We are losing our sense of worship. In many churches and schools we are seeing new trends of praise and worship techniques that are no different than the alcohol and drug-fueled dance clubs or rock concerts. Lasers, pulsating light shows, shouting, jumping, dancing and loud, blaring, thumping music are all designed to entertain, excite and give you an emotional experience of ecstasy! This is the model that some are trying to imitate.
Washington Adventist University [WAU], located in Tacoma Park, MD, is the alma mater of notable Seventh-day Adventists such as President Ted Wilson, HMS Richards and BG Wilkinson. WAU also has an official “praise-dance” team called “Silent Judah.”  WAU’s website lists “Silent Judah” as part of their “campus ministry.” This praise-dance team is in charge of “all campus worship services and programs.” WAU’s website says:
“Silent Judah is a sign language ministry that seeks to share God’s love to his people through signing and praise-dance. It also serves as a worship-enhancer for all campus worship services and programs.” 
Worship enhancer? This worship “enhancement” is causing our sacred worship services to become almost indistinguishable from what you see in a worldly rock concert. This is a sign that we are losing the true meaning of what worship is all about. It is a sign that we are “assimilating” to the customs and principles of the world:
“God requires of His people now as great a distinction from the world, in customs, habits, and principles, as He required of Israel anciently. If they faithfully follow the teachings of His word, this distinction will exist; it cannot be otherwise. The warnings given to the Hebrews against assimilating with the heathen were not more direct or explicit than are those forbidding Christians to conform to the spirit and customs of the ungodly” (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 458).
The Fire of Molech?
I’m not an expert in evaluating art, but I’m sure there is a meaning behind this performance made by the Washington Adventist University praise-dance team. All artistic and creative work needs interpretation, and to me, from a Biblical perspective, it looks like this WAU performance was recreating the fire of Molech. In the Old Testament, God warned against allowing our children (students) to pass through the fire of Molech.
“And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech” Leviticus 18:21.
Here is a commandment/law given to God’s ancient people against adopting the worship customs and pagan practices of the Canaanites. During the worship of Molech, the Canaanites had these huge, elaborate, spiritualistic ceremonies which included fire, loud hypnotic drums with shouting and singing. Despite the warnings, God’s ancient people did become like the world and embraced the fire of Molech:
“Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?” Ezekiel 16:20, 21.
“Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.” 2 Chronicles 28:3.
Whether or not the Washington Adventist University’s praise-dance team was actually recreating how the children (students) passed through the fire of Molech is still up for debate; but one thing is certain, God lays out an indictment against us when we do these very things:
- “A bedlam of noise shocks the senses and perverts that which if conducted aright might be a blessing. The powers of satanic agencies blend with the din and noise, to have a carnival, and this is termed the Holy Spirit’s working” (Selected Messages, Vol 2, p. 36).
- “The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods, in such a bedlam of noise. This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling, sanctifying truth for this time” (Ibid.).
- “The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions” (Ibid.).