Worship Teams and Leaders
"Worship teams and leaders often seem to have an independent purpose for their being, attempting to establish some kind of mood. Instead of working in conjunction with the word that is to come, or sensing the mood and heart of God, they have already got their choruses numbered, and what they are going to sing and do. They have their musical talent and amplifiers, and they are going to ‘do their thing,’ and leave you [the one bringing the Word of God] to make the best of it as well as you can. "
"Worship ministry, then, becomes celebrated as a thing in itself. If I could, I would pull the plug out of every overhead projector and amplifier. Let us rather just splutter and choke along, and miss a word here and there, and come into the spirit of God’s worship, than that we should be led with choruses and more choruses. What they are really trying to do is to effect an atmosphere for a service, rather than touch the heart of God, let alone prepare for the receiving of a holy word for those assembled."
Art Katz - Chapter 4 Apostolic Foundations
We have come to equate worship and music. Worship is much more than music and music may be a hindrance to worship. Worship is the consciouse acknowledgement of God's worthiness, preeminence, glory, grace, etc. Worship should exude from our greeting one another, to the words we speak, to the messages we hear, and the songs we sing. We should do all to the glory of God and in recognition of the glory due Him.
Music can produce spiritual-like moods and feelings that replace true worship. The flesh often is drawn to melodies and beats and the singers are led to believe that it is the Spirit that is affecting them instead of the flesh's response to the music.