We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Monday, November 17, 2014

Is It "Worship"?

It is astonishing how many have come to equate "worship" with loud and fast-paced music where the tragic poverty of the lyrics isn't even noticed because the rhythm excites the soul.  Such music is essential, we are told, to attract the new generation.  Will they rise to the low level of our estimation of them?

Dave Hunt, "What Have We Done to the Cross?", The Berean Call, September 1999

And our church has, unfortunately, accepted this philosophy.


Anonymous said...

One could easily parody this regarding the dearth of sound Biblical preaching in many American churches:

"It is astonishing how many have come to equate "worship" with entertainment and amusement from the pulpit, where the tragic poverty of the so-called "relevant" preaching isn't even noticed because the pablum tickles the ears. Such "relevant" preaching is essential, we are told, to attract unbelievers. Will they repent with such a low level of Gospel truth given to them?"


Anonymous said...

To correct my above post, "parody" was the wrong word. "Duplicate" was the concept I meant, I just chose the wrong word.


Glenn E. Chatfield said...

That's okay. My train of thought derails sometimes, too.

Lindsay Smail said...

Many Christians have gone completely off the rails. My experience, from the 1960's onwards, of adapting music so young people will be attracted to the Church, indicates that policy is an absolute dead-end street. It detracts from the gospel and consequently is no gospel at all.