In January of 2012, I sat down with a group of worship pastors over dinner, and we told stories of moments where our hearts wanted to say or sing one thing but our lips delivered a different message—we committed worship heresy.
Like that time I introduced the lyric, “O hell, where is your sting?” by shouting “O HELL!” into the microphone at the top of my lungs. And word jumble moments, like the time I prayed, “Father, thank You for dying on the cross.” Or the time I enthusiastically shouted, “Jesus stayed in that grave! AMEN?!”
We laughed so hard that night, and it occurred to us that we were probably not alone. So I took to Twitter and posed the question, “Anyone have any accidental heresy examples to share? #worshipheresy.” You will see their responses below. Usernames have been left off on purpose—I’d like these people to continue doing their jobs. I hope you enjoy these.
Flower Mound Worship Pastor
"Take my LIPS and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee" #worshipheresy. I'm a dang good kisser now though.
Misquoted Col. 3:16 as, "psalms, hymns and spiritual thongs" while officiating one of my best friend’s wedding.
"To the God of treachery, all glory be, to the One who gave it all..."
I sang, "He cr*ps himself with light" during How Great is Our God. Mixed “wraps” and “crowns.” #worshipheresy
"The weight of all of Your shame, released when You came and gave up my life." #worshipheresy
"Father, we thank You for rising from the dead."
"Not because of what You've done, but because of who I am."
"I thy great father and thou my true son," during Be Thou My Vision. #worshipheresy
I picked soft music for a corporate prayer time that I later found out was the theme to “The Exorcist.”
"Jesus lay prostate on the ground." #worshipheresy
During Give Us Clean Hands I sang, “We turn our eyes TO evil things.” #worshipheresy
Heard during an offering prayer, "Lord, we thank you that Jesus set a wonderful example for us while being a great American."
"God, you always change!" #worshipheresy
"Because a sinful Saviour died, my sinless soul is counted free." #worshipheresy
I once prayed for God to give a guy "aides." When you say that word out loud, no one pays attention to the letter E.
"Lead us into temptation and deliver us in evil..." Speed praying should've never happened. #worshipheresy
"Sex is better, money is better than You, Jesus."
I prayed, "We're just trying to repay You for what You’ve done."
Just caught myself singing "banana in the highest" to myself in the shower. Not quite right. Must be hungry this morning. #worshipheresy
Have even more tales of accidental worship heresy? Share your stories on Twitter using the hashtag #worshipheresy.