Friday, March 6, 2015

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

The “will to power” among church musicians has become an epidemic in many Christian communities.  Only the blessed Holy Spirit can cleanse such un-holy desire.

 

Is Music the Power of God?—part 5

Is Music the Power of God?—part 5 

            Corporate worship through singing is a valuable means of grace to the believer.  Singing can be a valuable teaching tool.  Singing can be used by the Holy Spirit to convict and convert sinners.  However, I Corinthians 1:18 very clearly teaches that preaching is “the power of God.”  Music, although it has power and charm is never spoken of in the Bible as the “power of God”.  Verse twenty of chapter one of I Corinthians says, “Where is the wise (sophos 4680) Where is the scribe?  Where is the disputer (suzetetes 4804) of this world (aion 165) Hath not God made foolish (moraino 3471) the wisdom (sophia 4678) of this world (kosmos 2889)
            The sophists were ancient Greek philosophers notorious for their specious arguments.  Their arguments sounded logical and good but often were far from being correct.  The disputers were philosophers who were debaters involved in controversial discussions.  Paul declared here that God has shown how insipid their arguments were.  The arguments of the sophists were as verse twenty tells us, based on the wisdom of the aion or the present system of the age.  It was wisdom based on the matrix of Satan.

 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

A Christian musician who desires to upstage preaching with religious musicing should take thought of why he or she desires to “steal the show”.

Is Music the Power of God?—part 4


Is Music the Power of God?—part 4

            Although worship music should be to “one another” and “to yourselves” it should always function as a musical offering to God and not a musical entertainment for the people.  Since worship music should cause the people to “muse” or think it should never be an amusement.  It should edify (draw the people closer to God) rather than to entertain the congregation.  So, the fact that church music is not the primary communicator of grace does not mean that it is not very important or that it doesn’t matter.  On the contrary, Church Music Matters very much when it comes to the matter of communicating grace.
When music takes preeminence over preaching, as it has in many post-modern churches, that assembly of believers is following a philosophy based on the wisdom of the matrix of this present world not the wisdom which the Holy Ghost teaches.  Postmodern church philosophy considers a longer sermon and a shorter period of singing to be “weak” and therefore unwise.  I Corinthians 1:25 reminds us that, “...the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day
Music is a powerful communicator and therefore every Christian musician must take note of what he or she is communicating when musicing unto God.

 

 

Is Music the Power of God?—part 3

Is Music the Power of God?—part 3
            On the authority of the Bible lesson found in Ephesians 5”19 and in Colossians 3:16, music is a communicator of grace first by teaching (didasko 1321) and secondly admonishing (noutheteo 3560) by the worshiping body of believers.  Singing should teach worshipers the Word and about the Word.  Singing should also admonish believers and sinners as it expounds the Word to the congregation.  These two aspects of church music serve a very important function in public worship.
            If psalms, songs of laudation to God, and non-carnal songs are going to communicate grace to the worshiper they must be sung and played “with grace” or “in grace” by the worshipers and they must be sung to the Lord.  Note that this Scripture teaches that these songs should teach and admonish the people.  Likewise, the Ephesians 5:19 statement:
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord.  
connects speaking (singing) to ourselves with making melody in our hearts to the Lord.  Therefore, the notion that music in worship should not communicate a message to the congregation but rather only address God is not a biblical view.  The fact that worshipers are admonished to sing unto the Lord does not negate the importance of music communicating grace to the people.

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

The fact that we know that music has such great emotional and mental power over an audience should cause the Christian musician to be very careful how he or she uses that power.

Is Music the Power of God?—part 2

Is Music the Power of God?—part 2
            The Word never tells us that music is the “power of God” for saving “them that believe”.  I want to make it very clear that I believe that sacred music can and does exert great power over the worshiping body of Christ.  Examples of music in the Bible are proof that music had great power over both true and false worship in ancient Israel.  However, it never was the main thing and should not be the main thing today.  Music has always been the handmaiden of the word of Jehovah.  Historically it has been a helper and a means to an end – NOT THE END!
            At this point in the discussion of what the “main thing” is, it is important to explain that I do not believe that the preaching of the word is the only thing.  I believe that the view that preaching is the main communicator of grace is a biblical view.  However, there are other aspects of worship that are secondary communicators of grace including: communion, confession, prayer, and, of course, MUSIC.  My praxial view that music is a secondary communicator of grace is based on the Colossians 3:16 statements:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 

 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

When I read about Levite musicians in the First Temple, I never find anything said about them wanting to display self, i.e. the diva complex, in their public performance of sacred music.

 

Is Music the Power of God?—part 1

 Is Music the Power of God?—part 1

            1Corinthians 1:17--18 states, “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”  What is God’s wisdom in the Scripture lesson above?  What is the main thing?  It certainly isn’t MUSIC.  The main thing is the preaching of “Christ crucified”.  The wisdom of the world considers it foolishness and a stumbling-block, but God still considers it the main thing since He calls it the “power of God”. 
            How did music become the main thing in worship today?  Churches that have made music the main thing are not following the wisdom or philosophy that the Holy Spirit teaches.  Can contemporary worship be truly Christian worship and give music more time and more importance than preaching Christ crucified?
            Although music is mentioned over 600 times in the Bible, the Word never even hints to us that it pleased God through the wisdom or foolishness of music to save them that believe.  No, on the authority of God’s Word it pleases Him to save through preaching of the cross and Christ crucified.