Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Some Thoughts About “Contemporary” Music in Worship
How many seeker-sensitive and market-driven churches would lose their audience if they dropped the rock music? What you win them with is what you win them to!
“I challenge those committed to the contemporary philosophy to give up rock music for one month and serve the Lord without it. If you need rock music in order to enjoy and serve the Lord, you have a serious problem.” David W. Cloud, O Timothy, Vol.20/No.5, p.6
“Dr. Johnson once said, that if he were allowed to make the ballads of a nation, he cared not who made the laws. It is true in a more important sense that he who is permitted to make the hymns of a church, need care little who preaches, or who makes the creed. He will more effectually mold the sentiments of a church than they who preach or make creeds and confessions.” Albert Barnes, Barnes Notes on the New Testament, Ephesians-Colossians.
“Regardless of whether the words are, ‘party till ya puke’ or ‘Jesus loves me,’ when the bass is so powerful that car alarms have been known to go off, do the words really make a difference? Okay, so now that the volume’s been turned down, find out if the Christian words really have a message that glorifies God. I believe the music itself should be tested as well. How will Christians be noticed if they look - and sound - just like the world?” Will Humble, Bay City, TX. Letter to editor of New Attitude Magazine, June-August 1993.