Music Standards or Bible Standards?

Monday, June 15, 2009

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When we refer to "music standards" for the believer, I believe that it is important to understand that we are not discussing the performance level of the musician. I have met many people over the years who seem to equate the quality of their Christianity with the quality of their music. Many times I have seen people with no personal standards of separation who would never dream of listening to music that was not classical in nature. Their music tastes are impeccable, but they see nothing wrong with engaging in worldly or fleshly practices such as: smoking, drinking, swearing, dressing immodestly, watching immoral movies, or being filled with a bitter or rebellious spirit.

I believe that because we serve a God who does everything with majesty and excellence, we as musicians must do everything in our power to be the best that we can be. Bible musicians certainly set the pattern for performing with skill. However, our "music" standards must not be just about the music; they must be "Bible" standards. In other words, when we are discussing musical styles and performance practices that are appropriate for a Christian, we are not necessarily talking about how closely the music conforms to the ideals of a classical approach to music. We are discussing how closely the music aligns with Biblical principles.

And there is a difference.

God said, "Be ye holy, for I am holy."
God said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
God said, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world."
God said, "Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed."
God said, "Sing to the Lord a new song."
God said, "They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts."
God said, "Do all to the glory of God."
God said, "God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble."
God said, "Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate."

Let's use these principles as the basis of our music standards, not the principles of classic music theory. Personal holiness in every area of our lives is vitally important if we wish to please God and exhibit true holiness in our music

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Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.

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