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Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
We should praise and thank the Lord for the seven brethren who were baptized last Sunday. The Lord’s command in Matthew 28:19 is “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” Yet we it does not stop there, we have to continue with verse 20 which says, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” We all have to continue on learning the Word of God!”
We must also continue to pray for them and for one another that together we “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18). Please avail yourself with the short lessons we do every Lord’s Day. May the Lord help us!
Last Sunday, I had a chat with Ate Wella concerning her nephew who is working in Manila. Knowing his life is away from the Lord, he now seeks a church to worship. He asked his Aunt for help, which Ate Wella did but had the difficulty of looking up a fundamental Bible-believing and conservative church. She suggested a few church locations but he observed that their worship services are all filled with worldly music! It is not surprising to hear this, though I am saddened, that the plight of true Biblical churches is becoming a “critically endangered species” in the Philippines! We must pray for our country.
We must be thankful to the Lord for his preservation of remnant churches and believers who still follow the Biblical pattern of worshipping the Lord “in Spirit and in truth!” (John 4:24). Below is an essay Biboy wrote in one of his school’s assignment which I find encouraging for these thoughts are very rare among young people today, even among adults and so called “mature” Christians!
Preferences in Christian Music
By: Jose Trinipil “Biboy” Lagapa II
Singing is one major aspect in Christian life. We sing to glorify and praise our Savior and Redeemer for the great things He has done for us. However, the problem here is, there are different kinds of ‘Christian’ songs that exist today, destroying the true objective and purpose of singing praise to God. Knowing this fact, we should be extremely careful with the choices of the songs we sing either during church services, fellowship meetings, family devotions, or even when we sing by ourselves!
Many Christians sing ‘Christian’ songs that may, rarely, have good or correct doctrine in the lyrics. The music, however, is a whole different matter. It isn’t just lyrics that make a song. The music that accompany the lyrics also matter! Christians who sing these types of songs usually defend these songs saying, “It’s not about the music, as long as the lyrics are good then they’re okay!” They are completely wrong.
II Corinthians 6:14 says, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” This unequal yoking here is not just referring to getting married to an unbeliever, but also talks of how believers shouldn’t have any kind of ties to the world. The music that accompany these songs are usually derived from the world! The ‘good feeling’ you get hearing these types of music may seem appealing, but it’s only appealing to the flesh and is not glorifying to God. No matter how well you sing these songs, it will not bring glory to Him or praise Him in any way because it is affiliated to the world. We are in this world, but we are not of this world. Just look at the people who sing these songs! Do they look like they are Christians? You can clearly see the worldliness that abide in these churches which partake in this evil. We must be separated from them, having no ties or connection to these people who give off a whole different ‘Jesus’ that the Bible does not speak of!
The music is not the only problem in these songs. Many of these songs also contain false doctrines that seem to be true, but if we look closely, they are completely off. There are rarely any mentions of sin, and if there are, they would only point out “God’s love” and not how sinful we are and that we deserve the judgement of Hell! These songs rarely speak of judgement, because they don’t point out sin in the first place. Instead they keep emphasizing on God’s grace, mercy, and love, showing the world only half of God’s attributes. It is true that God is gracious, merciful, and loving, however, God is also a just God, who will not condone sin and will bring sinners to justice for the evil they have done.
We must also take note of the writers of these songs. Sometimes we just sing them carelessly without knowing the writer of the song, or their background and life. We could become stumbling blocks to other believers, especially, young believers who would think that we endorse the same beliefs, doctrines, or teachings these composers believe and proclaim. Some new believers could also have come out of a church that preached these doctrines and sang these songs. If they hear us singing the exact same songs, they would probably think, “What’s the difference between this church and my previous church?” As I Corinthians 6:12a says, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient:”
Finally, these songs are also not edifying to Believers. These songs don’t help us to grow in our faith. They just make us ‘feel good’ and that’s all. Edifying someone is not all about making a person feel good, but it is to instruct them to improve in their walk with God, by considering “…one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” (Hebrews 10:24) We may have to literally provoke someone to bring them back to the right way. We don’t tell someone who’s in sin that he is doing good and that he is okay, because we are edifying him. We edify this person by provoking him by telling him of his sin and by telling him to come back to God because he is in the wrong. Just like how a doctor won’t tell a cancer patient, “Oh, you’re okay, nothing’s wrong, everything’s alright…” So are the songs we sing. We sing, “I surrender all” knowing that we have not and that we should. It provokes us to be a better Christian, one who is fully surrendered to God!
In summary, we should be careful in our choices of the songs we sing. You may be sincerely singing these songs; however, you are sincerely wrong. We should be lights in this world. Light does not mix with darkness. There is no grey area in this spiritual warfare. We must draw the line and separate from the world, no matter the cost.
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