You've recently studied and realized that the music your church is using for worship service is coming from bizarre false teachers, or you've known this for a while but recently decided to take action. Maybe you're in worship and you can't bring yourself to participate in some of the songs. You look around at fellow believers and assume that most just haven't heard about the issues with many popular worship music sources. You want to help make a change, but you know many are very passionate about these artists. You feel that you have to do something! What do you do?
It can be overwhelming to bring this subject up to others, especially your pastor or worship pastor. You don't want to make your pastors feel embarrassed by saying, "how could you not know!?” Especially when you know their intentions are to be obedient to God and His Word. If their intentions are different, that's a whole different story, but many pastors and leaders may not have the insight you've gained. We must realize that we didn't always know about the artists (many of which can be found in this article) that are leading many away from solid doctrine. I didn't know for years.
Knowing this information doesn't make you special, but it does give you the responsibility to do something about it. When you know that ministries, such as Bethel Church in Redding, CA, are leveraging their massive music influence to bring many to their dangerous false teachings, you can't just let it go. Here are some ideas:
I don't think I can stress enough that this method must be done with care. For many reasons, please be gracious to your pastor. He receives several emails and hears many concerns daily. He'll be glad to hear your concern if it's coming from kindness and pure motives, but if it's filled with anger it will not go over well. This applies to any email you send as a Christian.
You could modify something like this:
I know have you a lot going on, and I thank you for your time. I recently learned about some artists that are rooted in false teaching. I have noticed that some of the songs we have sung in worship are coming from these sources.
The artists are:...
The reason why their teachings are false, and why this is concerning is because of...
I only bring this to your attention because many have not heard of this, and in fact I had not until recently. I'm sure the songs we sing are chosen with the best of motives.
I'd be glad to set up a time to meet with you, and discuss this in more detail if needed. Thank you for your time."
You would need to fill in the details for the artists and the reasons why you're concerned with them. You can find detailed analysis on this in Should My Church Sing Bethel Music Songs for Worship? and Contemporary Worship in Truth (Not Trend).
When doing this you can schedule an appointment to sit down with your pastor. He'll be glad to talk to you about the matter, and he'll appreciate you bringing it to his attention. Which leads to the next thing to keep in mind...
Be sure to gather all evidence of the point you're making. Saying "I just don't think they're a solid source of worship music" is not a fair way to make your point or to represent someone. It's important to represent any group you discuss with accuracy. Making any inaccurate claim is unfair and morally wrong based on God's standard.
Avoid making any claim that you're not completely sure about. This means that you need to use sources that are trustworthy. When referencing Bethel Church or Bethel Music, I strive to use sources directly from their websites because this allows them to speak for themselves. Speculation is unfair even to those you disagree with, so be sure to check your sources.
This goes back to not saying things like "I just don't think they're good". When making your point, use specific examples from trusted sources. Link to your examples so that your pastor can do his own research. Leaving your opinions out and replacing them with facts ensures your pastor is getting the information he needs to make an informed decision.
Be honest with yourself and make sure you're going about this for the right reasons. Is it the style of music that is not your preference or are you trying to protect brothers and sisters from learning about and embracing false teaching?
Also, are you trying to make a really strong point and stand out, or do you just want the right thing to be done? If we're honest with ourselves, we have to take a step back and pray about our motives before moving forward with serious issues such as these.
It is most likely best to go to your pastor in a private manner before airing out your opinion to others in your local church. This gives your pastor the opportunity to address the situation. He is in the position to make any changes, and he is to be respected as the leader of your church. Go about it as if you will receive no glory for bringing the topic up and find joy in being obedient to Christ. Seek that God is glorified in what you're doing, and ensure that by following His word.
"So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. " — Colossians 3:12-13 NASB
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