What do you think about using music to help reach the lost? I have heard a lot of discussion that says that Christian music should be used to glorify God and to edify believers and is not for the purpose of evangelism. While unbelievers can hear our songs and be convicted, curious, or what have you, as a side benefit, we shouldn't be writing music with the lost in mind, but with believers in mind. I've heard much criticism of CCM in this regard in that many songs are invitational to the lost to come to Jesus and are somewhat designed as "seeker friendly."
I can see the point that is trying to be made, but I do not see the consistency. I was wondering this recently and started thinking of our own hymnbook, so I went through our church's Majesty Hymnbook I found all these songs directly written to the lost:
Are you Washed in the Blood
Come to the Cross
Come unto Me (Ron Hamilton)
Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
God’s Final Call
Have You Any Room for Jesus
Jesus is Calling
Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart
Look and Live
Only Trust Him
Softly and Tenderly
The Savior is Waiting
There’s Room at the Cross
What Will You Do with Jesus (Ron Hamilton)
There are also many songs that are testimonial about the salvation experience like, "Just as I Am" "Pass me Not" "A New Name in Glory", "Whiter than Snow" etc.
Was it ok to use music for the lost in tent revivals but not now? What has changed to make it ok to sing these songs in our hymnbook that are directly sung to the lost written a hundred years ago or more, but now churches that are reaching out to the lost in their music are seen as corrupting the purpose of Christian music.
Just doing some pondering here and wondering what your thoughts are on what I am viewing as an inconsistency.