The history of music and the church

In the twenty-first century all sorts of Christian-based music can be found in the church, from classical and traditional psalm and hymn singing, to rock, rap, soul, pop, blues, country, folk and others. This brief article covers the subject of music in the early church through to today, and shows the struggles and rich blessings of this art in our lives throughout history. Often a new style of music arose, which many strongly rejected as worldly, only for the next generation to accept as normal and godly. Such were the experiences of Luther, Wesley, Moody and a host of other leading revivalists. The church has a rich treasure house of music through the centuries and it is good that we celebrate the God who has inspired such creativity.