Date: January 12, 2017
A Lecturer in Music at the Pentecost Theological Seminary (PTS), Elder Fred Amoakohene Sarpong, has declared that Christ-like music has the power to reveal the nature and character of Christ to the world.
Elder Amoakohene Sarpong stated this in a presentation on the topic, “An Example of Christ-like Music” based on Ephesians 5:18-19; Exodus 15:1-2, at the ongoing Global Ministers and Wives’ Conference (GMWC’17) at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa, on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
According to him, Christ-like music is one that is written or composed with the ultimate goal of revealing the nature and character of Christ and plays almost 80% role in church activities.
“Whichever way of church music performance practice a group of worshipers allude to, the church must admit that whatever type of music they practice should be what pleases God,” he mentioned.
The Music Lecturer indicated that Christ-like music must contain the word of God so that listeners who cannot read the Bible can get the message of God in the lyrics of the songs.
“If all Bibles are to be burnt in the world, music will still be the sure storage place for the world,” he affirmed.
Elder Amoakohene Sarpong said that the text or lyrics, melody, harmony, musical structure, dynamics and performance practices of musicians should imitate the image of Christ, hence church leaders must train musicians and instrumentalists to pay particular attention to them.
He added that Christ-like music must be centred on the testimonies of the power of Christ in the life of a Christian, because when people sing, it has a powerful bearing on their lives.
“We need musicians in the church, but the ultimate goal is not to let them play but to prepare them for Heaven,” he added.
He entreated ministers and church leaders to desist from allowing people of whose spiritual background they know nothing about to hold microphones and sing or play instruments in the churches. He urged them to rather teach those people before making them leaders in the field of music.
Elder Fred Amoakohene Sarpong indicated that Christ-like musicians must first be seen as Christians, possess good character, understand and appreciates the culture of the congregation, be skillful in both theory and practice, and must have good countenance.
“If the content of our music must be full of the word of God, then the container (the musician) must also be full of God and His word,” he revealed.
He concluded by saying that the text of Christ-like music must be Christ-centred, doctrinally sound, poetically well crafted, and edifying for new and matured believers alike.
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