BIBLE GUIDELINES FOR CHRISTIAN MUSIC

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We get many requests asking our opinion of certain CCM performers or a certain type music. There is no way for us to keep up with every performer in CCM or every type of music. We put together these simple, common-sense, Bible guidelines. If you're concerned about your music, see if it passes these Bible guidelines. After listening to hundreds of CCM tapes, CD's, and videos, at least 95% of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) does not pass these Bible guidelines.

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CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST — NOT MAN

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST — NOT MAN

Now, you would think this point is unnecessary for CHRISTian music. After all, CHRISTian means "a follower, believer of Jesus Christ". And if it is truly Christian music, it should testify, praise and sing about the Lord Jesus Christ.

The PURPOSE of Christian music is to PRAISE the Lord.

I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing PRAISE to thy name, O thou most High. Psalm 9:2

Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we SING and PRAISE thy power. Psalm 21:13

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my SONG will I PRAISE him. Psalm 28:7

PRAISE the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. Psalm 33:2-3

When someone truly gets saved, God puts a NEW song in their mouth. And that song is "PRAISE unto our God" — the result of salvation is — PRAISE. And it's not something we work up, or "fake", or just do — but it's something God "puts"! Christian music is "praise unto our God". Do you think God is a liar?

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. Praise 40:1-3

Did you read that? The DIRECT result of being saved is "A NEW SONG" even "PRAISE unto our God". REAL Christian music PRAISES the Lord!

Even when the apostle Paul and Silas were thrown in jail and in stocks they sang praises to the Lord (notice: they weren't singing the bluesthey "sang praises unto God").

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and SANG PRAISES unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:22

Sadly, much of what goes by the name CHRISTian Music today is NOT CHRISTian. It does NOT testify, praise or sing about the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, a great deal of it does not even mention the Lord Jesus Christ. Much of today's Christian Music goes out it's way to avoid the name of Jesus Christ – or any Christian content whatsoever.

We have documented this tragedy many times in our material, but just a few examples.

Amy Grant

"What we're trying to do is take Christian principles and make them understandable. Even if it doesn't say Jesus, it doesn't matter. . ." (Rolling Stone, June 6, 1985 p 10)

Rich Mullins:

"I'm really sick of all this heavy-handed Christianity. Musicians take themselves too seriously. They should have more FUN, and they should stop preaching unless that's what God has called them to. If I want to hear a sermon, I'll go to church, thank you." (CCM magazine, April, 1987, p. 12)

Michael W. Smith

Here's what a secular reporter in the Birmingham News wrote after watching a Michael W. Smith concert:

"If you weren’t familiar with Michael W. Smith’s standing in the world of contemporary Christian music, you might attend one of his concerts and come out none the wiser." (The Birmingham News, Feb. 12, 1993 p. 5c)

Michael W. Smith's album, Change Your World, has 2819 words — Jesus occurs — ZERO!
Michael W. Smith's album, I’ll Lead You Home, has 2046 words — Jesus occurs — ZERO!
Michael W. Smith's album, Live the Life, has over 1100 words — Jesus occurs — you guessed it — ZERO!

There is NOTHING CHRISTian about Michael W. Smith's music!

Jason Martin of Starflyer 59

"A lot of bands, the reason they get so turned off, is because you have to put the word 'Jesus' in every line. . . That's why so many bands get almost anti-Jesus in their lyrics, even though they're Christians." (HM, Mar/Apr 97 p. 21)

Out of 25 Starflyer 59 songs, over 1400 words, 4 albums – I could not find the word "God, the word "Lord", I found "Jesus" ONE time in "2nd Space Song" – with this ridiculous line "counts the sands Jesus in your hands". Jesus in your hands? Who, that believes that Jesus Christ is God Almighty, the Lord of Lords, thinks they've got "Jesus in their hands"!

The Word of God, in John 12:43, has the CCM artists "number". Just like the chief rulers in John 12, the CCMers refuse to confess and praise the Lord Jesus Christ because "they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God".

"42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
43 For they loved the PRAISE OF MEN more than the praise of God." John 12:42-43

The purpose of Christian music was NEVER meant to evangelize the lost!

