Musical Ministries and Wordy Preachers Part 1
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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
January 7, 2000

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009


Roman Catholicism In Brazil, Praising The Lord Through Song,
Hypocritical Lip-Service Or True Christian Examples?, Modern
Christian Music, Admonition To CCM Artists, Glory To God Or
Glory To The Band?, Some Pointed Questions, Guard Our Mouths
Responsibility Of Teachers, Boldly Preach The Gospel, Simple
Gospel, William Tyndale's 1525 New Testament, High-Minded
Profiteering Theologians And Preachers, Inspiration Of The
Holy Spirit, God's Word Bears God's Fruit, God's Results Or
Just Our Own?, Peter: Sorry Folks But I Forgot My Script




Recently, a dear Christian friend from Brazil mentioned to
me in an email message, how as of late, there has been a
renewed interest in, and dedication to, the Roman Catholic
faith in his country. This rekindling of the spiritual fires
from Rome, has been due in part to a charismatic movement
begun by a certain young Catholic priest, who according to
my friend, seems to emphasize singing as a part of his
ministry. My friend wrote the following. Please note that I
have added a few punctuation corrections and a few words in
brackets, in order to make his message clearer to our
readers:

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Some months ago, a young Catholic priest, (he is also a
former gymn teacher), appeared, and started a movement that
[has rekindled] the Catholic faith. The majority of our
slow-pace traditional Brazilian Catholics are now more
interested in their religion than prior to this young
priest['s] arrival.

[I have] nothing against [this] once Jesus is preached, but
the problem is that the movement consists of singing and
singing and singing.

Once he said that he doesn't like to preach too much,
because if he preaches less than five minutes, God speaks;
if he preaches from five to ten minutes, the man speaks;
more than that, Satan speaks. (Can you imagine a priest
saying this to thousands of Bible-ignorant "christians"?)

----- End Of Quotes -----

To begin with, I am sure that we can all agree that there is
absolutely nothing wrong with praising the Lord through our
songs. The Bible is literally full of verses which tell us
that we are to praise the Lord through word, song and deed.
Being as we are specifically dealing with the topic of song,
consider the following sample verses found in both the Old
and the New Testaments; and there are many more which I have
not listed here:

"Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our
King, sing praises." Psalms 47:6, KJV

"<<To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm.>> Make a joyful
noise unto God, all ye lands:" Psalms 66:1, KJV

"<<To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of Asaph.>>
Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto
the God of Jacob." Psalms 81:1, KJV

"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful
noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his
presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him
with psalms." Psalms 95:1-2, KJV

"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a
loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the LORD
with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With
trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the
LORD, the King." Psalms 98:4-6, KJV

"<<A Psalm of praise.>> Make a joyful noise unto the LORD,
all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his
presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it
is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his
people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates
with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be
thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all
generations." Psalms 100:1-5, KJV

"I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery
and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto
thee." Psalms 144:9, KJV

"Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our
God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely."
Psalms 147:1, KJV

"Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing
praises unto him with the timbrel and harp."
Psalms 149:3, KJV

"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises
unto God: and the prisoners heard them." Acts 16:25, KJV

"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be
filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and
hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your
heart to the Lord;" Ephesians 5:18-19, KJV

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the
Lord." Colossians 3:16, KJV

"Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let
him sing psalms." James 5:13, KJV

Clearly then, the Lord truly enjoys when His children sing
praises to His Name; for as King David also wrote 'But thou
art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel'. Of
course, as I also point out in other articles, such as in
'Are The Gifts Of The Spirit For Today?', we must make sure
that our praises to the Lord are not just dry words, but
rather that they are backed by sound Christian doctrine, and
good Christian living. In other words, we must not simply
offer the Lord lip-service through our songs, while our
lives are void of any semblance to the real Christian life.
As I make clear elsewhere, this was the problem with the
Jewish hierarchy which was in control of the Temple at the
time when our Lord walked the Earth almost two thousand
years ago. Allow me to remind you again of the following
verses:

"Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe
and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and
do not." Matthew 23:2-3, KJV

"He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied
of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth
me with their lips, but their heart is far from me."
Mark 7:6, KJV

"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
without works is dead also." James 2:26, KJV

To reiterate, singing songs to the Lord is worth absolutely
nothing; in fact, it is pure hypocrisy, if we are not truly
living the Christian life, and obeying and pleasing the Lord
as much as lies within us. Sadly, I have felt for some time
that this truth applies, at least in part, to the extremely
popular Contemporary Christian Music, or CCM, which is now
broadcast on many Christian radio stations across the United
States of America. While I enjoy some of the songs which are
aired on our local Christian radio station, I cannot ignore
the dark feeling which comes over me, which gives me the
impression that there is something dreadfully wrong with the
CCM industry; as if there is something fake and 'plastic'
about it.

