Often, this comes with the changing of the guard as the next generation of Christians begins to assume their place in leadership. Young people, zealous to serve the Lord, but not yet mature enough to see the wisdom of the old ways. often bring with them new ideas about how better to run the church.
Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”
Anxious to throw off the restraints of conservative worship, labeling it as legalism, they believe they have found a better way. Contemporary music is usually the first avenue of change followed closely behind by alternate Bible versions.
Contemporary music in itself may not be wicked or evil and often it contains scriptural messages that glorify God. In some instances, it may even be true, as they insist, that there is nothing wrong with it.
It occurs to me though that every time we introduce a new contemporary song, we eliminate an old one. So, maybe the question we should be asking is not: Is it bad?, but Is it better? If it ain't broke. don't fix it.
Is this contemporary music worth doing away with the tried and true? Is it better than what we already have? More scriptural? More glorifying to God? Or is it more pleasing to our flesh?
This is a question we should ask about every new change we accept. Every new idea, every new video, activity, Bible version we bring in is not just being added, but is in fact replacing something else (something tried and true that has been defended and held to by our Christian forefathers).
Is our latest outreach really better than God's plan for soul-winning and discipleship? Is it more biblical in its approach? More glorifying to God?
Is a new relaxed dress code better than what we already have (a call to modesty)? Is it more scriptural? More glorifying to God?
Is showing a video worth taking time away from the preaching or teaching of the word?
Are these new Bible versions that we tolerate and allow in our churches better than the KJV? Are they more glorifying to God? Are they more accurate and reliable? No, certainly not, but little by little they are replacing the KJV.
Why then are we allowing these things to take the place of what we know is good and glorifying to God?
We must examine our motives for such a choice. If these things are not better, then is it really a better way for the church? Or is it just giving in to the lust of the flesh and embracing worldliness?