Contemporary Worship leader Nick Herbert says praise music must “connect with the culture around us and seek to bridge the gap between the music we listen to and enjoy outside the church and the music we listen to and play inside the church” (“New Sound, Same Spirit,” WorshipCentral.org, Oct, 4, 2011). This is evidence of the warning we have been giving, that CCM is a bridge between Christ and the world and is therefore unscriptural and very dangerous. The apostle Paul says the believer’s music is to be “spiritual,” which means set apart to God, holy in character, not of the world (Col. 3:16). Unlike the priests who will minister during the millennium, the CCM crowd refuses to “teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean” (Ezekiel 44:23). Joy Williams says, “I believe in the power of nuance and telling a story that draws out emotion without spelling it out. ... I find myself really drawn to nuance because I feel like that is where I have been affected by music. Take Sigur Ros: I don’t even understand what they are saying, but that music moves me and draws emotion from me, and I feel like there is glory in that” (“Finding Her Own Voice,” Christianity Today, March 3, 2009). This is blind mysticism, and it is one of the uniting elements of end-time apostasy, together with charismaticism and contemplative prayer.
(Friday Church News Notes, February 17, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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