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  • Re: Madison's New (Instrumental) "Vision"
    • Donnie Cruz (Login Donnie.Cruz)
      Posted Jun 13, 2012 3:27 PM

      Thanks from ConcernedMembers for the information. (Due to circumstances, I'd been away from the Madison assemblies for most of the time in the last several months. But I was there on 6/10/12, this past Sunday. You submitted your information on 6/11/12 Monday following. Then, I realized that "creative worship" has just begun in the contemporary period. How so? Well, here's the "gradualism" factor at work when a major change is being implemented. There was a contemporary-charismatic "Christian" music piece titled "So Excited" that was performed on stage by a finger-snapping, microphone-holding female lead singer and the boys. Oh, yeah, the last song in the "worship" guide, perhaps considered as outside or after the "worship services.").

      Well, "So Excited" as performed was "creative worship," alright!!! I did not expect that at all. But that wasn't the first time performances on stage of that nature were that well-executed. In fact, during Madison's "Easter Sunday Worship Services," there were quite a few of these exciting activities performed on stage.

      Then and now!!! Then, there was the implementation of the "Praise Team" strategy in 2001 -- one primary reason that the congregation divided, and hundreds of members left. Assembly became divided between "traditional" (first) and "contemporary" (second). The "Praise Team" became a permanent feature, of course, with the contemporary division. The "traditional" group has been Praise Team-free -- perhaps by design until senior saints have died off. Now, a decade later, the Praise Team-free environment is no more. (CAUTION: the Praise Team system is not the only issue.)

      Let's not forget the division in the eldership alone at the time. Several of them left their home congregation or resigned. There have been elders from those that remained who are no longer elders now. Elders select additional elders. (Perhaps, many members have lost track of all current "shepherds." We don't hear of "deacons" anymore. The church's website seems to be "under construction" constantly [maybe not], and no information about the "office of an elder" can be found. Or, do I simply not know where to find the list of the office holders?)

      Now, the implementation of instrumental music is about to happen.

      No doubt that the survey or solicitation of suggestions and "ideas" was geared towards this pre-determined goal -- implementation of the instrumental music system in "worship." It is characteristic of surverys such as this one that with Only one member suggesting IM, that should be enough support or proof to incorporate musical idolatry in the assembly.

      The famed Keith Lancaster (from as "Worship Leader" to replace Nick Boone was fired. Brent Whitworth (cf. thread: "Brent Whitworth, Where Are You Now?") replaced Keith. Then, George Pendergrass (from was employed as "Worship Leader" early this year, replacing Brent. But I wonder where George has been in the last few weeks?

      Once, the brotherhood knows about what Madison is doing to achieve its goal of increased membership by whatever means, I wonder if certain churches or elders of other congregations will be inquiring or writing to Madison's leaders about this "endeavor." I know, I know about congregational autonomy. But this is not an "autonomy" issue. This is a New Testament church issue!!!
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