LBM Podcast 0062 | A Biblical view of worship and modern “Christian” music

In this episode Jason and Viviana discuss Biblical worship. They review some examples of modern evangelical music and see if it matches up with Scripture and is glorifying to God.

Scripture:

Colossians 3:12-17
Psalm 50:5-23
1 Peter 2:5
Hebrews 12:28-29

The Theology of Worship:

  1. Does our worship bring glory to God? (Psalm 86)
  2. Are we singing about the God of the Bible? (Psalm 96:4-5)
  3. Are the lyrics theologically sound? (Titus 1:9, 2:1, 1 Tim 6:3-10)

The Psychology of Worship:

  1. What is our motivation in worship? (John 17:17, John 4:23,24)
  2. Do we love our worship songs because of the Biblical truth they teach?
  3. Does our worship music bring us to ponder on the great truths of God and the Gospel?

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4 Comments
  1. Kate 4 months ago

    Thank you so much for addressing this topic from a Biblical perspective! I literally asked the question last week regarding what’s better, listening to secular music or theologically bad music? I used to love listening to our local “Christian” radio stations, but the more I have been studying and learning, I can no longer listen with a clean conscience. Like Viviana, I would play the station in the car because it was supposedly safe for the whole family. I am grieved to have to give up the music I once loved, but am encouraged more and more by the Word of God and learning more about what Biblical worship looks and sounds like. Thank you for providing such a great discussion using the Scripture in context. One of the questions that I have received from those who still want to listen to these CCM songs is that does all music being labeled as Christian have to be useful for worship? Can’t some songs just be clean and uplifting with needing the theological soundness of a worship song that will be used in a church service? I’d love your feedback on that. May God bless you in your studies and the teaching you do that causes us to think critically about things we may have mindlessly received because of the “Christian” label.

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      Jason Mullett 4 months ago

      Kate, thanks for the comment. Sorry it has taken this long to respond. In answer to your question, if music is “Christian” it must by necessity of being Christian be for the worship of Christ. There is no such thing as “Christian” music that does not worship Christ. There is no Psalm or hymn in the Scriptures that are “inspirational” and do not worship the Lord. If it is “Christian” music but does not worship the Lord, then it is by definition secular. As a Christian I do not find anything that does not relate to the Lord as “inspirational”, without the Christian World View being inspired is empty, void and meaningless. The Christian World View makes sense of inspiration and encouragement. When the secular world view produces music they view as inspirational and uplifting they are borrowing from the Christian World View and abandoning their own. I would rather listen to fun secular music than listen to an artist or radio station that claims to be Christian yet borrows from the non-Christian World View to be encouraging and inspirational when that realm is void of true inspiration. If someone is a Christian artist and they claim to produce Christian music then they need to indeed produce Christian music, grounded in the truth of Scripture.

  2. Matthew 3 months ago

    When it comes to CCM inviting the Holy Spirit to fill the place (the place being the church sanctuary/multi-purpose room, I assume) or to fill the believerI always thought that was way off since:

    a.) so many CCM songs never mention the things needed for being filled (resisting sin, repentance and submission to God)

    b.) as you mentioned, His presence is everywhere regardless of what we decide to sing.

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      Jason Mullett 3 months ago

      Agreed. The Holy Spirit is omni-present and he moves (acts) in ways that he pleases. He is not compelled to go here and there (act) in the way that modern CCM asks Him to. Many in modern evangelicalism assume that the Holy Spirit cannot act unless they permit Him, so therefore they create music to welcome, ask and invite the Holy Spirit to act in ecstatic ways. That way He can do what they want Him to do. It is disgusting to me and an affront to a Holy God.

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