Some may object that they know many Scripture songs or praise and worship choruses that contain Scripture passages, perhaps even contemporary musical settings for beefy hymn texts. But even these are failures because the music is light, bouncy, entertainment-type music; the aesthetic form communicates fun and good times to most people rather than serious worship of Almighty God. Furthermore, the form may be heard with more lasting impact than the words, no matter how correct and noble the ideas in these songs may be.
There is a sharp cognitive dissonance here that the outsider often recognizes immediately because his life is basically a hedonistic or nihilistic party. He knows those forms intimately, and he knows they are inconsistent with the message of the words. Party music is inferior evangelistic music, for as Calvin Johannson says wisely, the way one comes to faith in Christ has profound implications for what that person will expect subsequently of the Christian life (Discipling Music Ministry, Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1992, p.15).
Leonard R. Payton, "Reforming our Worship Music," p.14