The book "What About Christian Rock" by Dan Peters, Steve Peters and Cher Merrill is a book praising Christian Rock. Chapter Eight (pp. 100-145) of the book, titled "Goals" is very interesting. In "Goals", through personal interview, correspondence, or quoted statements, the authors state the "quoted" goals of approximately 130 individual CCM performers. Dr. Garlock and Kurt Woetzel, in their book, Music in the Balance, give summary of these goals. Here is the chart as it appears in Music in the Balance (p. 111):

GOALS MENTIONED FREQUENCY
Evangelism 66
Hope and Encouragement 28
Communicate God 16
Discipleship and Commitment 15
Positive Influence 11
Speak to Contemporary Issues 11
Praise 3
Nebulous 28
Used Scripture 1

Notice in the chart: 66 stated "Evangelism" as their goal, and only 3 out of 130 artists said "praise" is one of their goals! And what's even more interesting – out of 130 CCMers ONLY ONE "Used Scripture" in stating the goal of their music! WOW! And this is from a book (What About Rock) trying to justify Christian Rock!

The GOAL of using Christian music as Evangelism is not the Bible GOAL of Christian music. Tim Fisher, author, musician, music professor and founder of Sacred Music Services, states in his book, "The Battle for Christian Music":

"Music is NEVER used in Scripture as a means of reaching the lost." (Tim Fisher, The Battle for Christian Music, p.155)

Even CCM artist, Michael Card, admits that much of CCM — is NOT Christian:

"The lyrics of a good number of the songs don’t betray anything specifically Christian —they may have some moral message, but not a lot of the big songs are identifiably Christian. . . 'What happens to the message when we start getting the music to as many people as possible?' There is an essential part of the gospel that’s not ever going to sell. The gospel is good news, but it is also bad news: 'You are a sinner, and you are hopeless.' How is a multimillion-dollar record company going to take that? That’s a part of the message, too, and if that’s taken outand it frequently is in Christian music— it ceases to be the gospel." (Can't Buy Me Love, Christianity Today, May 20, 1996, p. 25)

Martin Luther puts it bluntly — "whoever does NOT want to sing and speak of it shows that he does not believe it".

"We should praise God with both word and music, namely by proclaiming [the Word of God] through music. . .He who believes earnestly cannot be quiet about it. But he must gladly and willingly sing and speak about it so that others may come and hear it. And whoever does NOT want to sing and speak of it shows that he does not believe it." (Don Cusic, The Sound of Light, p. 15)

Most of CCM glorifies man:

And according to the Lord Jesus Christ that is Satan’s goal:

"But he [Jesus] turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, SATAN: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of MEN." Matthew 16:23

According to the Lord Jesus Christ – Satan’s goal is to uplift man. According to the Lord Jesus Christ – Satan glorifies and uplifts man!

According to the Lord Jesus Christ the following comments and quotes are satanic:

dc Talk:
Here's how Dallas Morning News, (April 27, 1996) describes a DC Talk "Freak Show" concert:

"As teenagers’ shrieks filled the Dallas Convention Center moments before dc Talk took the stage Friday night, one of the relatively few grown-ups in the sold-out crowd observed, ‘This is just like the BEATLES.’"

Michael W. Smith
Smith’s concerts are filled with teenage girls who "scream out their affection for him" (not the Lord Jesus Christ). Here’s how Inside Music, Jan/Feb 91, describes a Smith concert:

"His concerts draw hundreds of thousands of fans each year, mostly teenage girls who scream out their AFFECTION FOR HIM non-stop throughout. . . . To his fans, Smith is the absolute greatest there is, BAR NONE . . ."

Most CCM concerts GLORIFY and PRAISE the performer.

Let's listen to the "screaming-satanic-man-worship" in a few CCM concerts:

You can hear the audience PRAISING their CCM "god".

