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Bible Answers: More queries about Christian rock music

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“What’s the deal with contemporary Christian music? Is it as great as some say, or is it evil and vacuous, as others claim?”—Katy
We may not dismiss “contemporary Christian music” with a broad brush of self-righteous condemnation any more than we can accept the genre uncritically.
The question reflects the incessant squabble between lovers of hymns, ancient as well as modern, and proponents of more current styles of music. The conflict tends to be largely generational: old folks almost always decry the “new fangled stuff” and young folks almost always reject the “boring, old school” ways of their fathers.
Paul instructed the early church to sing a variety of “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” (Eph. 5:19-20; Co. 3:16). Interestingly, his phrase to some degree reflects the historic progression of Western church music.
The Protestant church of the 18th to 20th centuries sang “classical” hymns. The evangelical surge of the mid-20th century introduced an increasing focus on “spiritual songs” (called “choruses” or “praise and worship” music.)


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