Praise and Worship in the Catholic Church. Acceptable or not? Pope John Paul II, introduced Charismatic Renewal Movement quite some time back. Yes, Praise and Worship is definitely acceptable as long it doesn’t interfere with the Mass, the highest form of worship to God. However, Praise and Worship must not become something identifiable to the Catholic Church. (I’m not sure if i phrased it correctly)
Hmm, let us put it this way. When we say, “Praise and Worship”, do you think of Catholicism or Protestantism first ? This question is rhetorical. =). But when we say “the Mass”, do we think of Catholicism or Protestantism ? We must never let “Praise and Worship”, be something close or higher to “the Mass”.
Is Praise and Worship wrong ? No. But in Praise and Worship sessions, people do have to tendency to “Speak in tongues”. Is Speaking in tongues wrong? No. If it is authentic gift of tongues, then it is alright. Indeed! It is inspired by the “Spirit”. We MUST be very careful which spirit we are talking about or dealing with. Personally, i will NOT encourage Praise and Worship because of the kind of music. These music shift our focus from God to personal enjoyment. It doesn’t happen all the time, but most of the time.
Similarly, if you, because of speaking in tongues, do not utter intelligible speech, how will anyone know what is being said? For you will be talking to the air. (1 Corinthians 14:9).
Speaking in tongues is not mere blabbering of unknown words. This, we must be careful. Diabolic influences are everywhere. The smoke of evil have spreaded intensely.
I once ask a Charismatic Protestant from an Independent Church, something like, “why do you think tradition is not important”, his responses is something like, “In this world, we need to keep up with the pace of time”. The very reason we need Tradition is because of HERESIES arising from everywhere. Tradition is to PROTECT the TRUTH. I seriously do not understand why do some people attends INDEPENDENT CHURCH, when the church (with the small C) is built on the FOUNDER’S beliefs. That is absurd.
One more thing is, Praise and Worship’s music, SHOULD NOT be brought into Mass. It interferes with personal prayers. We need SILENCE.
Dear Protestants, Martin Luther honors Mother Mary as much as we Catholics do. But why are there not seeing the importance of Mary in their Faith ?