Author Josh McDowell says about CCM performer Steve Camp:

"Thank God for Steve Camp. The body of Christ is enriched because we have his heart and his music. My oldest daughter thinks he hung the moon." Josh McDowell (CCM, Aug, 91, p. 15)

Did you read that – "My oldest daughter thinks he hung the moon"! Do you know who hung the moon? The Lord Jesus Christ hung the moon! (John 1:3) Steve Camp is in the place of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Not surprisingly, the message Satan delivered Eve in the garden of Eden is ". . . ye shall be as gods. . ." (Genesis 3:5) — exactly what happens at many CCM concerts.

CCM artist, Michael Card, admits this glorifying of man in CCM:

"Now, the industry is celebrity-driven. The song is almost irrelevant.The focus is on the PERSON, and songs have become disposable." (Can't Buy Me Ministry, Christianity Today, May 20, 1996 (p. 22)

Did you know this CCM-man-worship is ABOMINATION to the Lord? Did you know, "for that which is HIGHLY ESTEEMED among men is ABOMINATION in the sight of God"?

And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is ABOMINATION in the sight of God. Luke 16:15
Even CCM "star" Keith Green wrote of this "CCM-man-worship" over 15 years ago! And it's gotten much, much worse since then. Here's what very-pro CCM star Keith Green wrote:

"Why do we IDOLIZE Christian singers and speakers? We go from glorifying musicians in the world, to GLORIFYING Christian musicians. It's all idolatry! . . . Satan is getting a great victory as we seem to WORSHIP these ministers on tapes and records, and clamor to get their autographs in churches and concert halls from coast to coast." (Keith Green, from the Tract, "So You Wanna Be A Rock Star")

CCM musician Michael Card makes these startling words about CCM:

"The direction and value system are getting worse faster than any of us can imagine." (Can't Buy Me Ministry, Christianity Today, May 20, 1996 (p. 22)

Here's how CCM mag introduces it's review of Sandi Patty's, "after-adultery", album, "Artist of My Soul". Read it and weep. What is now called Christian Music is nothing but Satanic MAN-worship:

"The press kit arrived today packed full of superlatives and more than 1200 square inches of plush photography. The singer looks to her right and smiles pleasantly as the breeze teases nicely coiffed blond hair. Her arms are thrown wide as she gladly embraces the moment. This is, after all, something of a comeback.

Open the lavish 9-inch by 12-inch publicity folio. Inside, the singer smiles up at you from a photograph a foot-and-a-half wide. Open the folder again and a photographic panorama spreads three-feet wide across the desk. On the left 18 inches, she's outside, same setting, still smiling, gazing skyward. To the right, indoors, under amber light, hands lightly clasped, eyes downcast, she strikes a contemplative pose.

Nestled inside the press kit, enfolded by all those smiling photos, are the words--the P.R.--and the PRAISE [DTTM; Praise of Sandi Patty - NOT the Lord Jesus Christ - according to Matthew 16:23 – this is Satan – read Matthew 16:23 if you do not believe it!] is effusive. [DTTM: effusive means: pouring freely, excessively, gushy, that is the PRAISE of Sandi Patty] The singer has created "a distinguished work of art." Her voice is "distinctive," her songs "eloquent and articulate," the CD "masterfully crafted" and "breathtakingly performed." She's a "preeminent talent," who is "critically acclaimed" and "highly successful" –"stirring" with "remarkable musical diversity" and an "expansive vocal range." "Dynamic... quintessential... timeless... heartwarming." She is the recipient of five Grammy Awards, nine Grammy nominations, 35 Dove Awards ("more than any other artist"), three platinum records, five gold records. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera." (CCM Magazine, January, 1998, p.32)

AND GOD SAYS THAT IS ABOMINATION:

". . . 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 ny 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.

Satan's music, according to the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:23, glorifies and praises man – such as CCM! (Matthew 16:23)

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS FOR THE LORD — NOT THE WORLD

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS FOR THE LORD — NOT THE WORLD

A Christian's music is sung to the Lord. It is not for the world.

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart TO THE LORD; Ephesians 5:19

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts TO THE LORD. Colossians 3:16

Sing praises TO THE LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings. Psalm 9:11

Isaiah 12:2 sums it up wonderfully, ". . .for the LORD JEHOVAH is . . . MY SONG . . .":

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and MY SONG; he also is become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2

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 — the vast majority of people purchasing CCM is Christians! It is not the lost world! Rather than reaching the lost [which is wrong in itself] CCM is "preaching" it's "watered-down, anti-Jesus, unCHRISTian, lovey-dovey, non-judgemental, 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-Christianwhich 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.

