Have Evangelicals Been Listening To Table Talk Radio!?!

Well, this is encouraging!

If I didn't know better, I'd say that Evangelicals have been listening to the "Praise Song Cruncher" segments from Table Talk Radio.


Let's Stop Singing These 10 Worship Songs 


Praise the Lord! Evangelicals calling out their own is no small thing, my dear friends. I mean, even Corrie Mitchell's opening line is spot on: "Some of the most popular songs churches use each Sunday aren't worth singing."

Now let's bring it home for us Lutherans, because a piece like that is also an Incredible Hulk-sized kick to the "Contemporary Worship" gut if you ask me!

My local LCMS church is guilty of singing 8 of the songs from that list of 10 on any given week -- yes, a total of 8! Not so good.

What always gets me though is the repetition in these types of songs -- I can't stand it and will actually stop singing if the song and/or Worship Leader/Praise Band goes on for too long!

What always gets me though is the repetition in these types of songs -- I can't stand it and will actually stop singing if the song and/or Worship Leader/Praise Band goes on for too long!

What always gets me though is the repetition in these types of songs -- I can't stand it and will actually stop singing if the song and/or Worship Leader/Praise Band goes on for too long!

What always gets me though is the repetition in these types of songs -- I can't stand it and will actually stop singing if the song and/or Worship Leader/Praise Band goes on for too long!

What always gets me though is the repetition in these types of songs -- I can't stand it and will actually stop singing if the song and/or Worship Leader/Praise Band goes on for too long!

Ok, I'm sure you get the point.

Reminds me of that parody of our modern church services. Haha! Remember that one?




Funny, because it's so true.

And who could forget the "Me Worship Album" for those who regularly attend the "Me Church" too?

 


Again, hilarious, but only because it's the sad truth.

The problem, in many cases, is that our churches think that just because a song shows up on Christian Radio, then it must be "good" theologically and, therefore, worthy of our use in church each week during the Worship Service.

In reality, taking the popular Christian songs you hear on the radio and singing them in church is doing nothing except creating shallow Christians with no substance (remember the Pollyannas and Peter Pans?).

As one person put it...


The poor theology found in the songs on Christian Radio can really screw up your faith and your concept of the Triune God. It would take a heavy dose of Lutheran liturgy and songs out the the hymnal to get back on track again. Dumb theology makes dumb Christians.


I tend to agree and have witnessed this firsthand in my own private life let alone within the church I've attended for the past 3-4 years now.

Here's Pastor Tim Rossow's response to the topic...


I listened to contemporary Christian music for years (from age 16 to almost age 40) but gave it up when my Biblical discernment for good doctrine finally overcame my desire for a pleasing musical sound with semi-biblical lyrics. My answer to Richard is this. When you get beat up by the law all the time by Contemporary Christian music, which almost to a performance, demonstrates no proper distinction between Law and Gospel, you will start performing good works and give the appearance of a super Christian. (What is a “super Christian?”) The pharisees are not the liturgical folks, although there are certainly Pharisaical liturgical types. The pharisees are the ones doing the good works by motivation of the constant droning of the law in Contemporary Christian music and doing the pseudo good works of home schooling and shutting down those bad people like Abba, Chicago and The Who.


Back to that article. Look, I realize that it's not a complete list. I also realize that some of the reasons given for why we should stop singing these songs may be up for debate, according to some of you.


However, as far as I can tell, this is an American Evangelical who wrote this piece (or, at the very least, someone who may be Non-Denominational even) and so this was a bold and courageous move for this young woman. In fact, just take a look at the kinds of responses she's received on her Twitter page. See what I mean?

We've said it before and it needs to be repeated: Doctrine informs practice. What we sing in church does matter since it's actually a confession of our faith. The words we sing informs and reinforces our beliefs too.

In a Lutheran layman's terms, there are many legitimate reasons why we need to ditch the "Contemporary Worship Service" once-and-for-all and I hope a commentary like Ms. Mitchell's simply serves as another prime example of why that is the case (and it's all from a non-Lutheran point of view).

For additional resources about this topic, be sure to check out the following:


AUDIO: The Sources of Contemporary Church Music

AUDIO: The Current State of The Contemporary Christian Music Industry (CCM)

AUDIO: In Defense of Historical Worship – From A Former Advocate of Contemporary Worship

'Lutheran' Contemporary Worship As A Gateway Drug

Debunking A Myth: Contemporary Worship Is Not 'Inclusive'

Why Are Those Who Listen To Contemporary Christian Music Bolder In Their Faith?

Writing Contemporary Worship Music: A Webinar

Analysis: Contemporary vs. Traditional Worship

Anywhere, Anything: On Worship And Hyperbole

My Journey Away From Contemporary Worship Music



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1 comment:

  1. This will be a good series for us to follow in light of the content of this post I think...

    "10 Earnest Pleas For LCMS Congregations That Use 'Praise Bands' - Part 1" by Miguel Ruiz
    http://steadfastlutherans.org/?p=39928

    Grace And Peace,
    Jeff

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