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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?

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 16:26Rev. 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

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ROMA DOWNEY AND MARK BURNETT EXECUTIVE PRODUCING NEW FAITH-BASED FOOTBALL FILM WOODLAWN IN THEATERS OCT. 16, 2015

Serving as Executive Producers on new Erwin Brothers Film

 produced by Kevin Downes and distributed by Pure Flix.  

 LOS ANGELES, Calif., (Sept. 23, 2015) – Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, who took faith-themed entertainment to new global heights with their record-setting miniseries THE BIBLE and their feature film SON OF GOD, have set their sights on WOODLAWN, Football movie set in the segregated south in the 70’s that is as real and relevant today as it was 40 years ago.  WOODLAWN premieres in theaters nationwide on October 16th.

Downey and Burnett serve as executive producers under their LightWorkers Media banner. Their previous big-screen credits include SON OF GOD, LITTLE BOY and the much-anticipated epic BEN-HUR due in theaters from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures next spring.

WOODLAWN, an Erwin Brothers film produced by Kevin Downes, is an exhilarating high school football story about revival and reconciliation that offers hope for overcoming the racial crises facing America today. That is what drew the husband-and-wife team to the project.

“The goal of all of our faith-based projects has been to spotlight the power and goodness of God,” Downey explained. “WOODLAWN fits that bill perfectly: It’s an exciting and emotional look at how faith changes the fortunes and hearts of a football team, a high school and an entire city. This story is an important reminder of what faith in action looks like.  WOODLAWN is filled with truly memorable performances and at the heart of the film young Caleb Castille is an amazing new discovery in the lead role”

“Jon and Andy Erwin have made a special film, one that will make you stand and cheer and bring you to your knees in tears.” added Burnett  “It’s amazing to see Sean Astin in his first football movie since RUDY.”

WOODLAWN tells the true-life story of Tony Nathan (newcomer Caleb Castille), who lands in a powder keg of anger and violence when he joins fellow African-American students at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Ala., after its government-mandated desegregation in 1973. The Woodlawn Colonels football team is a microcosm of the problems at the school and in the city, which erupts in cross burnings and riots, and Coach Tandy Geralds (Nic Bishop) is at a loss to solve these unprecedented challenges with his disciplinarian ways.

It’s only when Hank (Sean Astin), an outsider who has been radically affected by the message of hope and love he experienced at a Christian revival meeting, convinces Coach Geralds to let him speak to the team that something truly remarkable begins to happen. More than 40 players, nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to the “better way” Hank tells them is possible through following Jesus, and the change is so profound in them it affects their coach, their school and their community in ways no one could have imagined.

The Colonels make a run at the state playoffs led by Nathan, who achieves superstar status in Birmingham and attracts the attention of legendary University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant (Jon Voight).  It’s the miracle, Hank says, of what happens when God shows up.

“We’re honored Roma and Mark are Exec. Producing with us to bring this important story to the big screen at such an important time in history,” director Jon Erwin said. “They are known internationally for sharing God’s unwavering love for us all through quality entertainment. That’s why Andy and I made WOODLAWN – to share that message. It’s why we got into filmmaking in the first place.”

WOODLAWN, distributed by Pure Flix in conjunction with Provident Films, stars Sean Astin (RUDY, THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, MOM’S NIGHT OUT), Nic Bishop (COVERT AFFAIRS, BODY OF PROOF), Caleb Castille (in his feature film debut), C. Thomas Howell (THE OUTSIDERS, RED DAWN), Sherri Shepherd (THE VIEW, PRECIOUS) and Academy-Award winner JON VOIGHT (COMING HOME, ALI, NATIONAL TREASURE). It is directed by The Erwin Brothers (OCTOBER BABY, MOM’S NIGHT OUT) from a script by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples and is produced by Kevin Downes (FAITH OF OUR FATHERS, COURAGEOUS).

To learn more about the movie, visit www.woodlawnmovie.com/pressroom

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Stellar Awards 2015

The 2015 Stellar Awards weekend will be held in the city of neon lights Las Vegas, Nevada. I don’t know about you all be we are excited that the event has moved from Music City to the Entertainment Capital of the World. Las Vegas is also known as Sin City but we are not expecting any of that to be going down during the Stellars. The year 2015 will also mark the 30th year in the history of the awards show. This award winning, gospel music spinning weekend will kick off on Sunday March 22, 2015 and end on March 28, 2015.

For the first time in history, the Stellar Awards will be held in conjunction with the Gospel Music Workshop of America Convention. So get ready for a host of informative seminars, dozens of awesome listening parties and praise parties, live concerts, and much more!  Singers, artists, radio broadcasters and music lovers alike this looks like an event you won’t want to miss! For more information, check out the Stellar Awards website.

Official voting for your favorite artists and radio stations will begin on December 2nd and ends on December 30th. Stay tuned for your opportunity to cast your ballot for your favorite ministers of the gospel.

Will you be attending one of 2015’s most prestigious gospel music events? Let us know in the comments below!

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