Way of Life Literature
Publisher of Bible Study Materials
Way of Life Literature
Publisher of Bible Study Materials
Suggested Sacred Music Recordings
The contemporary philosophy is 180 degrees contrary to a Bible-believing separatist position, and the music has transformative power. Nothing is building the end-time one-world church more effectively than contemporary praise music. For more on this see “The Transformational Power of Contemporary Praise Music” at the Way of Life web site.
Please note that we cannot guarantee that all of the music produced by the following organizations and ministries is sound. We publish this list because it is difficult to locate good Christian music, and we desire to point the way to some of the music that we have found helpful. It is not possible for us to listen to every thing that has been produced by the following sources, and it is not possible for us to keep up with changes that might occur.
Also, there is the matter of “taste” in Christian music. While there are definite biblical principles that must be applied to music, there is also a simple matter of taste. For example, my wife does not like quartets, but I like quartets as long as the music is spiritual and the message is scriptural and they don’t “showboat,” meaning put on a carnal performance. Some like operatic style and some don’t. Some like “bluegrass” style, and some don’t. This is the type of thing I am talking about when I talk about “taste.”
Ultimately it is the responsibility of each listener to prove the music by the Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We also recommend What Every Christian Should Know about Rock Music which is available in print or as a free eBook from www.wayoflife.org.
We encourage our readers to contact us if some of the music by any of the following sources is found to be worldly or contemporary.
Internet links change frequently. If any of the following links are inoperative, it is up to the reader to do his own Internet search to find the latest links and contact information.
120 BIBLE HYMNS.
AMBASSADOR BAPTIST COLLEGE,
ARAMIS QUARTET. Day by Day (Classic Hymns for String Quartet)
BAPTIST COLLEGE OF MINISTRY, Menomonee Falls, WI. www.bcmedu.org/ministry/cd-recordings.
BIBLE TRUTH MUSIC. Two good CDs by Bible Truth Music are “Hallelujah Singing” and “He Is Alive.” Bible Truth Music PO Box 1881 Newport News, VA 23601. www.bibletruthmusic.com.
BRYSON MUSIC operated by Michael Bryson. https://michaelsbryson.com
CHRISTIAN PURITIES FELLOWSHIP. Conservative music titles from Foundations Bible College. P.O. Box 1166, Dunn, NC 28333. www.foundations.edu.
CLARK, MIRIAN JARRELS. “While He Is Near.” Piano/vocal arrangements. P.O. Box 292, Penn Laird, VA 22846.
CONCORD & HARMONY is the ministry of Alan and Ellen Ives. Their music has recently been put online for mp3 download at concordandharmony.com. Two good choices are “Volunteers for Jesus” and “In Jesus Is All Meaning.”
DAVID E. SMITH PUBLICATIONS, 4826 Shabbona Rd., Deckerville, MI 48427. www.despub.com. Catalog consisting of over 2,500 items by over 50 writers. Includes graded solos and ensembles for woodwinds, brass, strings, piano, string orchestra and concert band. Featured are “Heritage,” a band method supplement utilizing hymns and sacred songs sequenced to traditional band methods, and “Hymnsembles” and “Hymns for Multiple Instruments” which are designed to work with mix-and-match or unusual instrumentations. Distributor for C.T. Smith Publications, Curnow Press, Majestic Music (not to be confused with Majesty Music), and Salvation Army.
FAIRHAVEN BAPTIST COLLEGE, 86 E. Oak Hill Rd., Chesterton, IN 46304. 800-733-3422, fairhavenbookstore.com. A good choice is “Everything Is Possible” by the Fairhaven Baptist College and Church.
FAITH MUSIC MISSIONS, Boeke Road Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2463, Evansville, IN 47728. www.faithmusicmissions.com. Faith Music Missions has a line of conservative, drumless soundtracks. They produce congregational piano hymns on CDs “for the church or servant of God to use in lieu of a pianist or to assist their music program.” We would warn that some of the Faith Music Missions music CDs use a honky-tonk Southern Gospel rhythm. “Heavenly Place” by the Epleys and “Ed Russ and the Old-Fashioned Quartet” are examples.
