostals.

About the only thing that seems a requirement, is that those involved be in agreement.
---Donna66 on 10/22/09

Mark E. If I were in a room where I didn't know anybody, it wouldn't matter, I still wouldn't be as free to share personal stuff. Why would I be in a room where I didn't know anybody? What are we talking about? Are you talking about a corporate setting?

I think your paradygm is the corporate/institutional setting, and I am thinking of being with a group of believers having fellowship.

True, the corporate setting is not conducive to fellowship. That's my point.

Personally, I find it incongruous to "worship aloud" with people I couldn't share personal stuff with. How do I know if I am sharing with the sins of others who may not be meaning what they are singing?
---Rod4Him on 10/22/09

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Ask yourself this question, if you were in a room with men and women whom you did not know, would you be comfortable talking about your personal struggles or would you be more comfortable in a room with men only?

Most men I know do not talk about their struggles around women. So, in mixed company, the women do all the talking and the men listen. This is the problem for men and why it becomes all fluff.

When I mention aloud corporate worship, my picture is getting a group of guys (and gals), raising our hands, heads, and hearts toward heaven, and praising Him with our mouths.

If we look at the multitude praising Jesus in Rev 7 as an example, it will not be QUIET.
---Mark_Eaton on 10/22/09


I am amazed at the necessity of defining words. The word desire, when used particularly in Christendom, has the love of the brothern in it. We gather because we love one another.

Your previous posting mentioned that you expected that believers saw the "need" to get together. I suggest that desire is more than need and includes loving the brothern.

I am missing the point how being with both genders seems to lack meat. Many women are very mature in Christ and have much to contribute to life in Christ.

My comments weren't meant to cause offense. They are meant for dialodge.
---Rod4Him on 10/21/09

Mark E

On a previous posting, you mentioned the "need" for "aloud" worship, but David dancing is not singing, and he didn't do it because he "needed" to. He did it because he wanted (desired) to.

Mark,referring to aloud worship, I am referring to congregational singing that many times is like a mantra, pagans do that type of thing. I know that is a bit harsh, but it's said for a point. We worship in our spirits wherever we are.

In a bit of defense of myself concerning loud worship, I said, "Granted, that may include corporately, but not only."

Mark, dont' be so touchy. I thought we were to have dialodge here as fellow believers, as you said "Love of the brethern."
---Rod4Him on 10/21/09


We need fellowship, it should be more than a desire. Love of the bretheren is how the world knows we are a Christian.

I should have said that fellowship with both genders seems to lack meat and is all fluff and no substance. When I am with my brothers, seldom does our words leave the Lord. We don't discuss the "game" or other non-essentials, its mostly about our Lord, our walk, our common battle.

I cannot believe you need scripture to see "aloud" worship. King David danced before the lord. A lot of the psalms are songs. Eph 5:19 says to speak to each other with psalms, hymns, singing and making melody in our heart.
---Mark_Eaton on 10/21/09

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Mark E, something in your post caught my eye. Perhaps words need defined, I suggest that the word "need," though that is true, may be more accurately a "desire" to have fellowship.

Although your experience with fellowship lacks meat and is all fluff and no substance, my experience is that "congregation/institutional worship" is most air, wind, and no substance, feelings maybe.

No doubt "fellowship" can also be shallow, but without fellowship there's no chance for "one another" to take place.

Where's the scripture of "aloud" worship corporately, OT? We worship in spirit and in truth. Granted, that may include corporately, but not only.
---Rod4Him on 10/21/09

Thank you Alan8566.

As author of the blasphemous statement I want to express thanks for asking this question. I was really shocked by Steveng response to my statement. I guess I never expected it.

I expected that believers saw the need to get together with other believers. Many have used the "fellowship" word to describe this, but my experience with fellowship is that is lacks meat, all fluff and no substance.

