Does the Bible give us any indication to the type of music we should sing? Did the Lord God who made heaven and earth, who created music and sound, who put so much emphasis on music in His Word... did He forget to tell us what is Christian music? Not hardly. Thank God — He has given us instructions for our music. Thank God we can BURY "once and for all" the ridiculous LIE that "the Bible gives no instructions on the type of music for a Christian to listen to. It's all a matter of preference and culture."
The title of this post is a reference to a term used in Far Eastern religion. The "Kundalini Power" is also known as the "serpent power" which can be raised using various techniques, ALL of which are forbidden practices for the christian. The techniques include, but are not limited to: chanting, tongue-talking (as practiced today and in the pagan temples of ancient Delphi and Corinth), meditation, incanting, the use of "wrong" types of music to summon demonic spirits, bypass critical thinking and enter altered states of consciousness, and communication with spirits that may masquerade as the spirits of deceased relatives or friends. Power can be accessed using these techniques, but the SOURCE of that power is not God.
What is the main characteristic of rock music? What makes rock different from other music? I have dealt somewhat with the roots and purpose (its purpose is to distract us from the main goal of human life and existence, which is to learn to know and love God, and to serve Him) of rock music in previous posts, but why does rock appeal to the flesh? WHAT IS IT about rock that it has "taken over" the music world? In order to answer that question, let's examine the components of music. Music is composed of three main components; melody, harmony and rhythm. If these ingredients are not present, then it's not music, but noise.
Melody: Webster's Dictionary defines melody as 1. Sweetness of sound; music 2. The chief theme of a musical composition. 3. A tune; song (The Grosset Webster Dictionary, p. 372) Melody is the most prominent part of music. Melody is the theme of the tune. Without the melody line, there is no music. Melody is the horizontal line the notes follow on the music score.
Here's a few quotes from famous musicians on melody: "Melody is the main thing; harmony is useful only to charm the ear." Joseph Haydn (Wordsworth Dictionary of Musical Quotations, p. 15) "Three things belong to composing, first of all melody; then again melody; then finally, for the third time, melody." Salomon Jadassohn (Wordsworth Dictionary of Musical Quotations, p. 15) "Melody is the very essence of music." Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Wordsworth Dictionary of Musical Quotations, p. 16)
Harmony: Webster's Dictionary defines harmony as; Agreeable proportion of sound. A succession of chords. (The Grosset Webster Dictionary, p. 281) Harmony is when two or more notes are played at the same time. Harmony adds depth to the melody line. Harmony is the basis for the formation of chords. Harmony is the vertical line where the notes meet on the music score.
Rhythm: Our friend, Webster, defines rhythm as; The pattern of tones with regard to their relative time value. (The Grosset Webster Dictionary, p. 490) Rhythm is the movement in music. Without rhythm, music would be one, long continuous sound, or an uncontrollable noise. Rhythm, or the beat, is the "glue" that holds everything together. The rhythm is an "unseen" but required component of the music score.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT ROCK MUSIC?
"The rhythm in rock is the dominant part of the sound. The heavy emphasis on the BEAT is what distinguishes rock from every other type of music." (Frank Garlock, Music in the Balance, p. 32) "Perhaps the most important defining quality of rock and roll is the BEAT... Rock and roll is different from other music primarily because of the BEAT." (Charles Brown, The Art of Rock and Roll, p. 42) Because of that, rock is unlike any other music. In other music, the melody is the main component, but in rock – the rhythm or the beat literally takes over the music.
And it is that BEAT that the FLESH loves! "The sexuality of music is usually referred to in terms of it's rhythm — it is the BEAT that commands a directly PHYSICAL response." (Simon Frith, Sound Effects, Youth, Leisure, and the Politics of Rock 'n' Roll, p. 240) "Rhythm is the element of music most closely allied to BODY MOVEMENT [fleshly, carnal], to PHYSICAL action. Its simpler patterns when repeated over and over [which is exactly what rock does] can have a hypnotic effect on us". (Joseph Machlis, The Enjoyment of Music, p. 19)
Larry Norman, in his song, "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music", sings about the FLESHLY and PHYSICAL response ("moves my feet") of the BEAT of rock.
