– Episode 1803 –

John MacArthur, Music Is Not Worship

Todd Friel discusses the common grace of music and the connection of music to the emotions.  Music in the church can be a gateway drug to bad theology.  Todd uses a John MacArthur sermon looking at the misconceptions about music and worship to explore how true worship is of the heart, ascribing to God His worthiness and how music is a means of worship when founded upon Biblical truth.


Segment 1 (0:00) – Todd discusses the influence of music including how Arius used music to help spread his heretical views in contrast to the orthodox views of Athanasius.  Particularly in today’s church landscape, most music is emotive but not theologically significant or accurate.  Many find themselves in unbiblical movements because of music.  Before determining how Christians should react to this, Todd explores the theology of music via a John MacArthur sermon identifying the first two of four misconceptions of music including music is worship and music motivates worship.

Segment 2 (11:42) – Todd continues to explore Biblical truth as a foundation of worship by looking at the theology of music via a John MacArthur sermon identifying the last two of four misconceptions of music including music will create the mood for worship and non-Christians will not come to church unless we import their music.

Segment 3 (19:27) – Todd explores what good Christian worshipful music is from a John MacArthur sermon where after identifying four misconceptions of music, John MacArthur notes the highest form of music and greatest usage is through Christians, the song of the redeemed, because it focuses not on emotion but instead on God.  Also John MacArthur notes from Zephaniah 3:17 there will be music in heaven forever and one special soloist, God, who will sing over our presence in heaven.