It’s been a while people… a lot has happened and it seems God is trusting me to be responsible enough to be released from full time employment so that I may engage musical work in all it’s manifestations more directly.
It does seem that humans are never happier than running round and round in a wheel like a gerbil, in the belief that progress is being made and then… suddenly our prayers are answered! We find ourselves free from the constraints of mundane routine because we believed in “bigger things” and look around to see that we are in an open field instead of a gerbil wheel.
But we panic! What do we do with this much liberty and freedom? We end up building another gerbil wheel to run around in, because it’s safe and familiar. It’s a human trait of behaviour; the idea dwarfs and overcomes our ability to grasp the reality. The moral of this tale? It’s very hard to discipline yourself in the field when there is so much room to move.
Focus! Keep your eyes on Him who has asked you to follow His lead! Lest you become distracted and wander away from your path.

…But this is not the story of today’s blog!
This entry is called “Sitting Ducks” because of a worrying trend I have been aware of for some time that is creeping into evangelical wings of the Body of Christ… and yes it does concern music and it’s implementation.

Two years ago, the online Worship Journal conducted a survey amongst it’s subscribers of worship leaders, pastors and musicians alike, with the question; “Would you be okay with non-Christians playing in a worship band in your church?”
Unbelievably, 27% said they would be okay with it.
Most of us who have even a basic knowledge of the necessity for a Spirit-filled life to be required for this task could probably string out a number of reasons why this is not a good thing.
I would anticipate that the same 27% may respond differently if asked if they would mind having a pastor employed by the Church who was not Spirit-filled (or led) and who did not have a revelation of Christ in his life, but would preach anyway.

But I digress… so why is this a bad thing?

The current excuse I hear and read of to promote the practice of allowing uncovenanted people to minister into the body of Christ are varied but are along the following lines:
“If we expose them to the ministry, God may bless them / heal them / speak to them, and then they would give their lives to Christ”.
“It’s a good witness tool”.
“It’s all about relationships”.

Most of these reasons are hyperbole. Digest this excerpt from Ezekiel ch44:

Then he brought me through the north gate to the front of the house. I looked, saw Adonai’s glory filling the house of Adonai, and fell on my face. Adonai said to me, “Human being, pay attention; see with your eyes and hear with your ears everything I tell you about all the regulations of Adonai’s house and about all its Torah; pay attention to who can enter the house and who must be excluded from the sanctuary.You are to tell the rebels, the house of Isra’el, that this is what Adonai Elohim says: ‘House of Isra’el, enough of all your disgusting practices! You brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in both heart and flesh, to be in my sanctuary and profane it — yes, my house — when you offered my food, the fat and the blood; thus in addition to all your disgusting practices, they broke my covenant. Instead of taking care of my holy things yourselves, you have put these people in charge of my sanctuary.’ Here is what Adonai Elohim says: ‘No foreigner, uncircumcised in both heart and flesh, is to enter my sanctuary — no foreigner living among the people of Isra’el.”  (CJB version)

Strong words. “Ah, but that’s Old Covenant!” you might say. As has been explained elsewhere in the CBF archives, the Old Covenant directives are a mirror of the New Covenant practices; it all exists by Grace in Jesus when we are found in Him and He in us.
Verse 7 mentions God’s “sanctuary”… that’s the inner place of worship today in our assemblies. The robes of righteousness we are given by His blood qualifies us to enter the Holy of Holies boldly. There is no exceptions to that. The “fat and the blood” is our offerings of worship… “fat and blood” can also mean “body and blood” … something someone outside of the covenant has no idea about, let alone a revelation of it.

When ministering musically into the body of the Church, you can only minister out of your life. If Christ is not present in your life, what is left? Frankly, death! If you are not made alive in Christ, what are we? Dead in our sins! This is entry level teaching.
We are happy to preach it and tell others that this is how it should be, yet it is conveniently ignored when the perceived need for a worship band to be ‘complete’ overwhelms us to the point that we will have unsaved people ministering to us about a Saviour they do not know themselves. It would be laughable if it were not sadly true.
So why preach that the anointing is so important and necessary and then overlook it in the interests of “relationships”? Why insist that a minister must have Christ in and upon him to qualify as a minister of the gospel and exclude someone from that necessity because the need for a competent guitarist is so great that you would bend the Word to tailor it to your requirements? My Bible tells me that the road to Righteousness is “straight and true (level)”, not flexible. We must bend to the Word, not the other way around.

