Today if people in a Bible-believing church hear songs by Jack Hayford or MercyMe or Graham Kendrick or Stuart Townend or Darlene Zschech or Keith Getty, songs heard in “adapted form” in many Bible-believing churches, they can easily search for that group or individual on the web and come into intimate contact with these people -- not only in contact with their music (typically played in "real" rock & roll style as opposed to the watered-down soft-rock ballad versions performed in churches that are only beginning to dabble with contemporary praise music), but also in contact with their ecumenical/charismatic/separatist hating/one-world church philosophy.
Let’s say someone hears the choir perform “In Christ Alone” or “The Power of the Cross” by the Gettys. They like the music and decide to check them out on the web. They come across the Gettys rocking out at their concerts, and begin to question their church’s stand against rock music. They see the Gettys associating with anyone and everyone and begin to question biblical separation. “The Gettys seem so sincere and Christ-loving; maybe I’ve been too hard-nosed in my Christianity; maybe the separatist stance is all wrong; perhaps I should lighten up.” They come across Keith Getty’s July 2013 interview with Assist Ministries and decide to listen to what the man has to say. They hear Getty speak highly of Bono and C.S. Lewis, so they decide to take a look at these people, and by so doing they begin to question fundamental Bible doctrines. After time, through the influence of the Gettys, the soul who was once a content member of a Bible-believing church, raising his children in a Bible-believing path, is on the high road to the emerging church and the children and grandchildren will end up who knows where. The same could be said for the influence of Townend or Kendrick or MercyMe or Zschech or hundreds of other prominent contemporary worship musicians, because they hold the same philosophy and represent the same bridge to spiritual danger.
Men such as Paul Chappell and Clarence Sexton and Ron Hamilton, who should know better but who are defending the use of contemporary praise music either in word or by example, will answer to God for the souls that cross the bridges they are building to the dangerous world that is represented by this music.
We have described the dangers of the world of contemporary worship music in the video presentation The Foreign Spirit of Contemporary Worship Music, which is available as a free eVideo from www.wayoflife.org.
We have also documented the dangers in the 500-page Directory of Contemporary Worship Musicians, available as a free eBook from www.wayoflife.org.
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