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  • Why I Left the Church of Christ...And Returned
    • Dr. Bill Crump (no login)
      Posted Mar 14, 2005 9:57 AM

      I was raised in the Church of Christ but somewhere along the line, I got sidetracked. I started going to my sister's Southern Baptist Church and was invited to play the organ there on Sunday nights when the month had five Sundays. That church had a "Fifth Sunday Sing," more like a talent night of sorts instead of a formal worship service. Various members of the congregation would "perform," most of whom sang religious pieces. I played organ pieces. Afterwards, I noted everyone slapping each other on the back and telling each other how good their performances were, including me. It was like we had gone to a self-serving, tell-me-I'm-a great-act show. When an organist post became available there, I was invited to fill it, and I did. At the time, I had rather uncertain convictions about instrumental music and the Bible's take on it.

      After a time, the church drifted away from "traditional" music and turned more to rock and contemporary styles with a heavy beat and a rock band. While organ music was still used occasionally, the emphasis was more on "show" music. The membership even had several semi-professional singing groups just itching to make it big in Christian music, and they often appeared for Sunday AM performances, all to thunderous applause, like everyone was in a concert, not a worship service. Folks often would jump to their feet with their ovations, especially if the music was loud, fast, or packed with intense emotion.

      There was an ongoing feud between the traditionalists and the contemporaries there, for the pastor insisted on having "blended" services, which really stressed the contemporary and threw a few bones to the old traditionalists. In short, while the drums crashed and the praise band screeched, the old folks grit their teeth and held their hands over their ears. And while the old, softer hymns were played, the teens and other youth squirmed in their seats and rolled their eyes because there was no rock-and-roll. So no one was really pleased, except the pastor, who ruled with an iron fist.

      Finally after nearly four years I got fed up with it all and resigned as organist, having seen what instrumental music and performers could do in a church with people's feelings and egos. Perhaps this was just a bad experience and perhaps I would have fared better in another setting. But I never really felt totally at ease playing there (old Church of Christ principles haunting me all the time).

      Now I believe it was my subconscious telling me that what I was doing was just plain wrong. After further biblical study, I became firm in my conviction that the purest worship is that with the least distractions, and by distractions I mean choirs, soloists, instruments, drama, and all forms of entertainers. Worship must be an active process, not passive as when a congregation sits back and watches passively as someone supposedly "brings them into the presence of God" with a musical number. No one can worship for you. You must do it yourself, whether it be in your closet or together with a congregation. By having musical instrumetns and musical performers, we run the risk too often of being caught up in the "talent" of the performers and lose sight of Him Whom we worship. It's much safer to remove all potential obstacles.

      So I have returned to the "old paths" of the Church of Christ, and I have not played for a church since that time. I love organ music, but new convictions now prevent me from returning to that kind of worship.
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