Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale now offers only one service at 10:15 a.m. with, essentially, blended worship â€“ that means no more separation based on age, likes and comfort.
The aim by church leaders, including Senior Pastor Tullian Tchividjian, was to unite the congregation and demonstrate the power of the Gospel.
"The best way a church can demonstrate unifying power of the Gospel before our very segregated world is to maintain a community that transcends cultural barriers," Tchividjian said in a sermon earlier this month. "The church should be the one institution, the one community â€“ this countercultural community â€“ in our world that breaks barriers down."...
The age Integrated approach is Biblical. But the Blended Worship? Blended with what? No doubt a style coipied from the Party Animal generation. Even my nephew has bought into the error of believing that hymns such as A Mighty Fortress, was part of my generation, and that his has to copy the sound of MTV. Well; I am a little old, but I was not around when A mighty Fortress was written. So, I'm not in favor of the Blend. Plowing with diverse animals, two types of fabric ect.
While I applaud this change, it seems to be for only pragmatic reasons rather than according to the Regulative Principle of Worship, which is grounded in the Westminster standards that Coral claims it abides by.
"But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by Himself, and so limited by His own revealed will, that He may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scripture."- WCF Chap. XXI (from the PCA website). See also the LBCF.
Surely, age-segregated corporate worship is hard to deduce from Scripture, yet few Presby or Ref. Baptist churches admit this.
So I have to wonder, what will they do if enough people dislike it & complain or leave? Will they rest on Confessional grounds, or surrender to the mob?