The Triumph of Charismatic Song:: Lutheran and Reformed Neglect of Congregational Singing

Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007

If one is an individualistic American, Arminian in his view of salvation, and has a low view of sacramental efficacy, then the praise and worship chorus tradition is very harmonious. That is where the form is born, and the form fits the function.
We cannot speak about the influence of the charismatic movement upon Evangelicalism without speaking about charismatic singing. For in this realm, the charismatic movement has had an impact upon the Church far beyond proportion. This has happened, I think, for two reasons: First, there is something especially harmonious between the charismatic movement and the spirit of the age (more about that later); secondly, Lutherans and Reformed have largely neglected the congregation's song for three centuries if not longer (this, too, will demand some substantiation). First, let me offer some necessary generalizations. When I speak of charismatic ...

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