Friday, November 17, 2017
CCM Changes the Gospel
Though the acceptance of popular culture (and in the case of music, pop music) within the Christian church is now an established fact, its very normality across the face of virtually every variety of Christian theological persuasion is telling. In a climate of extreme multiculturalism, pluralism, and relativism satiated with the notion that music is value-neutral and worldview-free, church music has been cut off from history, tradition, theology, aesthetic norms, and ultimately the Word. The result has been a breakdown of church music standards along with a collateral weakening in other areas of life as well. The problem with Christian pop music is that pop changes the gospel! The musical medium remakes the message into a reflection of pop’s own music.
Calvin M. Johansson, Evangel University. Forward to “Measuring the Music: Another look at the Contemporary Christian Music Debate,” by John Makujina