This article from the Christian Post is very interesting considering we have discussed at length the black gospel industry and its obvious lurch into God-less music. We’ve also looked at the unsavory elements of Southern Gospel Music.
But this is the first time I’ve heard of someone take on the CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) like this. Dan Lucarini argues that all forms of CCM (which he once helped introduce into the church) are immoral. Remember the CCM artist who took a profanity dive in his “Christian” song?
“We used the excuse that we wanted to reach out to the young people,” Lucarini said. “You know what? They didn’t like the music. It was our music. It was classic rock. We just did it for ourselves. That was the conclusion I came to.”
“Let’s be honest about it. It wasn’t to save souls. It was just because we like that kind of music and we’re the rebellious generation so we just basically thought we could do whatever we wanted,” he added.
The artists are all still using that “reach the young people” line but we dont see any results. So I’m inclined to believe Lucarini on that. I wouldnt brand every single person doing the music, but he may be telling the truth about the genre in general, especially with his insider perspective.
People do seem to long for truly holy music. In other words, music that is sacred, not as a genre, but because of who it is supposed to represent and glorify.
Lucarini says worship is not a response to the opening guitar licks of a song, but a response to God’s revelation and who He is.
“Worship, first and foremost, is a personal response to the revelation of God through Jesus Christ,” he said. “And it does not involve me having a self-fulfilling experience. It’s very much a one-sided act as the scriptures teach. It’s acknowledging that God and Jesus are Lord, Master, King. I bring nothing to that equation at all.”
He also believes the church should get rid of the entire “worship band” and “worship leader” concept because too many believers are depending on someone to “lead them into worship” instead of making worship a personal, intimate experience with God sans all the church trappings.
What do you think? Does the church really need worship leaders, bands and praise teams, etc?