A few months ago I wrote about “worship pastors” and the problem I see with them in the Church in general, and I explained how our assembly decided to hire one of these guys even though we had a wonderful, mature song leader. A few days later I wrote an article about the upcoming service being noted on Facebook as going to be having a new song for us to learn - right from Hillsong and vacuous as it could be. That Sunday there was a notice in the bulletin from this new “pastor” requesting input, so I responded and sent an email expressing my concern with focusing on one demographic, and using songs from aberrant groups like Hillsong and Vineyard because all it did was give them credence. I essentially pasted in my article in regards to some of the songs we have used from these groups so as to demonstrate the false teachings in many of them. His response was basically that there is no “perfect” song.
In October we sang Chris Tomlin’s My Chains Are Gone, and a few weeks later we sang Grace Like Rain, but we never sing Amazing Grace any more. So I e-mailed this “pastor” and our lead pastor and asked if we could go back now and then to Amazing Grace, and explained the same thing which I wrote about Tomlin’s song in this post, while also pointing out that Grace Like Rain was an even worse version with a dirge-like melody and the nonsensical phrase, “grace like rain falls down.” I stated we were going down the wrong road trying to appeal to one demographic. The response was that, no, they are not trying to appeal to one demographic and everyone has different opinions of music. Period.
By the end of November my wife and I were only attending every other week as we looked at other places for worship. Whenever we did attend, we continued with lots of his favorites, horrible rock/country type beats, changing melodies of old hymns, changes lyrics of some other old gyms, and used more and more “contemporary” junk-food songs. (A friend gave me updates for the weeks we didn’t attend.) The “worship” periods are mostly opportunities for this “pastor” to perform, and he has been joined on the “stage” by a woman who accompanies him vocally and an elder who has joined him with an electric guitar and acts like part of a rock band.
We haven’t been back since then, partly due to weather prevention, but mainly due to finding an assembly which seems to be working out. We love the people in our old assembly, and have some good friends there who are also unhappy with the music but are staying for various reasons.