Our church has been in a holiness series for the past couple of weeks. I have said, light- heartedly, that holiness series usually manifests two views and either make people scared, or glad because that under-achieving saint in the next pew over finally gets to hear how they should be dressing! In spite of this, however, I always really enjoy these series of lessons because I feel like it is a great “wellness checkup.” It’s kind of like when we go to the doctor every year for a checkup to get everything checked out and make sure we’re ok. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on ourselves and examine areas that can be strengthened or improved. Not only pertaining to outward holiness, in our standards of modesty and dress, but inwardly as well, such as our attitude, behavior, and conduct.
One of the questions we explored is, “Why is holiness important?” Holiness is important for three reasons. First, holiness is what is required of us and it is pleasing to God. “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Second, holiness is protection for us against sin. Third, holiness protects others from sin. Sometimes, sadly, holiness gets a bad rap as a list of “do’s and dont’s.” When people think of the word “holiness” they immediately think of legalism and/or a strict set of rules and restrictions. However, holiness is much more than that. Holiness is a heart issue and, thereby, is an important aspect of our worship department, our church, and ultimately our personal relationship with God.
As a music director or minister you might ask, “Well, what kind of holiness standards should our worship team have?” First and foremost, your worship team should be a great reflection of Christianity and the teachings of the pastor and church. As one of the most visible ministries of the church, people see the worship team every service. They are the ones that have been entrusted with leading your congregation in worship. The Bible says in Psalm 96:9, “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” We are also admonished to “worship Him in Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). How can a worship team fulfill this requirement of scripture without being holy?
Remember how Lucifer became lifted up in himself and took pride in his own glory (Ezekiel 28)? In stark contrast, when a worship team is holy, the glory is given to God and not to men. Holiness on our platforms allows people to be led into the presence of God by a group of worshippers that are not being distracting in their appearance, or in their spirit. Man should never receive the glory for something that belongs to God.
While for some it may at times be tempting to allow those on your platform who are exceptionally talented, but show little regard to personal holiness, remember that in the long run they will be more of a detriment than a help. I encourage you, if you do not have a set of guidelines for your worship team, spend some time in prayer, and, under the direction of your pastor, set some boundaries; spiritual boundaries and outward holiness standards that you feel that God would want you to set for your team. How would God want your team of worshippers to look and conduct themselves on and off the platform? It’s important to remember that those who are a part of your worship team will have a large impact on the members and guests that come to your church. In addition, they are also a witness to those outside of the walls of your church on a day-to-day basis. They will lead the way for others to experience the presence of God each and every service. We have a responsibility to be holy! 1
Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”