[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 034 – Wonky Contemporary Christian Music

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Show Notes


  • On today’s show Landon opens the mailbag for the first time in show history and answers two very interesting questions.  Then, he moves into the first edition of “wonky Christian music” and review Oceans by Hillsong United and Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli.

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[00:04:54] Topic 1: Fire Away! Mailbag

  • Question 1: “Nancy” just learned a Christian group on Facebook, of which she is a part, does not believe Jesus is God.  She asks, “Is me confronting them the right thing to do? Or should I just walk away?”
  • Question 2: Can you tell me anything about Lysa TerKeurst? Is she sound? I have a family member that is pretty enamored with her, but I have pretty much abandoned ALL female teachers because of the compelling bad fruit, but am worried I am just becoming cynical.  – Marsha

[00:53:02] Topic 2: Wonky Contemporary Christian Music

  • The heresy of worshiptainment
  • Song Review: Oceans by Hillsong United
  • Song Review: Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli

 Resources Mentioned During the Show

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 General Information

Landon Chapman

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Founder of Entreating Favor, writer, and host of the Fire Away! podcast. He is an architect by vocation and professes the Bible to be the infallible, inerrant, Word of God. He and his wife Holly have two children.

15 Comments on “[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 034 – Wonky Contemporary Christian Music”

  1. I’d never heard the Holy Spirit song, but I am a fan of Oceans. With a little (re)interpretation I think the lyrics are perfectly acceptable and even edifying 🙂

    Just like many Jesus Culture and IHOP songs, the theological problems arise when you take *their* understanding of certain terms, and are not bad when you take an orthodox understanding.

    “Holy Spirit you are welcome here,” however, is pretty terrible no matter what dictionary you’re using :/

  2. Thank you for this discussion regarding the worship music. I am the one in charge of picking music at our church and the members text me songs they want me to consider. Just today the “Holy Spirit” song was one of them and also Mercy Me’s song “Flawless.” I told her I didn’t like disagreeing with her and I hoped she would trust my discernment but neither one of these songs had my vote. Fortunately this time she was very understanding but many times she has told me I worry too much about that stuff and am too “theological.” Well, that’s my job 🙂 I really get a lot out of your podcasts – thanks again!

    1. Landon

      Sincerest thanks for your kind comments and for listening. More importantly, God bless you for your wisdom in discernment. Your congregation is very fortunate.

  3. Secret Church is neat and all, but did Platt’s church carry out their conviction all the way and
    1) make the format of Secret Church their only format for any church gathering they do?
    (If not, do they think it’s God-honoring and right, or don’t they?)

    2) actively call other congregations to forsake their garbage?
    (I know they don’t, because I listened to Platt speak at Bellevue Baptist Memphis in November 2014 and he went out of his way to commend and backslap Steve Gaines, who had one of the most entertaining worship services I’ve ever seen.)

    I’m sorry to be a bummer, but partial repentance is not exactly repentance.

  4. Excellent podcast, I look forward to future editions. It is such a blessing and encouragement to hear you share the song reviews. I pray the Lord bless you and your ministry as you faithfully proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    1. Landon

      I should be thanking you, brother. I had planned to interject in your articles but you were so thorough, it became the Jorge Rodriguez episode!

      In all seriousness, thank you for your work on those articles and your faithfulness.

  5. My pastor’s wife took the women in my church to see Lysa T and now they are all into her devotional book. I brought it up to my pastor that Lysa was another contemplative/mystical teacher and he told me directly that unless I go to these events myself, I have no grounds to speak against these teachers. This doesn’t sit well with me; seems he’s capitulating to the false teaching (an ongoing worsening pattern with him) and/or to his wife’s preferences. Not the first time – first time was regarding a book by Henri Nouwen… I’ve been silenced – what can I do now but simply pray for them?

  6. I can’t believe I missed this podcast the first time around! Excellent. Boy, I really want to find out which group “Nancy” was involved in.
    But, maybe it’s better i don’t know!

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