There are approximately 7 sermons recorded in the book of Acts. There is no mention of music before, during, or after the the word was preached. There is no altar call coaxing anyone to come and kneel before God. Every message testified of Jesus in such a way that it provoked a response, either positively or negatively.
In Acts 2, the people who heard Peter preach were convicted in their hearts and said, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
In Acts 7, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on Stephen with their teeth.
When we preach Jesus the way those in Acts preached Jesus, we don’t need music to manipulate emotions, nor do we need to coax anyone into a response. It just happens.
In the church we have many talented orators, but very little orators with any power.
Paul said to the Thessalonians, “our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance.” 1 Thessalonians 1:5
Many times people will not want to hear words like this because they think you are against music and altar calls.
Music is a wonderful thing, and invitations are helpful when people need guidence in how to respond, but preaching which is dependent on music and coaxing people for a response, is preaching that lacks power.
That’s just the truth.