Since my first article on the subject in 1987 I have been warning that Contemporary Christian Music creates and feeds an appetite for the things of the world, and this becomes more evident with each passing year. Bible-believing churches that are messing with this music in any way are playing with fire, and the pastors will give account for not protecting their people.
The words “holy” and “spiritual” mean separated unto God and separated from the filthiness of this world, but CCM musicians love secular rock; they listen to it in their private lives; they perform it in their concerts and record it for their albums. They even become so drunk on the world and so spiritually insane that they use secular rock in the alleged service and worship of a thrice-holy God. The most recent example is the popularity of the “Harlem Shake” at “evangelical” churches and schools, including Liberty University, Cedarville University, and Rick Warren’s Saddleback high school.
These and others “have uploaded footage online of their youth breaking out dancing--sometimes with sensual and suggestive moves, and little clothing” (“Controversy Erupts Over Explosion of Church, College Groups Gyrating,” ChristianNews.net, Mar. 7, 2013). The youth ministry of Jacksonville, Florida’s Bethel Baptist Church is using their rendition of the Harlem Shake as an “evangelism” tool with their pastor’s blessing (“Florida Megachurch’s Youth Group Draws Peers with Music, Harlem Shake,” Christian Post, Mar. 23, 2013). In 2011, Northpoint Church of Springfield, Missouri, performed “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson; Proclaimers Church in Norwich, England, performed Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”; and The Church by the Glades in Miramar, Florida, performed “Calling All the Monsters.” In 2009, NewSpring Church in Florence, South Carolina, performed “Highway to Hell” by the wicked rock band AC/DC for Easter service. In 2007, Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana, featured Beatles Music as their Christmas theme.
(Friday Church News Notes, April 5, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)