While on the surface, the music sounds quite wonderful and
sincere, I must question how much of it really comes from
the heart, and how much of it is just dry, meaningless
words, coming from the mouths of spiritless Christians who
are more interested in musical perfection, and who have
discovered that CCM is an extremely profitable business
venture for Christian musical artists in the United States
of America. What further disturbs me about CCM, is the way
some of our traditional hymns and psalms of praise have been
so modernized and given a rap beat, or jazzy tempo, etc. If
one didn't listen carefully to the words, that is, if they
can even be heard, he could easily mistake some of these
so-called 'Christian' songs for the evil lustful music which
is found on many anti-God worldly radio stations. Borrowing
from the proverbial phrase, I can only wonder if some of the
original writers of these sacred hymns aren't 'rolling over
in their graves' because of the way in which some of these
modern musical butchers have corrupted their beautiful
musical praises to the Lord.

What further alarms me concerning modern Christian music in
America, is the way in which some of these Christian musical
artists are idolized by their fans to the very same degree
as their worldly counterparts; and some of these CCM artists
apparently love to have it so! Brethren, these things ought
not to be! Consider some of the wise counsel offered to us
by the humble Apostle Paul:

"But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he
that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord
commendeth...Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or
whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
(1 Corinthians 10:17-18, 31)

"For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and
ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake."
(2 Corinthians 4:5)

"But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
(2 Corinthians 10:17)

"Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not
glory, but in mine infirmities. For though I would desire to
glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but
now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that
which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me."
(2 Corinthians 12:5-6)

"Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one
another, envying one another." (Galatians 5:26)

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of
our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto
me, and I unto the world." (Galatians 6:14)

"Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of
others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles
of Christ." (1 Thessalonians 2:6)

For those of you who are involved in the CCM industry in the
United States of America, or in any other part of the world
for that matter, allow me to ask you a few questions. Who is
really being glorified and lifted up through your musical
ministry? Is it the Lord; or is it yourself and your band?
If you have adopted the practice of passing out autographed
pictures of yourself, just like worldly musicians, while you
present the excuse that this is merely to appease your fans,
it is obvious that you are seeking your own glory, and not
the glory of the Lord, and the furtherance of His Gospel. If
you think otherwise, then you are only deceiving yourself,
and the Lord knows the vain imaginations of your heart. I
call you this day to repent of your pride and your vanity.
If you have been given the gift of music and song-writing,
then I hope that you constantly remember Who it is who has
given you your gift to uplift the spirits and encourage the
hearts of other Christians. As the Apostle James tells us:

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

Allow me to ask you a few final questions. Are you and your
music becoming more like the world, or is the world becoming
more like you through your godly music and shining Christian
example? Are people coming out from among the worldly body
of unbelievers and joining our Christian ranks, or are you,
and your fans, being slowly sucked into their anti-God and
worldly ways? As you can see, you carry a big responsibility
on your shoulders, don't you?

Returning to my friend's email message, while my response
may surprise some of my readers, I can actually agree with
some of the wisdom found in this Catholic priest's words
regarding how much preaching we should do with others. In
fact, the main thought behind his words is very Scriptural;
that is, if this priest's words are applied in the context
of the following verses:

"In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he
that refraineth his lips is wise." Proverbs 10:19, KJV

"Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be
hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven,
and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few."
Ecclesiastes 5:2, KJV

"A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in
till afterwards." Proverbs 29:11, KJV

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to
hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:" James 1:19, KJV

Clearly, the previous verses admonish us to first be good
listeners, and then to choose our words wisely, and to limit
them to only that which must be said; because the more we
say, the more chance there is that sin and error will be
found in our words. I discuss this same topic of doctrinal
error in part two of 'Exposing The Tactics Of The Enemy'. As
I explain in that article, the Apostle James, who wrote some
excellent advice on bridling the tongue, wrote in part:

"My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall
receive the greater condemnation." (James 3:1)

In the previous verse, the word 'masters' is translated from
the Greek word 'didaskalos', pronounced did-as'-kal-os,
which is normally translated as 'teachers'; thus, what James
is telling us, is that we should not desire to be teachers;
because if we should teach something which is doctrinally
incorrect, the Lord may indeed hold us accountable, and will
judge us for it, unless we are open to His correction. As I
have told my readers before, it is for this reason that you
will often find a 'Last Updated' date at the top of many of
my articles. Being as I am only human, with limited human
understanding, I must not only remain open to a newer and a
clearer understanding of the Scriptures, as the Lord reveals
to me by His Spirit, but I must also reflect those changes
in attitude and understanding in my articles, so that the
Lord's hungry sheep are not led astray doctrinally through
my previously-clouded understanding. So as you can see, I
take this writing ministry very seriously.

