There is no lack of material showing the vast difference in the traditional church vs. the relevant and hip church we see so prevalent today. Here is a brief overview in the fundamental differences.
|The Traditional Church||The Relevant Church|
|Doctrinally Defined Name (ex. Calvary Baptist )||One Word Name (ex. Newspring)|
|Fierce Doctrinal Boldness||Avoidance of Doctrine to prevent division|
|Traditional English Bible (KJV)||Modern Perversions of the Bible|
|Reverent Sanctuary||Rock Concert Hall|
|Modest and formal dress||Casual and sloppy dress|
|Centrality of the Pulpit||Centrality of Musical Equipment|
|Physical Pulpit||Absence of Pulpit|
|Centrality of Congregational Singing||Centrality of Praise Team|
|Centrality of Deep, Theological Hymns||Centrality of Shallow and Rock-like songs|
|Pastor dressed in Suit and Tie||Pastor in t-shirt|
|Pastor a man of reverence and wisdom||Pastor a man of juvenile entertainment|
|Emphasis on Doctrinal Teaching||Emphasis on Relevant Encouragement|
|Vigilant Guard Against False Teaching||Common Acceptance of False Teaching|
|Sermons based on the Word of God||Sermons based on the Pastor’s charisma|
|Rejection of Charismatic teaching||Embracement of Charismatic teaching|
|Spirit of discernment||Catastrophic lack of discernment|
These differences should alarm the sober student of Scripture and the circumspect follower of Christ. They do not inherently make anyone better or more sanctified, yet they do reveal a great deal about one’s heart and their understanding of God, His Word, Worship and the Christian walk.
For a more detail study on the Biblical model of Worship, please click HERE.