Music In The Churches
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Music in the Churches
One of the hottest topics in Christendom today is to do with music in the churches. Some, particularly the young and those of a Charismatic persuasion, say that music is neutral and that there is no such thing as good music or bad music. But what does the Bible teach? Perhaps we should ask ourselves the question, "What constitutes good and acceptable Christian Music? Is it possible to offend God with our praise and worship if it is accompanied with a particular type of music?" From what I read in the Scriptures, as well as from what I read from the pens of good and godly Bible teachers, I believe we need to be cautious that we are not found guilty of calling evil good, and good evil?
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" (Isaiah 5:20-21).
[ Rock Evangelism ] (Added 17/06/2004) On Sunday night, 30 May, 2004, I watched the "Compass" program which is aired weekly on ABC TV. The story was entitled "Converting Newcastle" and featured a group of churches in Newcastle, north of Sydney in NSW, Australia, who, over recent years, have come together in an effort to evangelize their community. "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived", 2 Timothy 3:13 tells us. Hunter Harvest proves the truth of this prophetic Scripture.
[ The Lord's Profits ] (Added 04/01/2003) A revealing article about Brian and Bobbie Houston and Hillsong, written by Sydney Morning Herald reporter, Greg Bearup. This article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday, 30 January, 2003. "Come out from among them and be ye separate!" saith the Lord.
[ World Worship ] (Added 04/01/2003) From the 4th through to the 7th of September, 2002, with great excitement amongst the local Christian community, Hillsong was the main attraction at the “World of Worship” Conference at the Cairns Convention Centre. A single-page, three-fold leaflet was produced by this ministry and distributed locally. It warned of the dangers of Hillsong generally, as well as the type of music they offer to God, supposedly as praise and worship. The contents of the leaflet is the subject of this article.
[ "End Times Apostasy Database" Music Section ] Link to David Cloud's Way Of Life Website - (Added 29/03/02) Articles that are available on David's site are hyperlinked. The complete End Times Apostasy Database contains roughly 3,000 books and articles and the equivalent of 80,000 pages of information. It is available in the Fundamental Baptist CD-ROM Library. Only a small part of it is maintained at the Way of Life web site.
[ Some Thoughts about Incidental Music on Television ] Linked Article - (Added 29/03/02). An article on the Bob Jones University site, written by Elmer Rumminger, M.A., who observes that, "Enlightened fundamentalist parents teach their children to enjoy good music and warn them to avoid the destructive influence of rock and its associated drug/sex/rebellion subculture. A few ill-informed, albeit perhaps well-meaning, believers tolerate some "soft" rock--especially with "Christian" lyrics--but even most of these would forbid their children from watching the music channel, Friday Night Videos, and the like."
[ An Important Question for Our Times-Is Music Moral? ] Linked Article - (Added 29/03/02). An article by Kurt Woetzel, minister of music at Trinity Baptist Church of Concord, New Hampshire, who asks, "Is music neutral? Is sound capable of moral influence? Does music alone, with or without text, carry and communicate moral value? Is music amoral? The answer to this watershed question divides much of the Christian community and greatly influences the character of the music which may be heard in a particular church."
[ What Is Rock Music? ] Linked Article - (Added 30/03/02) An article outlining some of the history of Rock Music, comments about the effects of Rock Music on their audiences made by some well known artists, the disturbing results of some scientific experiments on plants and animals which were subjected to Rock Music, and the author's conclusions about Rock Music when examined in the Light of Scripture.
[ Contemporary Christian Music - Is It Wrong? ] Linked Article - (Added 30/03/02) An article by Dr. Rob Spinney who uses Philippians 4:8 to determine the criteria for evaluating Contemporary Christian Music. Also includes the testimonies of a number of young Christians who tell of the negative influence that CCM had upon their Christian walk.
[ What Kind of Music Does God Want Us To Have? ] Linked Audio - (Added 29/03/02). Two audio messages by Dr Frank Garlock, founder of Majesty Music in Greenville, South Carolina, recorded at Bob Jones University.
[ Sound Christian Music vs Contemporary Christian Music Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] Linked Audio - (Added 29/03/02). Two audio messages by David Cloud. Sound Biblical exposition of God's standard for music in the churches.
[ Warnings About Contemporary Praise Music Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] Linked Audio - (Added 09/03/08). Two audio messages by David Cloud. Sound Biblical exposition of God's standard for music in the churches.
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