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  • I appreciate the Paperless Hymnal (Luci, December 7 2004, 2:27 PM)
    • Donnie Cruz (no login)
      Posted Dec 9, 2004 3:04 AM

      Yes, it is good to point out that a hymnbook is a compilation of “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” that have been written through the ages. It is also fair to mention that because hymnbooks are man-compiled, some of the songs may not necessarily be worship-material. So, we have the responsibility to select songs that “teach and admonish” according to Colossian 3:16, letting the “word of Christ dwell in you richly.” The whole verse states: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (KJV)

      In examining the entire New Testament, there is no evidence that music in itself is associated with worship. The only example in which “music” is mentioned is in the story of “the prodigal son” (Luke 15) in which the elder son heard “music and dancing” in celebration. In other words, if music is the primary objective in the gathering of the saints, then, worship is misdirected. This seems to be what’s happening in the “contemporary musical worship” culture—e.g., a good 75% of the 90-minute period is devoted to “musical worship”—the rest of it to the observance of the Lord’s Supper (in which “celebration” is now strongly emphasized) and to the preaching (quite often of watered-down sermons).

      Even considering Ephesians 5:19—“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord”—the major point in singing is communication: “speaking to” or “teaching and admonishing” one another. What? “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. ”

      My point is that the chances are greater that one would find from the hymnbook many more hymns that teach and admonish and are scripture-based than from a compilation of singy-clappy praise and celebration songs of the contemporary culture. I believe that Dr. Davey mentioned “unsaved people” in connection with the volumes of contemporary songs written with little or no scriptural basis and in connection with the “secular corporations” and their business schemes and exploitations. Since BBN has a program that deals with the history of hymns, I am certain that he is very aware that some of the hymns written by “unbelievers” do have scriptural bearing.

      Thanks for bringing up “The Paperless Hymnal.” Shouldn’t that silence the hymnbook critics? The projector is a wonderful innovation and should be used without altering God’s message, plan and purpose. When hymns are projected on the screen civilly, there would be no need for the Praise Team “to assist” each Christian in his/her worship to the Father in heaven. Actually, the Praise Team does not have any business performing to Christians or doing the worshipping for Christians. (You said something about how you “find it refreshing to be encouraged to look up….” Personally, I find the “Worship Leader,” his or her “Praise Team,” and the holy big screen distracting—all of them.)

      Donnie
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