Bible College
Way of Life Literature
Publisher of Bible Study Materials
Way of Life Literature
Publisher of Bible Study Materials
Way of Life Bible College
Why Aim Warnings at Lancaster?
February 1, 2016
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061
Many preachers have asked something like the following:

“Why do you pick on Lancaster? Do you have an agenda toward them? There are many others who are doing the same thing.”

My reply is as follows:

First, as far as I know, my motive in this is love for Christ and His truth and hatred of worldliness and error (Psalm 119:128).

I have stood against CCM and those who use it for 40+ years. The only new thing in this present battle is the fact that prominent independent Baptist churches and schools are now “adapting” contemporary worship in a brash manner. I am convinced that these warnings are from the Lord, but I have been targeted with a great amount of vitriol and lies; I’ve lost friends and supporters and “influence”; but I stand firm in God’s will and would gladly do it again.

Second, I
have warned about many churches and schools other than Lancaster. In my book Baptist Music Wars, I warn about Pensacola Christian College, Bob Jones University, Baptist Bible Fellowship, Southwide Baptist Fellowship, Northland University, Trinity Baptist Church and College, Crown Baptist College, Majesty Music, and others. I said, for example, “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 by word or 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.”

Third, I warn about Lancaster because it is at the forefront of the “adapting” of contemporary worship music among independent Baptists. This has been my method through the years. I use prominent men and institutions to illustrate my warnings. Southern Baptist Ed Stetzer was right when he commented in his blog a couple of years ago that “Pastor Chappell is arguably the most influential IFB pastor in America.”

Fourth, I warn about Lancaster because of its influence. Lancaster Baptist Church with its West Coast Baptist College is one of the largest independent Baptist institutions, if not the largest. The influence is massive. I started warning about Lancaster after seeing its influence first hand in other countries, particularly the Philippines and Australia. Prior to 2011, I had heard from various men that Lancaster’s music was becoming contemporary, but I paid scant attention. It was when I began to see the influence on the “mission fields” that I took particular note. The final straw, so to speak, was when I saw on the internet that Lancaster had used Hillsong’s “Shout to the Lord” in a Sunday service that I knew they were far down the road in using contemporary music. So on February 18, 2011, I issued my first warning entitled “Lancaster Shouting to the Lord.”

I wrote, “I don’t care what else you are doing right; if you allow CCM a foot in the door you are on the slippery slope of compromise. Like many others, Lancaster Baptist and West Coast are saying the right things about being opposed to CCM, but increasingly their actions don’t match the rhetoric.”

In that little report I also said, “I urge Pastor Chappell and the leaders at Lancaster Baptist Church and West Coast Baptist College to put a stop to the music people who are digging in the garbage bin of CCM in search for something acceptable.”

Sadly, that hasn’t happened, and the influence continues.

For a list of contemporary worship songs that have been used at Lancaster and West Coast, see “
Examples of Contemporary Music Used at Lancaster Baptist Church” at

copyright 2013, Way of Life Literature

- Receive these reports by email
- "About" David Cloud


Sharing Policy: Much of our material is available for free, such as the hundreds of articles at the Way of Life web site. Other items we sell to help fund our expensive literature and foreign church planting ministries. Way of Life's content falls into two categories: sharable and non-sharable. Things that we encourage you to share include the audio sermons, O Timothy magazine, FBIS articles, and the free eVideos and free eBooks. You are welcome to make copies of these at your own expense and share them with friends and family, but they cannot be posted to web sites. You are also welcome to use excerpts from the articles in your writings, in sermons, in church bulletins, etc. All we ask is that you give proper credit. Things we do not want copied and distributed freely are items like the Fundamental Baptist Digital Library, print editions of our books, electronic editions of the books that we sell, the videos that we sell, etc. The items have taken years to produce at enormous expense in time and money, and we use the income from sales to help fund the ministry. We trust that your Christian honesty will preserve the integrity of this policy. "For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward" (1 Timothy 5:18).

Goal:Distributed by Way of Life Literature Inc., the Fundamental Baptist Information Service is an e-mail posting for Bible-believing Christians. Established in 1974, Way of Life Literature is a fundamental Baptist preaching and publishing ministry based in Bethel Baptist Church, London, Ontario, of which Wilbert Unger is the founding Pastor. Brother Cloud lives in South Asia where he has been a church planting missionary since 1979. Our primary goal with the FBIS is to provide material to assist preachers in the edification and protection of the churches.

Offering: We take up a quarterly offering to fund this ministry, and those who use the materials are expected to participate (Galatians 6:6) if they can. We do not solicit funds from those who do not agree with our preaching and who are not helped by these publications. We seek offerings only from those who are helped. OFFERINGS can be mailed or made online with with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Paypal. For information see: