Brian and Bobbie Houston
The mainstream Southern Gospel music groups have been moving in a contemporary direction for the last couple of decades, and the Crabb Family’s 2006 album demonstrates this trend in the most dramatic fashion. Entitled “Blur the Lines,” the album not only incorporates a wide variety of rock style rhythms, it also features songs by the most radical of charismatic contemporary praise musicians, such as Darlene Zschech and Andrae Crouch. Zschech was the worship leader at Hills Christian Life Centre in Sydney, Australia, a church that is given over to the unscriptural charismatic doctrine and practice and that has a husband-wife pastor team. When asked by the Sydney Morning Herald why the church is so successful, Brian Houston, the husband side of the pastor team, answered, “We are scratching people where they are itching.” He is right, because his church is doubtless a fulfillment of the prophecy in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 -- “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” We have a generation of church goers that has rejected the “old-fashioned” Bible paths and that desires a new type of Christianity that jettisons the old restrictions and has a more positive, upbeat face; and we have a generation of teachers that is willing to give the people what they want. Men of God have warned that the contemporary music brings dramatic changes to churches, and those who are committed to the old Bible paths will heed these warnings. The late Gordon Sears warned: “When the standard of music is lowered, then the standard of dress is also lowered. When the standard of dress is lowered, then the standard of conduct is also lowered. When the standard of conduct is lowered, then the sense of value in God’s truth is lowered.” Frank Garlock said: “If a church starts using CCM it will eventually lose all other standards.” Southern Gospel groups are busy “blurring the lines,” but God has always judged His people for doing this. “Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them” (Ezek. 22:26). The hour literally cries out for faithful men of God who will draw clear Bible lines between things that are clean and things that are unclean in every area of life, including music.
(Friday Church News Notes, September 21, 2012, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)