Does God Rock?
“…Alan Redpath put his finger on the spot in his book Blessings out of Buffetings: ‘The principle of the world is “self-glorification” and the principle of the Christian is “self-crucifixion”. The principle of the world is “exalt yourself” and the principle of the Christian is “crucify yourself.” The principle of men is greatness, bigness, pomp and show; the principle of the cross is death… There is never a breaking through of communcation of [Christ’s] life in your heart and through you to others in heavenly conviction and authority which will challenge or bless them unless at that point there has been a personal Calvary.’
Is it surely not difficult to apply these principles in the case of the Christian rock music performer? …the objective of evangelism is to focus on the gospel and the objective of praise and worship is to focus on God. When trying to convey a verbal message to someone, it is unnatural to back up the words by swaying, squirming, dancing, slinking or gyrating various parts of one’s anatomy. When these things are done on stage they are part of an act, part of a show — and showmanship of any sort on the part of a preacher or gospel musician is an abomination. Our sole duty is to point people to Christ…”
(quoted in “Can We Rock The Gospel?” by John Blanchard and Dan Lucarini, available from Evangelical Press)
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