In his blog post Veith cites a 2005 article from Touchstone magazine where the writer makes this comment:
"As a trained church musician (finishing a Ph.D. in historical musicology), I served as the “worship leader” in a mid-sized suburban Evangelical church for a number of years. As I told the senior pastor of that church, the problem with modern Evangelical worship is that Evangelicals seem to recognize only one sacrament these days: The Worship Song."
This is a very insightful comment. Nearly all evangelicals view the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper as empty signs. Thus, they have resorted to the 'worship song' as the means of connecting to God.
Opposed to this view is that of the Lutheran and Reformed. Both acknowledge that God is the one acting in and through the sacraments, hence they are not empty signs. They are the times in worship where God makes contact with His people through the ordinary elements of water, bread and wine. While Lutherans and Reformed have their differences about the sacraments both agree that God is acting when they are administered.It's sad that evangelicals miss this profound theological point. What's worse is when confessional Lutherans and Reformed trade their Gospel-driven understanding of the sacraments for the worship song. Veith writes, "I understand that traditions that don’t even have that must substitute something. But why would traditions that do have a sacramental understanding of Christ’s true presence go after this pale substitute?" Dr. Michael Horton has made the same point in his book entitled "Christless Christianity."
For those wishing to read more of the reformed understanding of the sacraments please consider reading articles 33, 34 and 35 of the Belgic Confession (Google it). I recently wrote a paper on the Belgic Confession and find it unsurpassed in articulating how God works in and through the sacraments.
You can read Veith's entire article at the link below. Also read the piece in Touchstone for some additional insights.
Christianity, Culture, Vocation — Cranach: The Blog of Veith