"I ain't knocking the hymns,
Just give me a song that has a BEAT.
I ain't knocking the hymns,
Just give me a song that moves my feet."
I've talked to hundreds of young people about the satanic and filthy lyrics in secular rock and nearly every one replies, "I don't listen to the lyrics. I don't care what the lyrics say. It's the BEAT that I get into".
Donnie Brewer of 1970's group Grand Funk says: "We take the kids away from their parents and their environment to where the only reality is the rhythm and the BEAT." (Hart, Lowell: Satan's Music Exposed, p.102)
When secular rock-star Michael Jackson was asked why he did the filthly sexual hand gestures on stage, he replied:
"It's the music that COMPELS me to do it. You don't think about it, it just happens. I'M A SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM." (The Evening Star, February 11, 1993, p. A10)
I've had hundreds of "CCMers" (Christian Contemporary Music fans) say to me, "The Bible gives no instructions on the STYLE of music for a Christian to listen to. It's all a matter of preference and culture." I have read many articles and books by CCM advocates claiming that the Bible gives no instructions on the type of music for a Christian to listen to. Don Butler, Gospel Music Association executive director, said, "There is no such thing as 'gospel music'. Every style and form of music can become gospel, whether it's jazz, pop, rock 'n' roll, or rap." (IM Mar/Apr 1991 p. 27)
But "what saith the Lord"? Does the Bible give us any indication to the type of music we should sing? Did the Lord God who made heaven and earth, who created music and sound, who put so much emphasis on music in His Word... did He forget to tell us what is Christian music?
Not hardly. Thank God — He has given us instructions for our music. Thank God we can BURY "once and for all" the ridiculous LIE that "the Bible gives no instructions on the type of music for a Christian to listen to. It's all a matter of preference and culture."
"Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet MELODY, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered." Isaiah 23:16 (Good inspirational application could be made here, I think, for a harlot church in this Laodicean age and time. The doctrinal application, of course, is to Israel in the Tribulation.)
"For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of MELODY." Isaiah 51:3
"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making MELODY in your heart to the Lord." Ephesians 5:18-19
The Lord God refers to music as MELODY! According to God, the emphasis of Christian music is the MELODY, not the BEAT! How is it, that the CCM world keeps "parroting", "the Bible gives no instructions on the type of music for a Christian to listen to. It's all a matter of preference and culture"? Is it because they can NOT read 5th grade English? Or is it that they
DO NOT CARE what God says!? I've shown many CCMers, and nearly all coolly reply, "Aw, It don't really mean that". In other words, "I don't care what God says, I'm gonna rock 'n' roll"!
I'm reminded of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, as he described some people, much like the CCMers, who "having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not?"
"And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither UNDERSTAND? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?" Mark 8:17-18
So far we've seen:
