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Keith Getty on the dangers of the modern cult movement, new album

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Keith Getty
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In an age when deconstructing one’s faith seems almost fashionable, hymn author Keith Getty emphasizes the important role that theologically sound, Bible-based hymns play in strengthening the next generation of believers.

In an interview with The Christian Post, the “In Christ Alone” writer lamented a movement he has seen permeate churches of all faiths, sizes and demographics across the United States in recent years.

“The pastor said, ‘I preach the Word. Everyone does the rest, and I’ll just focus on the sermon. Well, it’s, it’s nonsense. This is not how the Bible was written. This is not how the Church Fathers behaved, ”said Getty.

Everyone from great reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin to revivalists like Jonathan Edwards and Dwight Moody understood that “Yes, you preach the Word, but what your congregation sings and the form of your services, from prayers to readings. of the Bible, is of crucial importance, ”he continued.

“We have to be able to do it,” Getty said. “What if we don’t do that?” What is going to happen is that we have a generation of children going to churches that are imaginative and alive and fill their imaginations but are shallow. Or, we get people to go to churches that are full of truth, but they’re so boring and so unloving and joyless, that there’s nothing of the lure of Christianity to draw the people. The first thing that really catches their imagination will pull them away. “

He added, “There is a huge danger with that. I would say to any pastor or teacher out there – love your people enough to care what they sing.”

Keith Getty and his wife, Kristyn, are the originators of some of today’s most beloved anthems, including “He Will Hold Me Fast”, “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death” and “The Power of the Cross “. The organization of the Irish-born duo, Getty Music, includes a publishing house of modern hymn writers, a record company, a touring company and an e-learning company.

Through their platform, Getty said he and his wife sought to write “great modern hymns that would transform the world for Christ” and strengthen and transform children while encouraging others to do so as well.

A father of four daughters, ages 10, 7, 6 and 3, Getty is dedicated to teaching children the scriptures through song from an early age. Thanks in part to the rise of social media, the challenges facing today’s children are ‘unprecedented’, he said, and so parents can ‘get by with less’ .

“I think we need to make sure our kids know the scriptures better than they know us, better than they even know about their own careers,” he said. “I think they need to be more passionate and more creative and imaginative in the love of the Lord than their love for Disney. If we don’t put songs that fill their emotions of the Lord in this way, then “Frozen” will take those songs, and “Frozen” is anti-Christian. These are great songs… but they are not Christian.

He added, “We, as families, I think, have to work harder to maintain unity in our families and logically to keep unity in our churches. People keep talking about… there’s so much collapse and… split and anarchy in the Church, but sure. Look at the culture around you. What are you waiting for? Look at social media… it will happen. We shouldn’t be surprised at this. But we have to work harder. We need to pray… and we need to make sure our families are more biblical than ever. “

Getty’s latest album,Confessio – Irish American Roots, contains songs filled with traditional Irish melodies, new songs and timeless hymns. Getty described the album’s title track, “Pass The Promise,” as having “a lovely sort of almost Appalachian simplicity. “

The album also features guest artists including Alison Krauss (“In Christ Alone”), Sandra McCracken (“All My Heart Rejoices” “Pass The Promise”), Kirk Whalum and Dana Masters (“Amazing Grace”).

Confession, Getty said, was inspired by hymn writers of old: “We went back to Ireland and thought of all the 17th centuries of Christianity since Saint Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland… of course, Saint Patrick was himself an author of hymns… we thought of 17 centuries of Christianity in Ireland, and we thought of all the faithful pastors, farmers, traders and teachers who have faithfully handed down the faith for generations. Kristyn and I were just overwhelmed.

Getty Music
Getty Music

He added: “We want to be part of this legacy. We want to teach our children songs in our lives and in our testimonies and in the hymns we sing that they can carry with them throughout their lives.

Commenting on the modern worship movement, Getty said he was concerned about the number of pastors, parents and teachers who blindly accept much of the theologically superficial music released today.

“At the end of the day, the modern cult, whatever you want to call it, is largely an industry run by Wall Street,” he said. “None of us should act like this is a great Christian resource that we should take blindly. How many things in the history of the world has Wall Street made more pious? These songs are often written by people you would not trust to be your children’s Sunday school teachers. Some of these people are great, but many are not. And we have to be wiser. We need to take responsibility in our lives, the short lives we have, and give our children the things that are beautiful.

The artist clarified that he was not condemning the modern cult movement as a whole, pointing out that there are “wonderful” people who write and broadcast beautiful music. But overall, he said, modern worship music “shouldn’t be trusted” in the same way that the Bible or hymns of yesteryear should be.

The Psalms, for example, deal with many of the issues people face today, from doubt to lamentation.

“So many questions, so much of this deconstruction that we see online from people, are people who never understood the gospel in the first place or people who never understood the benefits of the Psalms,” he explained.

“If they read the Psalms, most of their problems – the Psalmists had these problems thousands of years ago. It’s not something new that has happened because we have the internet or because we have artificial intelligence. These are things as old as the Psalms.

What we sing, Getty said, “shapes us deeply” and affects us, adding, “We fear the next generation will not sing enough of the hymns that they will wear throughout their lives. And they have such an incredible influence in our lives … it’s really the calling of our lives.

Leah M. Klett is a reporter for The Christian Post. She can be reached at: [email protected]