Bob Jones University Singers, Greenville, SC
We are witnessing a wholesale collapse among fundamental Baptists in regard to the conviction that contemporary worship music is wrong and dangerous. Whereas just five years ago, the overwhelming consensus was that CCM is simply wrong and unacceptable, today the consensus is quickly forming around the position that CCM can be safely used in moderation, that it is OK to mess around with it. Bob Jones University is promoting this position. Hymns Modern and Ancient, published by Heart Publications, a ministry of Steve Pettit Evangelistic Association, contains 29 songs by Keith Getty, a one-world church builder.
The compiler, Fred Coleman, heads up Bob Jones University’s Department of Church Music. Pettit’s For You Now album features “Shout to the North” by one-world church builder contemporary group Delirious (Martin Smith). Southforth’s 2013 Spring Selections preview CD contains four Getty/Townend numbers out of 19 songs. Majesty Music’s Rejoice Hymns, features about 10 songs by Getty/Townend, as well as ones by David Clydesdale, Scott Wesley Brown, Steve Amerson, Bob Kilpatrick, and Chris Christensen, all of whom are out-and-out Christian rockers and radical ecumenists who are using music to build the end-time, one-world church. One reader rightly observed, “Truly contemporary music represents the ecumenical spirit of the age.”
And justifying the use of contemporary worship is a loud warning that a ministry is heading in the wrong direction, yea, a most dangerous direction. If you justify it, you are justifying the end-time apostasy that ALL of the mainstream contemporary worship musicians represent. You are justifying the breakdown in biblical separatism. If you justify it, you will use more and more of it, and you will give your family and church an appetite for it, and you will build bridges to that extremely dangerous world: bridges over which your church will eventually walk. Those who are justifying the use of contemporary worship music are playing with fire, and they will be accountable to God for their unwise decisions.
(See The Directory of Contemporary Worship Musicians, a free eBook available from Way of Life for documentation -- www.wayoflife.org/free_ebooks/.)
(Friday Church News Notes, December 21, 2012, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143)