As I scanned over Dan Kimball’s comment on my Blog below, I was sidetracked and waded through some of the links and side-bar advertising he’s promoting. These items for sale include a quartet album with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.
These men are not heroes of the Faith. To be promoting and advertising these four singers is not my idea of a Biblical promotion of the faith.
Kimball also advertises an album by Roy Orbison, who is considered to be the father of Rock and Roll. Some of Orbison’s more memorable works are “Ooby Dooby,” “Only The Lonely,” “In Dreams,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Crying,” “Running Scared,” and “You Got It.” Draw your own conclusions about how these songs fit in with a Biblical Church ministry.
Kimball includes, on most of his web pages, a photo image of Ersel Hickey – a rockabilly/pop singer from the late 1950’s. He seems obsessed with non-Christian Rock music.
Our conclusion must be that the ECM methods are superficial, shallow and are degrading our Biblical faith by trying to mold the “church” into a part of the pop culture. Disheartening to say the least.
ECM is shallow and superficial.. yet attractive to the youth of the world.
1 Timothy 1″19 “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck”
In the interest of full disclosure, back when I was Pastor of my church, we held a regular Tuesday “Ranch Meeting” night in a church member’s homes. We encouraged our young people to bring their Bibles and their lost friends. Some of our kids played guitars and we sang:
- “Can You Hear the Savior Calling You?”
- “Precious Lord”
- “Where Could I Go But to The Lord”
- “Just a Little Talk With Jesus”
- “Christ Is All I Need”
- “Amazing Grace”
- “My God is Real”
- “I’d Rather Have Jesus”
And many. many more. These young people loved the music and the message.
We would give a good clear Gospel message and encourage them to trust Christ as their Savior.
The young people, saved and unsaved were excited and we saw hundreds and hundreds of them trust Christ as their Savior. We then encouraged new and old believers to attend a good Bible believing, preaching Church.
However, when Sundays and Wednesdays came around, our regular services were normal preaching, teaching services with singing of the old-time hymns. These youth learned to love the Lord, our fellowship, our hymns and our church.
Many of them joined our church. A large number of them graduated high school and then enrolled in Bible College.
We never let our church services devolve into a youth magnet, but they loved the fellowship of our believers!
A Church does not need rockabilly bells and whistles in the services to be a scriptural fellowship of believers.
1 Cor. 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”