7:01 PM - Baptists Aligning Themselves With the Emerging Apostate Church
Brian Littrell (b. 1975) is a contemporary Christian music artist who won a Dove Award in 2006 for the song “In Christ Alone.” It was written by Shawn Craig and Don Koch.
He is also a founding member of the wildly popular and very worldly secular band the Backstreet Boys, which began in 1993.
And there is nothing holy about the Backstreet Boys. In fact, it’s pretty much all about sexuality. The guys and girls who watch their videos and attend their concerts are not given any reason to think about a holy God, to say the least. Their music and videos are a perfect fit for the biblical description of worldliness: “the lust of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:15-16).
Getty’s Music Featured at Baptist Friends Conference
The Baptist Friends International annual conferences (hosted by Temple Baptist Church/Crown College where Clarence Sexton is pastor) are increasingly moving to contemporary Christian praise music.
This year the attendees heard Backstreet Boys’ Brian Littrell’s “In Christ Alone,” the Getty’s “How Deep the Father’s Love,” and the contemporary T4G rendition of “Before the Throne,” which was “redone by CCM Sovereign Grace rocker Vicki Cook.” A preacher friend wisely observes, “Cook’s new tune destroys the original 1800s Bancroft hymn tune which was wonderful. I believe the CCM crowd is trying to bridge the gap by redoing theologically rich hymns to the new CCM rock tunes.”
Of all of the contemporary worship musicians that are finding their way into fundamental Baptist churches, the Gettys are the greatest influence.
At least eight of the Getty’s songs are included in Majesty Music’s Rejoice Hymns. Twenty-nine of their songs are featured in Hymns Modern and Ancient, published by Heart Publications, a ministry of Steve Pettit Evangelistic Association (Pettit is the current head of Bob Jones University) and compiled by Fred Coleman who heads up Bob Jones University’s Department of Church Music. Both Crown Baptist College and West Coast Baptist College, the two largest independent Baptist Bible colleges, perform Getty material in their services.
Among all of the contemporary worship musicians, I consider the Gettys perhaps the most dangerous, because what they are offering is wrapped in a package that is attractive to gullible “fundamentalists.” From Keith and Kristyn Getty’s Irish brogue and their physical attractiveness, fairly conservative appearance, and effervescent cheerfulness to their foot-tapping, Emerald Island-tinged music and the spiritual depth of their lyrics. They aren’t writing the typical CCM 7-11 music (7 words sung 11 times); their lyrics have scriptural substance.
Baptist Churches Using Hillsong's Music
Many Independent Baptist churches are using the music of Hillsong, one of the most prominent and radically charismatic/ecumenical producers of contemporary worship music. One of their most popular songs is “Mighty to Save,” and it is sung throughout the world on any given Sunday in churches of every doctrinal persuasion, from Pentecostal to Catholic.
A great number of Independent Baptist churches are showing their biblical ignorance and lack of spiritual discernment by using this music. It presents a vague spirituality and touches the emotions but cannot possibly bring true spiritual edification and conviction because it does not present sound Bible truth.