1. MELODY is the main theme of music.
2. Rock music emphasizes the BEAT.
3. God defines music as MELODY.
NOW ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? Fasten your seat belt and hold on... here comes a biggee! Most of rock music and CCM does not have ANY MELODY! According to the technical definition of music, rock is NOT even music! According to the Lord God, rock music is NOT music! NO MELODY = NO MUSIC! The world famous composer and conductor, Dimitri Tiomkin said of rock music: "The big beat is deliberately aimed at exciting the listener... There is actually very little MELODY, little sense in the lyrics, ONLY RHYTHM [beat]". (Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Aug., 8, 1965, p. 9J)
Lenny Seidel, a concert pianist and twenty-five year Christian music scholar, gives this definition of both godly music and rock music: "True godly music will be composed of three elements, all in perfect balance with each other. They are: melody, harmony, and rhythm. Rock "music" has NO MELODY; only fragments of melody endlessly repeated. Since there is no true melody, there is no real harmony. There is ONLY RHYTHM. And rhythm in and of itself is not music." (Leonard J. Seidel, Face the Music – Contemporary Music On Trial, pp. 46-51)
In his classic book, The Understanding of Music, author Charles R. Hoffer, answers our question: "How does rock differ from jazz and other popular music?" "One characteristic is its HEAVY BEAT, which led one critic to define rock as "music in which the bass drum carries the MELODY? ". (Charles R. Hoffer, The Understanding of Music, p. 503)
Popular author, Martha Bayles, writes in her eye-opening book, "Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music": "Popular music seems terminally hostile to any sound traditionally associated with music." (Martha Bayles, Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music, p. 4)
Even the secular, satanic rockers the Rolling Stones admit rock is NOT music — but NOISE! "It's a NOISE we make. That's all. You could he kind and call it music." Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones (Roy Carr, The Rolling Stones - An Illustrated Record, p. 37)
NO MELODY = NOISE! Rock music emphasizes that HARD, driving BEAT. What instrument do you hear more than any other in rock? What instrument is it that pounds out that heavy beat? THE DRUM
The Bible lists many kinds of instruments: Psalms 150:3-5 says:
3. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Psalms 150:3-5
With all the many references to musical instruments, there is one instrument that is NEVER mentioned! The DRUM! Why is that? The drum was a very common instrument in Egypt and the lands around Israel. And yet the DRUM is NEVER mentioned in a King James Bible. Did the Lord just forget to include the DRUM or is there another reason?
Is it because drums are associated with voodoo, shamanism, paganism and magic rituals? "[Drums] represent the beat of the heart and are played to summon up magic powers." (Miranda Bruce-Mitford, The Illustrated Book of Signs & Symbols, DK Publishing, 1996 p.80)
"The shaman was the original 'long hair', the first rock star draped in leather, dancing POSSESSED to a rhythm banged out on A DRUM." (Danny Sugerman, Appetite for Destruction, p. 208) (Additional quote later in this text.)
In Siberia, in northern Asia, drums are used in shamanic rituals to heal people. It is believed that the shaman can communicate with the spirit world THROUGH DRUMMING. (Louise Tythacott, Musical Instruments, Thomas Learning, 1995, p. 37) "Pagan dances and rituals are always accompanied by the incessant BEAT of DRUMS. Rhythm plays a major role in these demonic activities." (Hart, Lowell Satan's Music Exposed, Salem Kirban Inc., 1980 p.71)
Robert Palmer is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and other rock magazines. Palmer has also taught courses in music at Yale, and many other universities. Palmer was the chief advisor for the highly acclaimed "History of Rock 'n' Roll" that aired on public television. Palmer, an advocate and lover of rock music, is among the leading authorities on rock music. Here's what Palmer says about rock and the drum:
"Bata drums [drums used in voodoo], are sacred to the Yoruba people of Nigeria and Cuba. Their push and pull provided a template for the inner rhythms of rock and roll." (Palmer, Robert Rock & Roll An Unruly History, Harmony Books, New York, 1995 p.46)
"The idea that certain RHYTHM patterns or sequences serve as conduits for spiritual energies, linking individual human consciousness with the gods, is basic to traditional African religions, and to African-derived religions throughout the Americas. And whether we're speaking historically or musicologically, the fundamental riffs, licks, bass figures, and drum rhythms that make rock and roll can ultimately be traced back to African music of a primarily spiritual or ritual nature. In a sense, rock and roll is a kind of 'voodoo'... " (Robert Palmer, Rock & Roll, An Unruly History, Harmony Books, New York, 1995 p.53)
