(FROM GOD OR MEN?)
It is a fad in the body of Christ for congregations to have a separate worship service for children. The idea behind this fad is to allow the children to learn on their level how to worship God. This may sound nice and would most certainly make it easier for parents to worship completely without interruption, yet we cannot do things in the worship to God because it is more convenient, or even if it sounds good. Denominations have been doing this for years and some in the Lord’s Church have been following.
The goal of this article is to study this topic and to find whether it is of God or men. First we look for some Biblical examples of children being separate in the worship. The first step having been completed and there is no example of such practices. This should be enough for a God fearing Christian that wants to follow only the authority of the Bible. Yet there are many that do not care about Bible authority. They forget that such passages as (Revelation 22:18-19) exist. This passage states that one cannot add or take from God’s word. “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” This article could end here, but for the sake of those who need more we will let the study continue.
The point of this section of article is to look
for examples of children present in the worship to God. Several passages
here come to mind, and we are going to look at them.
The problem with this doctrine is that it is obviously not of God. We know that things men want are not pleasing to God. Paul by inspiration stated that if he were a pleaser of men he could not be a pleaser of God. (Galatians 1:10) “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” It is obvious based on the Bible that this is a doctrine of men and not of God. Again, we must remember the words of Paul we cannot serve man and please God at the same time!
The last problem with this doctrine is that an adult would have to
teach the children. The adult then would not be present in the worship
to God, nor would he be listening as some have to in a nursery, but would
be having a split assembly. This would violate God’s law. (Hebrews
10:25) “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner
of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see
the day approaching.”
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