“CHARISMATIC WORSHIP”: By Brother Chad Marinelli

Posted by Gabriel (G²) on December 3, 2007

Here’s a wonderful article by Brother Chad Marinelli, who is an Apolegetist and one of the many people within WOF  ( http://wordoffaithanswers.com/teachings.aspx )who are seeking to reconstruct it from the inside out and bring clarity/adressement to the many EXTREMES/ABUSES done by many in the spotlight (such as on TBN).

This is appreciated by myself since I myself grew up within WOF a bit (seeing that WOF branched out from the Charismatic movement), saw the insides of the movement, and realize that even within the movement not everyone feels the same. Some are actively seeking to adress the errors taking place within it…….just as it is with Charismatics being so diverse.

And as I have come to believe, there are many valid things within the movement that are worth noting, but many have been so focused on the abuses of the movement that they throw out EVERYTHING RELATED TO IT. I am not for the “throw out the baby with the bathwater” mentality, especially in light of how EVERY DEMONINATION seems to have it wrong at some point…..and also has many things ON POINT AS WELL.

Anyhow, here is the article………


Called To Be Praisers And Worshippers

 We are created to worship our creator. Worship is as a sweet fragrance to Him.  That’s why He calls it a sacrifice of praise ( “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” [Heb 13:15]). It is symbolic of the OT sacrifices. Worship must not be of the flesh but “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (Jn 4:24).

Worship comes from the depth of our heart. The Lord delights in our singing, playing of musical instruments, dancing, shouting, clapping, and lifting of holy hands.  The Word encourages it: Singing:

 EPH 5:19 

 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord 

Musical Instruments:

 PS 150:3 

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre

,PS 150:4 praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,   


PS 150:5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. 


PS 149:3 Let them praise his name with dancing. 

Clapping and Shouting for Joy

:  PS 47:1 Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy

. Ps 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.   (The word for “joy”= Ranan (raw-nan’) which is literal ringing cry of loud volume) 

 In many churches people will shout for joy when a person gets saved.  Some may say that’s emotion. Well they are right.  We should get excited about our victory in Christ.  Did you know that the angels in heaven do the same when one person gets saved?

 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Lk 15:10). 

Also, when Jesus was riding in during the triumphal entry, people shouted. They were in the presence of the King of Kings.

 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen (Lk 19:37 ). 

 Even today, God inhabits the praise of His people (Psalm 22:3). His presence is there when we praise him. Also the Bible says where two or more are gathered, there He is in the midst of them (Mat 18:20).  The Holy Spirit inhabits us (1 Cor 6:19).

 We should have the same response as those who saw Him in the flesh because He is among us now. Let’s get excited about God.

  Lifting of Hands:

 Psalm 67:3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.   (Praise = “Yadah” = throw, shoot, or cast which implies an extension for our inward being out to the extension of our hands)  

1TI 2:8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer

 Expressive worship is clearly encouraged in scripture for all believers, not just those who feel comfortable doing it. Many of the verses above had statements like “all nations” or “men everywhere” or “to one another”. 

Victory in Praise and Worship

Consider Paul and Silas in Prison in Acts 16.

Their praise and worship ushered in the power of God for their deliverance. AC 16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. 

            Also, consider when Jehoshaphat appointed the singers to go out before the army:  

2 Chr 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. 22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 

Praise and worship is critical in living the victorious life.  The Bible discourages the mocking of expressive worshippers. Consider David in II Sam 6:14 – 16. While the band of people was carrying the ark of the Lord, he was dancing, shouting, and leaping. Michal, his wife, mocked him.  Don’t be a Michal.

 2SA 6:14 David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, 15 while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.16 As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.

The Presence of God in Praise and Worship

Praise and worship is a powerful way to usher in the power of God’s presence. 

Psalm 22:3 tells us, “God inhabits the praises” of His people. 

 The priests in the passage below were so overwhelmed by the presence of God that they could not perform their functions. 

II Chr 5:13 The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang:  “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.       

     In addition, people fall under the power of the presence of God today just as they did in biblical times. In many instances Ezekiel “Fell Upon His Face” when encountered with the presence of God or a vision (Ezekiel 1:28, 43:3, 44:4).  Some people term this as being “Slain in the Spirit”. Finally, some people fall under such great joy in the Spirit that it brings about laughter (Psalm 126:2). 

The Music Ministry as a means of prophecy or an anointing for prophecy

 1 Sam 10:5  After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:6  And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. 2 Kings 3:14  And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.15  But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.16  And he said, Thus saith the LORD…


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