Corruption Of Worship By Manipulation And Utilitarianism

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Worship is sometimes used as a tool for the manipulation of human experience. The true function of worship is not to lead people through a sequence of emotional states, to effect their behavioral change, or to promote programs or special emphases of the church or denomination. Rather, the purpose of worship is to glorify God in the world.

A common corruption of worship is one we may call a corruption of function: the authoritarian structuring of worship to fit preconceived ideas without...


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