Responding with Scripture

Responding with Scripture

Some comments that I’ve heard concerning contemporary music and how to respond using scripture: 

  1. The guitar does not belong in the church because it’s the devil’s instrument and it’s association with rock music
    1. The music of the strings makes you glad (Ps 45:8)
    2. I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,(Psalm 144:9)
    3. The LORD will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the LORD. (Isaiah 38:20)
    4. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. (Psalm 33:2)
    5. I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. (Psalm 71:22)
    6. Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre. (Psalm 81:2)
    7. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, (Psalm 150:3)
    8. At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres. (Nehemiah 12:28)
  2. Contemporary music is too repetitive (sometimes belligerently referred to as a 7/11 song)
    1. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings.  Day and night they never stop saying:

   “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” (Rev 4:8)

  1. We should only sing hymns because that’s our church’s tradition
    1. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  – Col 3:16
  2. Most contemporary songs are just love songs sung to God.
    1. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  (Dt 6:5)
    2. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  (Mt 22:37)
  3. Contemporary songs have shallow lyrics.
    1. Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.  For great is his love toward us,  and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.  Praise the LORD.  (Ps 117 in it’s entirety!!!)


Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society


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  1. Thanks for this! I’ve always had issues with contemporary worship music. I’ve had the idea that if I wanted to hear distorted Gibson Les Pauls through full-stack Marshalls and loud drum kits, I would go to Jim-Bob’s Honky-Tonk on Saturday nights.

    I’ve come to realize that worshipping God comes in many forms, and they’re all equal. I was raised Lutheran in a traditional church with a pipe organ, piano, and choir. I still believe there is beauty in these instruments. I most likely won’t be going to Jim-Bob’s Honky Tonk to watch a choir perform with a grand piano.


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