Contemporary Vs. Traditional Music

Q. I love the Lord and have responded to His call to a music ministry. Some Christians condemn contemporary Christian music as satanic and deceiving, but I have seen and felt the spirit of God flow through our congregation during worship. I respect the individual tastes and preferences of his saints. But I think it’s unfair for people to make blanket condemnations about this type of ministry. What is your take on this issue?

A. Although I think traditional hymns often have more theological depth, I prefer contemporary worship music. I think it can create a greater sense of intimacy with the Lord, and I know it helps me get into the right frame of mind to pray or hear the Word.

I confess I am not fond of most Christian pop music. To me it’s just like secular music with a thin coat of “Christianity” plastered over it.

But there’s obviously nothing in the Bible that says worship music has to be stuck in the 19th Century. Remember, when those hymns were first written, they were contemporary music. And the Psalms were brand new when David first sang them 3,000 years ago.

Like you say, we all have our own personal preferences, but I think the only qualification for music in the church should be whether it draws the worshipers closer to the Lord.

“Come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our God our Maker. For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand” (Psalm 96:6-7).

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