Should people applaud during a church service?

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When is it okay to applaud during a church service?

  1. For children or teens performing

    13 vote(s)
    54.2%
  2. For a special guest's or visiting choir's performance

    10 vote(s)
    41.7%
  3. For the regular choir

    8 vote(s)
    33.3%
  4. For a guest preacher

    4 vote(s)
    16.7%
  5. For the regular preacher

    4 vote(s)
    16.7%
  6. For a baptism

    13 vote(s)
    54.2%
  7. For someone giving their testimony

    10 vote(s)
    41.7%
  8. For a drama performance

    14 vote(s)
    58.3%
  9. Other reason for applause

    11 vote(s)
    45.8%
  10. There should never be applause for any reason

    4 vote(s)
    16.7%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Marcia

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    The thread on baptism gave me the idea to do this poll.

    Should there be applause during a Sunday morning church service? If so, when?

    You can choose more than one answer. Remember, these questions apply only to applause during a regular Sunday morning church service.
     
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  2. donnA

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    To me, children as encouragement, or only when it's done as part of worship, prehaps a song or some drama or testimony has moved you to worship because of who God is. But just for the sake of applause, not for me.
     
  3. billreber

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    Generally speaking, if God prompts someone to applaud, they should do it. That covers a LOT of the provided choices, as well as others that may not be listed.

    Applause in Sunday morning worship service should be towards God, not towards people (IMHO). That being said, I have applauded at baptisms, after songs, and at other worship occasions, when I felt God guiding me to do so. My applause is for what God has done, not for what some human being has done, even if it is after a human being has done something.

    (I feel as if I am going in circles here. Does this make sense to you? I hope so!)

    Bill :godisgood:
     
  4. rbell

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    Our church can pretty much be counted on to applaud when a person gives their heart to Christ or follows in believer's baptism.

    I can't think of a better reason for applause.
     
  5. Tom Butler

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    We must remember that our preferences are often driven by the culture in which we were reared.

    In the church where I was saved (back in the 1940s), there was never applause, but a lot a shouting and plenty of Amens.

    The church where I have served since 1963 used to be that way, but over the years have moved toward applause. We're still not clappy-happy, but we're not silent, either.

    This is personal with me. I am quite uncomfortable with being applauded for a solo, or for the choir or other group to be applauded. I have discussed this with the church members, but they all insist that they are not applauding the individual or group, but are responding to the message of the music. Even so, in the context of a worship service, it seems to me that applause is a distraction.

    Now, on the other hand. Four times a year, the fifth Sundays, we have all singing on Sunday night. Everybody who sings gets applauded, and I join in. Somehow this does not equate with a worship service, and applause does not seem out of place.
     
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    Makes sense, and I agree.
     
  7. Samuel Owen

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    None: 0, I never saw any! before the Churches began to modernise. Now! is that a Good Thing ???.
     
  8. Tom Bryant

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    Why is applause a sign of modernizing? (just a rhetorical question)

    If someone applauds, they are just giving their approval.
     
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    applause is certainly not a new and modern invention.
     
  10. Marcia

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    I think perhaps that earlier, there was a more respectful attitude in churches than there is now. Sorry, but that's how I see it.

    I find applause to break up and disturb my reactions to songs, testimonies etc. (although I do applaud children and teens performing as an encouragement).

    Applause also, for me, disturbs a worshipful atmosphere and attitude.
     
  11. FriendofSpurgeon

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    I tend to agree. I'm not a big applause person either, but it bothers me less than it used to.
     
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    Applause to praise the Lord or to encourage.
     
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    :applause: I applaud your answer, Bill. I think it is kind of funny that shouting out an Amen or Praise the Lord is okay but applauding is not. Listen, if the Amen corner is shouting out "Amen" and the deacon bench is spilling over with "PTL" every time a song is sung or the preacher pounds the pulpit 'til his cufflinks break that is still an acknowledgment of the preceding event. It just seems a little more Christian if I toss in a word or two from my Churchese dictionary rather than shout out a Yee-Ha! I sat through some of those shouting meetings where the response from the folk stopped matching up to what was being said.

    "I believe," said Brother Leatherlung, "I could use another glass of water."
    "Amen," said the folk.
    "I said I believe..."
    "Yes, yes, yes, he believes..."
    (Louder) "I said I believe..."
    "Um, um, um, um, um..."
    "Could somebody..."
    "Oh, my! Glory, glory, glory!"
    Almost in tears because of his partched condition, He croaks out, "What... does... a... man... have... to... do...."
    "Preach it Brother! What does a man have to do?"
    I just as soon they gave him a quick round of applause... and a glass of water.
     
  14. annsni

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    Right there with you. :)

    Amen!

    God is good. Why not give Him His due?? :)
     
  15. Tom Bryant

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    Last night we had an evangelism rally with 3 great preachers, Dr. Roy Fish (South Western Seminary), Dr. John Sullivan (Executive Director of the Florida Baptist Convention) and Dr. Tom Kinchen (President of the Baptist College of Florida).

    During each message there were amens and applause as well as alot laughter. I can't think of any time that it was anything less than was directed by hearts of praise to God. I can understand where sometimes it would be, but everything can be used wrongly.
     
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    Hey, when Roy Fish speaks, either applause or high fives are going to break out...


    :D
     
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    Confound it...must be one of those "new" psalms... :rolleyes:
     
  18. Samuel Owen

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    Someone hit the nail right on the head. As far as lot of Amen's, and Pulpit pounding, I really don't appreciate that a lot either. We have a Baptist Church locally, where you can hear Amen, Glory, Hallelujah, and the Preacher is in a froth of rant for a full 45 minutes or so. He is not a spring chicken, and I imagine a heart attack is a future sermon sometime; he even says so. I bet they clap for that also. :)

    Now at the end of that 45 minutes what has been said ?????. Well maybe you got "God is good" out of it, but nothing really meaty. But his crowd seems to have a great time, I really call this Religiosity; not Christianity.
     
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    I'm not big believer in applauding in church. The excepetion is after someone has been baptized, then I don't have a problem with it. I don't believe in applauding someone after they have been singing.
     
  20. Tom Bryant

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    I'd suggest that those are 2 different issues. A preacher who, according to your assessment doesn't say anything meaty, is different from people responding to what they hear from the pulpit.

    Is it disrespectful to God? How? Can we get inside a person's heart and know their motives?

    Is it disrespectful to the preacher? Then all the preacher has to do is simply ask people to say "Amen" or "Yea, God" instead of applaud. Or maybe just snore loudly. :tonofbricks:
     

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