Question:

Good morning!!

I recently visited a congregation that had a “Praise Team”. There were 8 adults in front of the congregation (4 males and 4 females). Each one facing the congregation holding a microphone. They were singing a song (acapella), with the words appearing on a giant screen up front (no song notes, just words). Just about everyone around me seemed to be listening to the Praise Team, instead of singing themselves. Myself, I could not sing as I didn’t know the song, and again, there were no song notes on the screen.

My question is: is it unscriptural to worship God using this “Praise Team”? If everyone was singing (as commanded in scripture), would it still be unscriptural? I have a problem with this new innovation (as the 4 females could be construed as “leading” in worship). Plus, I have no doubt that this innovation is done so as to be pleasing to the worshipers (instead of pleasing to God). What are your thoughts on this? Thank you.


Answer:

I would suggest being more choosy about the congregations you visit. What you have is a group (a choir) leading the congregation in song. Yes, the fact that women were a part of the leading makes this unscriptural (I Timothy 2:11-12). The lack of music or information about the tune indicates they weren't really expecting participation by the congregation.

See: Choirs and Solos and Is the use of a "praise team" scriptural?