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? Psalms 137:1-4

Christian music is for the Lord — NOT the world.

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS A NEW SONG — NOT AN OLD SONG!

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS A NEW SONG — NOT AN OLD SONG

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 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 excellant greatness;
Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful SONG!

Fanny J. Crosby

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!

We've documented this many, many times in our material, but here's a few examples.

AMY GRANT
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 Mitchells 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.

DC TALK
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)

dcTalk also sings songs by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, REM, and the Doobie Brothers!

REZ BAND
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 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 song, "Somebody to Love"!

DELIVERANCE
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

Many, many more examples could be given. See our other articles for more examples.

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!

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the UNCLEAN thing; and I will receive you, 2 Cor. 6:17

Where is the CCMers "NEW SONG, even PRAISE unto our God" from Psalms 40?

Why did the same God that gave me, Fanny Crosby, and millions of others a NEW SONG, not do the same for them, as He promised on Psalms 40 and 2 Cor. 5:17? Acts 10:34 says, ". . . God is no respecter of persons". And I know ONE thing — GOD DOES NOT LIE!

In hope of eternal life, which God, THAT CANNOT LIE, promised before the world began; Titus 1:2

God is not a man, that HE SHOULD LIE; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19

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

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

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS A NEW SONG — NOT AN OLD SONG.

"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)
CHRISTIAN MUSIC'S MESSAGE SHOULD BE CLEAR — NOT VAGUE OR DECEPTIVE

CHRISTIAN MUSIC'S MESSAGE SHOULD BE CLEAR — NOT VAGUE OR DECEPTIVE

The Bible says in 1 Cor 14:15:

I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the UNDERSTANDING also. 1 Cor. 14:15

The message in Christian music should be clear, not vague, or unclear. Christian music should praise the Lord and — the listener should clearly understand the message.

The apostle Paul didn't try to "trick" anybody, he wanted to make sure he was understood:

Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great PLAINNESS of speech: 2 Cor. 3:12

And my speech and my preaching was NOT with ENTICING words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 1 Cor. 2:4

Paul warns against "enticing words", such as CCM does:

And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with ENTICING words. Colossians 2:4

Martin Luther, the German Reformer, also avoided any worldly influence and wanted the message clear:

"But I would like to avoid any new words or the language used at court. [DTTM – 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)

Look how clear these songs praise the Lord. And literally thousands of examples could be given:

"Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine" by Fanny Crosby
"My Jesus I Love Thee" by Adoniram Gordon
"Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus" by Anna Russell
"Victory in Jesus" by E.M. Bartlett
"Jesus Is All the World to Me" by Will Thompson
"Jesus Is the Sweetest Name I Know" by Lela Long
"Jesus Lover of My Soul" by Charles Wesley

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 they lyric sheets what the song means — because when you listen to it — it's total nonsense!

Here's some samples of the unclear, vague, ridiculous and nonsense messages in CCM: And we could give hundreds!

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, 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)
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 by 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!

Christian music's message should be clear — not vague, or concealed.

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD EMPHASIS THE MESSAGE — NOT THE MUSIC, NOR THE MUSICIAN

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD EMPHASIS THE MESSAGE — NOT THE MUSIC, NOR THE MUSICIAN

Christian music should give ALL the attention and praise to the Lord — and NONE to the music, or the musician, or the singer. The Lord should get ALL the praise, ALL the glory, and ALL the honor. Spiritually speaking, the Christian musician should be heard but not seen — the Christian musician should be hide in Christ.

Christian music should emphasis and praise the Lord — not the music nor the musician.

Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Psalm 66:2

Christian musicians today are so caught up with their "music" and just the "right-sound" that the message takes a backseat. A lot of Christian music (especially with the "canned" accompaniment tapes) is a "performance" rather than a message. When that happens, the "performance" completely destroys the message by pointing all the attention to self or the music. Consequently, the musician "robs" the Lord of any praise and from a Christian perspective, it's fruitless.

