We played a new song in worship and got the following letter the next week,
I am no music scholar, but I feel I know appropriate church music when I hear it. Last Sunday’s new hymn – if you can call it that – sounded like a sentimental love balled one would expect to hear crooned in a saloon. If you insist on exposing us to rubbish like this – in God’s house! – don’t be surprised if many of the faithful look for a new place to worship. The hymns we grew up with are all we need.
OK, I’ll fess up. We didn’t get this letter, but a minister did in 1863 in the week following their first time singing “Just As I Am.” If you want to read more interesting thoughts, head over to Vintage Faith (Dan Kimball’s blog) where I found this.