“Soon, the tune catches the ear of the worship pastor or leader (who is no doubt aware that the hipster church down the street is using it) and he follows suit – using the same tune to raise the hands, close the eyes, and bend the emotions of his emotion-addicted congregation.”
(David Morrill) Knowing that I’m a musician, many readers of Protestia and followers/supporters of Protestia Tonight have asked me how I approach the selection of worship music from a biblical perspective. In response, I’d like to humbly offer my rating system for figuring out if a given song belongs in your church service. There are other websites that offer similar analyses, but frankly, I have found them far too tolerant considering churches don’t need any particular song. First, some context.
The Megachurch Takeover
Worship music is extra-biblical. Songs are notes, rhythms, and often lyrics not found in scripture. Of course, this does not mean that there is anything sinful or wrong with songs in general, but scripture does instruct us to sing songs that are spiritual (Col. 3:16). We sing Psalms (worship songs written under the inspiration of the Spirit that are part of scripture), hymns (which often contain scripture, and should contain rich doctrinal truth), and spiritual songs.
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