Sadly, many musicians (and not just limited to CCM) are like the chief rulers that the Lord Jesus addressed in John 12:

For they loved the PRAISE OF MEN more than the praise of God. John 12:43

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, 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)

Mr Moser goes on to say:

"There is a growing chasm between CCM and the church – between what's actually happening in the real world of ministry, or even in the music ministry of the church, and what we're doing in CCM. In fact, I would probably be more inclined to call the industry "commercial Christian music," rather than "contemporary Christian music."" (Christianity Today, "We Have Created a Monster", May 20, 1996 p. 27)

HM magazine says, "a lot of Christian bands do not feel it necessary to speak about God or Christ":

"There are a lot of bands out now who do not feel it necessary to speak about God or Christ". (HM mag, Issue #67, p.26)

Ghoti Hook (now how's that for a Christian name), says "point-blank", they, "don't mention God onstage..." and rather than get their audience interested in God, they want their audience to get "interested in them" (Satan's goal; man-worship, see Matt: 16:23):

"Sometime people give us a hard time because we don't mention God onstage. . . I know that a lot of other bands and people are called to talk about God onstage a lot more than we do, and that's great, but we just feel that our calling is to get people interested in our MUSIC, interested in US . . ." (HM mag, Issue #67, pp.34-35)

Christian rockers, Spudgun, says:

"We don't normally say stuff about God from the stage". Jason Keely, Spudgun (HM mag, Issue #67, p. 40)

Much of Christian music today is more entertainment than ministry. A lot of Christian musicians (and not limited to CCM or Christian Rock) are far more interested in impressing their audience and "flaunting" their musical talent than ministering to the Lord. You can not sing to "please men" and sing unto the Lord. It's one or the other.

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should NOT be the servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

Christian music is not entertainment. Christian music is spiritual "food". Real Christian music admonishes [reprove mildly], while praising the Lord.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and ADMONISHING one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your HEARTS to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

Christian music is from the heart, not just the voice. Beautiful voices are a "dime a dozen". But beautiful hearts are "more priceless than gold". I can't remember the times I've watched a Christian musician, flaunt, pomp, articulate, get every note and vibrato perfect — and yet God was nowhere around. And yet, I've seen several times, when the singer may not hit the right notes — and yet God was all over them — and it showed!

A church we once attended had a man, named "J.C." Brown. "J.C.", by the world's standards "wasn't all there" — but "J.C." and the Lord "was all there". When "J.C." would sing, he didn't know all the words, he wasn't musically "in tune" — but he was spiritually "in tune" with the Lord. And when "J.C." sang, hearts were moved, tears would flow and you knew God was there. Why? "J.C." was "in tune" with the Lord.

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

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH — NOT CONCERT HALLS, NIGHT CLUBS

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH — NOT CONCERT HALLS, NIGHT CLUBS.

God's place of worship and fellowship is the local church.

Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the CONGREGATION of saints. Psalm 149:1

I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the CONGREGATION will I praise thee. Psalm 22:22

Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the CHURCH will I sing praise unto thee. Hebrew 2:12

While I realize there are exceptions, the primary place for Christian music, (excluding tapes, CD's and other recordings) is the church. CCM'ers justify their performing in worldly concert halls, auditoriums, et. al. as "trying to reach the lost". Of course, at the same time they charge $15 - $20, rarely mention Jesus Christ and never, never, never — mention hell, judgement, sin or enough "salvation doctrine" to get anyone saved!.

CCM artist, Michael Card, admits to this "separation of CCM and the church":

". . . we started with little root in the church, and now we’re bearing the fruit of that separation . . . There’s a big accountability gap in the industry as a result of a lack of connectedness to the church." (Christianity Today, Can't Buy Me Ministry, May 20, 1996 (p. 22)

A lot of CCM performers rarely ever perform at church services. When they do perform at a church, it's a "concert-only-service" rather than a "church" service.

