Over seventeen years ago, I attended a church which had a great worship band. Its music lifted my heart out of the depths of despair many times, but one Sunday evening, I had a rather upsetting experience.
The band had just played the opening chords to one of my favorite David Ruiz’s worship songs: We Will Dance. I raised my hands and my feet automatically began moving along with the music. The whole assembly seemed primed for celebration.
I looked above the worship band and an odd thing happened: a hole opened up into the heavenly realms. What I saw was a glorious white light approaching us at what appeared to be the speed of light. As it came nearer, I could make out a white cloaked creature sitting on a throne.
My first thought was that an awesome presence of God was going to invade our assembly. To say the least, I was excited.
But as it approached nearer and nearer, I saw its evil face and knew the creature was an angel of light. Although the coldness of its terrible presence sent shivers through me, I said, “Go in Jesus’ name.”
The angel of light quickly departed.
Since that night, I have hardly listened to Christian worship music. When I have listened, the worship songs no longer excite my spirit. Oh, I feel a little bit of God in them, but for the most part, I recognize that they are mostly worldly me-too clones dressed up to make money off us Christians.
“What!” you scream, “I love Christian worship music. It brings the presence of God into my times of devotion.”
Maybe you’re right, okay?
But if you want to test your discernment, don’t listen to worship music for the next six months. If the music withdrawals became too hard to bear, listen to Mozart, Beethoven, and other classical music.
Then, at the end of six months, listen to worship music once again. You might be surprised at what your spirit discerns from the music.
You see, what we Christians now call spiritual discernment has been deadened by the world we live in and what we believe is God may not always be so.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)