Worship is different. My use of the word corporate was just as you explained, two or more gathered with the intention of worshipping God. Aloud worship. Why should we be silent when we have been saved from DEATH?
---Mark_Eaton on 10/20/09

Atheist ... That definition of "corporate" is relatively modern beside its latin roots

It is only one definition, and does not apply to worship, whic has been going on corporately far longer thsn we have had commerical corporations.
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/20/09

The 'corporate' adjective refers to the legal principle where a 'company' is treated with and granted the same rights as an individual, that is a corporation has 'personhood.'

These rights have allowed corporations to engage in numerous secret practices to protect themselves from lawsuits and to increase their profits.

So if 'greed' is religion, then it would follow that corporate worship is blasphemy...
---atheist on 10/20/09

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Larry, as the author of the question, I hear your jibe that it is a strange question.

I don't think it is strange. Just sad that I had to ask it!

Sad that Steveng repeatedly condemns corporate worship, and went so far as to call it blasphemous.

It's strange maybe that he has not come on to this new blog to defend his outrageous satement.
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/20/09

Thank you Alan, I actually did not look at the author of the question.

It is one of the many strange questions on this blog. I wonder if Christianet has conducted any data mining to see just who visits and contributes to its site and blogs.
With question such as "Is Christ sinless" it makes you wonder.
I expected questions concerning doctrine and interpretation, but some of the questions are really alarming and absurd if they are posed by christians.
The questions however may be perfectly innocent from non-believers seeking to know him.
---larry on 10/19/09

It has always been my belief the more a person praises,prays,has Bible study,and worships God at home alone,the better the Worship in church and frankly the whole service. If we leave touching God up to doing it in church,the less likely we are to have that experience. If people of the church all would prepare themselves to give unto God their love,then the more God will give unto the people and the people's spirit will commune with God's Spirit. Worship is a means to an end,touching God with our love. I would say,"Prepare ye the way of the Lord" oh people of God. Give unto God all that you are. Worship should not be song service but true fellowship with God. God blesses those who take time to exalt Him.
---Darlene_1 on 10/19/09

Rod4Him ...My dog in the fight is the prevailing belief that the congregational/institutional gathering is the "Thus saith the Lord," and one must go to "The church," the larger the better.

I have never heard that "prevailing belief"

However I have come across a church which seemed to take great satisfaction in the fact that it is big That was 1000 members which is large in UK terms, although I believe the US mega churches have many times that members & of course people can just "hide" there.
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/18/09

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Darlene, it's nice to see someone who can appreciate a sense of humor.

Thankfully God looks on the heart, and honoring Him and worshipping isn't where one hangs their hat.

My dog in the fight is the prevailing belief that the congregational/institutional gathering is the "Thus saith the Lord," and one must go to "The church," the larger the better.

Absolutely, one can honor God at a congregation, however, one should honor God all the time everywhere. In addition, true ministry happens when "one another" happens.

One another usually doesn't happen at a large congregation.

I think one reason mega churches prosper because people can hide, no accountablity, in them better.
---Rod4Him on 10/18/09

Rod4Him,I smiled at your view of worship in church,looking at the back of someones head,yes,some do. No worshiping together,corporate worship isn't blasphemy when done the way its name implies. Worship, purpose of worship is to exalt God,lift up our hearts,minds,and if one feels it hands,it is a time to love our Lord God Almighty and show it. The Bible,Matthew 18:20,where two or three are gathered together,there I am in the midst of them. As Alan pointed out about 2 or three.In the light of that verse we see an opportunity to gather ourselves in a group to worship/praise God in Jesus Name,and God will come right into the big middle of whats going on. That is awesome!! Focus decides outcome,focus,God or heads,holy or secular focus. It's up to us.
---Darlene_1 on 10/18/09

Rod4Him ... Not really sure!!

Perhaps "congregation"? And perhaps they are indulging in "corporate worship"

But what is wrong with this? They, just like the group of two or three, are the body of Christ.

