Why Sound in Worship Exists
Sound in Worship is a place for worship leaders and music lovers to find biblically sound music. That's our goal! We believe that some of the most popular artists today are not a sound choice for worship music, and we realize that's an unpopular opinion. Our motivation is to follow God's standard of worshipping Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23). We feel, and see evidence, that the current overwhelming theme in contemporary worship is emotion driven. We also find that these artists are active in churches who promote strange and false teaching, and their lyrics and actions speak to that as well. Many listeners have not looked into where most contemporary worship music is coming from. They, like we have as well, trust that the music played at church is reliable because it's played at church. Sadly, this isn't the case in all churches. We desire to provide song and artist information for contemporary and traditional music that comes from sound sources. This is a necessity for worshipping in spirit and truth.
So why discern music? Because it's heavily needed today. That's why this website exists. When a church member or visitor attends a church and hears and sings worship music, they may very well come across a song they want to hear again. They now have plenty of lyric information to find the song and artist and save their music for later. They assume the artist is trustworthy as the church just proclaimed their approval during the worship service. They can easily find out that this artist or band was formed at a church and is heavily involved in that church. What if that band is Bethel Music from Bethel Church in Redding, CA? To be honest, it very well could be because of Bethel's huge influence and artist platform. Chances are, if you've been to a contemporary worship service in the last several years, you've heard at least one of their songs. They're very talented and are able to invoke emotion quite successfully, but how much do you know about what Bethel publicly teaches and promotes? Maybe, like ourselves, you never felt the need to think about it.
One example of Bethel's behavior is in this link from gotquestions.org which states that they are associated with "certain phenomena that are interpreted by the leadership and the congregation as manifesting the presence and glory of God. The phenomena include the appearance of 'glory clouds' and gold dust and 'angel feathers' falling from the ceiling (or perhaps from the ventilation system)." There are several videos online that back this up. Another quick example is their Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry which published this very bizarre article on Pastoring People With Unique Spiritual Giftings. In this official article on their website the writer writes: “Until a couple of years ago, I had never seen demons and angels flitting about, going about their business.” These are a couple of examples out of many. There are many similar artists as well. We surely do not want the church to follow these leaders in the worship music world. Besides, there are many other awesome options for your worship band or car ride listening!
Our "why" is to provide you with researched music options that the church can trust. Our goal is to discern music in love. This site is not designed to shame artists but to inform the church and provide alternatives.
Head to our CONTEMPORARY and TRADITIONAL pages for song and artist lists! If you need a frequently updated playlist visit our PLAYLIST page.Our UNSOUND page lists songs and artists we feel should be avoided as well as reasoning.
Have a question? First check out our Q & A page, and if your question was not answered we would love to hear from you (we'd love to either way)! Head over to our CONTACT page to reach out for any reason. May we worship our God in spirit and truth!