Vol. 2 Num. 5, May 1996
Editor Andy Neckar

Inside This Newsletter

1. Emotionalism or the Holy Spirit? Which has the power to save?
2. Worshipping the Lord in Music & Song.
3. The Bible Believer And Heretics
5. CN&V'S Notes

Emotionalism or the Holy Spirit?
Which has the power to save?
By Andy Neckar

I wrote a few paragraphs in regard to the "Jesus Film" and emotions in the March edition of The Christian News & Views. I would like to expound on this subject in this edition, as what I see in many churches today troubles me to my soul.

The Word of God in the King James Version of the Holy Bible says this of the gospel, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart". (Heb. 4:12)

Score one for the Holy Spirit.

Experiencing emotion stir the feelings. Emotions do not pierce the soul and spirit, nor discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Paul, in his letter to Titus says of elders or bishops (pastors) "Holding fast the faithful word as he had been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and convince the gainsayers". (Titus 1:9)

Score another for the Holy Spirit. For by sound doctrine, (the Word of God) the Holy Spirit of God will counsel and induce the gainsayers (unbelievers).

Many preachers have displayed lack of faith in the convicting and convincing power of the Holy Spirit, and have taken up the very thing many of these same preachers oppose in the ecumenical movement, The play on emotions, via costumes, props and secular sayings of worldly "experts" have become popular even among some fundamental preachers in trying to induce those present to commit to Christ. This method of "conversion" can only produce "professing" Christians, as the emotions produced are only temporary feelings of sadness or guilt.

In many churches today the gospel of Christ is presented in "drama form". Why? Because it is feared by those that do this that the gospel "sharper than any twoedged sword" has lost it's edge and desperately needs man's help and wisdom to do the job. To these people the Holy Spirit of God has become weak and needs the assistance of man.

Emotions never change the heart and therefore do not produce the necessary rebirth required for eternal salvation. The work of the Spirit brings permanence, where the fruit of man's emotionalism can only bring short-lived gratification.

How strange that these ministers of God warn of "professing Christians" who manifest no fruit of the Spirit, when they themselves contribute to the "emotional" profession of faith that can produce no fruit. Only a "heartfelt" profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ can, and will give evidence of change and produce fruit that manifests true salvation.

Beautiful stirring music is played during the "altar call". Is this tradition yet another ploy to play on the emotions? Is the purpose of this music to entice the people to "come forward"? If we resort to tactics such as this we show a lack of faith in the work of the Holy Spirit of God. Can man's efforts replace and possible exceed the work of the Spirit? What can man do better than God?

Speaking of altars, how many times have we heard the invitation to come forward to pray at the altar of God in the church building? Do you know that every time the word altar is used in the Old and New Testaments the word is used as referring to a sacrifice? Do born again Bible believing Christians have need of an altar or a sacrifice? The Cross of Calvary was the last altar the world had need of as the sacrificial Lamb of God was slain upon it's beams. If we leave out the word "altar" and come forward to pray at the pulpit, do we bring reproach upon ourselves, as some members may think we "pray to be seen of men"? Does one area of the church building offer efficacy in prayers to God that any other? I hardly think so.

Paul preached Christ crucified and Christ risen. Those ordained to eternal life believed. The work of the Holy Spirit was adequate then and it is now. We are commanded not to add or take away from the Word of God and we are not to add anything to the work of the Holy Spirit. If we do, we lack faith in the Spirit. If we do, we lack faith in the words of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we do not believe all that Christ teaches. In that case, what does this do to us? Think about it, props, along with dramatized emotionalized gospel presentations is disobedience to God's Word. "Think about it".

Worshipping the Lord in Music & Song.
By Andy Neckar

Music should express the Praises of the Lord
Music should extol the Glories of the Lord
Music should express the Truth of the Lord
Music should evidence the Spirit of the Lord

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing (urging; appealing; persuading) one another in psalms and hymns (glorify; adore; praise; exalt; honor) and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Col. 3:16)

Songs and the accompanying music should be teaching the word of Christ. It tells us that Biblical knowledge and Christian music must walk hand in hand as we sing.

"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." (Eph. 5:19)

Here again is the same Scriptural message. Christian songs and music should convey and persuade Christ's word to the listener, and at the same time bestow praise and glory to the Lord.

A "spiritual song" is one that speaks in a proper and Biblical manner of some great truth of Scripture.

Christian music lacking these characteristics does not minister to the Lord. It is not sufficient for someone to say, "Well, I enjoy it and so do the kids and others." But that misses the point. It is not a question of personal taste--what you or I enjoy. It is a question of Biblical revelation and with the proper purpose of Christian music as gleaned by a careful study of the principles found in Scripture.

The personal taste of some Christians lean to Christian rock. Does that make Christian rock acceptable to Christ?

What about Contemporary Christian music? Just because it is acceptable to some, does that fact make it acceptable to Christ? Remember,--music has teaching power that is concealed within itself. Congregations can mature in their tastes if they are taught what is right, using Holy Scripture as a standard.

Ernest Pickering, the Director of Baptist World Mission writes;
"We cannot expect this generation to respond to hymns that are rich in content unless they are taught carefully and used convincingly. In many cases the shallow but pleasurable emotional response to worship choruses is derived from the repetition of a few simple verses. Those who expect worship to be more reasonable and rational must patiently and lovingly introduce their people to the deeper emotional resources of words that will truly challenge and stimulate the imagination. Texts of great hymns have done this since the sixteenth century, and still have the power to do so."

