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To answer the original question, I would say it depends on two things: 1. Are they theologically sound?2. How are they used?The first one is obvious. If a hymn is not theologically correct and in line with the teachings of the Orthodox Church, it would be blasphemous to use it in any religious context. With regards to the second point, I would say it is ok to sing/listen to (theologically correct) Protestant hymns in private; but they should not be used in any Liturgical context whatsoever. The hymns of the Church (whether they be Coptic, Syrian, etc) eminate from the life of the Church and her Saints, guided by the Holy Spirit. Protesant hymns come from outside of this sacred sanctuary and therefore it would be wrong and artificial to introduce them into the services of the Church.
Yep! VERY LAME!! Compared to Apenshois, and Vol Evol, and Agios Otheos.... its a very silly song that does not belong in our Church. Yet, many coptic christians like this stuff... the weird thing is that those that like it, are in fact very active in the Church. I mean, they're not like silly young kids who have nothing to do; they really give 100% of their lives to God.
Look: There's a discussion going on about learning arabic, and there are many of us who do not speak or read arabic well, have bothered to learn arabic so we can participate in the mass. There is a strong sense of anti-copticness in all this, that rather than learn arabic, or coptic, or even anything coptic, they introduce protestant songs in our church.
I have nothing against the protestant church, but its best to leave them grow in their own spirituality, and leave us to grow in ours: don't bring their songs in our Church! please!
THe thing is this: now we have to sing them EVERY time, and on top of that, because we've said yes to such silly songs, we're now tied down to a life time contract to agreeing on such silly songs for the rest of the life of the congregation.
All because someone said :"well.... there's nothing dogmatically wrong with it".
Well.. ok.. there's nothing dogmatically incorrect with Abdel Halim Hafez, we can all sing that then, can't we!??? There's nothing dogmatically incorrect with Celine Dione's My Heart will go On... we can all sing that then to God can we??!!
Ouufff... you don't live in london! Do u??
The spirituality is becoming a protestant movement actually; and its very charismatic.