Help Me To Understand Why An Aerialist Is Needed During Praise And Worship?

Reader I'm afraid we have strayed far from worship for the sake of entertainment. I of all people believe God the Creator made us in his image. He being creator made us creative. However, there has been a recent burden of what our “Worship” services are becoming. In an attempt to compete with the world’s presentation we have flooded the church with lights, stages and performances. I’m all for creative expression but what happens when the PRODUCTION overshadows the PRAISE? 

The Lead Pastor of Embassy City, Atlanta GA, Bryan Meadows posted the above picture and the following comment on Instagram: 
fully plans on making aerialists a FULL PART of our normal worship experience! We endeavor to create a culture driven by the creativity and character of Christ! This was one of my favorite highlights!!! 

To me .... And this is just my opinion ... things like this may be appropriate for an artistic night where people are able to express their worship through various methods. However, doing this during regular service, to me, is just too much. I completely understand that to be present and sense the anointing (if there is one) can change one's perspective, but there has become too much emphasis on entertainment and enticing people to come in.  

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  1. It's ironic that this article appeared today. Yesterday, during Sunday morning service, we had steppers. A group of young men did some of their stomping and clapping routines. They were in sync and did a good job. The steppers were preceded by the Pastor asking members of fraternities and sororities to do their "calls." So from one end of the sanctuary someone would announce what frat or sorority they were in and do their call.

    It was good clean fun, but appropriate for Sunday morning worship? Not in my humble opinion.

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    1. Thanks Anonymous for the comment. This is too much in my opinion, but I guess to each his own.

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    2. Ms. Ann, I’m all for thinking outside the box and pushing limits .....an aerialist????? I’ve always been taught to keep things relevant and sacred. Have balance. The one of greatest enemy in the church today is talent dressed and camouflaged as the anointing. For me, it would be a distraction. I want to be drawn into the presence of God. Not caught up in a trend.

      The words of Paul to the Philippian Church are deserving of our attention. "For it is we… who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh." (Philippians 3:3)
      We need the Bible, not our culture, to define true worship for us.

      Carry on.

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    3. Thanks Jessica for the comment.

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  2. Nice performance.

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    1. Charlotte ParkerMonday, 23 April, 2018

      Anonymous this is disrespectful and for the church & artist to condone this is misleading the congregation with a lustful spirit and that can turn into some deeper stuff! ����‍♀️����‍♀️ To much!! To much!! Breaks my heart that people need attention that much.

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    2. Thanks Anonymous for the comment.

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  3. Always A Baptist:Monday, 23 April, 2018

    Ms. Ann, wait, what in the world is this?

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    1. Thanks Always A Baptist for the comment. My reaction toπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  4. First Lady Annisha SappMonday, 23 April, 2018

    The Arts are a facet of one of the 7 Mountains of Influence and a part of Abba's shift to bring Salvation and Restoration to Generations X, Y and Z. We need Holy, not religious men and women to employ God's Wisdom and Strategy on how to take back and teach correctly EVERYTHING He has created; we have to get balance and win souls that this type of thing is a part of their culture. Being relevant to the culture happening around us is key to witnessing to the lost and broken.

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    1. Wrong Annisha. It is the gospel that is the power of God unto salvation on being relevant which is a lie the devil is telling many peope.

      Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

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    3. This is no different than praise dancing, mimes, and some of the acts of some of these choices that perform to draw attention to their talent. You can't knock one and give the others a pass. And if I may paraphrase (Not to change the Word of God) the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, to the Jew, the Gentile, the Baby Boomers, the millenials, Generations X Y and Z. Who are we to tell His what He purposed is not Good Enough?

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    4. A few more verses for you Annisha:

      1 Corinthians 15:1-28 -
      Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. ...

      1 Corinthians 1:18 - For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

      1 Corinthians 1:23-24 - But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

      1 Corinthians 4:15 - For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

      2 Corinthians 4:6-7 - For it is God, having said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," who shone in our hearts for the radiance of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.


