CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC—IS IT BIBLICAL OR WORLDLY WORSHIP?

Biblical worship puts the emphasis on the understanding and knowing God through the truth of His Word. The old traditional hymns demonstrated this with the words edifying the understanding rather than the feelings. Worldly music emphasizes the feelings and emotions—the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.

1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Psalms 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

“The sound and style of secular contemporary music has been designed for the world, by the world, to appeal to the carnal mind. An attempt to make it spiritual doesn’t change the affect it has on people.”

— Gordon Sears

“The truth of the whole matter is that the mind of today’s Christian has become so amalgamated into thinking just like the world, he can no longer differentiate between music that is holy and set apart unto God, from music that is profane and of the flesh.”

— Gordon Sears

“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.”

—Gordon Sears

WORSHIP OR ENTERTAINMENT?

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“Do not think for one moment that God is pleased with the faking and pretense that goes on today in the name of worship? Do you think God is pleased when performers are given the praise and glory that is due Him? True worship is not a SHOW and true worship is NEVER entertainment. If CCM was truly directed to the Lord, there would be no applause. The Lord does not need nor desire applause; He needs our total surrender, love, and devotion. He needs us to be quiet before Him so He can speak to us . . . “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psa. 51:17). The applause church audiences give for a performance is not for the Lord. It’s the performers who often bow and acknowledge the praise of applause that is directed to them. There is no getting around the fact that the audience responds like audiences do at a concert, a ball game, or some other secular event. Their minds are captivated with the sound and beat of the music they love and have been led to believe is spiritual. They have been deceived! God is not receiving the glory . . . man is! For those of us who go to church for worship and enrichment, applause is a noisy interruption and interference with the work of the Holy Spirit. Christians often wonder why the power and blessing of God is missing today. Well friends, it’s due to the fact that glory and praise is directed to the wrong person. Applause should be no more welcome in services of worship than a skunk would be at a wedding reception.”

— Gordon Sears

IS TV IN CONTROL OF YOUR THINKING?

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“Television has proven to be a monstrous beast of evil, with the power to persuade, deceive, and control the thinking of most Americans. It makes celebrities out of villains, while evil is made to look good. It promotes violence, immorality, hate, and depravity, while at the same time accepting no blame or responsibility for the consequences of what it has accomplished in destroying lives, families, and our nation. We are truly living in ‘perilous times,’ with TV promoting evolution, humanism, and every conceivable form of evil corruption that denies the truth of God. Unfortunately Christians who are not prepared and alert to the spiritual warfare are being deceived along with the ungodly.”

— Gordon Sears

Psalms 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;