NO SPIRIT… NO CHURCH… (Part 1)
Truly, we are living in the days of incremental apostasy. “The frog boiling in water” syndrome describes the church most aptly. 180 degrees becomes the norm and narrative. Then 190 degrees is the norm and narrative. Soon, 200 degrees is the norm and narrative. And all the while, the frog is most comfortable – until he expires.
The purpose of this little diatribe is to examine the levels of heat the comfortable frog experiences, right up until his day of death.
God is a God of order, creativity and purity. In today’s liturgy, in whatever denomination, it is the counterfeits and erroneous interpretations to these, which now contribute to ongoing apostasy. My proposed Life in the Spirit Seminar needs to address the following issues, in order to maximize the Holy Spirit Presence in your church.
Yes, a wonderful Holy Spirit Presence should be in the music service. No, it should not be confused with “excitability” in music which many are doing. It should also not be confused with barbaric loudness contributing to this, which in the final analysis is wrecking the hearing ability of children exposed to this every Sunday. This is actually very-real child abuse to result in permanent hearing loss.
Clearly, instead of the Church evangelizing the world, the world is evangelizing the Church. This must stop. Church music does not need to imitate the “natural man” ambience of loud secular rock concerts, in order to draw a following. Satan was the chief music minister before departing from Heaven. Today, is is “weaponized music” to destroy sacred music in true worship!
Another Slewfoot strategy, in Sunday service music, is to make sure the sing-along qualities are difficult if not impossible. Make it difficult for all ages and I.Q.s to follow, diminishing the worship music experience; though it may be “fun” for the music leader or vocalist leading congregational worship. Rather, stick to the hymn books! Many hymn writers were Powerfully led by the Holy Spirit in their creations! Not just for their eras, but for the timeless!
The above holds true, whether the case of a single guitarist-with-vocals volunteer, or a small groove-music ensemble being “religiously correct” in following the music leader’s current creations (which may be fine and interesting, but highly unsuitable for strong join-in music for all ages and abilities!). And some of these creative products may have been inspired by the Holy Spirit in themselves – but definitely not for the purpose of easy congregational worship music!
I was recently in music services that were so loud, I literally could not think or pray. But this was not a concern for the “worship team.” Blasting their personal music output, in Sunday services wrongfully chosen as forums and showcases, for their invented music, was not only inappropriate but adverse, to the very purposes of Sunday worship music!
In the 1970s, when Love Song took on the subversive attributes of The Beatles in their Christian music, it was a Marxist dream come true for the Marxist Frankfurt School. The subversive music elements were led by Marxist musicologist Theo Adorno:
The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture
This anti-Christian infiltration and subversion is still reaching its peak today, in Sunday music worship services! You can read still more on this in The Marxist Minstrels: A Handbook of Communist Subversion of Music by Dr. David A. Noebel. (Meanwhile, God Bless Fanny Crosby! She was a prolific hymnist, writing more than 8,000 timeless hymns and gospel songs, with more than 100 million copies printed. One needs no electricity to sing them!)
Clearly, instead of the Church evangelizing the world, the world is evangelizing the Church! Man is highly imitative and needs to stop imitating the secular and worldly, when tempted to incorporate it into the Sunday Music Service. Too many music worship teams are unwittingly destroying worship music, by integrating the “natural man” secular music with minimal Christian elements. This is syncretism which is always destructive. Rather, die to self and allow everyone to sing along, everyone to freely join in, with the timeless hymns the Holy Spirit created to endlessly glorify God!
(This is the First of a Series to be continued in the days ahead….)