Here is a paraphrase of a portion of 1 Corinthians 13.
"If I sing clever arrangements and flowery anthems, but I fail to communicate words, I am become an ineffective noise. And if I exhibit superior vocalism so that I strain not upon the high C's, but fail to interpret the words I am nothing. Words clearly sung teach the understanding and incite thinking; words properly interpreted stir the emotions and lead to action. And abideth music and words, these two, but the greater of these is words".

What about outside singing groups coming into your church to sing, and afterwards attempt to sell their music on cassette tape?

We worship God in music and song. Are these singers coming to worship God in music and song in place of the members of that church, or do they come to entertain the members in music and song?

Evangelists that sell books & tapes were mentioned in a conversation that I had, as being wrong if singers coming into a church to sing and sell their tapes were wrong. Let me impute some discernment into this subject.

We pay so the lost may hear the gospel. We pay the preacher, the one who preaches the gospel to the lost. We pay the preacher for teaching those who have heard the gospel and were saved.

We pay Evangelists for teaching us discernment through books and tapes, by buying those books and tapes. We pay Evangelists, by buying those books and tapes, so they can travel across the country and around the world teaching and warning in person.

The Bible (God's Word) teaches us that others teach us and warn us. Nowhere does the Bible teach that others worship for us. Not in heart or in song. True believers never pay someone to worship for them. I believe all true believers have this discernment, but I believe not all true believers exercise this discernment. The Bible says that we worship in music and song. It also says that we hear by preaching and learn by teaching.

The Bible Believer And Heretics
What The Bible Says About A Godly Attitude Toward Heresy

In these days of theological confusion and ecclesiastical compromise, what is the Biblical position for the Bible believer to assume toward heretics and false religious teachers? Are we to patronize them, associate with them, accept their sponsorship, increase their numbers, send them converts, add to their prestige, follow their leadership, identify our churches with them, obliterate important Biblical distinctions with them??? The Bible's answer is clear.

1. Try them...
I John 4:1, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they be of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world."

2. Mark them...
Romans 16:17, "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."

3. Rebuke them...
Titus 1.13, "This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith."

4. Have no fellowship. . .
Ephesians 5:11, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

S. Withdraw thyself...
II Thessalonians 3:6, "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which ye received of us." (See also I Timothy 6:3-5).

6. Turn away from them...
11 Timothy 3:5, "...Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

7. Receive them not...
II John 10-11, "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed; For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. " To our day false teachings are fostered by misplaced hospitality.

8. Have no company with him. .
11 Thessalonians 3:14, "And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. "

9. Reject them...
Titus 3:10, "A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition, reject."

10. Be ye separate...
II Corinthians 6:17, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." (The above adapted from an article by: G. ArcherWeniger. D.D.)

Contend for the Faith...
The Bible teaching is plain. God's people and God's churches are forbidden to make common cause with modernism. Heresy is to be exposed. The ecumenical movement is controlled by heretics. Ecumenical evangelism ignores the Scriptural teaching on sound doctrine, in order "to reach lost souls." What a farce! We should be interested in lost souls, but compromise is not God's way. Jude was interested in "the common salvation", but he also contended for "the faith."

Jude 3, 4, "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." ( Copied from a tract by: Tabernacle Baptist Church, PO Box 3100, Lubbock, TX 79452 )

Alcohol--The strangest of all "diseases"
Alcohol is the only known "disease" that is freely sold in a bottle. You cannot have the one without the other. It is the only "disease" that is legally sold under license! It is sold to the public by "good citizens," and approved and promoted by elected political leaders. This "disease" fills jails, puts people on public welfare indefinitely, and provides a steady supply for asylums. It is the only "disease" that employs huge plants with the latest technology and skilled to manufacture it. It occupies the prime space in magazines and newspapers, and uses radio and television to promote it. It is the only "disease" the government levy's a tax on. You even have to acquire a government license to sell this "disease". It is such an elusive "disease" that the most brilliant men of science and medicine cannot tell you if it is spread by virus or germ. It is surely a strange 'disease", unique and unexplainable, for it differs so greatly from all other known diseases that plague mankind. It can only be "cured" when the 'patient" refuses to open the bottle. (Adapted from an article by K.W. Beyer in Foundation Magazine published by Fundamental Evangelistic Association, PO box 6278 Los Osos CA 93412)

Editors note: This "disease" then can only be sin, as stated elsewhere in the article

Fundamentalists By Birth -But Not By Battle
Many younger fundamentalists have grown up in homes of fundamentalists, attended fundamental churches and fundamental schools. They are fundamentalists by birth , but not by battle. Their convictions were never challenged. They have not crossed swords to defend the truth. They have paid no price to wear the badge of fundamentalism. A man's true colors must be tested by battle. These "peace time" fundamentalists face the peril of losing the spirit of militancy which has always characterized fundamentalism. ( The Calvary Contender, 5/15/96)

CN&V'S Notes

The Christian News & Views is an outreach of Messengers of Christ Ministries which became official the past few weeks. Writing the newsletter is now only part of the work of the Lord going on at my home in Hico now.

Messengers of Christ Ministries has a Christian Literature Ministry that mails literature compiled from various ministries to churches and pastors around the world. MCM also has the CN&V Web Page on the Internet which offers Christian Resources along with the newsletter.

May the Lord guard you and guide you and keep you in His Holy Word

See you next month

We Must Earnestly Contend For The Faith.