Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Matthew 7:13
My Word of the Day was “diatribe” (lengthy talk, discourse, or speech) so I thought I’d better get back to
Realize that you weren’t set free from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors by a payment of silver or gold which can be destroyed. Rather, the payment that freed you was the precious blood of Christ, the lamb with no defects or imperfections. 1 Peter 1:18
I am praising the Lord today that He has opened up doors for my son to utilize his gift of music making (specifically drums) to bring praise and honor and glory to Jesus Christ.
Don’t let anyone deceive you with meaningless words. It is because of sins like these that God’s anger comes to those who refuse to obey him. Ephesians 5:6
It is no surprise then that I had a discussion yesterday with someone about a situation that is very disturbing to me. It is the use of secular music in worship service.
This person told me that some of their friends are for it and some are against it. This person told their friends that it was wrong to promote secular music in a worship setting. This person was right!
A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. Gal 5:9
God must have the last word, and I’ve never known Him to use gimmicks to get people into church.
I (The Word) when I am lifted up will draw all men unto myself. -Jesus
God leads the heart with love not gimmicks. On what can you rest your heart if not the perfect Truth?
…be filled with the Spirit by reciting psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs for your own good. Sing and make music to the Lord with your hearts. Ephesians 5:18-19
The Word alone saves! Whether in preaching or song we are to FIX our eyes on Jesus!
I am the vine you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing! John 15:5
In my Bible study group we’ve started reading through Ecclesiastes. Our memory verse this week was Ephesians 1:2:
Meaningless, Meaningless says the Teacher, utterly meaningless. Everything is meaningless.
The Holy Spirit is saying that everything void of God and God’s Spirit is meaningless. True secular music is void of the Spirit of God and is filled with the spirit of the ruler of this world.
You followed the ways of this present world and its spiritual ruler. This ruler continues to work in people who refuse to obey God. All of us once lived among these people, and followed the desires of our corrupt nature. We did what our corrupt desires and thoughts wanted us to do. Eph 2:2-3
It is spiritual deception to treat as holy those things that are unholy.
What do you think a person who shows no respect for the Son of God deserves? Heb 10:29
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. – Jesus
I sat through a service where much of the music never once mentioned the name of Jesus or the cross. It was sad and empty. Meaningless.
Godless fools speak foolishness, and their minds plan evil in order to do ungodly things. They speak falsely about the LORD. They let people go hungry and withhold water from thirsty people. Isaiah 32:6
Beware, for there are false shepherds who are ravenous for your
..by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” 2 Peter 2:18
If you are in a church that praises secular music I urge you to RUN! RUN AWAY and find a church that preaches (and sings) Scripture alone!
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray form your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Cor 11:3
For if the word preached and sung is devoid of forgiveness and grace and the cross of Christ, crucified and arisen for the sin of the whole world it is no word at all. It is meaningless!
Sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD! Praise his name! Day after day announce that the LORD saves his people. Tell people about his glory. Tell all the nations about his miracles. The LORD is great! He should be highly praised. He should be feared more than all [other] gods because all the gods of the nations are idols. The LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are in his presence. Strength and beauty are in his holy place. Give to the LORD, you families of the nations. Give to the LORD glory and power. Give to the LORD the glory he deserves. Bring an offering, and come into his courtyards. Worship the LORD in [his] holy splendor. Tremble in his presence, all the earth! Say to the nations, “The LORD rules as king!” The earth stands firm; it cannot be moved. He will judge people fairly. Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad. Let the sea and everything in it roar like thunder. Let the fields and everything in them rejoice. Then all the trees in the forest will sing joyfully in the LORD’s presence because he is coming. He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness and its people with his truth. Psalm 96
Abba Father, Where is our discernment? Where is our wisdom? God help us! In Jesus name, Amen.