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The Worst Worship Ever

August 5, 2008

I apologize in advance to anyone that watches this video who may be a musician or worship leader. Your ability to write anything profitable may be severely impeded for a short while after watching this:

[I have been asked by Fire Rain Ministries to remove this video as they have the legal rights to it, and I have complied. The video began with the below prayer and went into a rendition of “You Spin Me Right Round,” except instead of “baby” it’s “Jesus”.]

We know that we can’t receive anything from anyone until we have honor in our hearts for them

Ummm… ????

So just like Moses, as a sign of honor, as a sign that you are removing the things that separate you from the holy place I just invite you to kick off your shoes right now… and while you’re down there grab a couple of socks!

Wow. I would need a couple of chapters in a book to break down the problems with that statement concerning where God is located, our access to him, the finished work of Christ, and the difference between the old and new covenant.

However, the most offensive thing is that he uses this Christianese for his real purpose: to get people spinning socks during his “performance”.

The couplet at 2:58 is shocking. We used to sing this as a joke, as over-the-top silliness: “Put your hands in the air and worship like you just don’t care.” Ooops, I mean “aa-yah” and “cay-yah”. The pain; the horror.

If you ever wonder why Christianity is losing ground in some parts of the world don’t refer to any studies, philosophy, or theology; watch this video and it will all become clear.

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You thought I was going to let you off light with just the above? Not today my friends. Not merely content with just mild punishment I ventured towards Rick Pino’s site.

His latest album is titled “The Undiscovered” From Rick:

The word ‘voice’ in this verse is actually the Greek word, pho’ne, that can be translated; the sound of musical instruments! John actually describes the voice of God to be like a trumpet here!

I believe that the sound that is released from heaven into earth invites us to come up higher in God, and journey into the unknown pleasures and mysteries of who He is! ‘The Undiscovered’ is only one step into this invitation!

As I apologized to those that are worship leaders above, I now apologize to those that are familiar with the Greek language and are trained exegetes. His “translation” and jump in logic are so tendentious and false that Greek teachers across the nation would need to come up with a designation worse than “F” to properly grade it. But wait there’s more… unfortunately.

Rick on his album “Angel of Awakening”

In late October 2006 I was visited by the angel of Zechariah chapter 4. In this encounter, the Lord used this messenger to speak to me about how He was going to be releasing this mighty angel to blow the trumpet of awakening in the earth the following year. ‘Angel of Awakening’ is part of that emerging sound of awakening! A sound of bones rattling in the desert! This studio project is a compilation of songs that I have received from the Lord

Is there any possibility you can give them back?
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Southpark makes fun of the “Jesus is my boyfriend” worship songs and reworking secular songs for other purposes: “You’re once, twice, three times my saviour.”

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Shannon permalink
    August 5, 2008 8:38 am

    There are only two words that come to mind as I ponder these things: Disgusting and Sad… plus I think I died a lil inside…

  2. August 5, 2008 9:22 am

    Stinkiest worship set ever! I wonder how far into the song he was before the smell of foot made him realize – ‘I ain’t gonna try that again!’

    When my kids were in diapers I wrote a little ditty that I know made it as far as England. It went:

    Put your bum bum in the air
    Put your bum bum in the air
    wiggle it around, make a funny sound,
    bum bum in the air

    BRIDGE
    Take your bum bum
    throw it up in the air
    wiggle it around like you just don’t care
    with your bum bum
    way up in the air
    shake it, shake it, shake that…

    bum bum in the air (repeat ad nauseoum)

    Of course this was never intended as part of a service of worship, just a way to entertain my kids in an otherwise unpleasant (but frequent) activity.

    If that little ditty in any remote way contributed to the madness that I just witnessed through that video – I sincerely repent.

  3. Jake permalink
    August 5, 2008 10:26 am

    “Hey! We’re hip and relevant because we can take harcore house rave music and put decades old songs to them and make them about Jesus!”

    One of the things I’ve never understood is the need for “the randoms” on the wings of the stage. You see it a lot at Hillsong or in places like the above video where you have the band, the singers (often for too many in places like this) and then you have anywhere from 5-10 people on the sides of the stage that just sort of jump around and wave their hands in the air almost like they’re there just to get the crowd going. You know who else uses the exact same concept?

