If the Church today is going to be able to rightly apply biblical principles to music and worship, it must recover important categories that are either assumed and implied or explicitly taught by biblical authors.
- Music communicates by means of emotional metaphor.
- Spiritual response of the affections is fundamentally distinct from and may exist apart from physical feeling.
- Dionysian forms of art target the physical feelings through emotional manipulation, while Appolonian forms communicate true spiritual affection.
The conclusion, then, for someone wanting to rightly express and teach pure, religious affections in worship should be the following:
- Refuse to define spiritual experience in terms of physical response.
- Strive to discern between music that modestly supports biblical truth with noble Christian affections and music that artificially stimulates physical feelings, and reject the manipulative music.
- Encourage true spiritual worship through the use of simple, rich hymns with strong texts and modest music.