Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Examining Worship: part I - Is It Biblical?

"Would you believe me if I said 'all of the dreams in your heart can come true today?'
Would you believe me if I said 'life can be all that you want it to be today?'"

These lyrics were written by a worship leader for one of the biggest and most influential churches in the world. This song was recorded in front of thousands and traveled halfway around the world and found its way into my CD collection. This is the age we live in, where ideas can travel around the world at the speed of light. With so much information, misinformation, fact, and opinion flying all over the world, the need for discernment is at a premium these days.

Any Bible-literate Christian should read the lyrics above with alarms going off in their heads. Jesus never promises a life of comfort and riches. Just the opposite. That is where the danger is. A song like this will leave the undiscerning Christian wondering if God is faithful when hard times do come, and could leave their faith in shambles.

Music in the Church has just as much power to instruct people as any sermon, and can find its way deeper into a Christian's mind. Let me ask; what was the main point of last week's sermon? Last month's sermons? What scriptures were used? Now, recite the lyrics to your favorite songs, some old hymns, or what you sang this last Sunday. Music is a powerful tool to convey the truth, but it can carry destructive lies, too.

We are to worship God in spirit and in truth. He went to great lengths to reveal Himself to us. We should never take lightly the responsibility we have to know him rightly and proclaim the truth.

This post is a follow up to Lecherous Worship


stevegoold said...

Good call, Joe.

theologyandculture said...

What's up, Joe! This is Aaron Rathbun, Katie's friend from Michigan. We met at the Schutte wedding =D. (I was DJ'ing the iPod ;-).

Anyway, Pete just showed me your blog. Cool stuff, dude =D.

As far as music being a powerful teaching tool:
During the Reformation, most of the great hymns were not composed by trendy Australian "worship leaders," but rather the very pastors themselves. Pastors took common tunes, and put their sermon points to music; in order to make them more memorable.