Palmer describes how drums are used in "voodoo" possession — and the same drum patterns are part of the basics of rock 'n' roll and CCM! "Bata drummers tap out their toques, or rhythm patterns, like signals to the realm of the gods, inviting and enticing them to come on down and mount or POSSESS their horses, or devotees. . .The specific drum patterns or toques include some riffs and licks basic to the rock and roll vocabulary." (Palmer, Robert Rock & Roll An Unruly History, Harmony Books, New York, 1995 p.62)
Here's an episode from the occult, new-age magazine, New Age Journal, describing the "possessing" power of drums. Notice, even the devotees of the occult stay away from those drums: "I remembered a conversation I'd once had in Cuba with a reporter from The New York Times, 'Stay away from those drums,' he had told me, referring to the ones said to call down the gods in Santeria's sacred ceremonies. 'If I ever really gave in to those DRUMS, my life would change in ways I'm not prepared to take on,' he had added. I knew what he was talking about. It was all there in the drumming. Listen long enough, and some energy field, some kind of interconnectedness, became palpable. I was hungry for those drums. Yet I still ran from them." (A Shaman's Story, by Elizabeth Hanly (A Vodoun priest leads the author on a journey of understanding, New Age Journal, March/April 1997 pp.56-57)
Little Richard, the self-professed "architect of rock ’n roll", readily admits Satan’s control and influence in his life and rock music: "My true belief about Rock ‘n’ Roll is this: I believe this kind of music is demonic... A lot of the BEATS in music today are taken from voodoo, from the voodoo DRUMS." (Charles White, The Life and Times of Little Richard, p. 197)
Danny Sugerman, an authority on rock music, and author of several books on rock, writes in Appetite for Destruction:
"The shaman was the original 'long hair', the first rock star draped in leather, dancing possessed to a rhythm banged out on a DRUM... To these people, communication with the gods was synonymous with DRUMS... the body can become the conduit for a deity, a deity not necessarily the same sex as the worshiper, and DRUMS are the catalyst for the whole process. The trance of the RHYTHM then begets the hysteria, which begets what Westerners simplistically call 'possession'." (Danny Sugerman, Appetite for Destruction, p.208, 181)
David Tame writes in The Secret Power of Music: "Today's DRUMMER differs but little from the shaman in his incessant beating out of a rhythm, and likewise often enters into a form of trance while performing." (The Secret Power of Music, David Tame, p. 199) The DRUM has always been associated with paganism and the devil. In fact, a little more than a hundred years ago, drums were forbidden (except for the military) in America!
"The arrival of African slaves has had one of the strongest influences on North American music. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, millions of African people were taken as slaves to the U.S. to work on plantations in the South. They brought many of their own traditions with them but were forbidden to play their DRUMS." (Louise Tythacott, Musical Instruments, Thomas Learning, 1995, p.19)
Do you know why New Orleans is the voodoo capital of the U.S, and also the birthplace of jazz? Because drumming was forbidden in the U.S. – except in New Orleans! "This was especially true in New Orleans. African-based DRUMMING, singing, and dancing, discouraged and repeatedly banned elsewhere in North America, had flourished there since the early eighteenth century. This unique heritage has informed and enlivened New Orleans music ever since, as well as distinguishing it from the rest of American musical culture, making the city an ideal incubator for a nonmainstream music as rhythmically oriented as rock and roll. (Palmer, Robert Rock & Roll An Unruly History, Harmony Books, New York, 1995 p.21)
When the first blacks from Africa were converted to Christianity they knew the power and evil influence of DRUMS. And the converted blacks strictly forbid the use of drums! They referred to the drums as "the Devil's drum". (Martha Bayles, Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music, p. 138) "Historically blacks had drawn the line between particular instruments and practices; They permitted tambourines, for instance, but not DRUMS." (Martha Bayles, Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music, p. 130)
One simple guideline for Christian music is NO DRUMS!
CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD FEED THE SPIRIT, NOT THE FLESH!
CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD EMPHASIZE THE MELODY, NOT THE BEAT!
Christian music is not entertainment, not a talent show, not a performance or a concert, but a SERIOUS ministry to the Lord.