While the Bible teaches us to be careful about what we say
with our tongues, at the same time, as I point out in such
articles as 'Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth', there is a
balance to be found in the Scriptures. While we are told to
guard our tongues, and to watch our words, and our anger, we
are also clearly told that, as Ambassadors of Christ, we are
to boldly preach the Gospel, following our Lord's very own
example. Consider the following verses:

"And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings,
the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught
them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."
Matthew 7:28-29, KJV

"And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the
sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And
they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as
one that had authority, and not as the scribes."
Mark 1:21-22, KJV

"But, lo, he speaketh BOLDLY, and they say nothing unto him.
Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?"
John 7:26, KJV

"Now when they saw the BOLDNESS of Peter and John, and
perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they
marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had
been with Jesus...And now, Lord, behold their threatenings:
and grant unto thy servants, that with all BOLDNESS they may
speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and
that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy
child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken
where they were assembled together; and they were all filled
with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with
BOLDNESS." Acts 4:13, 29-31, KJV

"Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We
ought to obey God rather than men." Acts 5:29, KJV

"But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and
declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and
that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached BOLDLY at
Damascus in the name of Jesus. And he was with them coming
in and going out at Jerusalem. And he spake BOLDLY in the
name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians:
but they went about to slay him." Acts 9:27-29, KJV

"Long time therefore abode they speaking BOLDLY in the Lord,
which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted
signs and wonders to be done by their hands."
Acts 14:3, KJV

"And he began to speak BOLDLY in the synagogue: whom when
Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and
expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly."
Acts 18:26, KJV

"And he went into the synagogue, and spake BOLDLY for the
space of three months, disputing and persuading the things
concerning the kingdom of God." Acts 19:8, KJV

"Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more BOLDLY unto
you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the
grace that is given to me of God," Romans 15:15, KJV

"And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may
open my mouth BOLDLY, to make known the mystery of the
gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein
I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."
Ephesians 6:19-20, KJV

"According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in
nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all BOLDNESS, as
always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body,
whether it be by life, or by death."
Philippians 1:20, KJV

"For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but
his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible."
2 Corinthians 10:10, KJV

"So that we may BOLDLY say, The Lord is my helper, and I
will not fear what man shall do unto me."
Hebrews 13:6, KJV

"He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing
for a season to rejoice in his light." John 5:35, KJV

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 5:16, KJV

"Quench not the Spirit." 1 Thessalonians 5:19, KJV

"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words
in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall
the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of
his Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:38, KJV

So as you can see, there is definitely a time to keep quiet,
and to wisely guard our tongues, and there is also a time to
open our mouths as widely as possible in order to make known
the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. If we fail to do this;
if we fail to let our spiritual lights shine brightly before
the world because of our pride, and because of our fear of
the opinions of men, that is, because of the social disease
of political-correctness, then as the last verse above tells
us, the Lord will be ashamed of us at His Coming. Allow me
to refer you to other articles such as 'Are You A Burning
Ember For The Lord?' and 'Parable Of The Sower: Salvation
And Service'.

While I do not agree with a lot of Roman Catholic doctrine,
it is possible that what this priest was trying to say, is
that God does not necessarily require that we speak a lot of
words in order to get His Message of Salvation across to the
hearers. The basic truth of the Bible is summarized in a few
short phrases and key verses which do not require a lot of
explanation; such as John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8 and
Romans 6:23. The Message of Salvation was easily understood
and accepted by the common man some two thousand years ago,
and it is equally understood and accepted by many receptive
hearts in the world today. If the simplicity of the Gospel
Message has become difficult and hard to understand in our
modern day, it is due in large part to the worldly preachers
and theologians of organized religion, who have made it that
way through the implementation of large words and difficult
phrases which are beyond the education of the common man.

This was basically the same problem which existed 475 years
ago when William Tyndale printed the very first English New
Testament. Tyndale's goal was to reach the common man, whom
he referred to as the ploughman, that is, the man working in
the field, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Contrary to his
desire to win souls to Christ, the smug, religious elitists
of the Roman Catholic Church of that period debated doctrine
in Latin and Greek, while at the same time, they neglected
the spiritual well-being of their flocks, by denying them
the Salvation which they so desperately needed. Jesus also
accused the Scribes and the Pharisees of being guilty of a
similar crime. In their case, those legalists used the harsh
rigid requirements of the Mosaic Law to prevent people from
entering the Kingdom of Heaven. Just like the Roman Catholic
Church, they taught Salvation based upon good works and
righteous acts, and not upon the Grace and Mercy of God:

"But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go
in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to
go in." Matthew 23:13, KJV

Sadly, the situation hasn't changed much in our modern day.
While there are some 'men of the cloth' who have a sincere
desire to win souls to Christ, and to feed their flocks with
the sincere milk of God's Word, there are also some modern
preachers and theologians who seem to be more interested in
impressing each other with their doctrinal dissertations
which are full of impressive language which is native to
their profession, which they expound upon in books which
reap them a healthy profit. Allow me to refer you to such
articles as 'The Only Credentials You Need', 'The Wisdom Of
God vs The Philosophy Of Men', and 'Money-Making Bible
Hucksters And Mammon', for a more thorough look at this
topic.

