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Singing Same Song Again

What is the purpose of singing the same chorus over and over and o-v-e-r again? This seems to happen mainly in charismatic churches (though not all). Sometimes it almost seems as if they are trying to bring people into a state of trance.

Moderator - Yes, it can be used for bringing people into a state of trance. It is then frequently followed by a call to give money.

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 ---RitaH on 2/17/08
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It is truly sad to me that the majority of "church critics" can find nothing at all good to say. Seems almost as if they exalt their experiences over the truth. On a more practical note, why does it seem the same people criticize everything over and over and o-v-e-r again? Don't be surprised if the criticism you sow brings a harvest of criticism into your life. God is not mocked.
---Linda on 4/1/08


Well Rita, if your not satisfied with the music, then you do something different. If you want a change then it has to start with you. Maybe others wants a change but are waiting for the other person to step out and make the change. Chances are if you step out in faith and change things for God's glory, others will be behind you. If you don't do something about it, then stop complaining.
---Rebecca_D on 3/24/08


Have you noticed that it is losing it's grip over people?
Even seeing it through Christian media, people do not have the resources to throw at it any longer. The financial grip it once had is slipping away. A gallon of gas and a loaf of bread are going for the same price, people are reprioritizing.
---Cindy on 3/11/08


True worship is God-centered worship. People tend to get caught up in where they should worship, what music they should sing in worship, and how the worship looks to other people. Focusing on these things completely misses the point. Jesus tells us that true worshipers will worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Worship can include praying, reading God's Word with an open heart, singing, participating in communion, and serving others.
---Court7646 on 2/26/08


We all praise and worship God in our own way. It is worth considering though when we sing as a group what we do sing and why. Since there is almost always a song leader who initiates specific songs/praises, why do they do the ones at certain times? It is also interesting when a guitarist (or other) goes off on chords during a repetition. By the way, is a chant still a chant when set to music? Is praise still to God when He is not mentioned?
---mikefl on 2/20/08




MY, MY, how interesting. Thanks for the warnings. I do not like trances.
---catherine on 2/20/08


Not my favorite either, but go back to the gregorian chants, all cultures have used chanting in some form as a means of memorization. Once memorized then depth of meaning can be perceived. Chanting is effective in meditation all forms.
---dan on 2/20/08


Most "praise music" I've heard does very little towards praising God and simply praises praise, which is NOT the same thing.

At best, it's the Christian equivalent of "Four legs goooooood, two legs baaaaaaad."
---Jack on 2/19/08


Sometimes I sing the same praise chorus over and over while praying alone. Some churches continue to sing the same chorus over and over as a way to sing praises to the Lord. Some because they "worship the worship" while others because they are truly worshipping the Lord. Unfortunately, more are worshipping the worship than are worshipping God. One church near us has a sign that proudly proclaims "10-member praise band", but Jesus name is not on their sign.
---Susie on 2/18/08


They do the same at Taize in France, where young people go to live and learn about Christianity. The songs are different but again it is in my mind rather more pleasurable and worldly than it is obedient to what the Bible would show. I believe in using traditional psalms and maybe some (old) hymns, but only singing them once.
---frances on 2/18/08




Singing effects our emotions within and outside of the church. When you repeat a word or chorus etc..over and over it intensifies the meaning and effects of the words. This then ushers people into the presence of the Lord. Music is also used to wake up and thaw out these frozen,dead christians and sinners in the church. Hopefully the music will touch and move them to make a decision for Christ.Preaching is used for the same purpose. So is prayer.Preachers have a tough job before them.
---Robyn on 2/18/08


The same purpose of a commercial being played repeatedly? OR... the establishment of a slogan? The devil uses it to "ad-infinitum/ ad-nauseum. IT GETS IT INTO YOUR HEAD! If applied efficiently, it can help get you into the attitude of prayer. The spirit of "Attah" (The wrapping or wearing that spirit of praise.)
By the way, how many hours do we spend each week in Praise, Prayer, and Worship? NOW How many hours do you spend listening to secular radio, or watching TV? Hmmmm?
---timotheus on 2/18/08


People are afraid of change. They would rather sing the same old songs rather than sing something different. Alot of the churches that sing I'll Shall Not Be Moved, they wasn't kiddin'. An earthquake couldn't move them people. I sing with gospel soundtacks (music with no words) in my church and I buy and sing the songs that speak to my spirit. The spirit of the Lord hasn't let me down so far.
---Rebecca_D on 2/18/08


yeah it can be a tool but we shouldnt altogether throw it out. when i tire of singing the same thing i stop singing and use the music as a background for personal prayer and worship. i get honest with God and say what needs to be said. this elevates me into whole other realm of worship and feeling where God becomes so much more real. on the flip side much of it is laziness, the crowd just wont learn an old hymn and wants to cater to the young.
---Kraus on 2/18/08


Praise music is like praying to God in song. How can you criticize if someone chooses to pray corporately that way? I found that the hymns in the hymnal tend to tell a story about God, while praise music is praying in song to God. You sing your way, and I will sing mine.
---Trish9863 on 2/18/08


Darcy, I agree with what you say. I prefer hymnals but I do like some choruses very much but they tend to be ones which use scripture in their words, as do most hymns. I would not wish to sing my most favourite hymn 6 times in quick succession. Everything that is repeated often enough becomes meaningless and this is why most people can recite the Lord's Prayer and be thinking about the roast beef they left in the oven or whether or not they remembered to lock the door.
---RitaH on 2/18/08


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Moderator - Yes, it can be used for bringing people into a state of trance. It is then frequently followed by a call to give money.**

And singing all eight stanzas of "Just as I Am" six times over with interruptions by a pleading evangelist never puts people in a trance, does it?
---Jack on 2/17/08


I personally think that the majority of modern praise music is shallow and there isn't a lot of meaning in the lyrics. Hymnals have more meaning to me because the lyrics of hymnals directly include Scripture. It depends on the individual's style of worship and what makes them connect with God. Most modern praise music does not make me connect with God but for some people it does- so praise God.
---darcy on 2/17/08


Campfire ditties, sing this song, doo dah, doo dah....
Campfire ditties, sing this song, all the live long day.
---Cindy on 2/17/08


In Revelation they sing the same song day and night. So how can we say it's wrong?King David had some strange techniques in praise and worship too. I wouldn't go judging how things like this are done. It wasn't profitable for Michal.
---john on 2/17/08


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