“It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:5 KJV)Tweet
Singing and listening to music is an important part of a Christian’s life. In fact, the Bible tells us to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”Colossians 3:16 (KJV)
But when you look at the Christian music of today, you really have a doubt of what, if any, the songs try to teach and admonish. This current-day Christian music is collectively known as Christian Contemporary Music, and more popularly CCM. Here are the 3 major problems with CCM:
Intentionally uncontroversial, therefore shallow
This is the primary way by which CCM stands apart from traditional hymns and spiritual songs of the past. The main philosophy behind CCM is to be accepted by people of any belief and doctrine. It should be accepted by any denomination, be it Baptists, Protestants, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, etc… The question would be why would they want to do that? I’ll tell you why. Money and fame.
People part of the CCM industry do not want to offend anybody by supporting any doctrine that is believed by a specific denomination. If they do offend them, then they would end up losing their following from that denomination, and therefore lose the money that they could make from concert tickets and CDs from them.
Another important thing about songs is that, believe it or not, they teach us doctrine. Songs like Amazing Grace, for example, talk about the grace of God that saved us.
Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
T’was blind but now I see
Here the lyrics read that we are saved. It doesn’t say that we are being saved, which would make salvation a process, but it says that we are saved, which means it is a one-time event. And more importantly, saved is a term which is in fact used in the Bible in regards to escaping hell. There are some denominations which believe that salvation is a process. To them, this hymn would fly in the face of their doctrine.
When you take a CCM example like Who am I by Casting Crowns, you would see that there is really nothing in it that would offend any denomination whatsoever.
Who am I, that the lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the bright and morning star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?
I’m not saying that none of this is biblical, cause Jesus is in fact called the morning star in the Bible. The problem is not with what they say, the problem is with what they don’t say. And the problem is not that people are not getting offended, the problem is that by writing songs that don’t offend anyone, you are not really standing for anything. The shallow lyrics makes the listeners remain ignorant about the vast majority of the Bible.
So the question is, why would I want to listen to and support something from someone who is deliberately trying to hide certain things from me?
Patterned to the world
Before the 1960s, if you walked into a random Bible-believing church with your eyes closed, you could easily know where you are, even before the preacher opens his mouth. The ambiance of a church was so different from the secular world that you could feel the difference.
In contrast, walk into a non-denominational church today with your eyes wide open. The service might even end without you having any idea whatsoever whether you are in a rock concert or a church. CCM is patterned to attract the people who are into secular music. This started with the “Jesus movement” revival back in the 1960s with hippies who called themselves ‘Jesus people’.
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (KJV)
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
The Bible commands Christians to be separated from the ways of this world. Moreover, it says that there is no concord that Christ has with Belial (the devil). Then why do you think music from Christ-rejecting devil-worshipping rockstars could be used to make Christian songs? It doesn’t make any sense my friend.
In the plan to make Christian music more patterned to the world, the gaps are being bridged between it and the music made by the devil.
Last but not least, the problem with the CCM is the sissified and almost queer singers that it has. This is of course directly from the secular rock music that it tries to emulate.
Christian music today is overly emotional to the point that it feels disgusting even to non-Christians. Here is an excerpt from a book called Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Burrow (haven’t read it so cannot recommend it yet):
“Picture two male hunters sitting in a duck blind, shotguns resting across their laps. One hunter decides to express his affection for the other, using the words of a popular praise song. He turns to his friend and says, “Hey, buddy…”
Your love is extravagant
Your friendship, it is intimate
I feel I’m moving to the rhythm of your grace
Your fragrance is intoxicating in this secret place
Those are the lyrics to a worship song. Murrow goes on to write, “I cannot imagine saying these words to another man – especially one carrying a loaded shotgun.”
And not only that. Even hymns like Amazing Grace are retuned to be too emotional which makes the men in the pew cringe.
What’s the point of this article?
The point of this article is not to condemn you and shame you for listening to CCM. In fact, before college, I used to be a guy who listened to the same music that I condemned above. The main issue that I wanted to cover is that, by listening to and singing pop Christian music, you are subliminally making yourself shallow and ecumenical when it comes to the Christian faith.
Music is spiritual. If it wasn’t I wouldn’t even bother to make an entire post warning you about its dangers. Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light, and the Bible says that he was an angel of music. At the same time, there are many other hymns and spiritual songs that are not patterned to the world, which you can sing and listen to. In fact, the longest book in the Bible is the book of Psalms which was sung.
That is all I have for you in this post. Until next time.