This is not an article about music, not the style of it, or personal preferences, but an article asking the question - Does God Hate Our Worship?
Amos 5:21-23 "I hate your festivals; I despise them. I'm not pleased with your religious assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I won't accept them. I won't even look at the fellowship offerings of your choicest animals. Spare me the sound of your songs. I won't listen to the music of your harps."
The Lord speaking of his people Israel, who had again turned their back on His Laws, and once again living in wickedness, and disobedience to God's commands. God tells them that even their tithes and offerings they make unto him will not be accepted, and their songs of worship he will not listen too.
Can you image the Jew's of Israel, going up to the temple everyday with their offerings, and animals in tow to be sacrificed, and they are doing it all for nothing, because God will not accept their offerings, nor their sacrifices?
We see why God is angry with them, and has put them on ignore.
Amos 5:12 - "You carried along the statues of [the god] Sikkuth as your king and the star Kiyyun, the gods you made for yourselves."
Israels greatest sin has always been - IDOLATRY
America is also full of every kind of IDOLATRY! And Christians have fallen victim to the these idols of the American society. Sometimes people stay home from Church in order to watch football, or NASCAR, or they are hanging out at the beach when they ought to be in the house of worship instead. More than that we allow the things of this world to occupy our hearts and minds, often in place of God, and the things of God.
More than all of that we American Church-goers and so busy with the things of this world we don't make time to obey God's commands. For instance going out and preaching the Gospel to the lost, and rescuing those being who are being taken away to death (the Pre-born). (Prov. 24:11-12) Can we honestly say that we love our neighbors as ourselves? I've personally seen a lot of hate and wickedness coming from people who claim the name of Christ, plain evil!
How about Christians who have compromised and on the issue of human abortion? Church going women to claim to know Christ make up excuses to go have their own flesh and blood slaughtered, and have a million excuses for why they are doing it? God does not wink at sin like this! Abortion is nothing more than sacrificing your children to the Devil, and the Church rolls on like nothing is a matter, ignoring that people are being murdered right down the street, and the pulpits are silent.
I wonder if all our offerings, and our prayers are even heard sometimes considering the sad state of the Church, and this nation? Take time to really think about this matter and see if there is something too what has been said here. I believe that 2015 is going to be a very hard year people in America, especially Christians. As long as evil men are in control, we can expect to be persecuted for our faith, and 2015 might be the year God uses to spank his people for their own sins.
James 1:22 - "But be a doer of the word and not only a hearer, and do not deceive yourselves."
Matt. 7:26 - "And everyone who hears these my words, but does not practice them, will be likened to the foolish man who built his house on sand."