Is it right to bring secular bands into the church, just because they happen to play few songs with “Christian” Words in it?
“Iron and Clay”, the band that played in Moonee Ponds Baptist Church two weeks ago (thanks to Greg), are not primarily a “Christian Band” – if there is such a thing. Even by their own admission on their website, their main focus is on social issues – rather than spreading God’s Word.
“We are a ministry/motivational band that travels 10 months of the year impacting young lives all over Australia. Peforming at primary/secondary schools, churches and social events, we address issues such as bullying, drug and alcahol abuse, drink driving and self esteem through music and testimony.”
Is there room for a church to host such events? Possibly, but Sunday morning worship and sermon should never be replaced by a performance, however entertaining it may be.
Greg did really not take the permission of the church for allowing this event, he just ambushed us and pushed his agenda on everyone, as he usually does. Not many of us were aware of the program for the morning, in that, did we not know that the loud band would take up the whole morning service slot.
Greg admitted last week that Iron and Clay’s music was too loud for him and that’s why he was at the back of the church for most of the concert; one has to wonder why he would invite a band to church that he cannot bear to listen to – possibly an attempt at creating an impression that he was doing it more for the church than for himself; but many of us hated it too Greg!
The church did not respond to the band’s numerous attempt at making everyone ‘dance to their beat’; we are not like the Hillsong church, where music and performances take the main stage; we are a conservative and evangelical church and our main objective on a Sunday morning is to hear the Word of God.
If you actually listen to the lyrics of most of their songs, they are not biblically sound; they may be good to create awareness for the prevailing social issues but there are other times and places to promote such messages; replacing a Sunday service with such entertainment demonstrates that Greg is not a pastor who cares about the spiritual growth of the congregation.