There has long been a debate in the church of what kind of music we should sing and how we should sing it. Some of the discussion has been splitting hairs - two sides singing sound, biblical, theological songs, hymns choruses or what ever you want to call them - one group might see anything written after 1970 as bad (regardless of what the content actually says) and the other group sees anything written before 1990 as outdated (equally ignorant of the content).
But now the issue of music has taken on a new problem - Many churches are singing songs in which the content of the song is either subtly reinforcing bad or faulty theology or is blatantly unbiblical & in some cases heretical. An overemphasis on emotion & style has caused many to ignore serious problems with content.
Many pastors & leaders of worship appear to either be ok with singing lyrics that have serious flaws or they have sacrificed content for passionate singing. Over the next few weeks I want to highlight some songs that are the good (great content regardless of style), the bad (songs that have some faulty theology or teaching in them) & the ugly (songs that are either written by known false teachers or contain blatant teaching that is contrary to scripture.
The purpose of highlighting these songs is not to be overly critical or nip picky on superficial issues but to draw attention to songs we do not carefully & wisely evaluate. If one of the purposes in singing is to teach (as Paul says in Ephesians & Colossians) then what we sing does matter…& reckless worship is something we should be concerned about.