Augustine once stated:
"When I am moved by the voice of him that sings more than the words sung, I confess to have sinned". (Oliver Strunk, Source Reading in Music History, Vol. I, p. 74)
Dr. Frank Garlock, author of several books on Christian music, and an instructor in Christian music for over 40 years: Dr. Garlock writes in his book, Music in the Balance: "Contrary to popular opinion, sacred music is NOT FOR ENTERTAINMENT. Christian music is first and foremost a vehicle for praise unto the Lord." (Garlock, Frank & Woetzel, Kurt, Music in the Balance, Majesty Music, 1992 p.54)
CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD EMPHASIS THE MESSAGE — NOT THE MUSIC — NOR THE MUSICIAN "...that which is HIGHLY ESTEEMED among men is ABOMINATION in the sight of God". Luke 16:15
"There exists a vast mass of love songs of the poets, written in a fashion entirely foreign to the profession and name of Christians. They are the songs of men ruled by passion, and a great number of musicians, corrupters of youth, make them the concern of their art and their industry; in proportion as they flourish through praise of their skill, so do they offend good and serious-minded men by the depraved taste of their work. I blush and grieve to think that once I was of their number. But while I cannot change the past, nor undo what is done, I have mended my ways. Therefore, I have labored on songs which have been written in praise of our Lord, Jesus Christ." Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)
Christian music lifts-up and praises the Lord Jesus Christ — not man. Christian music glorifies God — not man.
Stan Moser, former head of Word Records (the man responsible for signing Amy Grant) and CEO of Star Song Records, was one of the pioneers and most important executives in CCM. And after 26 years in CCM, in November 1995, he walked away from CCM. In an article in Christianity Today, titled "We Have Created a Monster" about CCM, Mr. Moser freely admits: "But to be candid, I look at the majority of the music I hear today and think it's virtually meaningless." (Christianity Today, "We Have Created a Monster", May 20, 1996 p. 27) I could give hundreds of examples of virtually meaningless "christian" music, but for demonstration purposes, one will suffice... the mind-numbing New Age tune "Ocean Floor" by Audio Adrenaline. There is only one word (sins) in the whole song that has any reference to anything "religious". Does the song praise the Lord Jesus Christ? Not hardly. It is nothing but meaningless, worthless "entertainment". It is like a pig on the altar.
Let's look at "real-life" example of the CCMer's "looney-toon" attempt to justify their "lust" for fleshly rock 'n' roll (and disobedience to the Word of God). This is from Steve Miller's funny-book, "The Contemporary Christian Music Debate" (which is NOT a debate by Miller but a book of side-stepping, ignoring truths, half-truths, "looney-toon-logic", correcting and changing of the Word of God to justify his "love" for rock 'n' roll). While Miller readily admitts to the unclear lyrics in CCM, his suggestion to "clear up" the confusion should get the "kooks" award of the year! Here's Miller "looney-toon" suggestion:
"Often the LACK OF CLARITY due to the variables of a concert can be overcome by the foresight of the local church promoter. One way to alleviate the problem is to find out which songs will be played (through the group's home office) and play these songs (via cassette) with overheads of the words in a youth meeting several days prior to the concert." (Steve Miller, The Contemporary Christian Music Debate, p.102) What a joke! Play the tapes with lyrics on an overhead so they can UNDERSTAND what they're singing! What a mess! That's a good example of the contents of Miller's un-Biblical funny-book and CCM's attitude in general... they go into "looney-toon" to justify their "love" of rock 'n' roll!
NOTE: Military Intelligence ops such as MK Ultra conducted in the 1960's and 1970's eventually yielded the finding that the use of drugs was unnecessary in breaking down the human mind... music alone could achieve that result even without its lyrics.) Miller's argument is idiotic. Rock music is destructive whether the lyrics are understood or not, and whether they are "christian" or not. Christian music's message should be clear — not vague, or concealed. Satan's music, according to the Lord Jesus Christ glorifies and praises man. Such is the nature of CCM (Christian Contemporary Music) (Matthew 16:23). CCM artists justify their avoidance of "Jesus" and Christian lyrics by claiming they're using Christian music as a tool for reaching the lost. When used for the purpose of "talking" to the world, they can justify saying or not saying anything, because after all, they're TRYING to reach the lost! But Christian music was NEVER meant for the lost world. The Bible is very clear. Christian music is "sung unto the Lord", NOT THE WORLD!
Not only that, but the vast majority of people purchasing CCM are Christians! It is not the lost world! Rather than reaching the lost, CCM is "preaching" it's "watered-down, anti-Jesus, unCHRISTian, lovey-dovey, nonjudgemental, cool, worldly, fleshly, feel-good" message to Christians! The purpose of Christian music was NEVER meant to evangelize the lost!
