Lets talk about LW worship. The whole expression of "singing in the spirit" that the LWF seems to
think they invented. I've asked other churches about this and why they didn't do it. I got the answer like this:
"we got into it a bit, but stopped. It seemed like it was something that should be done in private and not
in public". Another said "we experimented with it but decided not to do it because we could not find enough
about it in the Bible to verify that it was a legitimate expression". Another group said "it was too weird".
Too weird. Interesting. I've often thought that it was a trance inducing exercise that got a person's brain soft
enough to receive the teaching. Depending on how you look at it, this could be a good thing or a bad thing. Some people
have accused the idea of charismatic worship as a mass-hypnosis session. Were the things you felt real? or just imagined
because you really wanted it to happen so bad? Not sure.
I think that the militant and "one-ness style" worship of the LWF is a product of people giving themselves to another. Young
adults are taught to watch the worship leader and treat him as if he were God himself leading you. They were discouraged
(at Shiloh summer camp) from closing their eyes and seeking God "in the sky". But to focus on the worship leader as the
focal point to God. A subtle difference but significant, I think. The allows a worship service to be controlled tightly.
When you (as the worship leader) want it loud - you can make it loud. When you want everyone on their knees in silence,
you can do that too. Everyone will follow you, because no one wants to be the "gourd" that does something different.
You are the "bad guy" if you break the unity.
There is a self-filtering thing going on in the LWF. They pride themselves on how they have "heart and mind agreement" on
all things. They marvel at their "one-ness". But these aspects came about from the group's self-filtering.
Here is how it works. If you have a different point of view, or disagree, you will be cast in a poor light. And if you don't
toe-the-line, eventually you will be shamed (or set) out of the body. This is how the one-ness happens. Those that
disagree are told to hit the highway. Quite simple, really. I think this is basically how Jonestown worked, too.
Just my 2 cents worth.
When it started ------originally---singing in the spirit took a much different approach to what it became later. Bill