Monday, December 1, 2014
Worship Music, Worship Teams
It should be obvious to any thinking observer that today's "worship music" is designed to please man, even the carnal and the unsaved, and not God. In The Purpose Driven Church (p.279), Rick Warren bold declare, "We use the style of music the majority of people in our church listen to on the radio . . . contemporary pop/rock." This is the world's music, and it draws the worldly into the church.
In plain words, the music in purpose-driven churches is not chosen because it pleases God, but man. Purpose-driven worship is less about worshipping God than about entertaining the "worshipers." That is its deliberate design. Thus, the music and the entire "program" (like any secular performance) must appeal to the audience rather than to the One whom they are supposedly worshiping!
In Born After Midnight, A.W. Tozer declared, "Much singing. . .has in it more of romance than it has of the Holy Ghost. Words and music [don't reflect] the reverent intimacy of the adoring saint, but the impudent familiarity of the carnal lover." Nor are those churches that are driven by the new "purpose," which has become the vision of tens of thousands of today's pastors, the only ones that have turned worship upside down and inside out. The same is true of thousands of other churches that have forgotten the fact that worship, far from being for our enjoyment, is supposed to be directed toward God! Rare is the awesome reverence that befits those bowing in His presence to singHis praise. The attitude, dress, and sensuality of many "worship teams" and their "music" would not be tolerated for a moment by God before His throne!
Dave Hunt, "Loving God," The Berean Call, November 2004