A Melody to Remember

August 16, 2007

This past week, I had the privilege to attend a Piano Camp at Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, WI. All week long was devoted to learning to play the instrument better, and to improve our musical skills overall. I have been playing piano for a little over 8 years, and I can say without a doubt that anyone interested in going anywhere with an instrument shoud consider going to a musical camp of some nature. I have never had as much fun with a piano and music in my life.

Aside from that, there is something else that I desire to share with you. Every morning and evening we had a speaker service. This year’s speaker was a man named Dean Kearse. He is a pastor at a church somewhere in Wisconsin, and is also music major. I will tell you that as I listened to him throughout the week, I was reminded of the famous John Wesley. Mr. Kearse certainly understood and preached the total depravity of man, our utter dependence upon God, and our whole need for Jesus Christ. However, he had the modern Arminian approach to being saved. He had a very emotionally oriented approach to preaching and teaching. I felt sickened whenever he did this throughout the week. He had a few good things to say about what the Bible teaches about music, but overall his doctrine was definitely unsound.

I wish to exhort all those who read this post, to remember that God has made man with some musical ability. We must not look to passages in the Bible which were written as songs and say, “God uses music to help us remember Him.” No, God gave us His Word to remember Him. As humans, we certainly remember the words to musical passages better, but that is not what God commands us to remember. Paul exhorts the Ephesians to address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs in order to give thanks to God and to submit to Him. We must look to God’s Word as the source of truth, and not the songs God sang. God certainly used music, in the Psalms for instance, but they are His Word, and that is the reason we read and remember them.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: