Here’s a nasty substitute… Sectarians engaging in Pentecostalist pseudo-prayer in California USA… this is BLASPHEMY.
Here’s the REAL DEAL… Orthodox Christians at prayer on St George Day (6 April) in Moscow… now, here’s REVERENCE.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
The Gospel According to St Matthew 7.21-23
The difference is so marked that a newly-arrived alien from Mars could tell it, and they’d see that these are two utterly opposite faiths, with few, if any, points of contact. There’s the real piety you find in Classical Christianity (Orthodox, Catholic, Reformation Protestant)… then, there’s the false pietism you see in Sectarianism (Mormon, JWs, Adventism, Pentecostalist, Southern Baptist, the New American Sects). What we believe IS mirrored in how we worship. If our belief is straight, our worship is reverent and dignified, reflecting the glory and majesty of Almighty God (services centred on the Holy Presence). If our belief is crook, our worship ends in being either a dry and cerebral homolatry (services consisting mainly of three songs and a lecture) or an abandoned and ecstatic Dionysian storm of sensuality (services centred on agitated emotional outbursts). Always keep in mind that Sectarianism is the Evil One’s simulacrum of Christianity. The Lord Christ ISN’T “Jay-Zuss”… we forget that at our peril…