      As you see from the preceding verses the power is of God through the gospel not from any show, activities, groups or any other thing that a human fleshly being can do or bring into the service. Stop trying to be relevant and be obedient. In 1 John he tells the Christians that they came in but were never of us and if they are not of us they will leave also after they come in. He is talking about false teachers but also we can use this principle for people who are brought into the church because of some activity event or group and not because of the gospel.

      1 John 2:19 - They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

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    5. I'll be honest Ms. Ann. When I read a comment from Anissa Sapp, my stomach ties in knots and my teeth grind and grit. My spirit is stirred in a way where it becomes unsettled knowing this woman is either delusional or Marvin Sapp is lying. I'm sorry, but I don't intend to get personal, but when asked about her marriage she does not respond. I'm sorry but this is NOT RIGHT. I would like to dialogue with her on some of her comment but can't get pass the idea she is living in deception, I have very little respect for Marvin Sapp as well. This lady is worse than the shepherd and get outta here trolls.

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    6. Thanks Anonymous, Ms. Sapp and Ira for your comments. Anonymous Ms. Sapp has comment before in this space that she’s not the same Ms. Sapp that was stalking Pastor Marvin Sapp.

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    7. Ok Ms. Ann. I apologize.

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  5. No disrespect to anyone but why is this suprising...when homosexuality, secret societies, sororities, and the likes of the world have crept into the church. How is this different from the prosperity gospel, the blab it and grab it gospel, and the I decree and declare gospel...its all the same DECEPTION.

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  6. LOL.. I watched the short vid clip....lol.. straight dumb....Lord help us. This is ridiculous.

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  7. I admit to being puzzled by this. I find myself thinking what is next for the "sake of the gospel?" Maybe I am just too old fashion. I thought it was about the word. Guess I am just a dinosaur.

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    1. You're not a dinosaur. Stay in the word.

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  8. You all must have missed Rod Parsley flying thru the air on a zip-line wire IN his sanctuary to his pulpit a few years ago! Why are we so shocked today of anything that appears before us? Shame on these so-called pastors and first ladies on leading the sheep astray under bad teaching. Such carnality and pleasing of the flesh! And while we are at it: get rid of all these titles (First Lady, Armor-bearers, etc.)

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  9. I see no value in an aerialist for public worship. Many of these innovative pastors have zero training in the arts, so they bring in things like this because it is the trend. They could have incorporate praise dancers/mime as those vehicles make more sense in a worship context. My big issue is liability. What if those aerialists injure themselves? Does this church has adequate liability insurance for this kind of expression. Aerialists often wear next to nothing as they perform, so will there be standards of costuming? Would there be male aerialists? How would an aerialist interpret a gospel song? Will there be a creative director/choreographer on staff emphasizing Christ-like expression and modest costuming in the house of God? Once again, I see ZERO value in an aerialist enhancing praise and worship. The questions I raised in my comment should be raised by any music and creative arts ministry.

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    1. I checked the Instagram post and people had some serious questions. One post mentioned the immodesty of the young lady's costume. If my church adopted this, I would find another church that runs its creative ministries in a sound, Biblical fashion. But, I am a little old fashioned too.

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  10. I knew once they opened the doors to the mimes and praise dancers, the floodgates would usher in all the other junk. And now here it is!! ENTERTAINMENT....not worship!! And America loves entertainment 24/7. YOU asked for it, YOU got it! Next up: animal pet tricks worship in the pulpit!

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    1. Entertainment has always been in the church. From the well dressed members, to the musicians, to the choir, on up to the charismatic preachers. I'll even say that the praise breaks, speaking in tongues, laying of hands and folks falling out all over the place are also entertainment...just overly dramatic mess!

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    2. Anon, entertainment has not always been in the church that Christ purchased with his blood. Please show me in the churches in thee New Testament where entertainment was part of an assembly.I am sure it is not there.

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    3. A-Amen..say that again...I don't think they heard you.

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    4. Ira, I was referring to the church of my lifetime. And during my lifetime elements of entertainment has ALWAYS been a part of the church.

