Let me explain worship in a simple way. The deeper your understanding of the truth of God, the deeper your understanding of God Himself, the higher your worship goes.
Worship is directly correlated to understanding. The richer your theology, the more full your grasp of biblical truth, the more elevated your worship becomes.
You don’t have to turn the music on for me to worship. Low understanding of God—superficial, shallow, understanding of God—leads to shallow, superficial, content-less hysteria.
You can whip that up, you can create that kind of frenzy. It has nothing to do with worship; it isn’t worship; it’s not connected to worship; it is sheer hysteria in a mindless expression.
You’ve been singing hymns this week. Why? Because there’s rich theology in hymns. We don’t have to go hysterical; we want your mind fully engaged.
I don’t need 7-11 choruses, seven words eleven times over. I need to advance the doctrine. I need to advance the richness. I need to deepen the truth and broaden the truth.
And hymns have verses, not just five words repeated and repeated and repeated and repeated and repeated but never really with the nuances of theology. That’s not worship, that’s not even Christian. That’s no different than a rock concert.
There’s a lot of ways to manipulate people’s minds, and they(charismatics) have figured out how to do that.
The above snippet is from John MacArthur’s sermon. To find more edifying sermons from John MacArthur, check out here.