Ministry of Music / by David Vaughn
Sep 29, 2002
NOTE: This letter was written in 1989.
An open letter to pastors and music ministries:
The contents of this letter is a stern warning for music ministries only and is not intended to apply to Christian Entertainers. I have no intent to condemn or judge, but to revile the facts and call for action from music ministries only.
Most pastors will agree that God is restoring the Tabernacle of David (Acts 15: 13-20). Because there are no structural changes in the New Testament regarding new methods of reconstruction, it is safe to believe that the mannerisms of the Old Testament will be upheld today.
When Nehemiah gathered together the musicians to restore their office in the temple, he faced two major obstacles. First was to rebuild the walls. He knew that without walls there would be no separation from the heathen nations and the inhabitants of the land would defile the temple. He encountered much opposition and ridicule and literally had to build with one hand and fight with a sword in the other (Neh:4). Secondly, because the walls had been down for a long period of time, the heathen nations had married Gods anointed and their children could not speak Gods Language (Neh: 13).
The same two problems exist today. The walls are down. Secular record companies have infiltrated Christian Music and the Christian Record Companies has intermarried with secular companies (heathen nations). Many of the so-called Christian Music Groups have fashioned their performances after the secular world. This results in some of our youth seeing no difference between Christian and secular music. As a result, our youth speak just like the world. They have not been thought to speak a Godly Language.
In 1Chr. 17: 11-15, Nathan the prophet stated that Jesus (the Son) would build this Tabernacle and God (the Father) would establish it forever. He would do it through the seed of his Son or two generations after David. Solomon built the temple but it was not his generation Nathan was prophesying about. Nathan stated in the prophecy that it would be the seed of Gods Son. In reality, the temple he was prophesying about is the present day Christian. The generation birth after Gods Son is us! We are the ones who were "Born Again". This makes us the second generation.
Like unto the first Tabernacle, so it will be to the second. The ministry of music will play a very important role in the preparation and the day to day functions within the Tabernacle.
Satan is more aware of this than most pastors. That is why he is wooing anointed musicians to join themselves to the secular world. Nathan said in verse 10 it would come back to the time of Judges. In Judges 2:2, the Lord said to make no league with the inhabitants of the land. In our case the inhabitants of the land are secular record companies who have bought and now own the Christian Record Companies.
Music ministries ought to be warned of this fact. Anointed Musicians, (ones whom God has been grooming for the restoration) who have any dealings (contractually) with these secular record companies, are facing the risk of not being used as ministers in Gods Tabernacle.
If you are a Musician, do not believe because you are a part of the "big five" Christian Record Companies, that you are not defiled. Don?t be deceived, these leading Christian Record Companies are owned by the inhabitants of the land, i.e. ?heathen nations".
Where have the prophets been? Where is there a Judge? Ezekiel called it "WHOREDOM".
Have you noticed that today's music ministers have been transformed into entertainers? In David's day, the entertainers were called the court jesters, but the only one laughing is Satan as the music ministers perform within his courts and concert halls.
1Chr. 25 gives us a word as to what true music ministries are. Any musician who professes to be a minister of the tabernacle ought to fit within the boundaries set forth by David.
David divided the musicians into three groups. The first are the ASAPH Ministries. Its Hebrew meaning is to receive, collect in a fashion to restore or loose someone. They release you to worship. Verse 2 states they prophesied according to the order of the king. In other words, they lead the congregation to the thrown for personal ministry in conjunction with the pastor. The ASAPH Ministries are our present day praise and worship leaders within the local church.
The second group is the JUDUTHUM Ministries. Its Hebrew meaning is to praise God with extended hands in the form of instructions. The JUDUTHUM Ministries are the ones who instruct Gods people with the "How to" of praise and worship. This ministry represents our modern day Psalmist. JUDUTHUM Ministries are mobile and go from church to church instructing praise and worship leaders (the ASAPH Ministry) in new songs and correcting the ways of praise and worship.
The third division are the HEMAN Ministries. Its Hebrew meaning is simply "Faithful". HEMAN Ministers are prophets who are the Kings seers (verse 5). They deliver the word of God and Prophesy with their music. HEMAN Ministries are mobile and can be in the form of a band (verse 6) with various instruments. These faithful ones sacrifice everything they have to serve God in song and will not compromise or join themselves with pagan companies.
The HEMAN Ministries today, should be the ones you hear on Christian Radio Stations. They will have recordings of their prophecies. Unfortunately, a HEMAN Ministry has the least chance of getting airplay. Most Christian Radio is programmed with the entertainer.
Satan will do all he can to deceive Gods people and he has done a through job. Pastors need to protect their flock and their musical ministries. IF you are not informed about what is going on in today's Christian Music, bring a HEMAN Ministry in to teach you. Do not let your flock miss out on the restoration of the Tabernacle of Gods manifest presence in the ARK.
Where are the ASAPHS, the JUDUTHUMS, and the HEMANS?
When Ezra returned to Jerusalem for the rebuilding the temple, he confessed: "And now for a little space grace hath been showed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and give us a nail (place in Gods plan) in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage" Ezra 9:8
And now a little space of grace has been shown to us for escape. We need the ministries of music to take up their rightful place. We need Christian Radio proclaiming the prophecy of God. May this word be enlightenment for our eyes and not condemnation. The Christian music industry can change and I pray that it does.
"And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel.
Now therefore make confessions unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do His pleasure: And separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.
Then the entire congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do.
But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand without, neither is this a work of one day or two: For we are many that have transgressed in this thing.
Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all them which have taken strange wives in our cities come at appointed times and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter be turned from us." Ezra 10: 10-14
NOTE: A Christian entertainer is not out of Gods will if he or she is contracted to a record company as long as they classify their music as entertainment and not ministry. When an entertainer considers their music as ministry and has a non-profit classification then it becomes a ministry and this message applies.
Entertainment is not unholy. It can be ministers "tent making". You can be a mature Christian and be an entertainer. You can even work in the secular music industry. Just because you are a musician doesn't mean you have to play only gospel music. I know carpenters who are great Christians that build houses for ungodly people. There are dentists who work on teeth from individuals who have an ungodly mouth. There are mattress makers whose mattress is used by adulteress. This doesn?t make these professionals wrong because they do not limit their skills to Christian clientele. However, they do not call it a ministry.
Whether you are a musician, dentist, carpenter or mattress maker, you will witness and see many saved. Signs and wonders should follow you. These are our reasonable services as Christians. As a musician, you may see many come to the Lord through your music, but you may not be called to the five-fold ministry of leadership.
The Tabernacle of David is not a building. It is a condition of your spirit within the body of Christ.
God Bless and keep us,
David A. Vaughn e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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The urge to be worshipped as hip and arty is one of today's toughest delusions. And so many of our Christian artists --while they praise God-- are enslaved to this sin of emulation. Good article. -Carole