    Motorhead.

    Except they use strippers and cage dancers on the stage wings instead of awkward looking suburban white people.

    All I’m saying is that someone needs to get donkey punched for that.

  4. August 5, 2008 11:19 am

    You had to go here didn’t you. Couldn’t stop at picking on the preachers, had to come after worship leaders too. Seriously though thank you for doing it. You are like my inner conscious and voice of frustration that in my discernment(and fear of public record) gets squashed. As proof of that I’ve already rewritten this comment 5 times.

    I will say this…I couldn’t watch past the 5 minute mark and there’s some other Rick Pino videos on You Tube where that applies as well. At a surface level, this is just bad white man hip hop and I can’t jive with that. On a deeper level…well, I’ll let you roll with that, you’re doing just fine 🙂 But I know Rick loves Jesus, can I get a *woot woot*.

  5. August 5, 2008 11:28 am

    Might I also add in reference to Rick’s quote on receiving the record from God, rule #1 I have with my worship team:

    * Don’t ever give me a song for review and say God gave it to you. It will *not* get you off the hook for critique, in fact it will only raise the the level of scrutiny.

  6. August 5, 2008 11:50 am

    Jesus spins us right round like a Dead or Alive dance hit from the ’80s using a phrase that is a sexual metaphor for a girl whose number he can’t remember? Wow.

  7. August 5, 2008 1:55 pm

    I think we take ourselves too serious…can’t we just laugh at this? Instead of being offended.

  8. August 5, 2008 2:06 pm

    Tyler, we are laughing at this… very hard.

  9. August 5, 2008 2:40 pm

    wow. just wow. i like how if we add “in this place” to any phrase it makes it holy. “just take off your shoes…in this place.” “just eat some shawarma…in this place.” “just go to the bathroom…in this place.” i feel so holy.

  10. August 5, 2008 3:01 pm

    Mike you are right!

    Put your bum bum, in this place!

    Eureka! Now it is a worship song. Sweet!

  11. August 5, 2008 3:32 pm

    YOU ARE JEHOVAH
    (Bear with me … Audioslave’s “I am the Highway”)

    You are not some myth, unreal,
    You are Jehovah…
    You are not some real nice guy,
    You’re El Shaddai…
    You are not an invisible friend,
    You are Elohim…
    You are not some other god,
    You’re Adonai…
    Adonai

  12. August 5, 2008 3:33 pm

    Doh! Meant to put this comment on the other post!

  13. thedreamgiver permalink
    August 6, 2008 7:26 am

    Holy Ghost Hoedown?!

    that’s pushing it a little in my opinion. There still needs to be a certain level of respect for God in worship. Worship is not intended to make US feel good. I think most people forget that part and only want a rip-rolling good time to keep youth’s attention. What they forget is the fact that THIS IS NOT WORSHIP! This is “make us feel good” music. Worship is meant for God. Not to start a “love train” and to “kick our shoes off”….

    This guy’s stepping over the line of true worship into “we want to attract people so let’s forget what worship is really for”.

    *sigh* I’m all for contemporary and fun worship music, but it still has to be for GOD, not for US!

    My two cents. 🙂

  14. August 6, 2008 11:01 am

    Actually I’m sure worship is not for God. As if God needs worship. Rather worship is for us, but it is for directing us in the right direction – Godward. I think we draw some of the same conclusions though.

  15. August 18, 2008 7:43 am

    Wow. I’m lost for words. “Awe” just doesn’t really seem to fit for some reason…

  16. Bob permalink
    September 8, 2008 1:11 pm

    Hey when did Jack Black start leading worship in church? lol That church musta smelled of stinky feet for weeks after that service.

  17. December 26, 2008 1:00 am

    I mention in my own blog why I think this is so bad. The song itself is inconsequential pop. Rick Pino has added nothing profound to it. He’s making the act of worship into an act of the mundane.

  18. Wei Hsien permalink
    December 27, 2008 9:43 am

    You think you’re watching a parody on SNL, but you’re actually not. I just gouged my eyes out and stuck newly-sharpened pencils in my ears, and blame you for it.

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