Posted by: chuckbumgardner | May 4, 2008

Mohler on Music vs. Preaching in Worship

 A concern for true biblical worship was at the very heart of the Reformation.  But even Martin Luther, who wrote hymns and required his preachers to be trained in song, would not recognize this modern preoccupation with music as legitimate or healthy.  Why?  Because the Reformers were convinced that the heart of true biblical worship was the preaching of the word of God. . . .

Furthermore, music is one of God’s most precious gifts to his people, and it is a language by which we may worship God in spirit and in truth.  The hymns of the faith convey rich confessional and theological content, and many modern choruses recover a sense of doxology formerly lost in many evangelical churches.  But music is not the central act of Christian worship, nor is evangelism, nor even the ordinances.  The heart of Christian worship is the authentic preaching of the word of God.”

R. Albert Mohler Jr., “Expository Preaching: Center of Christian Worship,” in Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship (Phillipsburg, N.J.: P & R Publishing, 2003), 108-109.

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