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What Does the Bible Say About...New Songs?

I will need the chapter and verse to back up. Why do some people only want the old hymns in the praise service? When a very modern song is what made me dedicate my life back to God. Please help me explain that all music is good To God? Old, new as long as it is done in the right mind set to praise and worship God.


I can’t answer why some people do things. Only they could tell you. Perhaps it is because they are more comfortable with what they see as the traditional, forgetting that at one time even those songs were new and revolutionary. Most of the songs sung in American congregations other than the Roman Catholic Church are less than 250 years old.

There are only two scriptures that tell us what kind of songs to sing. “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:18-19) “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)

These verses only say we are to sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” Some mistakenly say that it is wrong to sing any song that isn’t based on one of the psalms in the biblical Book of Psalms. But Paul adds hymns and spiritual songs to the list. Some of the newer songs would fall under the category of spiritual songs. Some of the older and new songs don’t fall into any of these categories.

The problem I have with many of the new songs is that they have no substance. They repeat the same ten words over and over. Many are just musically poor, and probably won’t last. In some cases the arrangements are bad, even if the melody is good. To those who say that it’s the words that matter and not the music need to remember that in many cases it is the combination of the two that makes a song popular.

As long as a song is a psalm, hymn, or spiritual song it is acceptable in worship to God. If it contains lies or bad doctrine, or if it is unspiritual, then it should be avoided. But the style of the music is irrelevant. Some of us object to clapping in songs, just as we object to the use of instruments in accompaniment. But the age of the song and the style of the music doesn’t matter.