God's method of reaching the lost is the preaching of the Word of God. "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of PREACHING to save them that believe." 1 Cor. 1:21 The ONLY way Christian Music can appeal to the world is make it UN-Christian, which is exactly what CCM does. Most CCM artists "remove" or "redefine" the Lord Jesus Christ. They replace the Lord Jesus Christ with the pronouns; "he", "him", "you", "I", et. al. They also "redefine" the Lord Jesus Christ as a "politically-correct" "tolerant", "lovey-dovey", non-judgemental, "partying", "hip-hop", "rapping-rocker" that appeals to the world. Songs such as, dc Talk’s "Jesus Freak", Messiah Prophet Band's, "Master of the Metal", et al. clearly describe "another Jesus" than the Jesus Christ of the Bible. In 2 Cor. 11:4, the apostle Paul warns of "another Jesus".
Just as the lost world is not interested in a "Bible-believing" church that preaches the word of God, the world is not interested in music that openly praises the Lord. The lost world is NOT going to praise the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible is CLEAR: "the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God"! "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Corinthians. 2:14)
Christian music is NOT for the world – it is for the Lord! If it is FRIENDLY to the world then according to the Word of God it is AGAINST the Lord!
". . . know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a FRIEND of the world is the ENEMY of God." James 4:4
After Babylon captured the children of Israel, Babylon requested Israel to sing, but Israel refused to sing "the Lord's song in a strange land". Notice, it is "the Lord's song" — NOT the world's song or even Israel's song. Psalms 137:1-4...
1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
4 How shall we sing the LORD'S SONG in a strange land?
Christian music is for the Lord — NOT the world.
"When I got saved, I loved rock 'n' roll. Nothing – but nothing, was more important to me than rock music! I played rock guitar – day and night! I did not have a dream or goal besides rock music. And when I got saved July, 30, 1975, at 20 years old, I had NO intention to stop listening to and playing rock music. But something changed... I didn't know it then, but "old things are passed away; behold, all things are become NEW" and that included my music!" Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become NEW. 2 Corinthians 5:17. I didn't change intentionally, but within six months, the ONLY music I wanted to listen to and play was real Christian Music. Music that praised my Lord and Savior! My desire and love for rock music was replaced by a NEW SONG, even PRAISE unto our God!
Just as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says (and God cannot LIE - Titus 1:2) "all things are become NEW"... and the very FIRST thing God "makes new" is a NEW SONG! After someone trusts Jesus Christ, according to the Word of God, God gives that person a "NEW song" — and notice that NEW SONG is — "PRAISE unto our God". And also notice, "he hath put"... God did it. If someone does NOT have a NEW SONG chances are they're not even saved! All things are become NEW especially your music!
1. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
2. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
3. And he hath put a NEW SONG in my mouth, even PRAISE unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3
I will sing a NEW SONG unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee. Psalm 144:9
Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a NEW SONG, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Psalm 149:1
Fanny Crosby is the greatest hymn writer that ever lived, writing over 9,000 songs! Before Fanny got saved, at 45 years old, she wrote many secular songs. But after she got saved, things were different. Here's what Fanny said about mixing Christian and worldly music: "Sometimes I need to reject the music proposed for my songs because the musicians misunderstand that the Fanny Crosby who once wrote for the people in the saloons has merely changed the lyrics. Oh my no. The church must never sing it's songs to the melodies of the world." (Danny Castle, video "What's Wrong with Christian Rock")
And do you know why Fanny Crosby said that? Because Fanny got saved! And God "hath put a NEW SONG in my mouth, even PRAISE unto our God" inside the NEW Fanny Crosby! Fanny Crosby wrote over 9,000 songs to the Lord! Fanny used over 200 different pen names because she wanted to make sure God got the glory and not her.
Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
SING, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! Hail Him! Highest archangels in Glory;
Strength and honor give to His holy name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children,
In His arms He carries them all day long;
Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness;
Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful SONG!
