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clear.gif - 808 Bytes We recently visited an Independent Baptist Church and was told that drums and guitar music were not welcome in the church. Is this true for all Independent Baptist Churches? If so, why? If you are using your gift for the Lord and His music, why would this not be allowed?
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I do not believe that all Independent Baptist Churches hold to this position, but I understand where the position comes from.

First of all, may I say that there is nothing inherently sinful about drums or guitars. I have been in church services where drums were used as a part of church orchestras or bands (in the traditional sense of the word), and I had no problem with it. I have been in services where singers accompanied themselves on guitars, and there was nothing wrong with it. The problem is not with the instrument itself, but with the way it may be used.

Unfortunately, most of the time when you see electric guitars in a church, or when there is a drum set on the platform, the music that is going to be performed is not appropriate or Christ-honoring. Many others have written extensively on the subject of music, and I will not take the time to rehash all those arguments. An excellent collection of articles can be found at: "Way of Life Literature; END TIMES APOSTASY ONLINE DATABASE; MUSIC".

Suffice it to say, the rock style of music is inappropriate for the worship and praise of God. Therefore, I would not allow "rock" (backbeats, breakbeats, etc,.) music in my church. Many other Independent, Fundamental Baptists believe the same way, and therefore they avoid the issue altogether by banning drums and guitars. I personally would not ban them, but I do keep a tight rein on the style of music that is used in the church.

I agree that it is right to use your musical talents for the Lord and His music. However, as a musician and one who has studied music, I know that not all "Christian" music is the Lord's music. God desires "Psalms, Hymns, Spiritual songs (Eph 5:19), and he commands us to "love not the world, neither the things that are in the world" (I John 2:15). Since the rock style of music is by nature anti-God and pro-sex (the very term "rock and roll" refers to the sex act), it is not an appropriate medium for the worship of the Lord. Just because a person has talent, and because they want to perform so-called "Christian" music, does not mean that it is spiritually acceptable. The pastor of a church has the responsibility first of all to please the Lord, even if it means offending musicians in the church.

Thanks for writing. May the Lord bless you.

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Dr Mark Montgomery
Ambassador Baptist Church
1926 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15209

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