The Sin Of Having A First-Class Music Program And Second-Class Preaching In A Church!!!
By David J. Stewart | November 2015
1st Timothy 4:13, “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”
The word “preach” is mentioned in the New Testament 134 times, and the word “preaching” 26 times. But the word “music” is mentioned just once, when the elder son heard music being played for his prodigal brother who had returned home (Luke 15:25). There is also one mention of the word “musicians” in Revelation 18:22, foretelling of the hour of judgment upon the great city Babylon (which I believe is the United States in prophecy). Clearly, the preaching of the Holy Bible is infinitely more important than a church having a great music program. In our text verse, Paul told Timothy to “give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine,” but he didn't say anything about having a first-class music program, choir or singing club.
Occultists such as Helena Blavatsky and Alice Bailey revealed that their plot was to substitute spirituality in place of theology in the churches. This is happening to the same degree that music is taking precedence in our churches over doctrinally sound teaching, hard Bible-preaching against wickedness, and the true presentation of the Gospel (not that Lordship Salvation garbage). Music is king these days, but preaching has become a pauper in America's pulpits. The Devil corrupts churches by using numerous tactics. One of these tactics is called “bait-and-switch.” But Satan does it over time. Satan introduces allegedly “new” and “improved” or “easier to understand” Bible versions in the churches, to be used alongside the trustworthy King James Bible, but then over time the younger generation decides not to use the King James Bible anymore, leaving them with only a corrupted version that has changed the Word of God into a lie.
Also, I wouldn't give you a dime for Baptist churches who use a parallel Bible (two-in-one) or more than one Bible. Cannot their pastors discern truth from lies? Did God really author 300 English Bibles? Is God's Word so hard to understand, that anyone who doesn't understanding it has a right to publish ANOTHER version? How do you justify this travesty of justice? How can woefully apostate pastors justify the continual butchering, tampering, and changing of God's truth into a lie??? Romans 1:25, “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” Satan is the author of confusion, not God (1st Corinthians 14:33). The churches are being led into the New World Order.
Satan failed to achieve World Government at the city and tower of Babel in Genesis 11, but he will succeed through the destruction of America, and uprising of a New World Order through the Illuminati's exploitation of the United States. This is why Israel is identified as the “woman” (whore) who rides the Beast in Revelation 17:4-5,18 (see verse 18). Anyone who knows the truth, realizes that The Illuminati also controls the United States today. If such truth makes you chuckle in your woeful ignorance, flip over any U.S. one-dollar bill and see the occult symbols mocking your ignorance and as their slave.
Yet, sadly and tragically, churches are increasingly becoming fun centers instead of a place of Bible preaching. Churches are becoming places of entertainment instead of being a bonafied New Testament church. I've even heard an Independent Baptist pastor brag of having a music program second to none, but tell new church members that they could find better preaching elsewhere if that's what they were looking for. That is so sad! I am not trying to be unkind to anyone if this shoe fits your church, but the need for sound doctrine has never been greater.
There are apostate Baptist churches all across the world who think they are doctrinally sound, who use and promote Dr. John MacArthur's Satanic teachings. Mr. MacArthur makes millions-of-dollars each year teaching: that Jesus' blood is not on the Mercy Seat in Heaven, that there's no such thing as a childhood conversion, that salvation is not easy because it requires a person to give up everything to be saved, that Jesus didn't die for all humanity, et cetera. MacArthur is a 5-point Calvinist. Check out Paul Washer's garbage theology, another Calvinist! If your pastor(s) support these ungodly men, get out, and find a genuine New Testament church. Moody Bible Institute has gone to the Devil, publishing all of John MacArthur's books.
Doesn't anybody care that a spiritual madman is teaching that it is hard to be saved? ...
“Don’t believe anyone who says it’s easy to become a Christian. Salvation for sinners cost God His own Son; it cost God’s Son His life, and it’ll cost you the same thing...”
SOURCE: Dr. John MacArthur, Grace To You, an updated quote from his book 'Hard To Believe', page 93.