Michael W. Smith

" . . . my goal is not to speak to the church. I want to talk to the kids and address the whole peer pressure thing." Michael W. Smith (CCM June 1986, p. 18)

Amy Grant

Dan Harrel, Amy Grant's brother-in-law, and promoter of Amy said:

"We never played many churches with Amy. That was the way everyone else had done it, and nobody had ever made it." (Rolling Stone, June 6, 1985, p.10)

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 involved in CCM, in November 1995 walked away CCM. In an article in Christianity Today, titled "We Have Created a Monster", about CCM Mr. Moser says:

"In the beginning of the eighties, Sandi, Patti was singing Dottie Rambo songs in church concerts; toward the end of the eighties, she was singing at the Republican National Convention. We went from the church to Carnegie Hall, from the church to large, secular arenas, where Bill and Gloria Gaither would hold praise gatherings. . .

We as an industry weren't running away from the church at that time, but I do think we walked away, hoping to bring enough of the church along so we could still make a living-so we could still, basically, get rich. Materialism, a lot of it, crept in and started affecting our values. . .

"There is a growing chasm between CCM and the church – between what's actually happening in the real world of ministry, or even in the music ministry of the church, and what we're doing in CCM. In fact, I would probably be more inclined to call the industry "commercial Christian music," rather than "contemporary Christian music. . . "(Christianity Today, "We Have Created a Monster", May 20, 1996 p. 27)

Most CCM artists mainly perform at concert halls, auditoriums, some even perform at worldly night clubs.

Robert Sweet, formerly of Stryper.

"We always had this attitude that we didn't want to be characterized as this little religious band sold in religious bookstores and happy and content to play in a church for love offerings." (Milwaukee Journal, Aug 25, 1987 p. 11)

Mark Farner, of the 70's mega-group Grand Funk Railroad, now is a born-again Christian and CCM performer. Farner plays the same bars and nighclubs as before he was saved. According to Farner, 90% of his performances are secular.

"Music is a part of my ministry no matter where I go and 90 percent of that is secular," Farner said. Farner also continues to tour the nation performing in some of the same nightclubs and bars that he played as a member of Grand Funk. (Calendar Fall/Win 91 p 6)

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH — NOT CONCERT HALLS, NIGHT CLUBS.

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD FEED THE SPIRIT — NOT THE FLESH

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD FEED THE SPIRIT — NOT THE FLESH

The Christian life is a spiritual life.

A Christian is born-again of the Spirit.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:6-7

A Christian is to walk in the Spirit:

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16

God is a Spirit — and you "MUST worship him in spirit".

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him MUST worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

And a Christian's music should be spiritual — not carnal.

I will sing with the SPIRIT, and I will sing with the understanding also. 1 Cor 14:15

I've had CCMers scream many times, "The Bible doesn't give ANY guidelines for Christian music. It's all a matter of TASTE and PREFERENCE". I usually turn to Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16, and they surprisingly "eye" them for the very "first time". Apparently it's important enough to the Lord to list them twice. The Bible lists three specific types of Christian songs; psalms and hymns and SPIRITUAL songs. I certainly do NOT think CCM and rock music is a psalm, hymn or SPIRITUAL SONG!

ROCK MUSIC AND CCM IS FLESHLY MUSIC!

Christian music should feed the spirit — NOT THE FLESH.

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and SPIRITUAL songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Ephesians 5:19

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and SPIRITUAL songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

A Christian has "crucified the FLESH".

"And they that are Christ's have crucified the FLESH with the affections and lusts." Galatians 5:24

The SPIRIT and the FLESH are contrary and opposite. They are enemies.

"For the FLESH lusteth against the SPIRIT, and the SPIRIT against the FLESH: and these are contrary the one to the other:. . ." Galatians 5: 16

It couldn't be clearer — Christian music should feed the SPIRIT — NOT THE FLESH.

And Rock music (which is what CCM is) is FLESH.

There is no doubt — rock music is FLESH. 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. And 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’s vulgar, . . Rock is the quintessence of vulgarity. It's crude, loud, and tasteless." (Pattison, Robert, The Triumph of Vulgarity, 1987, preface, p.4)

Rock music, any rock music – is FLESH! You can label it "Christian", but that doesn’t change it’s nature – it’s still FLESH. You can label strychnine "candy", but that doesn’t make it candy – it’s still POISON.

