"Misunderstood Worship" by Jim ClementBro. Hyles said: "When formal worship is substituted for the real purpose of the assembly, Christians do not get strengthened, encouraged, exhorted or motivated to do the main task of the church, and that is to carry out the Great Commission, which is soul winning. To that end, formal worship becomes an enemy of soul winning!"
It is clear from this statement that Bro. Hyles dogmatically believed and taught that the "real purpose" and "main task" of the church is soulwinning. Thus, the thrust of his ministry was to motivate the people of FBC to go soul winning.
Besides the fact that I may disagree with that emphasis, the statement raises several questions that must be answered from a Biblical perspective.
1. What is "formal" worship?
2. What is the "real purpose" of the assembly or the "main task" of the church?
3. Does an assembly either engage in formal worship or its real purpose? Or is it possible for an assembly to engage in formal worship without being distracted from its real purpose and main task as those terms are understood by Bro. Hyles?
4. Is the "main task" of the church to carry out the Great Commission?
5. Is the Great Commission properly defined as "soul winning"?
6. Is it the role of the pastor to motivate the assembly to go soul winning?
7. Is Biblical worship always private and never public?
Biblical answers to these questions will likely determine our philosophy of the local church as well as the style of church we will attend. Is worship really an enemy of soul winning? Or is motivational preaching that emphasizes soul winning an enemy of worship and an enemy of the Great Commission?
Just my random thoughts.