How different are todays CCM performers. They copy the world's tunes. Many try to "crossover" into the worldly music world. They copy the world's looks and "hip-hop" language. They fellowship with the world. They even play the world's songs – even some of the most anti-Christ, Satanic songs available. Satan desires to destroy the new life as soon as it is born, or to render the christian's testimony ineffectual. He takes away the "new song" out of the heart of the christian and replaces it with THE SORT OF MUSIC THAT SUITS HIS PURPOSES... CCM. CCM is the perfect tool to:
1. Keep the christian joined to the world, rather than separated unto a relationship with a Holy Lord.
2. Lull the lost sinner back to sleep and convince him that christianity is nothing more than "being nice" and singing "christian" lyrics while dancing to the tunes of a rock band playing sex music.
Any lost sinner can do that... its GOD'S MUSIC, GOD'S WORD AND A HOLY GOD that they have no use for. Holy music (with its sweet melodies) doesn't stimulate their FLESH enough to be "interesting" and its spiritual truths are spiritually discerned, thus meaningless to a spiritually dead person. So they prefer something like Petra's new album of "Jekyll and Hyde" where they sing about Romans chapter 7 and the "fight inside". That stuff will never give a christian the peace that God wants him to have or the spiritual strength of character to get through the really tough times in life. It will not strengthen the desire to pray or study the Bible. It is of the world and it feeds the FLESH. It is "exciting" and it is promoted by the one who was originally the "worship leader" in heaven and by those (human) "kindred spirits" who want to steal some of the adoration that rightfully belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ. To demonic beings, ENJOYMENT is the goal of life. If it feels good, DO IT.
Amy's album, House of Love includes the environmental-mother-earth song "Big Yellow Taxi" by new-age-priestess Joni Mitchell. Time magazine, (December, 16, 1974, p.63) tells of Joni Mitchell's intimate relationship with a muse (a demon spirit) named Art. Joni says, "I feel like I'm married to this guy named Art, I'm responsible to my Art above all else." Some of the words to Big Yellow Taxi, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot". How different from the words of the Lord Jesus in Luke 23:43, "And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
You'll never guess the song dc Talk uses toward the close of their "Jesus Freak" concert? Amazing Grace? Blessed Assurance? OH NO! They do a cover of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana's "All Apologies"! Kurt Cobain is one of the worst ANTI-CHRIST, blasphemers since John Lennon. Kurt Cobain decorated his home with blood-splattered baby dolls hanging by their necks! The inside of Nirvana's album In Utero, which is the album dcTalk got "All Apololgies" from, is pictures of chopped up babies! Look at it. Cobain ran around his neighborhood spray-painting, "ABORT CHRIST" and "GOD IS GAY". Cobain's first band was called "Fecal Matter". (Des Barres, Pamela, Rock Bottom, pp.54-55) Kurt’s suicide note, tells his concern for his young daughter Frances (whom Kurt loved dearly) and the fear of what he had become: "I can't stand the thought of Frances becoming the miserable, self-destructive, death rocker that I've become. . . her life, which will be so much happier without me." dcTalk also sings songs by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, REM, and the Doobie Brothers!
The secular group Jefferson Airplane is one of the most blasphemous in all of rock music. Their song "The Son of Jesus" spews their hatred and blasphemy of the Lord Jesus Christ. They sing "Jesus was involved in the occult, had illegitimate children by Mary Magdalene, and that God the Father was sexually attracted to Jesus' daughter".
"So you think young Jesus Christ never had a lady, and you think young Mary
Never saw him smile wide & free,
You won't read it in the Bible but if you look you're liable
To come across the truth about the man from Galilee.
The man upon the water, they had a son, they had a daughter
She hid them from the slaughter in the deep Black Sea
God loved the son of Jesus; Ol' God got off on the spaklin' daughter too."
BELIEVE IT OR NOT! The CCM group, the REZ band, sings one of "blasphemous" Jefferson Airplane's songs, "Somebody to Love"!
One of the most openly Satanic bands in all of rock is Black Sabbath. They have actually given invitations during their concerts for young people to receive Satan. One of their albums, is truthfully titled, "We Sold Our Soul for Rock'n Roll". Their song N.I.B. (Nativity In Black) is one of the most openly satanic songs ever recorded. It is a love-song from Lucifer, in which Lucifer invites the listener to "please take my hand", the lyrics:
"Some people say MY LOVE cannot be true
Please believe me, MY LOVE, and I'll show you
I will give you those things you thought unreal . . .
