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1 John 2:15-16- Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world.
Many people know that based on my fundamentalism, that I love the old hymns. Some of my favorites include Great Is Thy Faithfulness, At The Cross, To God Be The Glory, Leaning On The Everlasting Arms, Glory To His Name, Saved By The Blood, Sweet Hour of Prayer, and many more (I have quite a list).
Many churches today, will toss out that Spirit filled Gospel music and replace it with fleshly, worldly, contemporary music (eg. the Newsboys). As a matter of fact, many people even take the old hymns that I like and add a contemporary beat to them. There is a well known “pastor” named Rick Warren whom is the pastor of Saddleback Church which is the 8th largest “church” in the United States. Warren is the author of a book titled “The Purpose Driven Life” in which he writes in page 66 “There is no such thing as ‘Christian’ music; there are only Christian lyrics. It is the words that make a song sacred, not the tune.”
While I do agree that doctrinally sound words make the song sacred, I do not like the idea of adding a contemporary/rock n roll beat to the song. It gets people dancing, waving their arms, you know much of the things you see at rap/rock concerts. Moments like that lift up your flesh. It is not spiritual.
The main purpose of the contemporary movement (becoming popular around the 1980’s) was to make the church more appealing to worldly people, which is far from the purpose of the church. Considering the first verse, worldliness is usually a trait of non-Christians. I am not saying that everyone who is worldly is unsaved, there are many of what the Bible calls “carnal Christians.” However, Christians should not want to live up to the fleshly desires of the world, and that is much of what you see in contemporary churches. In Galatians 5, there is a list of the works of the flesh. I will post them and bold the ones that relate best to contemporary music.
Galatians 5:19-21- Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
To my brothers/sisters in Christ, our music should not be worldly, but should glorify God. We should not be adding characteristics of non-Christians to our music. In the name of The Lord Jesus Christ I write unto you. Amen.