I recently watched a youtube video by an individual who is part of the Independent Fundamental Baptist movement and has decided to condemn what they like to call “CCM” (contemporary Christian music). He claims it’s wicked by showing pictures of how similar CCM groups look to “secular” rock musicians and bands. He also picks some extremely far out examples that are not main stream contemporary Christian music. Masses in the IFB movement screamed “FOUL!” when 20/20 did their expose on it, claiming 20/20only showed the extreme crazies that do not accurately represent the movement as a whole (personally, I think 20/20 did a pretty fair job at accurately representing the movement). Somehow they seem to have no compunction of engaging in the same type of dishonesty they condemn (most would call that hypocrisy).
He claims in the clip that he is using a “good, old fashioned case of spiritual discernment” in attempting to establish that CCM is wrong and taditional music is right. Now aside from the fact that “traditional” music was once “contemporary” music, and without giving my thoughts on music (as I do that here), I just want to show how the whole “it can’t be godly because it looks like the lost world” just lacks discernment.
I will show you pictures of various men. Some of these men are conservative, some have the gospel all wrong, some are morally upstanding but just don’t believe the gospel of any sort, some are controlled by a thirst for money and/or power, some are guilty of immorality, some condemn CCM, some condemn looking like the lost world, some place an over emphasis on their appearance, one man pictured is currently in prison after being convicted of 58 federal counts, some may even have a combination of these things. How do you tell? Well, I guess it just takes a good, old fashioned case of spiritual discernment. =)
There are a few Independent Fundamental Baptist preachers/evangelist/teachers depicted above – four to be exact. It’s odd how much they resemble unbelieving men of the world, isn’t? I also think it’s funny how the IFB movement thinks Jesus (the Man who was so indistinguishable from the common Jew of his day that he had to be pointed out by a kiss on the cheek, and had no riches and no place to lay his head) must have looked like a white, middle-class, republican… i realize there is at least one democrat pictured above, but he looked like the republicans. LOL!
So i ask you, “How can it be godly when it looks so much like the world?” Or perhaps to condemn based on appearances is ungodly and lacking a good, old fashioned case of spiritual discernment.
” The LORD said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel?Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.’ And Samuel said, ‘How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.’ And the LORD said, ‘Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.’ Samuel did what the LORD commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, ‘Do you come peaceably?’ And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.” 7But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.’ ” I Samuel 16:1-7