One defense of the use of modern "Praise" and "Worship" music in the Church today is the superficial resemblance these songs have with the Psalms in the Old Testament. But this similarity is merely superficial and the "offering" of the praise contained in these songs has more in common with the offering of Cain than that of Abel.
The purpose of song in the gathering of the Church is to build up and edify others in their faith in Christ our Savior. In this article, we examine the use of Contemporary Christian Music in congregational worship in light of what God inspired St. Paul to write to the Church in 1 Corinthians 14 when the Corinthian churches were in need of correcting because of their worship practices.
This is Part 2 of a series on the goings on in the public assembly of the Church. In Part 1 a threefold distinction of pious practices was discussed. The first was "Free Practices" or true adiaphora, the second was "Commanded Practices" , and the third category is "governed practices" which are those things that God, in His Word, commands but does not prescribe the manner in which it is to be done. In part 2 of the series, the argument will be made and defended that corporate singing, when it is used in the assembly, falls into this third category.
The “worship wars” have raged for years. Both sides in the debate seem to continually talk past each other and it is rare that progress is made by parties to come to an agreement on even a framework to …