I came across an interesting argument over at Nick’s Catholic Blog. He calls this argument the Ultimate Catholic Apologetics Argument (UCAA). I am not sure about that characterization, but at the very least I think he is onto something.
Let me restate his observation about Protestant worship service, using my own words:
Protestant Sunday worship services contain two structural features that are not found in the Bible: 1) The order in which the elements occur. 2) No definitive way to know that the obligation to worship God has been fulfilled.
So what are the elements that might be part of a Sunday worship service? Here are some that we can find in the Bible:
- singing worship songs
- Bible reading (out loud)
- Eucharist (aka communion or Lord’s Supper)
Nick has pointed out that the Bible does not tell us:
- in which order these should appear in a Sunday worship service
- which elements MUST appear in order to ensure the fulfillment of our obligation to worship God
He argues that it means that we cannot look to the Bible to know with certainty whether or not we have fulfilled the obligation to worship God. If he is correct, then this is an extremely strong argument against Protestantism. However, I can think of a counter argument that Protestants could use to explain why they believe they fulfill the obligation.
Instead of continuing to argue head-on whether or not Protestants fulfill the obligation to worship God, I will address it from an entirely different angle in my next post.
If somebody believes that we don’t have an obligation to worship God, I addressed that here.