I love most of the Hillsong music. There's a questionable song or two, but not one of us is perfect
Hillsong has become controversial of late. I love most of their music, but then I'm a musician, and their flavor of worship music is what I love to play, as well as similar progressive CCM.
Music can be a powerful spiritual medium. It's been a difficult mine field to navigate when leading worship. Where does worship stop and entertainment begin? When does the church start looking too similar to the world? Having served on worship teams for over 25 years, I think it's just like genuine faith...it's a heart thing, the true motivation of our souls and focusing on Jesus, directing the worship to Him, and not bathing in how good the music makes us feel. It can be a difficult thing for the average pew sitter to parse, and in some ways, even harder for the worship team.
I left a "seeker sensitive" church 3 or 4 years ago. Loved the music we were doing, hated the seeker sensitive part. Had to leave when I felt it was all too much of a "show". As much as I miss serving on a worship team and playing music, I probably won't ever go back to a 501C3 organization. Sadly, many (most?) churches in America are badly broken. In New England where I live, I can't find one that has great worship music without all the apostasy.
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” John 6:29
bernie: EW, I don't know anything on prophecies from Isaiah 23. I think I recall Bill Salus mentioning Lebanon being part of what he considers a prophetic war out of Psalm 83. Other prophecy teachers don't believe as he does,some saying it already been fulfilled.
Aug 6, 2020 13:21:47 GMT -6
bernie: I believe Amir and possibly others believe Psalm 83 was fulfilled in Israel's war for independence, or in 67/73. I don't have an opinion either way, because I haven't read or studied it.
Aug 6, 2020 13:26:04 GMT -6
bernie: I do think it's possible that if France, the EU, or the UN try to go in and disarm Hezbollah it could start WWIII.
Aug 6, 2020 13:30:24 GMT -6
EnochWalked: Interesting thoughts, bernie, and thanks for the links above too!
Aug 6, 2020 16:03:29 GMT -6
mike: more than just a shout bernie...mostly to the main page and Garys et al wonderful articles, but we on this end of the discussion must account for what Barry says as people are looking, watching, wondering and need to be shown JESUS!!
Aug 7, 2020 11:52:38 GMT -6