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Lyrical content and theological depth in songs and hymns have taken the backseat in many Christian congregations.

Now in the driver’s seat sits music volume.

It is thought that at a certain high level of volume a church worship band can actually lead a congregation into the very throne room of God.

Think of it . . . the very throne room of God.

“It’s really about the volume,” said Leith Thompson, music arts pastor at Decibel Church in Spokane, Washington. “We’re all about the worship and when it’s loud enough, we know we are truly worshiping God. It has to be loud enough to reach heaven. After all, heaven is a long way away.”

The debate about music has been ongoing for decades. “It’s too loud,” is a frequent complaint from the more seasoned saints, while at the same time, “Crank it, Baby!” is the regular mantra from the younger crowd.

That debate has been minimized at Decibel Church through its vision statement:


“That lingering ringing in the ears for hours after the music stops is just the divine presence of God upon the people,” said Thompson. “Some worshipers have had their heartbeats modified by a driving bass line during worship. It’s like a Holy Ghost defibrillator.”

Thompson went on to say, “On a few occasions, we’ve had bleeding eardrums. Glory to God! It’s a mystical experience that we see as a kind of stigmata for a chosen few.”

Visitors to Decibel Church will notice some people wearing earplugs or noise-reducing headphones. It is generally assumed that those folks are unbelievers, or merely unenlightened in matters of worship.

Reporter: Dr Parson Peeves

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