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    5. Nothing new I guess. Years ago the institutional church added flag worship, step dancers, praise dances, professional sound systems, lighting , Jumbo screens, etc. The institutional church is a business and drawing people to services is the goal. Worship services are more like professional concerts and is the new normal. Nothing surprising here!

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    6. Anon, that oooooi s where the problem lies. We can't do just anything and call it worship. Worship is to reverence and honor God. What we do MATTERS. People should leave these places instead of accepting their acts as worshipping God. These people honor him with their lips but their hearts are far from him.

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    7. Right Anonymous "Church of a life time". I understood what you meant immediately after reading your comment.

      This brother grabs at every opportunity to state the church is not a building, or in the case here, comment to say about the early church. There are LOCAL CHURCHES everywhere where saints meet in BUILDINGS REGULARLY so not to forsake assembling together, exhorting one another: and so much the more, as they see the day approaching.

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    8. WE have to be careful that we are not being deceived and lead away by our on lust here people...most folks know that ATLANTA is known for its many STRIP CLUBS. This looks like an act straight from the club....The word tells us in 1 Thess. 5:22 to ABSTAIN FROM ALL APPEARANCES OF EVIL! Why do you have always do what the world does to appeal to the millennial's? Im not buying it nor believing it we have got to get back to the word...this is the very reason why the body of believers are watered down and lack that power it should have, lets get back to word PLEASE!

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    9. First Anon who responded to my last comment. I apologize if you took it wrong. I was not saying don't assemble I was stating to make sure your assembly worships God in SPIRIT AND TRUTH. Don't just go to a place because that is where my family has always gone, or I like the singing or the preacher or the programs or the building but assemble at a place that preaches truth according to the whole counsel of God.
      Secondly, I have never said to not assemble as that would be directly against scripture obviously according to Hebrews 10:25 we are to assemble and locally. But my point was and you have not given me a scripture yet that the building is special. It is the people who assemble who are sanctified a holy thing not the building. I will be awaiting your bible verse that says in the New Testament that the building is God's house. Please don't misconstrue this as saying that I am against the assembling of the saints for that is a blatant lie.

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    10. No disrespect Brother Ira. I guess I get your point, you said “to make sure your assembly worships God in SPIRIT AND TRUTH”, though I’d rephrase it to say, make sure you are a part of an assembly who worship God in SPIRIT and in TRUTH. One cannot make sure assembly worships God in SPIRIT AND TRUTH”.

      However, in my opinion, you so often mention unnecessarily, the church is not the building. We all know it is the saints who make up God’s Church. But when it comes to the place of worship, The early saints met in BUILDINGS (houses), and saints today do the same. I’ve never suggested buildings were “special”, only stated a fact this is where people met for worship. There was NO NEED for you to request a Scripture be given to show the “the building” is special. I agree with what you stated here, and believe most people know, “it is people who assemble who are sanctified a holy thing, not the building.”

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    11. No problem Anon, but I do believe you can identify an assembly who worships in Spirit and in Truth. Jesus said you will know them by their fruits. There is evidence in a Christian's life that they worships God in Spirit and in Truth. Roman 12:1-2 states that being transformed is a worship to God and a person or body of believers who are being transformed is evident. But we can agree to disagree. With the state of the world and church being what it is today, May God be with us all!

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  11. I agree Brother Ira, we should be able to identify assembly that worships in Spirit and in TRUTH. Personally. I would not attend a church like the one here. But we must keep in mind, NO CHURCH IS PERFECT. Like I heard it said before, if a CHURCH was perfect, it will cease to be that way WHEN YOU BECOME A MEMBER!

    I'm not DISAGREEING with NOTHING you are saying, only STATED MY OPINION, your superfluous mentioning "the church is not the building". Let me ask you a question, what are the signs and ingredients of an ASSEMBLY that WORSHIP in SPIRIT and in TRUTH!