YOUR LOVE FOR ME has just got to be real . . .
Look into my eyes, you will see who I am
MY NAME IS LUCIFER, PLEASE TAKE MY HAND!"
Now surely, it's NOT POSSIBLE... no CCM group would EVER go that far and do a song by Black Sabbath? Wrong! The CCM group, Deliverance, on their album "What A Joke", have a song by satanist rockers Black Sabbath "After Forever!"
Here's a short list of some so-called Christian Contemporary performers who sing "worldly-secular-rock" songs.
Amy Grant "PLAYS" Joni Mithchell
Johnny Cash "PLAYS" Danzig, Beck, SoundGarden, et. al!
Petra "PLAYS" Argent (ditto KISS)
77's "PLAYS" Led Zeppelin.
DC talk "PLAYS" Doobie Brothers, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, REM, et. al.
Audio Adrenaline "PLAYS" Edgar Winter
Point of Grace "PLAYS" Earth, Wind and Fire
Jars of Clay "PLAYS" Ozzy Osbourne
Rez Band "PLAYS" the Who, Jefferson Airplane
Holy Soldier "PLAYS" Rolling Stones
Rachel, Rachel "PLAYS" Kansas
Deliverance "PLAYS" Black Sabbath
MXPX plays Buddy Holly
The Bible clearly commands us to "come out from among them, and be ye separate" and to "touch not the unclean thing". CCMers not only "touch" it — they "honor" them by singing their songs!
"When Christian music carries the beat, instrumentation, and exact sounds of the lost crowd, it results in confusion and shame... It is shameful to use musicians who in shallow songs daze instead of praise, who entertain instead of train... They transfer the worship owed to Christ to 'concert hopping', money-hungry entertainers who have never left the world far enough behind to stop sounding like it... "(Shame, a tract by Dr. Hal Webb, pp. 2,4,6)
"But I would like to avoid any new words or the language used at court." Is THAT ever contrary to the CCMers who imitate the rock world’s slang and lingo, like dcTalk’s "Jesus Freak". "In order to be understood by the people, only the simplest and the most common words should be used for singing; at the same time, however, they should be pure and apt; and further, the sense should be CLEAR and as close as possible to the psalm." (Martin Luther, "To George Spalatin," Letters II, p. 69)
Most of CCM music is vague, or it is sung in a "worldly-hip-hop-cool-lingo". Rather than "Jesus", they will say "he", "you", "I", etc. CCMers want to appeal to the world (to $ell records and make dollar$!) so they use "double-speak" tactics. They won't come right out and say what it means, but they'll usually put in enough "double-speak" "hidden agenda" to "$ell" it to Christians. Some of their songs they'll explain on the lyric sheets what the song means, because when you listen to it, it's total nonsense! Rock music (which is what CCM is) is FLESHLY, not spiritual. It is enmity against God, and the NATURAL MAN loves it.
There is no doubt — rock music is FLESHLY. It’s CARNAL. That’s why the world "loves" rock music. The world does not love "spiritual" things: "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Corinthians. 2:14) – but FLESHLY, CARNAL things. THAT is why the world "loves" rock music. A few "testimonies" from the world: "But rock music has one appeal only, a barbaric appeal, to sexual desire... not love, not eros, but sexual desire undeveloped and untutored." (Bloom, Alan, The Closing of the American Mind, Simon & Schuster, 1987 p.73)
"Its admirers want to make rock appealing by making it respectable. The thing can’t be done. Rock is appealing because it is vulgar... Rock is the quintessence of vulgarity. It is crude, loud, and tasteless." (Pattison, Robert, The Triumph of Vulgarity, 1987, preface, p.4)
Rock music, any rock music – is FLESHLY! You can label it "Christian", but that doesn’t change its NATURE – it’s still FLESHLY. You can label strychnine "candy", but that doesn’t make it candy – it’s still POISON.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
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