Questions on Music ?

hymns 2Comparing Hymns and Contemporary Worship Songs

As most of you know, I believe wholeheartedly that a healthy church chooses congregational songs with theologically rich text and well-crafted, singable music. This is part one of a three part discussion on some of the differences between hymnody and contemporary worship songs.

The Problem

     Protestant denominations have been singing people since the days of the Reformation. Their hymns represented the mettle and fortitude they displayed in breaking away from the religious establishment (Roman Catholic church), and forging ahead in their new faith traditions. The American versions of these faith traditions initially carried on the mantle of hymnody, with much content being shared between denominational lines. In many churches today, hymns and hymnals remain, either as a vital piece of corporate worship practices or as a sentimental nod to the past.

In other churches, including churches in most if not all major denominations, there has been a decided shift . . . .
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Pseudology – the art of lying ?

     “Come, ye children, hearken unto Me, and I will teach you the fear (reverence) of the LORD. For what man is he that desireth Life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? . . . Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile (deceit) . . . !”   Psalm 34:11-14 & I Peter 3:10

     “For lying lips are an abomination to the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah), but they that deal truly are His delight !”   Proverbs 12:22

     “And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on mount Zion, and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand, having their Father’s name written in their foreheads . . . . And in their mouth was found no guile !”   Revelation 14:1-5

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