Music

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We are seeing some of our young folks participate in the music ministry.  Danae Moreno does a wonderful job playing piano for our congregational hymns.  We enjoy special music when the Lord provides.  Our philosophy of music is this.

It should glorify God

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  The purpose and end of all things is the glory of God (Psalm 150 & Revelation 4:11, 5:13).  Music can be aimed at many things such as your emotions, your lusts, but we want the music to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and be aimed at him. Bach said, The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”

It should direct your thoughts toward Godliness

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Music instructs the heart as Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 say, teaching one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  The instruction should direct our thoughts toward godliness (Psalm 49:4, 2 Kings 3:1, 1 Chronicles 25:1-3, 1 Samuel 10:5-6).  Music is principally sung if it is going to direct your thoughts toward God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  And when the right kind of music is played and sung, God is present (2 Chronicles 20:21-22 and Numbers 10:9-10).

It should reflect the new nature in Jesus Christ

People should say they’ve been with Jesus, not that they’ve been to the bar or the dance club (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Secondly, convey truth the way it’s affected you: be joyful!

It must not be a stumbling block to others

Our music shouldn’t confuse young believers or immature believers on what it is (Romans 14:3).

It must not control us

If God said, OK, I want you to give up your country music for a week, could you?  If not, it has control of you (1 Corinthians 6:12).  The world seems to have much more understanding of its own music and how to use it than Christians do of our hymns and spiritual songs.

It must work in concert with the Holy Spirit

We want to be influenced in a godly way, not a carnal way with music (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  In 1 Samuel 16:14-23 we read that spiritual music will clear out evil spirits and assist the preaching of the words of God.  Haven’t you listened to a good hymn, played skillfully and it just lifted your spirit and you got to thinking about how good God is.  What happened is that music just cleaned house.  Flushed out the spirit that was there and introduced the Holy Spirit.  The alternative is seen in Exodus 32; a degeneration in the music that started with a demand to cater to the desires of the people and ended in a religious orgy.

It must be Biblically accurate

Galatians 1:6-9 – For some people the only time they will vocally speak Biblical truth in their day or week is when they sing out loud to the Lord.  There are many folks still writing great godly music, but much of what passes as Christian music these days could just as well be about a girlfriend or boyfriend and is often more romantic and dubious than doctrinal.  We want the music we sing and hear to be clearly Biblically accurate.

It must be clearly understood

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.

It must not foster worldliness

It is impossible to use the world’s music as an evangelistic tool.  You would never use God’s music for the world (1 John 2:15-17).  The world can’t stand the right kind of Christian music (Psalm 137:3-4), and you would never use the world’s music for God (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).  You can’t build a bridge where God didn’t build a bridge.

It must avoid vain repetition

This is a heathen form of worship like the chant of Amos 6:5; it is a mantra or vain repetition.  The “Christianized” form of that are the 7/11 praise choruses: 7 words sung 11 times.  When “heathen” cultures do it for religious practices it is done to entrance the worshipper as it disengages the mind (1 Kings 18:26-29).