Call And Answer

There’s been a lot of chatter recently about what songs we can use and what songs we shouldn’t, and the discussion hasn’t centered around lyrics or music at all, but about what or who we’re supporting when we sing certain songs.

Bruce Herwig explains why he has stopped singing music from Hillsong:

It was tremendously helpful for me to have the chance to experience Hillsong and hear Brian Houston personally…straight from the horses mouth so to say. As for me, I do not align with Hillsong, their teaching or their theology. Therefore, no matter how popular they are, or how I might not take issue with a particular song, I do not think it is wise to partner with them in worship. There are enough good songs out there that don’t have the baggage. We have a choice…we can sing something else.

That’s just a brief excerpt. The whole post is definitely worth reading. Whether you agree or disagree, it’s good food for thought.

Todd Rhoades responds, listing some other songs we’d have to jettison as well:

His challenge: only sing worship songs from people whose theology you can unequivocally espouse, or who’s artist/singer you can personally endorse.
No Vicky Beeching. No “Glory to God”.
No “Thank You” from Ray Boltz. (OK… that’s a good thing).
No 2000’s Steve Fee.
No Isaac Watts, No “It is Well with my Soul”. (Evidently Horatio Spafford was a tad bit suspicious on his view of Hell).

There probably won’t be a consensus on this subject in the foreseeable future. And while I definitely believe that God can redeem the works of sinners for use in the church (at least I hope so, since we’re all sinners), sometimes there is a question of where the money goes and what you’re indirectly funding.

What do you think about using songs from churches whose theology you disagree with? Are certain works off-limits for church use because of their creator’s views?

One thought on “Call And Answer”

  1. We are so into allowing the views, theology, & life choices of all kinds of people potentially get in the way of God’s work, including worship music – it’s a risk especially if those songs speak God’s truths. I wonder if that qualifies as arrogance or prejudice on our part(?) On the other hand, I’m afraid to play my own songs in church, bc of being accused of being self-absorbed or of using the worship platform as a vehicle to self-promote. Worship music is indeed a slippery slope, it seems. Yes, on second thought , it’s probably in everyone’s best interest to stick to the heavily-trodden, yet revered & coveted CCLI Top 25… You win, Sixsteps Records. #Tomlin #Crowder #Redman #Louie #Nockels #Passion

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