LTRP Note: Lighthouse Trails will be publishing a booklet in the near future by Sandy Simpson on worship and today’s Christian music. Below is an excerpt of his material on this subject. Many people who contact Lighthouse Trails are very concerned about the changes they are seeing in the worship music in their churches.
By Sandy Simpson
Deception in the Church Ministries
Amos 5:21-27 – I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is The God of hosts.
When I first reread this passage in Amos, a few things struck me. First of all the Lord is bringing judgment on Israel for carrying on religious ceremony without true dedication to the Lord. They sing songs and present their offerings while harboring idols. I was reminded of how the Lord must view the heretical apostate mega church celebrations of today. There is a lot of pomp and circumstance, yet little or no obedience to the Word of God. The Lord does not look favorably upon worship of that type, no matter the hype, no matter the noise, no matter the show. He actually “hates” it.
Modern “worship” music has taken on a distinct flavor of the world. It is all about how well crafted the music is to get followers to think they are experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit, when in fact they are simply experiencing the effect of their own emotions. They mistake spiritual things for soulical. They think carnal things are an evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit. True worship of the Lord has been left behind and substituted with high-volume rock music where audience participation has been relegated to raising of hands and clapping instead of making their own voices heard above the din. You can have the best musicians and songs crafted to tug at the heartstrings, and it may very well be something the Lord hates. The Lord is looking for obedience and true worship, not a show, and not lyrics that compromise truth.
The Lord reminds Israel of their journey through the wilderness after disobeying the Lord. They continued to present their sacrifices and grain offerings while carrying with them idols.
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