Jesus Is Not Your Boyfriend: The Feminization of Christian Worship

Many so-called ‘praise & worship’ songs I hear today sound like mushy gushy love songs a smitten young woman might sing for her boyfriend. A prime example can be heard here. This very effeminate ‘style’ of praise and worship music certainly generates ‘worshipful’ feelings, but at what cost? Have we forgotten that our worship is rising to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords? Jesus isn’t your boyfriend! He’s God the Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity! You wouldn’t sing some sappy romantic ode to an earthly king. How much more does the King of Kings deserve our respect? Doug Wilson is right. “The current emphasis on ‘feeling worshipful’ is frankly masturbatory, which in men produces a cowardly and effeminate result.”

Music has been one of the chief culprits in the feminization of the church. Many of the “traditional” hymns of the nineteenth century are romantic, flowery, and feminine. (I come, after all, to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses.) But the recent rejection of such hymns in favour of contemporary worship music has been a step further away from a biblical masculinity. The current emphasis on ‘feeling worshipful’ is frankly masturbatory, which in men produces a cowardly and effeminate result.

The fact that the church has largely abandoned the singing of psalms means that the church has abandoned a songbook that is thoroughly masculine in its lyrics. The writer of most of the psalms was a warrior, and he knew how to fight the Lord’s enemies in song. With regard to the music of our psalms and hymns, we must return to a world of vigorous singing, vibrant anthems, more songs where the tenor carries the melody, open fifths, and glory. Our problem is not that such songs do not exist; our problem is that we have forgotten them. And in forgetting them, we are forgetting our boys. Men need to model such singing for their sons.

Doug Wilson, Future Men p. 98

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