“I fear there are some who preach with the view of amusing men, and as long as people can be gathered in crowds, and their ears can be tickled, and they can retire pleased with what they have heard, the orator is content, and folds his hands, and goes back self-satisfied.” – Charles H. Spurgeon
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. – Colossians 2:8 (NIV)
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. – 2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV)
Oftentimes, the warning of sound doctrine is shared with ministers and pastors, even missionaries, upon ordination. Hands are laid upon these individuals and they are anointed and appointed for service. As leaders, those teaching the Bible and indoctrinating new believers into the faith, you will see the importance of sound doctrine serving as the foundation for all that you teach others. I think we all get that, too.
As the worship leader…?
As the choir director…?
As the minister of music…?
Yep. Yes. Yeah. Uh-huh. Yep. You better believe it, brothers and sisters. We at least owe God that much when say that we are ministering in His Spirit in what we call praise and worship. Our praise and worship selections should minister to others beyond sounding good and making others feel good. The selections better speak of how good and how great God is to us.
Let us not fall prey to the trap of appealing to and impressing people. We do not want to send mixed signals in the house of God. We want sound doctrine to go along with strong voices and skilled instrumentation.
If it isn’t biblical, how can it be part of your praise? If God doesn’t do that or do that the way that we’ve been singing it, how does that fit into our worship? We need to get with the church staff and leaders who know the Bible better than us, then assemble the music department from top to bottom so that we can teach how to minister through music and song, praise and worship, with a biblical base and a sound doctrinal foundation. Someone other than just the drummer and piano player ought to research the songs being played throughout the service.
It is about worship. It sets the stage for the Word to be preached. It ushers souls to the point of readiness to receive the Word through preaching. It is vital to the weary soul who needs to have his or her hardened heart to be broken up and softened in order for the Word to take root.