What is the biblical approach to music in the church and in the life of the Christian? And why does it matter to the Holy Spirit? Unfortunately, many churches are in a state of ignorance when it comes to music. Music is one of the primary areas of church ministry that has done more to grieve the Holy Spirit than any other. Primarily because, much of church music is anchored in worldly methodology that is ambitiously predatory in nature for emotionalism.
Throughout the New Testament as well as the Old, biblical music and singing is vocal, joyful and respectful to God and finds its origin with God (Exodus 15:1,21; Acts 16:26; Rev. 5:9). The use of a concordance to find verses that contain the words: “song,” “singers” and “singing,” will confirm that God has purpose in music.
Notice particularly the special assignments given to singers and the special provision for singers in 2 Chronicles and Nehemiah. God also uses trumpets, harps, and other musical instruments for His purpose.
Satan also instigates the use of music amongst God’s people to enhance his deceitful influence. Obviously, he has accomplished his agenda amongst many well intended Christians. Particularly, we see a weak endeavor to know what kind of music comes from the heart of God and what derives from the mind of Satan and little desire to discern the difference.
The music pattern and methodology of your church is very revealing about the intent and motive that drives that ministry. The fact is: what motivates us, conforms us, thus, methodology is conceived. For many Churches, the devil has a manipulating strong hold in the area of music that is emotionally driven. Churches across all denominational lines have been seduced to a false and vain obligation to provide a non-convicting environment through the use of musical enhancement and entertainment. This is most noticeable amongst churches that favor contemporary methodology where more often than not, a musicians sincerity is mistaken for spirituality worthy of praise.Discerning believers know and understand that the Bible teaches and requires a very obvious contrast to worldly methodology of music. Godly music is most noticeably holy, doctrinal, and reverent in mannerism… and totally unlike the appeal, apparel, and appearance of worldly music. This is a matter of fact.
Charles Spurgeon, the great English Baptist preacher, declared with conviction:
“The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them… providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the Church…The need is biblical doctrine, so understood and felt that it sets men of fire.”
The character of Biblically based music is distinctly different in its origin and purpose. Biblical music and its methodology is sacred, not seductive. It is not intended to draw the world… it is separate from the world. Unlike biblical music, worldly methodology in music with religion sprinkled on it, is at its core a predator for the emotion of the vulnerable and carnal believer… while biblical based methodology in music compels devotion to the one and only true God… The Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 3;16). Amen!
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
College of the Open Bible