What makes song becomes gospel music?

The type of music that is spiritual and fitting for worship services is, no doubt, a controversy among the 21st century churches.

To be fair, the stand of each church (in this regard) is influenced by its leadership, much more than do the holy scriptures.

It is intriguing to know that music exists as far back as the time that the heaven has ever existed, and satan was the music director – what!

Check out the following passages…

“Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.” Ezekiel 28:13-18, KJV.

Now, let us corroborate this with Isaiah 14:11-15:

“All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread out beneath you and worms cover you. How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.” NIV.

Thankfully, satan no longer has a place in heaven. His position no longer exists, but he is now troubling the world with violence.

Issues of contention on music to be used in the church

Since ages past, church activities are subject to ratification by the leadership of each church – determining the acceptable standard to which many things must conform.

As a result, the style, pace of music and mode of dancing in: EvangelicalPentecostal or Orthodox churches are, mostly, not identical.

Whereas, music (like any other facet of life) is subject to ‘change’ – the only thing that remains constant in life. More so, the Bible does not prescribe any mode in which songs (during worship service) should be rendered, unless the sort of songs that we should be doing, often.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:16-17, NIV.

According to Barbara Crostini quoting Ian JONES and PETER WEBSTER:

The use of popular styles of music in the Church has often proved contentious, and perhaps particularly so in the later twentieth century. Anecdotal evidence abounds of the debate provoked in churches by the introduction of new ‘happy-clappy’ pop-influenced styles, and the supposed wholesale discarding of a glorious heritage of hymnody. In addition, a great deal of literature has appeared elaborating on the inappropriateness of such music.[1]

As a matter of fact, whether fast or slow pace music, what matters most are the wordings of any song: the gospel, inclined in each song, would, therefore, be the spirituality in its lyrics.

Does the music you do in your church edify the congregation irrespective of its pop or hymnody styles? Then, you need not to worry – just go ahead with your style and let your church members dance their gratitude to God.


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