The Problem With Praise Teams


I am mildly nauseated by modern “Christian” praise music.  I don’t want to be offensive or dogmatic about it, but I find ‘praise’ music to be more a shallow, sensual, appeal to the modern fleshly appetite rather than a genuine attempt at authentic, meaningful worship.

The music of the 1960s fueled the social rebellions against society, structure, and God – most especially the law of God. Over time, the carnal appetites of believers has driven us to appropriate the worlds sights and sounds. Why?

Some may posit that all traditional Christian worship music was at one point new and that I am just old-fashioned and need to ‘get with the times’. Here’s where they are wrong…

Testing My Theory.

Pop quiz! Which one of the following is a picture of ‘Christian’ worship during a church service?



The Answer

C: All of the Above.

Although 10/10 respondents can clearly identify A as christian worship, only 2/10 guess that B is taking place in a ‘Christian’ church.

The Reason Why We Can’t Tell in B

Why can’t we discern whether what is happening in B is Christian or pagan?

The most probable cause for tastelessness music is poor preaching/teaching. The church is ignorant and blind and lacking discernment. Most preaching today falls in the category of “Life Application”. A “Life Application” Christian is one who sees the Scriptures as a large collection of moral maxims/stories/secrets to help us have our best life now. Anything that sounds good/nice/wholesome can and does “preach”. For this Christian, anything that sounds nice – IS NICE.


As an illustration: my wife and I attended a Christian Christmas program last evening hosted by a local Christian school. The program included several unusual song choices. One was a song from one of, if not the greatest, Christian ‘artist’ of our time – Toby Mac. The lyrics are as follows:

Tonight couldn’t last forever
We are one choice from together
Tonight couldn’t last forever
Tonight couldn’t last forever
We are one choice from together
As family
We’re family
Oh Tonight couldn’t last forever
We are one choice from together
You and me
Ya, you and me

Tonight’s the night
For the sinners and the saints
Two worlds collide in a beautiful display
It’s all love tonight
When we step across the line
We can sail across the sea
To a city with one king
A city on our knees

Final Assessment

The song is, from what I understand, very popular and has won numerous ‘Christian’ music awards. But what does it mean? According to the singer, it “is really about a moment. A moment that we all come together. Where our differences fall by the wayside. And it’s really a reminder that that moment could be right now, tonight.

Is this the Christian message? Do sinners and saints need to forget our differences and come together in a bond of love (compare Eph 4:2-3)? This smacks more of New Age-ism and humanism than Biblical teaching. So how does it relate to Christmas and why, in particular, was it chosen for a Christmas program? My guess: because it sounds nice – and nice is king.


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