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#1 Oct 26, 2012
I am a member of a mid-size Southern Baptist congregation in the mid-west. We we were started as a mission approximately 65 years ago and have been a viable, successful witness in our community and surrounding area for decades. We loved our traditional worship services with hymns of the church and gospel music. However as time passed and the world kept "intruding" a faction began pushing for the contemporary so called "praise & worship" music. This was not well received, but as our church was growing we voted as a church to present 2 worship services on Sunday mornings. Our early service would implement the contemporary music and the late service would remain with the traditional hymns of the church and gospel music, choir specials, etc. This was unanimously voted on and well receive and worked well for many years. When our current pastor came he immediately changed our late service to "blended" and left the early service as "praise and worship". This created instant disharmony which has continued for nearly 7 years. The so called "blended" service if for all intents and purposes idential to the contemporary one. We have lost long time members over this controversy and our church is not growing. People are unhappy...many on Sunday mornings remain in their classrooms until the music part of the worship service is over and others simply leave once Sunday School is over. Countless members has approached our pastor pleading for the traditional service to be reinstated all of which is met with deaf ears. We are constantly told our hearts are NOT in the right place because we do not embrace the contemporary music. We are told we don't really care about reaching the lost or we would not protest the style of music and it's effect on our worship. I resent those implications...we love our church and we have a heart for lost souls and we want to see souls reached for Christ. WE simply cannot understand why is the music does not matter, as they say, then why was it changed? WE have two services for the sole purpose of accomodating both preferences and yet our pastor refuses to relent. We no longer use the words Sunday School either spoken or in any of our printed literature and when we question this seemingly ridiculous policy we are told that lost people associate those words with "the established church or establishment" and they don't want to be a part of the "old" established church. When our church leadership announces Sunday School it is called "small groups". I find this too silly to even comment on....every wino on skid row knows what Sunday School is but I wonder what he/she might think of "small groups"? A wise man once said change for the sake of change is NOT progress. I look around during our worship services and people are starting off into space, not singing, our beautiful hymnals gather dust or serve as door stops while we invest in huge movie screens to cover our beautiful baptistry's so the pastor can use a power point presentation during his sermon. I recently read a study conducted by young music ministers across the country over a several year span. I was delighted to read that out of young people attending tradtional worship as opposed to contemporary worship more than 25% remained active and regularly attending church into adulthood while those brought up in a contemporary worship setting was less than 10%. We are losing the musical heritage of our church and giving Satan a firm foothold. I hear the argument that we will lose our young people, in my church the young people attend their events but very, very few attend church services and we DO offer a contemporary service. I simply cannot understand why our leadership is so adamant against reinstating our traditional service. Please pray that the Lord will intervene and give wisdom where it is needed and restore what the folks so desprately want and need before it is too late. Pray for us. God Bless YOU.
#2 Dec 21, 2012
I am Baptist. Bring the pastor before the church. If they vote him in; your decision is next: do you stay or leave.
It isn't pleasant. Far too many Baptist church are being invades with the modernist and they have an agenda targeting the Baptist churches.
Get rid of Ecumenical signs: the so-called Christians is not - it's Ecumenical. The Catholics have the Janus god on theirs. The Roman cross as a religious symbol has no real Christian tradition but does have a Babylonian aspect for Tammuz. In addition: I do not like secular signs such as the American flag. USA is not a Christian nation and never claimed to be. But the exact opposite with Church / State separation both by Baptist and the government.
Let all things be done decently and in order.
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