FOUNDATIONS BIBLE COLLEGE, https://www.foundations.edu/bookstore/category_items.php?Section=Music&Category=Sacred%20Vocal
GLORY AND HONOR MUSIC is the ministry of John Randall, son-in-law of Alan and Ellen Ives. They have a recording studio and are producing new music which is available for download. He says, “We have a recording studio in our home so that Christians can record conservative music at a drastically reduced cost.” They publish an audio hymnal of over 500 mp3 songs for churches that do not have a pianist. See gloryandhonormusic.com.
GODLY MUSIC, Stephen and Christina Rains. http://godlymusic.org.
GREER MUSIC MINISTRIES, Greenville, SC. Gordon and Jean Greer are former opera singers who have produced two CDs, My Savior First of All and Soldiers of the Cross. www.greermusicministries.com, 864-607-1042, email@example.com
HERBSTER TRIO. This excellent trio of brothers has several excellent CDs. The singers are accompanied by orchestral music. Two of their CDs that I particularly like are “Hymns of Grateful Worship” and “Faithful Servant.” Tri-City Ministries, 4500 Little Blue Parkway, Independence, MO 64057, www.herbsterevangelism.org/site/pages/catalog.aspx?fsId=12&returnUrl=catalog.aspx.
HIBBARD, DAVID, 291 Clayton-Aura Rd., Glassboro, NJ 08028. 856-863-4992, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. An excellent CD is Along Life’s Road: Songs for the Saviour.
HYMNS TRIUMPHANT. There are two volumes of these, each containing dozens of hymns performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London National Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Amen Choir. The arrangements are wonderful. They are available from the Old Fashioned Christian Music Radio Store, http://www.oldchristianmusic.com/mproductpages/london-orchestra+amen-choir--hymns-triumphant.html.
INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST COLLEGE AND SEMINARY. They have two albums currently: Mercy Flows and Our Eyes Are Upon You, Lord. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=International+Baptist+College+and+Seminary&i=digital-music&search-type=ss&ref=ntt_srch_drd_B01EDR2XZA
MAJESTY MUSIC. We cannot recommend Majesty Music because of the worldly elements that have been present in Patch the Pirate from its inception and the newer move toward the support of out-and-out contemporary musicians Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, among others. See the report “Dr. Garlock Misses an Important Point,” Feb. 3, 2015, via the search engine at www.wayoflife.org.
MURRAY MUSIC MINISTRIES. Lovely recordings by Greg and Heather Murray. I particularly like “The Lord Is Calling.” P.O. Box 346, Bedford, VA 24523, 540-816-0284, www.murraymusicministries.com.
MUSIC EDUCATION MINISTRIES. http://www.musiceducationministries.com/shop.
OLD FASHIONED CHRISTIAN RADIO MUSIC STORE. This online store offers a wide variety of traditional Christian music. www.oldchristianmusic.com.
OLD FASHIONED REVIVAL HOUR. Music from Rudy Atwood and the Old Fashioned Revival Hour choir. ofrh.com
PRINCIPLE MUSIC. To God All Praise, Master Works, Ever Joyful in Song. Box 1, Oak Bridge, IL 60522.
RAINS, STEPHEN AND CHRISTINA. Nice sacred music duets. http://godlymusic.org/
SOUNDFORTH, Greenville, SC 29614. www.soundforth.com. Music tapes and arrangements, song books, choir and choral, children’s music programs, dramas. Also “A Guide to Hymn Playing” by Rebecca Bonam and Duane Ream. This is still a good source for sacred music, but they are adapting contemporary praise music and justifying it on bogus grounds, and we suspect that their standards will change over the next few years.
SOUTHERN CROSS BAPTIST CHURCH, Engadine, NSW, Australia
To God Be All the Glory
STOUFFER MEN. Two excellent CDs are “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” and “Come and Sing.” firstname.lastname@example.org, www.stouffermusic.com.
THE WILDS Christian Camp and Conference Center. http://www.wilds.org/resources/music. This is a good source for sacred music, but they, too, are justifying the use of Townend/Getty and other “contemporary hymn writers.”
The Directory of Contemporary Worship Musicians, a free eBook, contains extensive documentation about the danger of using Getty/Townend music. It is available from www.wayoflife.org
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