What should not be used

In looking through some YouTube videos, I have found some bad examples of worship– here they are:

This one, although it has very good Scriptural truths, is very culturally irrelevant. Funny song, but don’t try it out if you want reverent worshipers.

Or how about this one? Although it seems as though everyone is worshiping, I would point out that the song is unnecessarily repetative and leads no where. All I would know after hearing this is that Jesus spins me around like a dirty sock and that for the moment it felt good. Is this true worship?

These are just two examples, I know the first is a wee bit absurd, but the second is widely accepted by Churches across the nation. You see, in America, we are vastly overtaken with our desire for emotional highs to the point that we neglect things like truth, the Bible, and even God. This last example of what not to do should be obvious- my cousin (who disagrees with me on rock music being use for God’s glory) showed me this once. It’s poor quality, but watch all the way through. As mentioned earlier, dancing can most definitely be used as worship, but with anything, we must look towards what true worship is- that is, Word centered, God honoring,  Christ glorifying, and Spirit empowered. It is never man centered, music empowered. Here it is:

As mentioned earlier- please be wise, find out what honors God and do it, let His Word guide you.

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5 thoughts on “What should not be used

  1. John Guy June 20, 2009 / 18:37

    While this is a wonderful start to music and the church, I am reminded of a pastor that agreed that repetitive lyrics for a worship song lead to nowhere but a hyped up feeling of worship. Clear lyrics that worship our Lord and Jesus are in the old hymns that have, through the ages blessed many. By no means am i decrying some of the modern day worship music. some of which is very good, but is the “Meat” there? can you hear the lyrics with the music so loud and screaming over the speakers? For the younger generation I ask all of you to step back and listen to some of the old Hymns, and tell me if you look at the words that these people were not truly blessed by the Lord. Very well written, and good open discussion on this subject will be great I know.

  2. Melanie June 21, 2009 / 01:15

    John,
    Being a “young” person, I would like to reply to your comment about the old Hymns. Yes, I definitely agree that the old hymns have wonderful messages in them. And I also believe that in order to stay connected to our Christian herritage and roots we need to know some of those hymns and the signifigance of them. They have power! However, there are soooo many of those old hymns that have such outdated words, and are so confusing, that unless you actually take a dictionary or thesaurus and disect the hymns for understanding, they might not mean much at all to a “younger generation”. We need people to teach us and make those hymns come alive. I think we need to be careful when we say that repetitive lyrics and loud music are questionable as real worship and whether or not we can find real meat in them over instuments and loudness. Take 2 Chronicles 5:12-14 for example. There were 120 trumpets, and then cymbals and other instruments, with the priests repeating in song, over and over.
    “He is good;
    his love endures forever.” Could you imagine how loud that would have been? HAHA! I would have loved to have heard them!
    I think that in order to reach the youth, and some of us that are not so young, the music has to be what touches our hearts, what is doctrinely sound, and what pulls us as close to God as possible here on this Earth. And whether that be with Hymns, or with loud music,

  3. Melanie June 21, 2009 / 01:47

    Hi John
    I would like to reply to your post…
    As a young-ish person, I can definitely see the need for learning and knowing the old Hymns. I think that they are powerful, that they can draw us close to God, and bring us into His presence. The old hymns are a wealth of hystory, keeping us grounded in our Christian roots and reminding us of our heritage. I do, however, believe that soooo many of those hymns use such outdated language that it is very difficult to disect and understand exactly what the words actually mean! As part of the younger generation, I sometimes find myself needing to get a dictionary to figure out what 4 out of 12 words in one verse mean! We need to be able to teach our younger ones what those hymns actually mean, and exactly why they are so powerful. Again, I truly do believe that we need to sing them and keep the hymns in our hearts.
    Saying that, I also feel that loud music, repetitive words and loud intruments do not mean “meatless” music. As MY pastor just spoke about from our Bible study, 2 Chornicles 5:12-14 is a great example. There were 120 trumpets, then cymbals, and other instruments, as well as the voices repetetively singing
    “He is good;
    his love endures forever.”
    I would have loved to have heard them! If the words that we are singing golrify God, draw us close to Him, and are sung in worship to and for Him, then does it matter if it is loud or quiet? I agree with Jakob, that we need to ask all of those questions that he wrote down in his previous post, to truly make sure that the words are sound, that they speak truth, that they are only about God and no other. Then we really are in worship.
    I see a need for both in this world…loud, with lots of instruments, lots of voices, and sometimes, even screaming if that is what your heart needs. And the need for thos old hymns, sweet melodies, soothing for the soul. God doesn’t specify that we can only sing hymns, just that we worship Him, and Him alone

  4. Melanie June 21, 2009 / 11:52

    sorry about the double post, definitely new at posting on here 😀

    • Jakob June 21, 2009 / 18:58

      It’s alright, I actually have to go in and approve the comments before they show up on the blog, so it is easy to get slightly confused!

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