Positions

Music

Music has been the subject of debate throughout history, especially as it relates to worship.  This issue has been aggravated by continued exposure to subtle and not so subtle forms of music that have made inroads into church music.  Add to this mixture a multitude of backgrounds and experiences, and the result is a broad range of acquired musical tastes.  Everyone considers himself an authority on the subject, proclaiming that his styles are the most appropriate to his spiritual needs.

It is our desire to demonstrate and practice Biblical truths and principles that we believe Scripture reveals as Godly forms and functions of music within our ministry.  We believe the purpose of music in the church is not to entertain or to attract prospective members and converts, even though current trends within church music have been to accept music on these terms.  In order to accomplish these current trends, we are convinced that ministries have chosen to use styles of music that are fleshly in nature.  That is not to question the sincerity of anyone.  We believe music should: (1) Glorify God; (2) Edify the saints; and (3) Testify of the Holiness, Love and Might of God (Ps. 96:1-2; Col. 3:16).  Because music is a MORAL vehicle, we believe that certain styles of music cannot deliver a moral message that would glorify a holy God.  This is primarily why we avoid most of what is produced in Contemporary Christian Music.  The general movement of CCM attempts to carry a moral message that should appeal to the spirit, through an immoral vehicle of music that appeals to the flesh.  The one corrupts the other and thus hinders the spiritual growth of the believer.  There are those who state that such music must be used if we are to reach the lost, but there is no Biblical support for evangelism through music (music was for the saints; evangelism is only a by-product).  It seems quite inappropriate to use ungodly vehicles to reach ungodly people.  If we want to change a person’s condition, we must not use those elements that contribute to his current condition (Eph. 5:10-11).

Translations

We preach and we teach from the King James Bible; however, we do not take a “King James Only” stance that some of our brethren take.  This is not, however to draw battle lines. We prefer to maintain attitudes that reflect the principles of II Timothy 2:24, Romans 14:1-6, Ephesians 4:3, and James 3:16.  We do not dictate to our congregation what translations they personally use, although we would and do caution against embracing any and all translations.  Most are without merit and should be avoided.  We do believe in the inspiration of God that has resulted in a text that is inerrant and infallible found in the original autographs.  We believe God has preserved His word for every generation of human history, through copies and translations of those original writings.  Even though inspiration applies to the original autographs, those words have been accurately retained over time.

There is much debate over which sets of manuscripts are most accurate,  a debate that no doubt will continue for generations to come.  However, for us the King James is the safest translation to use and the most universally accepted.