Oct 24, 2012

Worship Wars...Nothing New

A prominent American pastor compiled this list of complaints regarding new music in the church:

  1. It's too new, like and unknown language.
  2. It's not melodious as the more established style.
  3. There are so many new songs that it is impossible to learn them all.
  4. This new music creates disturbances and causes people to act in an indecent and disorderly manner.
  5. It places too much emphasis on instrumental music rather than on godly lyrics.
  6. The lyrics are often worldly, even blasphemous.
  7. It is not needed, since preceding generations have gone to heaven without it.
  8. It is a contrivance to get money.
  9. It monopolizes the Christians' time and encourages them to stay out late.
  10. These new musicians are young upstarts, and some of them are lewd and loose persons.

The reasons above were adapted from a 1723 statement directed against the use of hymns! 

(Bob Sorge, Exploring Worship: A Practical Guide to Praise and Worship, p.137).

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