It is generally acknowledged amongst most involved in worship leading and musicianship that they are prime targets of satan, due to his designs on extinguishing the breath of the Church to God, which is it’s worship life.
It seems to me (this is likely to be important for all of us) that because the worship life of the Evangelical Church is so strong that satan now realises he cannot shut it down.
I believe what he is now doing instead in these days as we approach end times, is trying to ‘infect’ the worship life of the Church via poor teaching, scriptural interpretations, even false signs and wonders, in order to make it unacceptable to God. One of the ways that you can taint the “fat and blood” of the worship offered to God – not to mention the receptive congregations – is to position unsaved people in the worship teams. It is going on right now.

So why is it a big deal? Some primary reasons…
Firstly, you cannot minister to people who have a life you don’t have and out of a life they have left behind.
Secondly, light has no truck with darkness (Amos 3:3, 2 Corinth 6:14-16). The word “compromise” is a word that never left God’s mouth and nor will it ever do so. To “compromise” actually means to blend together two different ingredients. With this in mind, the worship band with an unsaved member present in it’s ranks cannot seriously exhort the body of Christ to “be Holy because God is Holy”. Why should they? The band themselves aren’t completely “holy” and even the minister endorses it! (Mat 7:3-5).
The scenario is ridiculous but it almost certainly happens. There can be no contradiction in the ranks where the Word is concerned.

Thirdly, with regards to the attacks of satan upon the worship team – readily acknowledged by most – it is essential that the armour of God is present upon you…
11 Use all the armor and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of the Adversary. 12 For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.13 So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing. 14 Therefore, stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waistput on righteousness for a breastplate15 and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom.16 Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One.17 And take the helmet of deliverance; along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God; 18 as you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people.  ~   (Ephesians ch6, CJB)

Now try to fit the rationale of having an unsaved party present in the worship team in the above exhortation.
This is the most important point because of the gravity of our actions in allowing an unsaved party to be an active member of the worship team.
The regular members of a worship team generally ought to fulfil the criteria above from Ephesians ch6. An unsaved member will not be able to do this.
It should become apparent by now dear reader, that if we position a person into a worship team, for whatever the reasons however honourable they may seem, they are completely exposed to the fiery arrows of satan. The regular members may well have the armour Paul writes about in Ephesians, but the unsaved party DOES NOT. The idea of ‘exposing’ unsaved people to serious spiritual responsibility such as ministering musically into the body of Christ in order to “give them a chance to get to know Christ” pales into mediocrity when weighed against the great likelihood that we have exposed them to demonic spiritual onslaughts and attacks that are aimed at spirit-filled worship teams by satan as a matter of course. No Blood Covenant = No Blood Protection.

If people come into the Church who are unsaved but clearly capable musically and wish to join in the worship team, there is a scriptural precedence: Soul first, Service second. And even then, God may have other ideas; ability does not necessarily dictate ‘calling’.
The absence of sound teaching on the principles of Priesthood to the Body of the Church and to God, does not produce the right kind of foundation for people to grow soundly and safely into music ministry within the Church. We are priests before we are musicians… just as the Levites were.

In any case, the trend has to stop. An unsaved individual not covered by the Blood and baptised in water and of the Spirit playing worship music in front of a congregation is also standing in front of satan’s hoards with no armour or protection whatsoever. They cannot wear or share your armour or anyone else’s. You can plead sanctification, but given the immense responsibilities required spiritually, I see no scriptural precedence for it.

If you are a worship team organiser, DO NOT DO THIS. If you are an unsaved member of any worship team, GET SAVED NOW. I certainly am not in the business of putting defenceless charges in places of such gravity without at first explaining what God – not me – requires of them.
Make sure ALL members of your team are saved by Grace, filled and anointed with the Holy Ghost with the complete revelation of the Word in their lives and a sound sense of priestly responsibility to both God and to the flock.

In the ranks of God’s Kingdom, we cannot be responsible for creating sitting ducks.