A Biblical Approach
Years ago, as a young, new, eager-to-learn-what-it means-to-be-a-True-Christian Christian I was introduced to a ‘biblical approach’ to music.
I learned that there was music that was godly, and music that was ungodly. This had nothing to do with the lyrics, mind you. It was the music.
I learned that songs in major keys are acceptable, and songs in the minor keys are not.
For the unmusically initiated, songs can either be in the major key or the minor key. Songs in major keys typically sound happy and pleasant, while songs in minor keys sound ‘sad’ . Not always, but typically.
So, this ‘teacher’ argued the case for listening/singing songs that are only in the major key.
Above are the notes used in the C Major Chord and the C Minor Chord.
Can you spot the difference? Yes, the middle note is different. In the minor chord, the second note of the chord – in this case, E – has been flattened, or lowered a notch.
And so, another argument this ‘teacher’ made against songs in the minor key is that the second note in the tonic chord is ‘minimised’. And Who is the Second Person in the Trinity? That’s right – Jesus! Therefore, songs in the minor key minimise the role of Jesus in the Trinity.
If you’ve made it this far without shaking your head at the stupidity of this teaching, spare a thought for the gullible people who are/were taken in by this.
Other ‘biblical’ approaches to music that I’ve come across include proclaiming that drums are evil. Since drums are an integral part of any musical experience, this seems rather odd. It turns out that in some cultures, drums are used in religious (read ungodly) ceremonies, and therefore Christians should not use drums. (Some churches do away with musical instruments altogether.)
One of the biggest culprits in these aberrant teachings is Bill Gothard. In addition to the above, he also teaches that Contemporary Christian Music is ungodly because of the backbeat.
Gothard has also put out his own ‘Bible-based’ home-school curriculum, which is anything but.
So, whenever I hear some practice as being ‘biblical’, I take a very long pause.