Music Apotheosis


Music Apotheosis & the Church: Addressing Contemporary Church Issues In Light of Scripture

By Arnfield P. Cudal, PhD


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As lifelong Church musician, Arnfield in nearly 40 years of music ministry has had opportunity to serve in almost every capacity as: Pianist (Baptist), Organist (Methodist & Lutheran), Music Director, Orchestra Conductor, and Concert Series Director (Presbyterian), Chorister, Organist and Choirmaster (Episcopalian), Liturgist (Catholic & Greek Orthodox), and Worship Leader (Charismatic & Contemporary Services). 

Dr. Cudal observes:
“In a span of forty years, I’ve seen a significant transformation in the way churches have conducted their ‘worship’ service; and not for the better. Never has the Church experienced a greater schism since denominationalism, over the issue of music. Where there is little Biblical understanding and guidance, confusion reigns. Yet the Bible speaks volumes about music, with specific guidelines to the Church, but is this something the Church is willing to accept – to its betterment?”


From the inside on Page 7:

“If the tenets and habitudes of CCM boil down to: music is advocator (“music draws us into the presence of Jesus”), evangelizer (“reach people with our music”), and witness (“they’ll know us by our music”), then music is being assigned roles and functions which it was never intended. The result is two-fold: one, an apotheosis of the medium above the Word, and two, usurpation of the ministry of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit.”



Appendices Included:

Appendix A:   CCM, Ethnomusicology, and Cultural Expression: A Study in Discernment

 Appendix B: CCM’s Pyrrhic Victory  ― an Epithet?

 Appendix C: A List of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Bible



  • $6.00
  • 68 pages
  • Publisher: Hark Publications (2012)
  • ISBN-13:978-0-9847758-3-5