Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “contemporary hymns” are widely used among “traditional, non-contemporary” churches, because they are considered relatively safe. At least eight of their songs are included in Majesty Music’s Rejoice Hymns and 29 are featured in Hymns Modern and Ancient, published by Heart Publications, a ministry of Steve Pettit Evangelistic Association and compiled by Fred Coleman who heads up Bob Jones University’s Department of Church Music. The Getty’s popular songs include “Don’t Let Me Lose My Wonder,” “In Christ Alone” (penned by Keith and Stuart Townend), “Speak, Oh Lord,” and “The Power of the Cross.”
Typically, the lyrics are Scriptural and the tunes are not blaring rock & roll (though the Gettys can rock hard in their concerts). But the Getty’s represent the exceedingly dangerous world of contemporary worship music as definitely as Michael W. Smith or Graham Kendrick. Their ecumenical, one-world-church goal is to “bring everyone together musically” (www.keithgetty.com).
They want to “bridge the gap between the traditional and contemporary” (http://www.gettymusic.com/about.aspx), but Bible-believers should know that this is a “gap” that must not be bridged, as it is a gap between Christ and the world, between the Spirit and the flesh, between true churches and harlot ones. The Getty’s are “modern hymn writers” but their music is syncretistic. They “fuse the music of their Irish heritage with the sounds of Nashville, their newly adopted home.” The Getty’s list the Beatles as a major musical influence. Keith arranged some of the songs on Michael W. Smith’s charismatic Healing Rain album.
The Getty’s have a close working relationship with Stuart Townend, who is radically charismatic and ecumenical. Not only do they write and publish songs with Townend, but they also tour together, joining hands, for example, in the Celtic Islands Tour 2012. In July 2012, the Getty’s joined Townend and Roman Catholic Matt Maher on NewsongCafe on WorshipTogether.com. They played and discussed “The Power of the Cross,” which was co-written by Getty-Townend. The 10-minute program promoted ecumenical unity, with Maher/Townend/Getty entirely one in spirit through the music.
Major doctrinal differences are so meaningless that they are not even mentioned. Spiritual abominations such as papal supremacy, the mass, infant baptism, baptismal regeneration, and Mariolatry were entirely ignored. Jude 3 was despised and Romans 16:17 completely disobeyed for the sake of building the one-world church through contemporary Christian music. These are the waters to which fundamental Baptist churches are building bridges by holding hands with Getty/Townend and that crowd. (See also “Stuart Townend” and “Matt Maher” in The Directory of Contemporary Worship Musicians, which is available as a free eBook at www.wayoflife.org.)
(Friday Church News Notes, December 14, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)