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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Contemporary or Christistian ?

hymns of faithThe Power of Music – 

     “The LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) is my Strength and my Shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped . . . Therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him !

O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and Thou hast healed me. O LORD, Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave . . . Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down into the pit . . . .

Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness . . . !”
Psalm 28:7-9 & 30:1-4
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The spirit Behind the Music !

     “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel (messenger) of light . . . . Therefore it is no great thing of his servants also be transformed as ministers of righteousness . . . whose end shall be according to their works !”   II Corinthians 11:14-15

In the world we are witnessing changes such as never before; even in the last 10 years events which stagger the imagination are rapidly fulfilling. But are these changes effecting God’s children and even the church ?

Now we are beginning to understand how the dragon has opening his mouth, and is pouring out “a flood” in order to sweep thousands away with the world in the coming storm. Many are being subtly deceived into believing that the church and the world can be blended as one, without any danger to the integrity of God’s Truth, or His people . . .

We encourage all of our brothers and sisters to consider seriously the Words of Christ to us, through the apostle Paul, when he said, My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, “Be ye not unequally yoked (joined) together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?

     And what communion hath Light with darkness  And what concord (accord, harmony) hath Christ with Belial (the sons of Satan)? or what inheritance hath he which believeth with an infidel ?   And what agree-ment hath the Temple of God with idols?   For ye are the temple of the Living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them (their hearts and minds), and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

     Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord (Sovereign King), and touch not the unclean thing . . . and I will receive you. And I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the LORD Almighty !”     II Corinthians 6:14-18

Love not this world, neither the things which are in the world. For if any many loves this world, the love of The Father is not in him . . . . for all that is in the world, the lusts (carnal desires) of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life . . . . is not of the Father, but is of the world.

And this world is passing away, and the lusts (carnal desires) thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever !”   I John 2:15-17

For a more indepth documentary on the roots of music and it’s spiritual influence, look for the film called, “Sonic Warfare” by Ivor Myers – http://vimeo.com/5439320
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The Ninety and Nine . . . ?

lostsheep ”And He (Jesus, Yehushua) spake this parable unto them, saying . . . . What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that one which is lost, until he find it?     And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing (ref: Zephaniah 3:14-17) !

     And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them . . . . Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost ! . . . . Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence (in the midst) of the angels of God over one sinner that repeneteth, and cometh home . . . !”   Luke 15:1-10

The Ninety and Nine –

There were ninety and nine that safely lay
      In the shelter of the fold.
But one was out on the hills away,
      Far off from the gates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare.
      Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.
      Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.

“Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine;
      Are they not enough for Thee?”
But the Shepherd made answer: “This of Mine
      Has wandered away from Me;
And although the road be rough and steep,
      I go to the desert to find My sheep,
      I go to the desert to find My sheep.”

But none of the ransomed ever knew
      How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night the Lord passed through
      Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the desert He heard its cry,
      Sick and helpless and ready to die;
      Sick and helpless and ready to die.

“Lord, whence are those blood drops all the way
      That mark out the mountain’s track?”
“They were shed for one who had gone astray
      Ere the Shepherd could bring him back.”
“Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn?”
      “They are pierced tonight by many a thorn;
        They are pierced tonight by many a thorn.”

And all through the mountains, thunder riven
      And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a glad cry to the gate of Heaven,
      “Rejoice! I have found My sheep!”
And the angels echoed around the throne,
      “Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!
        Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!”

– Click here to read the full story, a story full of hope, deliverance and restoration !
Seeking the one lost sheep – PDF article

 (Hymn words by Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1868
and tune by Ira D. Sankey, 1874)