You see, in MacArthur's Calvinistic view, Discipleship and Salvation are inseparable, and you cannot have one without the other. That may sound very appealing to the devoutly religious and sanctimoniously pious mind, but it goes 100% against the plain teachings of the Scripture that a man's faith is counted for righteousness in Romans 4:3-8. “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” This is the vital Biblical doctrine of the Imputed Righteousness of God.
And don't you dare claim that your church believes in God's imputed righteousness if your pastor teaches that it's not enough to admit you are a sinner, but also, you must turn away from sinful behavior to be saved. That is Works Salvation, which is really DAMNATION!!! Is anybody listening?
Churches Need Regular Revivals To Get Us Out Of Our 'Comfort Zones'
The problem is that Christian leaders (clergy) are settled in their “COMFORT ZONES.” We've all been there. Everyone finds a place spiritually where they feel “comfortable,” and then they dig-in for the long haul.
That's why every church needs to invite rip-hollering, Spirit-filled, tell-it-like-it-is, uncompromising, evangelists, like Dr. Phil Kidd for regular revivals a few times a year, to overturn the pews so-to-speak, shake-up-the-body-of-Christ, bring-down-the-house! I love what Evangelist Phil Kidd said, “The pastor's job is to comfort the afflicted; but the evangelist's job is to afflict the comforted!” Amen to that! I'm not against music, God forbid. I love music, and by God's grace am a musician at home. I couldn't imagine life without music. But I know in my soul as a learned believer that music can only inspire and elevate the emotions, but it's a dead-end by itself. Today's younger generation of religious evangelicals are caught-up into the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) craze, which is as lame and apostate as can be. We all need Bible-preaching!
You can listen to religious music 365 days a year, but it will not change your life for God! How can it, so devoid of truth? You need the undiluted Words of God. It is the Scriptures that are quick and powerful (Hebrews 4:12), and not your favorite religious band or singer. All you're doing is making them rich! Hardly anyone listens to sermons, which is a great loss. Bible-preaching will change your life! I like music as a background, but rarely by itself, because I cannot learn anything listening to music. Music can catapult your emotions into the stratosphere, but when tragedy, death and afflictions come your way, nothing but the Word of God will suffice.
A church without revivals is like an engine without a tune-up!
Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) Is Synonymous With Apostasy
When CCM concerts (which often accompany Billy Graham crusades) boast of thousands of decisions made for Christ, they merely mean that a bunch of fans agreed to follow Jesus, but that's not the Gospel. No one ever got saved who didn't know that he or she is a sinner!!! For the Gospel to be presented Biblically, there MUST be preaching against sin. People need to be led to understand that they have sinned against a holy God; therefore, they deserve to be punished in the fires of Hell forever and ever. Anyone who disagrees with that cannot be saved, because why would they need a Savior if they don't think they deserve Hell? Repentance is the realization that I am as guilty a sinner as God has declared me to be in His holy Word, the admission of my SINNERSHIP in the eyes of a holy God!!!
People who decide to make a commitment to live for Jesus to be saved, are not saved. That's not the Gospel message. Nor are those people saved, who turn-over-a-new-leaf to be saved, because reformation (a changed life) is not the Gospel. You get saved by realizing that you are a guilty sinners in the eyes of a holy God, because you have broken His commandments in the Holy Bible. And then as a condemned sinner under God's Law, you turn by faith to the Lord Jesus Christ, believing that He died on the cross of Calvary for your sins, and He was buried, and miraculously by the power of God Jesus bodily resurrected from the dead after the third day. That's the Good News of the Gospel, and if you believe it personally, YOU'RE SAVED!!!
Nothing else is required of you for salvation. You don't need to change your lifestyle, forsake the world, amend your ways, commit your life to serve God, follow Jesus or confess Christ before men. These things all have their proper place in the Christian life; BUT NOT FOR SALVATION TO GET TO HEAVEN. That's a free gift!!! And a gift needs merely to be taken!
When entertainment becomes a god, God must become entertaining to be worshipped.
I did some research and was repulsed by the exorbitant salaries and net worth of the top singers and CEO's in the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) industry.