The chookwatcher entity is not only coming against women in ministry. It is becoming increasingly obvious that their thrust is actually an attack on worship.
In my previous article I pointed out that the chookwatchers were showing misogynist tendencies in their constant attacks on women in ministry, whilst at the same time promoting an atheist antichristian woman’s books and articles.
Their latest attack is on Kari Jobe, a worship leader, singer-songwriter who is highly respected across the Body of Christ for her uplifting, poignant and God-honouring songs.
Attack on worship
But it is more than this. Their attack is on worship itself. They have focused on women in ministry often, including Kari and, recently, Darlene Zschech, who was formerly worship leader with Hillsong, and now, with her husband, pastors a church in Australia.
The main chookwatcher has aspirations, we know, towards being a worship leader. He should, therefore, understand the power and value of leading worship in the local church setting, yet he is prepared to write articles that attack those who write great songs for God and lead them in public meetings.
In their latest article, which is focused on attacking Kari, they say:
‘Hillsong United is among the most deceitful and subversive worship music movements. Hillsong music is popular, and is played throughout even some of the most theologically solid churches, deceptively luring people away from doctrinal truth and into an experiential form of idolatry that removes Jesus as the sole object of worship, and places the emphasis on ear-tickling lyrics and music that draws on people’s emotions.’
This, of course, is nonsense. Hillsong has been a prime mover in keeping worship on the very front page of the local church globally. Their songs bear godly testimony that people all over the planet are yearning for new songs to sing to the their God and Saviour.
They long to honour and praise God Almighty, and have been well served by a number of powerful ministries over the last few years as praise and worship music has had a renaissance, especially amongst the youth of the churches. Hillsong is not the only source of great music, but they have certainly spearheaded the current move.
Promotion, not subversion
Subversion is undermining the power and authority of an established system or institution. How is glorifying God through song and music doing anything but drawing people’s attention to Him? This is not subversion. This is promotion. They are exalting God and emphasising our need of praise and worship of the highest order to centre our attention on Him.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
We are celebrating the grace, mercy and loving kindness of our wonderful God.
Women like Darlene and Kari are part of the heavenly choir leaders of our time who are being used of God to show forth the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvellous light.
Hymns and melodies
There have, through the ages, been great hymns, choruses and songs that have glorified God. Many times the leaders of these song movements have been criticised by their contemporaries. One thinks of Charles Wesley, who took the popular pub songs of his day and added godly lyrics, turning them into the resounding hymns we still hear today.
He was heavily criticised in his day for taking these old melodies and changing the words to magnify God and preach the gospel, but it was part of a great movement of God to revive an England that was in danger of going the same way as the French revolution into secularism.
And William Booth, who dared to use the modern instruments of his era – brass bands, and was scorned by his contemporaries for doing so. Yet he brought so many people to Christ through the Salvation Army, especially through their praise and worship using brass.
The chookwatchers, stuck in their antiquated legalistic world of poo-pooing anything that confronts their lack of understanding of how to reach a new generation with the timeless gospel using the means at our disposal to draw their attention, spend so much time looking for faults that they miss the very advances that draw people into the kingdom through praise and worship at a higher technical level than we’ve ever experienced.
Jesus used every means He could in His day to reach people with sound and vision. He understood natural acoustics and light. He visualised and illustrated His messages with colour and light that captured the imaginations of the multitudes who were drawn to His message.
There is nothing as visual or God-honouring as the cross.
He yielded everything to the Father so that there could be many sons.
X-Factor judges of christendom
The chookwatchers are showing that they are against praise and worship unless they personally approve of the songs. They have set themselves up as the X-Factor judges of christendom.
Thing is they only have a negative outlook on everything, so no one ever progresses to the next level. This way, they maintain the assentive for themselves and elevate themselves even above the Throne of Judgement.
In their own minds, that is.