Encouraging a higher standard for Christian music

A former Worship leader tells his story why he left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement.

Dedication by Dan Lucarini

This book is dedicated to the authors, pastors, music ministers and others who
came before me. They never ceased to warn us about the dangers of rock music
to a Christian; but we did not take heed. They had the courage to confront others
in the church who defended every controversial and sensual music style; but in
return we heaped scorn upon them. When they dared to oppose the contemporary
music invasion into the church service itself, we called them legalists and worse.
Many have sacrificed popularity and seen their ministry opportunities limited,
because their consciences dictated they must take a stand.


Music has often been a “hot potato” in the life of the
Christian church, and the subject may never have
been more controversial than duringthe past fifty years.

At one end of the spectrum, there are those who tell us

that the only words that should be sung in the church

are those forming the Old Testament Psalms — and that

they should be sung without any musical accompaniment.

At the other end, there are those who say that any

kind of music — rock, pop, jazz, punk, country and

western, rap, or whatever ‘turns people on’ is

perfectly legitimate for use in worshipand evangelism.

Dan Lucarini never approached the first of these extremes,

but he came within touching distance of the second,

and it is from his deeply involved experience of the modern

music scene, secular and otherwise, that this book is written.

The author’s honest sharing of his own spiritual and musical

journey prepares the way for his assessment of what he sees

to be a major problem in today’s church — and makes it more

difficult to deny that he in on to something.

This book will undoubtedly raise many hackles,

but Lucarini’s direct and uncompromising style is harnessed

to a gracious spirit concerned with nothing else but God’s glory.

This is nowhere more evident than in his warm and wise

treatment of the subject of worship and ministry.

John Calvin once wrote, “We know by experience that music

has a secret and almost incredible power to move hearts.”

The reformer was right — and we should therefore give its

use in the life of the church serious and God-centered


I pray that this book will help us to do so.

John Blanchard


Comments on: "Dan Lucarini — Why I Left The Contemporary Christian Music Movement" (1)

  1. […] Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) is an industry, and, as in all industry, its motivation is subject to the bottom line –$$$. With millions of dollars at stake in this highly competitive market, the majority of performers and recording companies do not hesitate to pattern themselves after their more-popular secular music counterparts, including rock artists such as those previously mentioned. As a result, the inherent Heavy Metal message of rebellion, and the Soft Rock smoke screen of New Age love have been so cleverly incorporated into the substance of Christian music that it now represents 90% of the tapes and disks being offered today at your favorite local Christian bookstore. […]

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