9:55 PM - Contemporary Christian Music and Rome
In his book Making Musical Choices, Richard Peck makes the following important observation about modern church music.
“Aside from its commercialism and its increasing resemblance to the world, contemporary Christian music is becoming a religious melting pot. Some in the community admit that they are not believers. And while this is still an exception, CCM IS PROUD OF ITS ECUMENICAL AND CHARISMATIC SPIRIT. THIS ECUMENISM EXTENDS OPEN ARMS TOWARD APOSTATE PROTESTANT DENOMINATIONS AND THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH” (Making Musical Choices, Bob Jones University, 1986, p. 86).
NOT ONE popular CCM musician that I know of stands against ecumenism and stands boldly for ecclesiastical separation.
Contemporary Christian Music is at home in the most ecumenical of contexts. The same music is perfectly comfortable and acceptable in a Roman Catholic retreat or a World Council of Churches conference or a charismatic “laughing revival.”
CCM is the music of ecumenical evangelism, as epitomized by Franklin Graham and Luis Palau crusades.