By   •   August 12, 2013   •   Topics: ,


Have you heard the expression


I know many churches have experienced similar debates in recent years because of new styles of worship and music. I’m not a musician, of course, but I’m grateful that God has raised up a new generation of composers and musicians who point us to Christ.

That doesn’t mean we should throw out what previous generations have done, however — not at all. If I were a pastor today, I’d probably try to avoid making sudden, radical changes that might cause some to feel they were being ignored or put down. The Bible says, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).

I actually hear less today about these so-called “worship wars” than I did a few years ago; many churches seem to have found ways to bridge the gap between older and newer styles of worship. Some, for example, try to blend the old with the new in their services. Larger churches often have two services — one traditional and one contemporary. Encourage your church’s leadership to explore all options — not just for your sake, but for the sake of the whole congregation, including your youth.

Before you consider changing churches, look beyond this issue to a more important question: Can you grow spiritually through this church’s activities? Is Jesus Christ and His Word, the Bible, at its center? Does it offer opportunities for service? The Bible says, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).

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  1. Ruth says:

    I have gotten so I don’t even want to attend worship services anymore … I literally have to choose to make myself go on Sunday’s but I have a grit my teeth and bare it attitude … I love contemporary music … I was saved in the mid 70s and the Lord used it to pull me to himself and I know it draws the young people but a steady diet of hype like we have today is too much … its like eating nothing but sugar and having very little meat!

    It is Christmas time now and I so do not want to go to church this month … I am warring with being obedient and not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together … even the Christmas carols … if there are any … are hyped and jazzed up and unrecognizable … I would prefer to just walk in late just for the sermon but can’t bring myself to do that … that would seem rebellious … I really don’t want to be disrespectful … and as for Christmas Eve service … it used to be a wonderful quiet candle light service for our family together at our church … now we don’t go at all and something is so missing … our church’s service is held on a football field with fake snow blowing around and jazzed up Christmas songs … so not worshipful … seems the winter wonderland is more important … we’ve tried attending other churches in the area … but our mega church is setting the precedence … went to a smaller church in the area last year but it was too small and backward … so I am sad to say I may just stay home this month and worship with Bill Gaither and Charles Stanley instead … at least I feel like I’ve been to church …

    I am so torn … and frustrated … listening to this music is like fingernails on a chalkboard for me … things have just gotten out of hand and gone too far. So wish I knew the right thing to do …

  2. Peggy says:

    We have compromized giving into “oh we need to change, just a little ” Wedon't even think about the deviI sneeking in our church until one day we wonder WHAT HAPPENED? GODS WORD HAS NEVER CHANGED, STAY WITH THE GOOD OLD HYMES.

  3. Gladys says:

    As an evangelical pianist and vocal teacher, my heart feasts on the theology of the old time hymns and Gospel songs. We are to play skilfully with a loud noise, but that to me does not include chord-bending cat-like squalls.

  4. Daniel says:

    As a Christian I get disgusted over people fighting over what kind of music should or shouldn't be played in the church. God looks at our hearts, not at what style of music we play. if the worship comes from the heart, then let it be.

  5. Sherrie says:

    I was disturbed when the pastor's wife told me before a service “I'm so happy – we are going to sing a hymn today!” Are churches being told they have to play contemporary music?? I believe satan is using this to divide churches and it is working.

  6. Dianna says:

    I am 64 yrs old and I prefer contemporary music, it allows freedom to really worship the Lord. The older style is beautiful lyrics but the worship, lifting of hands, singing joyfully is lost. It becomes too stoic. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD!!

  7. Sam says:

    Too much of the “Contemporary Music” just doesn't seem to be “worship music” to me. Simply because a song has the name of Jesus or God or makes references to the Bible does not make it “Christian music” and appropriate for worship services.

    1. Ruth says:

      I agree!

  8. Dave says:

    My father and i left a church because my dad did not like the loud rock. We are now with a new church which has more moderate music.