MUSICAL MINISTRY MADNESS

God prescribed specific musical ministry for the Jewish Temple worship….. David played the harp (and possibly a number of other instruments) in his private worship of God… Solomon’s demon was calmed down by David’s playing…. and finally Revelation mentions singing in heaven accompanied by “golden harps”.

That’s it….  if you find other relevant reference post a comment

Apart from the “temple musicians” (equivalent to modern day church musicians) nobody else was paid to play music for God.

I see nothing in the Bible that relates to the modern phenomena of “Christian” bands making millions of dollars and living indistinguishably from other celebrity entertainers….. face reality… these people are getting rich through the widespread support of multitudes claiming to be “Christian” and allegedly “worshiping” God through the use of this music.

But which god are they really worshiping ?

My observation (and quite a few others have come to the same conclusion) is that a “Christian” concert is more about the love of music, than the love of God.

Christian ENTERTAINMENT is a more appropriate name for this phenomenon….. and it could be argued that Christians need entertainment, just like everybody else…. but the danger comes when Christian entertainment becomes a SUBSTITUTE for the worship of God.

…. and “musical christian evangelism” becomes confused with true Christian conversion.

According to the Bible, genuine conversion to Christ results in a changed life issuing in good works and leading to holiness and purity in thought and character.

Lets be very realistic about it….. most Christian “concerts” do NOT produce that fruit….. the focus is on “good music” and the “result” of “most conversions” is to follow the band around and attend more concerts….. enjoying even more “good music”.

What is even more disturbing is that the lifestyles of the “Christian” musicians do not manifest the fruit of righteousness….. they appear on stage dressed to the hilt… many of the males have long hair and womanish behavior or clothing….. many of the females are far from modest in their appearance opting for clothes that accentuate their sexuality….. the performance itself imitates the world’s musical styles from crooning, breathy vocals to screeching emotional wailing, accompanied in the bigger “acts” by laser light shows and fog machine banks….. this is ENTERTAINMENT pure and simple…… God has never been in the entertainment business…. it is well known (just search the internet) that Satan is the one who runs the entertainment business….. the phenomenon of “Crossover Christians” further reveals that the music (and money) is the real FOCUS…… both the musicians and the audience members may be guilty of the “crossover” phenomenon…. many Christian “gigs” may include non-christian “brothers and sisters” as opening “acts” or “featured specials” within the program (I would suppose this is done to increase the attendance and therefore the revenue… but according to 2 Corinthians 6:14 makes a mockery of any idea that this is a “Christian” event)

COPYRIGHT CONCERNS

If I write a song for God that He inspired in the first place why would I Copyright it and seek to profit thereby ?

You may quote various scriptures to support that a “workman is worthy of his hire” but…..

1. Many of the “famous gospel artistes” are very rich… you would think they could be generous enough to give a few songs free of Copyright…. just like rich farmers in Israel were commanded NOT to reap their fields entirely clean but leave back some good stuff for the poor to eat…. their GREED betrays their motives.

2. If a struggling “up and coming” gospel musician…. what better way to honor the Lord than give of the fruit of your labors ? ….. one Copyright Free song in every ten ? …. as a tithe ?…. so that God many bless your generosity and SELFLESS example ….. and you will be rewarded by Him above your expectations.

Christian….. you may “like” the music…. but don’t let anybody fool you…. “liking music” is not a substitute for Holiness….. I destroyed much “good” music (because of the rotten people who made it)  in obedience to the Lord and have been blessed beyond measure for doing so.

If you cannot stop listening to “condemned”musical ministry music then it has become an IDOL…. it’s time to RID YOUR LIFE of IDOLS… and put God first and He will put a new song in your heart and appreciation for music that He likes…. YES… God likes certain music ….so find out what it is and He will show you if you ask Him.

ADVICE TO OWNERS OF CHRISTIAN RADIO STATIONS

There is a LOT of COPYRIGHT FREE music around that you may use on your radio broadcast….. you don’t have to push the GREEDY, SELFISH artistes that the public wants….. there are many local musicians and churches that would be glad to share their music with your audience….. train the “public ears” to the music that God directs…. and do not pander to their worldly desires.

Who cares if you lose your “popularity” ? ….. put God first…. and train the “public”…. whether they like it or not.

Better to minister to a few faithful saints…… than get on the “popularity” merry-go-round and palliate the Hordes Heading for Hell

music

Music plays a part in everybody’s life…. and much debate has gone on about it’s effects on people.

If you dont think it has any effect on people …. just observe how they get on at Crop Over  whenever  a sound truck passes by !

There are TWO major problems to tackle when music is used for WORSHIP of GOD

ONE has to do with deciding WHAT music is appropriate (I will address this  at a later date)

TWO has to do with the MUSICIANS themselves (their lives and attitudes)… today we start  this topic…. so here goes…

Before Lucifer became satan he  was the chief MUSICIAN of heaven (Ezekiel  28:13 tells us “…. the workmanship of thy timbrels and of thy flutes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created”)  who brought the worship of the host to GOD  …. he was the intermediary… he stood between God and His creation….. Lucifer stood in the very presence of God, Lucifer brought the worship of a whole universe of creatures TO God and he received FROM the Almighty God commands which, as prophet of God, he transmitted to the worshiping creation.

Ezekiel 28:16 tells us “By the multitude of thy MERCHANDISE “they” (the worshipping host of created spirits) have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned…”

Do not be misled by the word “merchandise”….. Ezekiel’s usage of this word means “anything that passes through the hands”…. for example, if a judge used his high position for personal profit… we could  say that ,  “he has made merchandise of justice”

Lucifer, therefore, was “passing through his hands” the “merchandise” of authority FROM God above to all his creation below and he was returning TO God the “merchandise” of worship from the world of spirit beings below.

He decided that since he was so wise and beautiful, HE could RETAIN some of the worship for himself and HE could originate some of the commands (authority) from himself… thus his heart was filled with the “violence” of REBELLION against the ONE perfect will of the ALMIGHTY.

DO YOU SEE the application of this to WORSHIP MUSICIANS ???????

Dear people of God, you MUST be DISCERNING about both your worship music AND your “worship musicians”

The WORSHIP musician of today, is in a similar position to that of Lucifer original role……. he/she is SUPPOSED to be receiving inspiration FROM God and passing it on to the worshipers…..  receiving the praise of the worshipers and passing it back TO God.

It is a POSITION of great responsibility and accountability before God….. NO WONDER satan wants to get into the lives of SINGERS and MUSICIANS and WORSHIP LEADERS….. and it’s easy for him to do….. we are up there on stage before thousands of worshippers who are FOLLOWING  every note or every word…. God gives us an inspiration which they adore… and then  they heap praise on US which we are SUPPOSED to send back to GOD.

Do you get it yet ?  do you understand the significance ?

WORSHIP singers, musicians and leaders are not in the position of “any other secular artist or band”……  sucking up all the fame and glory with increasing PRIDE…. while desperately smoking pot or shooting drugs to get the next ultimate “inspiration”  for a chart-topping HIT song…..

So now you KNOW why the “music industry” is in the service of SATAN himself…… and the minds of PEOPLE are what satan’s merchandise is all about.

Moreover satan whispers through our PRIDE…. “keep some of that praise for YOURSELF”….  and, anyway, “it was YOUR GENIUS that created that song or melody”….. so YOU DESERVE IT !