Saturday, February 16, 2008

Is Contemporary Music Okay for Worship?

Although our culture changes, and with it contemporary styles of worship emerge, I hold to a conservative practice of worship in accordance with Scripture which states in Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” So then, is contemporary music some sort of compromise of conservative Biblical values? I do not believe that it is the differing musical styles which are in conformity with the world, as Scripture calls for us to worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24); with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16); and with a new song (Psalm 33:3); but rather, that the content of those musical styles lacking in God-centered praise is that which would constitute conformity with the world. Additionally, worship is not just the use of musical praise, but rather it is an attitude and lifestyle of reverence for the Lord alone (Exodus 34:14), through the name of Jesus Christ alone (Colossians 3:17), in the power of the Spirit alone (Philippians 3:3), by believers as well as all of Creation (Psalm 66:4).

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