This brings us to our next point of discussion. The primary
requirement for any preaching of the Word of God, is that in
whatever form it takes, it must be God-inspired; that is, it
must be inspired by the Holy Ghost, as otherwise, it will be
dry, boring and fruitless. In speaking of how His Disciples
would appear before kings and the mighty men of the Earth,
you may recall that Jesus said:

"But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up
to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and
ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for
a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be
published among all nations. But when they shall lead you,
and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall
speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be
given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that
speak, but the Holy Ghost." Mark 13:9-11, KJV

What Jesus is basically saying here, is that we should not
trust in ourselves, but rather trust in His Spirit to lead
and guide us in our witnessing endeavors. I will take this a
step further by adding that we must also trust in the Lord
to bear the fruit which He desires after we have planted the
seed of the Word in a person's heart. As I explain in 'The
Parable Of The Sower' and similar articles, God's Word does
not return to Him void, or empty; and He is the only one Who
can add to His Church, according to His own Will and Plan of
Salvation and Predestination. Consider the following verses:

"For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and
returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it
bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and
bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out
of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall
accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the
thing whereto I sent it." Isaiah 55:10-11, KJV

"...And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be
saved." Acts 2:47b, KJV

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly
places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him
before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy
and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated
us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself,
according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of
the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in
the beloved." Ephesians 1:3-6, KJV

There was a time quite a few years ago when I was a young
Christian, when I employed what you might refer to as 'hard
tactics' in order to try to win a person to Christ. I could
sit with a person for hours sharing Scriptures with them,
until they were finally pressured into accepting the Lord;
even if they weren't really ready to do so in their heart.
While my zeal may have been laudable, today I wonder how
many of those people were actually saved by my actions, and
how many of them remain Christians to this very day. I also
wonder how many of them went through the motions of praying,
just so they could get rid of me. Well, I have grown older
and wiser, and nowadays my tactics are rather different from
my former years. While I am still more than willing to share
my faith, and my time, with any sincere, truth-seeker, I
have also learned to trust in the Lord more for the results.

Unlike times past, I rarely say a word when passing out my
Gospel tracts. If a person asks me what I am offering them,
I simply tell them that it is about the Lord, or else that
it is an important message for them to read, and that is it;
unless they show a deeper interest and begin to ask me some
questions. Of course, if I have a captive audience, such as
when I am riding in a car, then I try to take advantage of
the situation to deliver a fuller message, depending upon
the person's receptivity. The point I am trying to emphasize
here, is that unlike in former years when I felt I had to
rely upon my own strength to win a person to Christ, now I
try to demonstrate more faith, by simply, and passively,
passing out my Gospel tracts and then letting the Lord speak
to a person's heart while they read the Salvation message
printed therein. This makes their Salvation a work of God's
Spirit, brought about through Godly conviction and genuine
repentance, and not through a work of my flesh, or as a
result of high pressure witnessing tactics.

As I was working on this article, I began to imagine how
funny, or perhaps sad would be a better word, it would have
been, if when Jesus called His first Apostles, and then sent
them out two by two to preach the Glad Tidings throughout
the towns and villages of Israel in the tenth chapter of the
Gospel of Matthew, they would have said to Him, 'But Lord,
please forgive us, and try to understand that we are really
ill-prepared for this job. We need to take some time first
to write out our sermons on paper. Or can you imagine Peter
or Stephen standing on the steps of the Temple, frantically
fumbling around in their dusty robes, searching for that
prepared sermon? 'Oh; I am sorry folks; there won't be a
sermon today. It seems I have lost my script'. Imagine how
many souls wouldn't have been won on those days; and maybe
Stephen would have saved his life for a while longer. But
you see, God's Spirit was present on those days; and that is
all that was needed; because He was doing the talking, and
not them.

As we continue our discussion in part two, we will take a
further look at modern preachers and their eloquent non-
offensive diatribes, as well as discuss the offensive Word
of God, the cult of the glorified preacher, false doctrine,
and the dangers of neglecting the Word. I trust that you
will join me.

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