Preaching

The Best Defense Against Inadvertent Heresy

Zac Hicks tackles the all-too-frequent question of what to do with worship songs that come from churches or songwriters with questionable theology. He doesn’t take a hardline stance either way, instead suggesting a pastoral approach when it comes to evaluating the songs we sing.

And he points out that one excellent defense against “worship song trojan horse heresy” is faithful Gospel teaching:

The reality is that if I’m faithful to preach the Gospel, it acts as wonderful preventative medicine for a lot of the heresy out there. When the good news of Christ’s substitutionary work of death and life is on center stage, it creates a sensitivity in a local church that can detect even the faintest smell of prosperity-oriented heresy. But even if everyone isn’t quite there yet, if we’re the kinds of pastors that are involved in the lives of our people, we’ll be close enough to overhear the kinds of voices they’re hearing outside the walls of our local assembly. It’s only really in the environments where pastors aren’t connected to their people where heresy typically creeps in and runs amuck (think about Paul’s distance from the Ephesians and his recognition of the need to appoint good local leadership in 1 Timothy). Pastors are called to guide and guard their flocks in this way. I’ve almost always found that people come to me with questions if they’re concerned, and we’re able to talk it out and have a wonderfully edifying conversation.

Check out the full post here. Good stuff.

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