This morning I listened to a workshop presented by Chris Anderson, titled Music that Glorifies God that he presented at the Preserving the Truth Conference. Anderson’s approach to the subject of music is refreshing, it was very honest. I think I can boil it down to “lets put aside our preconceived extra-biblical biases and see what the Scriptures says.” He is faithful to the Scriptures not making it say more than it does but also not allowing it to say any less. He works quickly but effectively through Colossians 3:16:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Anderson affirms the regulative principle of worship and his presentation is built around that. He presses his listeners to be intentional in their approach to worship in song. Just as we wouldn’t read single verses of scripture that do not directly related to one another and call that a sermon; neither should we choose music that way.
I would encourage layman and pastors alike to listen to this presentation. We need to get beyond the hubbub and deal with this Scripturally and conform our hearts to the knowledge we glean.
Here are the notes that he distributed during the session. If you don’t have time to listen at least download this sheet and read it over.