Last week we published the testimony of a man who says he has grown closer to the Lord by giving up Southern Gospel and listening to sacred music. He mentioned my referral to oldchristianradio.com, which is a reference to a report I published in June 2004 that listed some internet radio broadcasts that feature “conservative, traditional Christian music.” In the last decade, though, the standard of music in large numbers of IFBaptist churches and ministries has changed. The adaptation of and justification of contemporary worship music, and the ridiculing of those who resist it is fast becoming the mainstream position. Apparently oldchristianradio.com has been bitten with this bug. One reader said, “That website has a lot of borderline music. Some of the songs include ‘In Christ Alone’ by Getty/Townend with sliding vocals and ‘As the Deer.’” In a sense, this is a very “picky” position, and it’s true that listening to a couple of contemporary worship hymns, a dab of “scooping and sliding,” and a hint of a bass guitar, won’t automatically turn you into an emergent heretic, but the “picky” position is the safe position when it comes to music. I have warned about the adaptation of contemporary worship and that music’s transformational power. We don’t need any of that music. There is plenty of good sacred music, both old and new, that is not questionable in any sense. Not only do we not need any of the contemporary worship music, there is a real spiritual danger in using it. See the report “Musical Associations and CCM Adaptation” and the new video presentation “The Transformative Power of Contemporary Worship Music” at the Way of Life web site -- www.wayoflife.org.
(Friday Church News Notes, March 30, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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