Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
When I find a preacher who is playing games with Biblical separation and who is showing signs of rejecting it, I refuse to have anything to do with him as far as ministry goes. I am not going to join his church. I’m not going to preach in his church. I am not going to preach with him on the same platform in meetings. And I am not going to preach in churches that would have him!
Yea, that is narrow and strict and I sincerely and earnestly wish it weren’t necessary, but I believe it is necessary to cut off the effect of compromise.
Compromise is a communicable disease!
The old backslidden prophet in 1 Kings 13 taught the young prophet to disobey God by taking His commandments lightly. God told the young prophet to preach against the idolatrous altar at Bethel and then to leave and not even to eat there. The prophet obeyed for awhile. He ran a good race for a distance. He proclaimed God’s message against the altar boldly, refusing the king’s offer of a reward, and headed away from Bethel. But instead of getting away from there as fast as his donkey could carry him, he decided to take a rest under an oak tree. Amy Grant, one of the most popular and influential contemporary Christian singers with more than 30 million albums sold, is on her 20th anniversary tour. She has five children from two marriages (she divorced her first husband in 1999), and the interviewer asked, "Now that you're the mom of a couple of young adults, how has your spiritual advice or practices changed?" Grant replied, "I find I say less the older I get. ... Mostly, I try to be encouraging. Life is the greatest teacher. At this point, it's not going to be mom's words. ... I heard Bruce Springsteen once say, 'Great enlightenment is always preceded by -------- up.' I don't talk that way, but it was a quote. It's life. The things in heaven and things on earth are so articulated by Bruce and God. That's the way I've raised my kids. I'm not preachy Church Lady" ("Faith, Family, Music," Houston Chronicle, Nov. 8, 2008, p. F1).
This is a dangerous and wrong-headed mixture of truth and error. While it is true that life is a teacher and there are times when sympathizing is more helpful than moralizing, it is also true that God has called parents to teach their children and that responsibility doesn't cease when they are older. The apostle Paul instructed the aged women to "teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children" (Titus 2:3-4). Contemporary Christian musicians often express their dislike for preaching. This is a powerful warning to strong Biblicist churches. It is not only the sensual rhythm that is the danger with CCM, it also the unscriptural message and the charismatic-ecumenical associations.
When fundamentalist churches bring CCM into their midst, they are associating with people who are their avowed enemies and who will undermine a strong Bible-believing position. Observe, too, that Grant quotes from a filthy-mouthed rock and roller, which reminds us that there is no separation between contemporary Christian music and secular rock. Amy Grant follows her emotions and personal philosophy and pop psychology more than the unchanging Word of God, and that is typical of Contemporary Christian Music. In March 1999, Grant filed for divorce from her husband of 16 years, Gary Chapman, citing "irreconcilable differences."
Although she claims that she did not commit adultery, Grant began dating country singer Vince Gill even before her divorce was finalized, and she admits that she had a close emotional relationship with him for a long time. In an interview with CCM Magazine, Chapman testified that Amy came to him in late 1994 and said: "I don't love you anymore You're the biggest mistake I've ever made. ... I've given my heart to another man" (CCM Magazine, January 2000, p. 36). It was not until three years later that Gill divorced his wife. Chapman said that Amy's relationship with Gill was the primary cause of the divorce.
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