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  12. Wow there are layers to answer but for the sake of blog conversation let me articulate, in Spirit being that it must be engaged in with utmost sincerity and Truth as directed by the word of God. In SPIRIT, how do we con duct our lives, in TRUTH do we live our lives obediently according to the word of God. These characteristics are evident in a church. By the way, you may know this and I am not being condescending but Paul stated that Chris t was coming back for an unblemished church

    Ephesians 5
    26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

    The word perfect in the scripture means complete and mature. It does not mean without spot or wrinkle. He is coming back for a perfect church

    And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
    Ephesians 4:11‭-‬13

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  13. And only perfect by the blood of Christ. Then in baptism

    Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
    Romans 6:6

    Then through continually confessing sin -
    But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    1 John 1:7‭-‬9

    And not continually practicing sin. -
    Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
    1 John 3:6‭-‬9

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    1. You said a lot to say much about nothing. You seem to be against any form of "entertainment", ie the example in the post here. You said assemblies should worship in Spirit and Truth. I was expecting some practical spiritual examples from you as you so often express Scriptures, what the Bible says what should take place in our assemblies. Sometime you have a tendency to overstate the Bible, like you did so here mentioning confessing sins and practicing sin and perfection by the blood, etc. I suggest you calm down with the unnecessary use of Scriptures and only cite it when appropriate. Be blessed!

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  14. You want scripture about what should take place in worship service

    Acts2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine (preaching) and fellowship, and in breaking of bread (the Lords supper), and in prayers.

    (Giving)
    Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
    1 Corinthians 16:1‭-‬2

    (Singing hymns no instruments)
    Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
    Ephesians 5:19


    That is the difference between you and I. The only words i feel are worth saying is the holy word of God. I will never stop speaking scripture and more importantly I will make sure i live what I speak first.

    But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine.
    Titus 2:1

    Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
    Ephesians 4:29

    But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
    Matthew 12:36

    Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
    Colossians 4:5-6

    So yes I desire to only speak scripture and those I know who hunger and thirst for righteousness enjoy the word of God being spoken as I do.

    And no I don't believe in entertainment in the "church" building. There is no biblical precedent or authority to have entertainment in the service.

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  15. Brother Ira, well said. With one exception, your condescending remark saying that's the difference between you and I. I believe in quoting the Scriptures as well, but think it should be done to add light, not confusion. Even here you rant about corrupt communication, speaking with grace, idle words when I asked a simple question about what should take place in the assemblies. I must say the Scriptures you gave about activities in assemblies were on point. Continue to.quote scriptures in that manner, and that way thing would become CLEAR. Thanks brother.

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  16. I apologize for sounding condescending, I was not trying to be contentious. It just sounded like you took exception to me quoting scripture.

    The portions of the verses i provided about speaking was to highlight why I speak through the scripture

    speaking to edif that it ministers grace Ephesians 4:29 -

    Matthew 12:36 - make sure my speech is biblically sound because i will be judged by every idle word

    Colossians 4:5-6 - Having my speech seasoned with salt to know how to answer people

    I gave these verses to explain why I mainly speak according to the scripture. As my desire is to always be obedient to God by following and proclaiming his word always, even in blog talk.

    Thank you and God be with you!

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    1. Amen Brother Ira! God Bless.

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  17. Are you familiar with the history of the Hammond B3? Or perhaps the history of music and it's evolution in the universal church particular during the protestant reformation led by Martin Luther? I'm sure not. What you find though, is that the Hammond B3 organ used in modern day pentacostalism has become the familiar sound associated with several pentecostal movements. However its origin was not sacred in the least bit, in fact it was used in clubs. The aerialist is different, but it's newness to the liturgy does not mean it contradicts anything scriptural.

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    1. It's nothing wrong with the Hammond Organ, or any other musical instrument. There is nothing wrong with the letters of the ALPHABET either. But when you take the letter F and U and C and K and put them together you develop a WORD that is very DEROGATORY in meaning. There is nothing wrong with any of my BODY PARTS either. He made them ALL. But when women expose their BUTTOCKS and BREASTS and legs and twist them and turn them in a way that becomes sexual in the HOUSE OF GOD in ALL PLACES, it becomes CONTRADICTORY because we are called to worship in SPIRIT (not FLESH) and TRUTH! We really need to use MORE DISCERNMENT when it comes to these SIMPLE MATTERS. No need to bring in Church History for this one here.

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