I've never attended a rock concert before. Until last Sunday. I felt like I was at a rock concert in church!!! Seriously, there was yelling, head-banging and although I don't necessarily have a problem with using drums in church, that drummer acted like he was on some whacko trip! I'd never, ever in all the years I've attended, heard the drums played that way before! This breaks it for me. I've always said to my husband and kids that if they (the church) start doing THIS, I'm out. That ain't church. Well, here we go....
What is wrong with the hymns of old? As I looked back through my older blog posts, I realized that one of the first things I felt led to do was to get rid of/delete the "newer music" that are classified as "gospel". To quote myself from a previous post: I'm finding myself going back to the gospel and hymns I used to play ALL the time (before I got into workouts) instead of the worship music that so many people are into these days. I'm not going to bash that type of music because I know there are some good ones out there, but my gut feeling has been to listen to the gospels of old. Or instrumentals of hymns. So calming and uplifting! I don't even have a desire to listen to the newer worship songs and... finding myself struggling to sing them in church. Sigh. So ... not sure what to think about that. At least they've recently been singing at least one hymn song during church and I think they can tell from the congregation, that the congregation prefers the "older music", too! - That was back in January.
I've been led to do many things that is Holy Spirit led. It's that quiet, soft voice that is persistent and doesn't stop until you've heeded His voice. Well, the same thing is happening now again, with music. I've decluttered, or just simply destroyed, A LOT of the secular music we had and it's come down to the gospel music that remains. The biggest thing that has been on my mind is the "church music". We have been singing a particular song and it bothers me. It bothers me alot. It's called Death was Arrested. I don't know all the lyrics but the chorus tune itself has been stuck in my brain for over a week. Anyone can read the lyrics and think, "It's not a bad song!" Sure, if you say so. But if you give it a listen, it is a rock song. It sounds like one, it feels like one, it is one. The worship team in church can't even SING the lyrics, they are now yelling them and expect the congregation to yell with them. I can't. I just can't. It set me in a sour mood for that service (last week, didn't go this past Sunday - didn't feel guilt over it, either!). This isn't the first time I've felt this way about a song, it's happened multiple times but I've always just brushed it off. I mean, it's church. We can trust the church... riiiight??? Mmhmmm... We're called to be wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove. I listened to my instrumental hymnal music while doing yard work last week and it just reminds me how messed up todays music (CCM) really is. There is still literally, hymn books in the pews but they are all collecting dust. Never being cracked open. What is wrong with them? Another BIG red flag that the church continually does is quote Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. When they say that I think in my mind, "Dude, we just sang a rock song. In church. And that's not conforming? Okaaaaaay!"
Church IS conforming. They are conforming in a BIG way. They are starting with the music. That is always the place to start. They've even taken off the information that's usually on the bottom of the screen and just making it plain lyrics. A way for people to not do their research on the songs or artists? I don't know. It's definitely making me question things. There are some other red flags that I'm noticing and I think I should really be journalling those as well. Oh, things are changing. Very gradual-like but it's still change. We really need to stick our noses more into our Bibles and rely on God and what He has in store for us. Stop worrying about what man wants and focus on what God wants!
I remember when hubby bought God's Not Dead 2 soundtrack. He played it in the stereo when I wasn't in the room. I walked in when it was a few songs in and I thought he was listening to some hardcore rock and roll stuff and I hollered at him to shut off that satanic crap! He's like, "but it's this soundtrack..." he showed it to me. I could not understand the lyrics. All I heard was screaming guitars and banging drums like some devil's gone all crazy on them. Seriously? This is what "Christians" listen to? I loathe that particular cd. It should've woke me up back then and I think it did to a degree, because I've had this stirring in me a long time already. It is time to crack down and break free from it. I brought it up with hubby again last night and sure, he freaked out a bit but that's normal. Hey, I did too after finally receiving a revelation! I saw some videos that I am SURE I was meant to see. Just youtube modern Christian music exposed. You'll see what's going on! This isn't just a suddenly one day I decided.... oh no, it's a process. I will gladly wear my hymn books out rather than listen to anything CCM these days. Better yet, just read the Psalms! Once your eyes are open, you better be paying attention.
I'm all for taking a break from church for a while. Sometimes it's good for a break. Better to listen closer to what God has to say than what man will try to imply. I've been unsettled for some time and a break from a "religious organization" may be what God is trying to tell me what to do. I'm tired of being yelled at. I'm tired of mid-song interruptions when he yells, "Sing it, church!" I walk away not feeling edified. STOP YELLING.
We definitely have more cds and movies to go through. It is time to WAKE.UP. People trying "Christianize" everything! Yoga, rock'n'roll, allowing body modifications, etc... it's the devil being blatant and Christians being deceived. STOP being deceived and listen to the Holy Spirit.
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13, 14
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