Why Do I Post Praise and Worship Music on This Blog?

Given my concern about Christian music, expressed here and here, someone might ask, “Why are you willing to post Christian music on this site?”  Similarly, someone might ask, “If you think today’s churches are distracting people from God’s kingdom, why do you post music that comes from committed church people?”

My answer is:

Matthew 23:3 …all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.

That is, today’s churches are man-made, and they say and sing things that they do not do.  For example, church members today sing of reliance on Jesus but actually practice a reliance upon church.  (See Church Is Not the Answer; Christ Is.)

Therefore, take the good and scriptural words from today’s praise and worship music…and do them.  Your life will change, for the word of God always changes us when we take it to heart and practice it.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

Are We Doing the Words of Praise Songs…Or Merely Singing Them?

Consider how Ezekiel’s words are relevant for us today:

Ezekiel 33:30 “But as for you, son of man, your fellow citizens who talk about you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses, speak to one another, each to his brother, saying, ‘Come now and hear what the message is which comes forth from the LORD.’
Ezekiel 33:31 “They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain.
Ezekiel 33:32 “Behold, you are to them like a sensual song by one who has a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do not practice them.
Ezekiel 33:33 “So when it comes to pass–as surely it will–then they will know that a prophet has been in their midst.”

Many, if not most, of today’s praise and worship songs (and even the hymns that historically preceded them) have lyrics consistent with the truths of the word of God.  Therefore, the relevant question is not “Do we sing these words well?”  Rather, it is “Do we live these words well?”  As Jesus asked:

Luke 6:46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

In Praise Songs, It’s Important to Distinguish the Praise from the Song

After Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, he and Joshua were returning to the Israelite camp.  Before they reached the camp, they could hear it:

Exodus 32:17 Now when Joshua heard the sound of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a sound of war in the camp.”
Exodus 32:18 But he said,
“It is not the sound of the cry of triumph,
Nor is it the sound of the cry of defeat;
But the sound of singing I hear.”

So much of what passes for praise music today seems to be more about music than it is about praise, more about entertainment than about worship, more about business than about free expression of the gospel – more about singing than about God.

Of course, none of us can judge the motives of another.  That said, do you see no similarity between the moneychangers in the temple who grieved Jesus and those who sell sermons and music today?

Is the noise that rises from us to heaven the sound of joy over our salvation, the sound of grief over our sins…or merely the sound of singing?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

JOHN HUS – Movie – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95wZkLvBhCI

JOHN HUS – YouTube.  This film about the Czech priest and reformer Jan Hus (1369-1415) lasts 54:40.

The 15th Century gave us John Hus (1369-1415).

The 16th Century gave us Martin Luther (1483-1546), whose 95 Theses were posted 1517, and John Calvin (1509-1564 ).

The 17th Century gave us Brother Lawrence (1614-1691).

 

A Child, a Teacher, and a Surgeon Describe Heaven

Excerpt:

In three recent books, three very different people who ay they went to have and back describe their experiences.

Those three books are:

Waking Up in Heaven: A True Story of Brokenness, Heaven, and Life Again by Crystal McVea

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander (more on this here and here).

Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo, as told to him by Colton Burpo

A Child, a Teacher, and a Surgeon Describe Heaven from Parade magazine.