by Dr. Bob Gray Sr.

1Power Over Our Lives.

That is why discretion is so important when it comes to music. If we are not careful we will find ourselves in a quagmire of ungodly music. It is entirely possible to allow the power of music to become the main attraction. Music is like a plate on which we serve a meal. The focus should be more on the food than on the plate.
The decline of a culture can be directly tied to the decline of music. It is not an insignificant thing.  According to Ephesians 2:1-2 there is a “spirit of disobedience” in every unsaved person.  The power Satan gives to a Madonna, Justin Bieber and other musicians is real.  God’s people must guard themselves from the power of music that is promoted by Satan.

Christian Music should rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to draw and convict the unsaved of their need for Christ.  If there is no conviction there can be no conversion. I saw the slow shift of the “Saturday Night Singings” in my church to professional Gospel Quartets performing in massive secular auditoriums.  After a while that led to carnality.  It went from being about the message to being about the performance.

It was the custom of Jewish families to sing together, so it is not a stretch to assume that as a child Jesus sang.  We also know that He sang with His disciples in the upper room as they partook of supper.  “And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.”  (Matthew 26:30) This would be the last time He gathered with His disciples during His earthly ministry.  Jesus blessed the broken bread and the fruit of the vine.  Then He passed the bread and juice to them.  They parted by singing a song of praise to God.



  1. The music is not the problem, the heart for worship is! New music has always been a blessing to our churches. Unsound lyrics are unsound no matter a style of delivery. The child of God can worship even without music at all! Decern and worship in spirit and truth!

  2. It baffels me how “Dr.” Bob Gray Sr. became a doctor. Independant Baptist scholarship leaves much to be desired.

  3. Brothers and Sisters. Please allow me to lovingly share a thought.
    Much of what Dr. Gray says about music is valuable but he errs when he says “contemporary” music is the problem. The problem is a worship of music, a worship of preference and worshiping man/self as he/she sings, and not worshiping God in spirit and truth.
    Every generation’s music is contemporary in the eyes of the previous generation. I admit I have my preference but it is just that, a preference. We (and hymnal companies) have used the term Hymn as a means to legitimize only certain types of music in the church such as songs written by Crosby, Spafford, Wesley, Watts and others that we grew up singing that we feel meet our definition of the word hymn. In essence we have used the word “hymn” to idolize these revered hymn writers. Unfortunately by doing this we may be guilty of quenching the work of the Holy Spirit in worship and sometimes teaching error in essential doctrine.
    So what is a hymn? The word hymn, hymnus or hymnos refers to a poem or ode sung celebrating God or even secular things. The KJV writers used the word Hymn to mean spiritual songs. Such a choice of words was completely appropriate since that was an appropriate usage in Middle English language. But the word “hymn” is no more exclusive to a 4/4 time 5 verse songs written for Billy Sundays Winona Lake Tabernacle in 1911 than it is for a 6/8 time song with 3 verses and a bridge after the last chorus written in 2010 written for worship at an urban tabernacle.
    Here is the key. It’s not about us and our preferential music idols. A music ministry at our church needs bathed in prayer and must be sensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit just as a pastor should when preparing the sermon or a teacher a lesson. Just as Jesus looked for where the Father was working, we should look for where God is working, and follow that leading in all aspects of ministry including music. That means music may be as diverse as the body of Christ is throughout the world.
    Yes I have my preferences. I am blessed by the classic spiritual song writers of the past 300 years, but I am also blessed by the new ones of today.
    In 1692 Dr. Isaac Watts taught us an important lesson on this matter. When he was only eighteen he complained to his father who was a church Deacon that the old songs sounded like a “rusty saw were being sharpened close to his ear”. Deacon Watts wisely replied to his son. “Then give us something better, young man!” Young Watts did; and on that same evening the service was closed with a new hymn by young Isaac Watts. He wrote hundreds of songs, many based on folk tunes “contemporary” at the time.

  4. “The future of fundamentalism depends on a strong position on music that adheres to our fundamentals positions.”
    Sadly, I must disagree with that statement right there. To add the “fundamental positions” to this is to add to the Bible. What you should have said was that you should have “strong position on music that adheres to the Bible”, not our fundamental positions.
    That is no better than just adding to the Bible. Catholics add “tradition” along side with the Bible. A lot of “fundamentalists” (not all) add tradition along side as well and done even know it… Doing that makes them become anti-fundamental because they are betraying their foundational belief that the Bible is the only source of faith and practice. And when you point it out then the one who pointed it out is wrong. Sorry sir, I don’t care about “fundamental positions”, I care about Bible.

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