Our Position on Music
Music is an important and integral component of Biblical worship. In Colossians 3:16 the Bible says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Because of this, and many other, admonitions, as well as the preponderance of bad and ungodly music in many churches of today, the following statement concisely describes our position on music:
We believe that music is moral – that is, there is godly music and there is ungodly music. We also understand that within godly music there are various tastes. However, anything that sounds like the music which the world uses should be avoided by the Christian. Therefore, we use conservative Christ honoring hymns and gospel songs in our services.
From Article XIII, Section 2 of the Downeast Baptist Church Constitution and Bylaws:
“This church will have no part of any sensual sound, worldly appearance, night club demeanor, or choreography which is in much “gospel music” today (1 Thessalonians 5:22; 1 John 2:15-17). It will use music which has a proper balance of melody, harmony, and rhythm (Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16) and avoid pieces written by contemporary artists whose lives, philosophy, and lifestyles are identified with worldliness and unscriptural religious movement (2 Corinthians 6:17-18). It will teach that music itself is moral and communicates, along with the text, a theological and philosophical message.”