Worship Leaders Speak

  The Cult of Celebrity – Chuck Fromm

The Lord tells the prophet Amos: “I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies…. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your guitars! (Actually He said “harps” to the ancient Israelites.)” (Amos 5: 21:23 NIV). 

The great struggle of the Israelite prophets was against the constant tendency of God’s people to forsake His true worship and return to idolatry. We still have a tendency toward idolatry today-but it’s not about worshiping statues, it’s the cult of celebrity. It’s not a coincidence that one of the most popular television shows today is called American Idol. When we employ music and other arts in the service of worship today, do we really use it in service? Who is the audience for the prayer that we sing when we sing a hymn? Is God the Audience or is the audience your god?  read more    

Chuck Fromm Bio

1 Comment

  1. Amen to your statements Chuck. Today’s corporate worship service is yesterdays Christian Rock concert. I’ve been around long enough now to see a real shift in worship and it hasn’t been good. Because we’ve popularized worship music, in many ways we’ve defiled it. Everyone has hopped on the worship band wagon and when there isn’t a gifting or anointing for worship, it has just become another pop song. ANd unfortunately all the younger worship leader wanta be’s are following a bad example. There is so much I could say about this but I will save it for another time.

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