Rebellious church leaders, including pastors, blame today’s youth for the takeover of carnal “Christian” rock music in the church. They allege this is what youth demands to get them to come to church. This is a lie. The truth is the music rebellion began in the hearts of corrupt church leaders years ago.
To illustrate, Here Comes Jesus: A Youth Hymnal caught my eye the other day. The “hymnal” was published by Manna Music, Inc. in 1973. The multi-color cover of Here Comes Jesus pretends to be hip. The Foreword boasts:
If you could have ONLY ONE book to accompany the hymnal in your church . . . THIS IS THE BOOK!
For every church group, Sunday school, church camp, coffee house, youth department, or whatever, this Youth Hymnal of Sacred, Gospel, and Contemporary Christian songs is THE book!
The Foreword continues to boast of the inclusion of sacred hits, gospel hits, contemporary songs, and . . . POP MUSIC!
Songs that have been hits in the POP MUSIC field like: LEAN ON ME, WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE SWEET LOVE, JOY TO THE WORLD (All the Boys and Girls), OH HAPPY DAY, MORNING HAS BROKEN, and others.
These particular songs are some of the biggest hits in Gospel, Sacred, Contemporary Youth Music, Soul, and the Pop Field today.
What? A “hymnal” that includes soul and pop music is not a hymnal . . . it’s a songbook. A hymnal contains hymns. A “hymn” is a song of praise to God. So, why are these pop hits in a hymnal? . . .
LEAN ON ME by Bill Withers
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE SWEET LOVE by Burt Bacharach
JOY TO THE WORLD (All the Boys and Girls) by Hoyt Axton
Why would Christians dare to offer a secular song as worship that was written by an unholy heart to a holy God?
Sneaking unsanctified music into the church began decades ago . . . and no one spoke out against it. False Christians, including corrupt church leaders, idolized pop and rock music, and their carnal hearts desired it more than sacred music. Their unsanctified hearts desired worldly music be brought into the church . . .so they began sneaking it in.
Even today carnal hearts desire “worship” music with a carnal beat that glorifies the flesh, not the spirit.
But . . .
You cannot offer unholy music to a holy God.
And you cannot sing rebellious songs of the world and sing songs of praise to the Lord.
You cannot sing the song of devils and sing the song of the Lord.
fountain send forth
But I say,
drink the cup of the Lord,
You cannot worship a holy God with unholy music.
And don’t let corrupt church leaders lie to you that children refuse to sing the old hymns. Youth love to sing the great Christian songs: “Victory in Jesus,” “When We All Get to Heaven,” “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” “We Gather Together,” “Silent Night” and other glorious hymns and spiritual songs. Besides, Christian songs are musical sermons that teach and preach Biblical truths.
Moreover, these grand old church hymns and songs are part of our Christian heritage. Countless saints have been instructed, comforted, and blessed by these songs through the years; and these songs will continue to instruct, comfort, and bless saints in years to come. It is well that children learn early to treasure hymns and spiritual songs in their hearts. And singing the great old hymns and spiritual songs unites Christians of all ages from age to age.
Alas, children are being denied songs that will bless them for years to come. And rebellious church leaders are to blame.
Listen . . .
Corrupt church leaders began the church music rebellion decades ago.
And the beat of rebellion goes on . . .
Grace and peace,
Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.