We must not yield to the popular temptation of changing the glory of God! The God of the Scriptures is the holy, all-powerful God. The Scriptures also teach us that He is a Spirit, and that He must be worshipped in spirit and in truth [John 4:24]. Romans 1:23 says, “And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.” [Romans 1:23]
God’s people have historically been just as guilty of doing this very thing as those who do not know the LORD. Consider Israel and the golden calf in the wilderness [Exodus 32] or Jeroboam’s [II Chronicles 11] establishment of idolatrous worship. These visible misrepresentations of God changed His glory before men!
Man, as God
“Religious” men and women have incessantly been working to bring God down to man’s level. If we are successful at doing this, then He would cease to be God. If we are successful at doing this, then we, as manipulators of who we believe God to be, would be assuming the position of God. It only stands to reason, that if we can make God to be who we want Him to be, then are we not making ourselves to be God?
Stephen Charnock wrote, “In our offers to, and transactions with men, we deal not with them as mere animals, but as rational creatures; and we debase their natures if we treat them otherwise; and if we have not raised apprehensions of God’s spiritual nature in out treating of Him, but allow Him only such frames as we think fit enough for men, we debase His spirituality to the littleness of our own being.” [The Existence and Attributes of God]
Man, Glorified in Christ
We must stop belittling the greatness of God! Lift Him up! In Christ we are made to sit in heavenly places [Ephesians 1 & 2]. Bringing Him [God] down to a human level through means of worship that tantalize the flesh and emotion, as a substitute for true spiritual worship, serve only to undermine God; but if we genuinely believe that God willfully humbled Himself [Philippians 2] so that we could be brought up [glorified - Romans 8:30 in Christ] to Him; then, we must cease the continual manipulation of Who God is as He is revealed to us within His Word.
I urge you to have a Christ-centered worship rather than a man-centered worship. Christ and His Gospel must be what we keep in view. Emotional engagement must be bourn out of true spiritual worship, and we must be careful that we don’t get the order mixed up. We are created spirit, soul, and body. Spiritual worship begins with Who God is and not with what senses man has. In other words, rather than having the “worship EXPERIENCE” as the center of the worship hour, God’s people must elevate God and His truth as the starting point and goal of worship. God is always the goal–not an experience. The emphasis on EXPERIENCE sets the expectation that I am coming to the worship hour for ME, rather than for HIM.
It’s your choice; but I would advise you to NOT ignorantly and selfishly debase God.