Why I don’t waste my time with the so-called worship wars

September 21, 2013 - By 

There are many reasons why I don’t get involved with the so-called worship wars. I don’t know, maybe the older I get, the less dogmatic I become. I’ve never been one to be very competitive, and I have a nearly genuine phobia of confrontation. I just hate the whole idea of brothers and sisters in Christ fighting a war. We’re actually on the same team (in a real war, but not against each other), and the idea of fighting each other never really resonated with me.

I’m not recommending the “put your head in the sand” option, either. I think you should know what you believe, and what’s right for your ministry. But I’ve come up with a very good reason why the so-called worship wars are a waste of time:

You have more important things to do.

You really do.

It may sound cliché to some of you, but it’s solid truth: People are dying and going to hell every day. That’s a very sad, sobering truth. I am continually confronted with it. Believe me, the worship wars have no effect on it.

You have a family that needs you. No matter where you are in family life (a child, a couple, parents with small children, parents of teenagers, parents of older children, grandparents, etc.), your family has a set of individual needs that uniquely involves you. They need your time, attention, and investment… not your dogma.

You have a sphere of ministry. Whether you are in full time Christian ministry, or you have a career in the workplace, God has rightly gifted you for the people you can influence. You need to be ministering to these people, and there is little the worship wars will help with here.

There are many godly people who have devoted their life’s work to the worship wars. I don’t mean to diminish or undermine them in any way. But for you and me—people in the trenches—let’s not waste our time with it.

Let’s move forward with God’s plan for our lives.

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  • I agree with you whole-heartedly, however, there are those called to special ministries, this being one on them. If truly, God has called them to this, they will minister with a heart of love. Even so they will be tremendously criticized. This is one of Satan’s most effective distractions. It hurts me to realize Christians are looking for worldly elements in Christian music…usually relegating the message of Christ to a place of secondary importance.

  • I’m sorry to say you’re dead wrong that the “worship wars” have no impact on the souls of men for a number of reasons. Time and space will not permit me to discuss them all here, but please allow me to address an important one.

    Psalm 40:3 says, “He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.” According to Strong’s Hebrew and Chaldee dictionary, the word “new” that describes a believer’s song comes from a verb which means “to be new” and carries the meaning “to rebuild, renew, repair.” When a person is born from above by faith in Christ, he becomes a “new creature.” “Old things are passed away…, all things are become new” (II Cor. 5:17). This regeneration includes our music, which should lead “many” to faith in God, as much by its characteristics as by its message.

    Lest we should think we have no part in this process, Ephesians 4:22-24 tells believers to “put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of [our] mind: And [to] put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” If our music is going to lead the lost to faith in Christ as it should, it’s going to have to be holy. I have no doubt that many people have been lead astray or into a false faith through the wrong kind of “Christian” music.

    “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members(James 4:1)?” We are in a war (II Cor. 10:3-4, I Tim. 1:18, II Tim. 2:3-4)! Not a war against other Christians but a war against our flesh (our old nature, Gal. 5:15-17), the world (the age), and the devil (our adversary). “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph 6:12).” Jude tells us to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” God help us to!

  • Actually, as a church music leader and a musician, you are involved in the war for or against godly worship music whether or not you would like to be! The music that you use, perform, promote, arrange, compose, etc. will either glorify God, promote godliness in believers and lead the lost to faith in Christ, or it will fight against those ends.

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