And some Christians derive great strength from being with a large group of other Christians, and are just as close to God then as those who gather in much smaller and less formal groups.

There are many ways of meeting God ... it is ignorant to say one way is better than another, and bigotry to say there is only one right way.

Do you prefer meat roasted, or in a casserole dish? The meat is just as nutritious either way
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/18/09

alan, you are right. I know we went round and round on this word until we defined the term.

However, I believe most people understand the term to mean something other than the way you define corporate. Although, you are right, and others are also right.

Words are a means to communicate an idea.

For example: When we use the word "tree," we usually visualize a plant that's 10 ft and taller. When the NT uses the word tree, it could be referring to a bush.

What word would you use to define a large gathering in a building with an institutional hierarchal structure?
---Rod4Him on 10/18/09

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The problem with "corporate" worship is that too many feel that they have accomplished their required duty to God by attending a public gathering and being seen as religious(pharasaical) but not fulfilling their personal obligations to God. We lose our focus when we operate on a "must do" mentality. We should be worshipping and praising God publicly and privately because we LOVE Him and know the wonders of His mighty power!
---tommy3007 on 10/18/09

Why make assumptions and impose your own definition of "corporate worship" on others, so as to condemn it?

Anybody a Latin scholar? Do you know what the Latin word "corpus" means? It does not mean non-profit making organisation, nor even organistion, and it does not mean building, or standing in rows.

"Corpus" means "body" The Bible says we are the body of Christ. So whnever the body of Christ meets together they are corporate.

Just two or three together is "corporate" since they are the body of Christ
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/18/09

corporate worship for me is as a congragation worshipping our creator,and bringing revelation of christ to the world.I TOTALLY agree with rod,that a real relationship with God is PERSONNEL.and in my opinion the only true measure of real growth in a christians life,and the true way of knowing God as he intends.May I take a moment to Bless all my brothers and sisters in christ,and pray that all grow closer to our lord every day of our lives.
---tom2 on 10/18/09

I just want to say that I really enjoy your posts.
They are uplifting and instuctional in God's word and show his love.
Bless you so much!
And I am with you on this.
I believe we as Christians should have fellowship with one another. I have been to "corporate" worship and it felt "dead".
I don't think it is blasphemy but it sure drains the spirit instead of uplifting it.
---miche3754 on 10/17/09

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So says The Lord God...

Amos 5:21

"I HATE..." case it's unclear, He repeats...

yes "I DESPISE your feasts and your solemn assemblies".

Here at ChristiaNet, the "assembly" and exhortation (support admonishment) does not involve any "FEAST" or anything that is "solemn" (no PARTISAN GESTURES type of celebration).

There are no separate parts of God. Our devotion to Him should be the same as our relationship/worship (INTEGRAL, all one and in one). Do not have a "biblical" devotion, have a LOVE devotion (God is LOVE).
---more_excellent_way on 10/17/09

Where does the Bible say we need corporate worship? and what is that?

I assume corporate means the established church/institution, or please define what one means by corporate worship. I feel like a broke record. "One another" is what is supposed to happen in a "corporate" setting. To pray corporately, one person praying and all the people following silently and passively is hardly "one another." Frankly, it sounds pagan to me. Don't all religions do this type of thing.

I agree with balance. One needs private time, praying, studying, seeking, doing, and assembling to do the work of the ministry to "one another," not passively letting someone perform while the laity pew sits.
---Rod4Him on 10/17/09

saq ... I agree with yuor sentiments

I don't remember responding to you before, but, I think it is quite possible to get things out of balance ... and for example if one spends ALL one's time in "worship", or "devotions" or meditation or prayer we have not got the right balance.

Looking upwards all the time ... It sounds good, but we are in danger then of not looking outward to our neighbours and missing Jesus's instruction to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and so on.
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/17/09


I don't think that "corporate" worship is blasphemy.

