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purposes:(Friday Church News Notes, March 16, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) -
Among all of the contemporary worship musicians, I consider Keith and Kristyn Getty perhaps the most dangerous, because what they are offering is wrapped in a package that is attractive to “fundamentalists” and Independent Baptists. They aren’t writing the typical CCM 7-11 music (7 words sung 11 times); their lyrics have scriptural substance. But that “conservative-appearing” package is a bridge to truly great spiritual danger. The Gettys represent the whole exceedingly dangerous world of contemporary worship music as definitely as does Darlene Zschech and Hillsong, and any bridges that Bible-believing churches build to the Gettys are bridges built to the one-world church and even to secular rock. We have mentioned the Gettys’ warm relationship with Roman Catholic musician Matt Maher. Most recently they have teamed up with Graham Kendrick for the song “My Worth Is Not in What I Own” on his new, yet untitled, album (“Graham Kendrick Teams Up with the Gettys,” www.hallels.com, Feb. 26, 2018). “My Worth” has been released as a single. Kendrick is one of the most prominent names in Contemporary Praise Music and one of his objectives is to break down denominational barriers and create ecumenical unity. He was co-founder of the ecumenical March for Jesus, which has brought together every type of denomination and cult including Roman Catholic and Mormon. A biography at Kendrick’s web site says: “Crossing international and denominational barriers, his songs, like the popular Shine Jesus Shine, have been used by countless small church events to major festivals--including Promise Keeper rallies, Billy Graham crusades and a four million-strong open air CATHOLIC MASS in the Philippines capital Manila, where THE POPE ‘SWUNG HIS CANE IN TIME TO THE MUSIC’” (“Shine Jesus Shine,” GrahamKendrick.co.uk). Kendrick is a charismatic of the most radical sort and promotes the “kingdom now” and Word-Faith heresies. In the 1970s, he was a member of the Ichthus Christian Fellowship which welcomed the so-called Toronto Blessing with its meaningless gibberish, spirit slaying, hysterical laughing, barking, braying, rolling. Kendrick claims that he was “baptized with the Holy Spirit” in 1971 after attending a charismatic meeting. He says, “It was later that night when I was cleaning my teeth ready to go to bed that I was filled with the Holy Spirit! ... and I remember lying at last in my bed, the fixed grin still on my face, praising and thanking God, and gingerly trying out a new spiritual language that had presented itself to my tongue with no regard at all for the objections thrown up by my incredulous brain! ... That was a real watershed in my Christian experience” (Nigel Smyth, “What Are We All Singing About?” www.freedomministries.org.uk/ccm/nsmyth1.shtml).
To bypass one’s thinking and to refuse to test everything by Bible doctrine is blind mysticism, which is always a recipe for spiritual delusion. Instead of yoking together in music ministry with such people, the Gettys should be warning about them. Majesty Music and Bob Jones University have been promoting the Gettys’ contemporary hymns by toning down the rhythm, and this bridge will bring dramatic changes within the next 10 years. (For documentation see “The Gettys: Pied Pipers of Contemporary Worship Music,” www.wayoflife.org.)