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1st April
2011
written by Cullen Webb

I’ve been in many different types of churches, and many different denominations.  Most of them have rules for worship: what instruments they can use, what hymnals they sing from, whether or not you’re allowed to clap, how you may dress to attend worship, and the list goes on.

Why?

Are we God that we may decide how worship is to be conducted?  Having a musical preference is only natural;  I would even say it’s required to have any personality at all.  However, when somebody creates a rule book because anything other than their preference is apparently “evil”.

I’m not an emergent, a seeker friendly, or lightweight Christian.  I believe that God has required much of us, and will hold us accountable for everything we do or say.  But you’ve gone too far to preserve a useless tradition within your church if you consider drums evil.

Don’t just take my word for it.  Read what King David had to say:

Psalm 150:
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

Just in case the scripture wasn’t obvious enough for you, I highlighted the instruments, places, and reasons for worship.
God is the only constant.  We, and our instruments, are the variable.

I find it interesting to note that the only instrument mentioned more than once are the cymbals.  There was a man who came to speak at our church who called our youth pastor evil and possessed because he played the drums for our church.  I would have loved 5 minutes alone with that man.
Ignorance wins many battles, unfortunately.  Most of them in peoples minds.
I want to introduce you to Worship.  Watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSdiKhVY4W4

That isn’t worship because it’s a song written a long time ago,  because it’s found in hymnals, or because of the instruments used.  It’s worship because the lyrics are lifting God up and putting ourselves in our rightful place at His feet.  It’s worship because it coincides with the Psalm we just read.

Now, let me introduce you to some more worship.  Watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWnrUgzlHyQ

Why is that any different?  Our Pastors say the same thing but slower.  In fact, he made good use of the cymbals, and remember that’s the only instrument mentioned twice.

There are more arguments against contemporary music, but I don’t care about them.  I’ve read through them and they don’t have a sentence of un-contorted  scripture to back them up.  Some believe it’s wrong simply because of the beat.  How silly.

Worship Him constantly.  And when necessary, sing too.

-Cullen Webb

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  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for this one!

  • Hoosiernurse89

    Amen Cullen!

  • http://www.NationPains.com Cullen Webb

    Thanks guys. It’s good to get input sometimes.