ALL believers need both "corporate" worship and "private" time with God. The only problem is if things get out-of-balance in a person's life. Too much of one thing and not enough of the other. I've been there.

If I remember correctly, you replied to one of my previous blogs and told me that I'd just had some "bad luck" with churches. Actually, I discovered that I was giving ALL of my time to the "corporate" church worship and neglecting my "private" time with God. My spiritual life was out-of-balance. I ended up "burned out" and had to re-adjust my schedule. Oh well, I learned.

---Sag on 10/17/09

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Corporate prayer is certainly not blasphemy. I recently asked a Baptist preacher(an outstanding Baptist preacher) if he believed in corporate prayer as pertains to soulwinning and his answer was I do not know about that.
I very much believe in corporate prayer, having led as high as 25 people in a sinners prayer at one time, I know it to be a very effective method.
Now for sure you're going to lose a few of these people, who walk away, who say they don't want anything to do with your prayer, and so on. However I never worry about this because I believe the Holy Spirit will draw to himself who he wants to. And I realize that I must work with what ever number the spirit draws.
---mima on 10/17/09

Isaiah 19:23
In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together.
Isaiah 19:22-24

1 Corinthians 14:26
[ Orderly Worship ] What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
The Word old and new Back up this act. Egyptians and Assyrians, 2 enemies join as one in worship
John saw the vision in Island of Pergamus. Corporate Worship is a fulfillment of Gods purpose.
---Nona on 10/16/09

I wouldn't say that corporate worship is blasphemy, but I do say that it is a major hinderence to believers fellowshipping and growing in Christ. I know that is a bit strong.

I'll define corporate worship as I use it. One goes to a building, shakes someone's hand, sits down, looks at the back of someone's head, stands up and sings, sits down and gives money, stands up and sings, sits down and looks at the back of a head again, and sits listens to an oration.

Fellowship is encouraging, exhorting, rebuking, loving, stimulating, and loving "one another."

Corporate worship, taking the place of fellowship, stifles the "one another" that should take place.
---Rod4Him on 10/17/09

Larry ... You misunderstood my question.
The statement was made by someone else (Steveng) on another blog

He also said another contributor was being blasphemous in saying "I worship on my own in my own house, but corporate worship has been ordained by God and should not be detracted from", and that God would never ordain corporate worship

I don't beleive it! I was hoping that Steveng would come on this new blog to justify his stance.
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/17/09

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"when you pray, go into your room and shut the door" (Matthew 6:6).

"The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God" (Romans 14:22).

Jesus did the "works of God" and established the new worship temple (the outer one and third one) in three days...

John 2:19 and 21
"three days"..."He was speaking of the temple of HIS BODY".

Each one of us is the inner temple (1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19).

The "living water" of His spirit baptizes/consecrates the inner temple to the outer (John 7:38, 1 John 5:6, Acts 1:5) so we "neither thirst" (Revelation 7:16, Ephesians 4:5).
---more_excellent_way on 10/16/09

The statement is at best ignorant and at worse Satanic because the enemy knows Christians cannot stand alone. Hebrews says forsake NOT the assemblying of the saints FOR exortation. We need exortation, corporate prayer and worship.
The formation of assemblies of believers in Acts is corporate for the preservation of the saints and for pratical matters such as teaching, caring for the fatherless and widows. The aforementioned IS corporate worship.
Maybe the questioner faslely believes corporate worship is just the part of the service preceeding the sermon.
---larry on 10/16/09

I'm not sure WHY one would make a blanket Statement that corporate worship is "blasphemy".
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, blasphemy is
a. A contemptuous or profane act, utterance, or writing concerning God or a sacred entity.
b. The act of claiming for oneself the attributes and rights of God.
2. An irreverent or impious act, attitude, or utterance in regard to something considered inviolable or sacrosanct.

I guess blashemy is POSSIBLE in corporate worship. But I think the person who made the claim should give an example.
---Donna66 on 10/16/09

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