WHAT IS ROCK MUSIC?

What is the main characteristic of rock music? What makes rock different from other music? Why does rock appeal to the flesh? What is it about rock that is 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 note 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?

Because of that, rock is unlike any other music. In other music, the melody is the main component, but in rock – the rhythm or th beat literally takes over the 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)

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 in to".

Donnie Brewer of 1970's groups 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' 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, that claim, the Bible gives no instructions on the type of music for a Christian to listen to.

Don Butler, Gospel Music Association executive director

"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

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 — they do NOT care what God says! I've shown many CCMers Ephesians 5:19, 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?"

17 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?
18 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 other popular music?:

"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] represents the beat of the heart and is 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)

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], 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 the 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 EMPHAZIE THE MELODY — NOT THE BEAT!

CHRISTIAN MUSICIANS SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO THE LORD — NOT WORLDLY

CHRISTIAN MUSICIANS SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO THE LORD — NOT WORLDLY

It's amazing when God sought for a man after His own heart, God picked — a young musician named David! When God picked His king for Israel, it was — a young musician named David!

And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: Acts 13:22-23

It's interesting to note that before David was a soldier — he was a musician!
It's interesting to note that before David was king — he was a musician!
It's interesting to note that when God choose David — he was a musician!

It's also very interesting that when the servants of Saul sought for a musician to play before Saul because an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him, they chose David!

14 But the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
15 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.
16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him. 1 Samuel 16:14-18

(These verses CLEARLY "knock out" that LIE that music is neutral!)

Noticed in verse 18, the testimony of David:

that is cunning in playing, [good musician]
and a mighty valiant man, [valiant-heroic, courageous]
and a man of war, [how did they know that? David hasn't fought Goliath yet]
and prudent in matters, [prudent - wise and disciplined in conduct]
and a comely person, [comely - fair, handsome, modest]
and the LORD is with him. [The world knew David was dedicated to God]
1 Samuel 16:14-18

Christian musicians, like David, should have a clear-cut testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ! Christian musicians, like David, should be separate from the world — Saul's servants KNEW David was different!

Christian musicians, like David, should have this testimony — "the LORD is with them"!

Christian musicians like David, should be dedicated to the Lord.

In the Old Testament the Levites had a special place with the Lord. They were the spiritual leaders. And do you know who God told David to choose for musicians! THE LEVITES!

And David spake to the chief of THE LEVITES to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy. 1 Chronicles 15:16

God did NOT allow just anybody to be His musicians! Apparently the Lord took His music very serious! For when He choose His musicians — He SPECIFICALLY choose the most dedicated and consecrated tribe in all of Israel — the LEVITES! WOW! The Levites were separated for the service of the sanctuary. The priests were also chosen from the Levites.

How does that compare with what is happening today! We've got people today, who are supposed to be God's musicians who have committed adultery [Sandi Patty, Michael English], arrested for child molestation [singer for Whiteheart], used drugs [Andrea Crouch, Gary Chapman], fellowshipped and singing ungodly, wicked songs [Johnny Cash, Deliverance, dcTalk, 77's, et al.] and on and on and on! And all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! Boy, what a carnal, wicked mess!

But that was the Old Testament. That was the children of Israel.

What about the New Testament?

I'm glad you asked. . .

In Ephesians 5:19, the Lord mentions "singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;"

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Ephesians 5:19

Look at the verse 18, the requirement for verse 19, "be filled with the Spirit".

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Ephesians 5:18-21

Also, look at verses 20 and 21, that also qualify (see the semi-colon;) verse 19 —

20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

In Colossians 3:16, the Lord has another qualification for His musicians:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

Did you notice the requirement in Col. 3:16 — "Let the word of Christ dwell in you RICHLY" — A Christian musician should be a serious student of the Word of God! A Christian musician should "teach and admonish" in his songs because the Word of Christ s dwelling in him!

The Christian musician should KNOW the Word of God!

I have talked to literally hundreds (probably thousands) of CCM fans, some of the most popular CCM artists, some of the most popular CCM authors, many CCM pastors — and I have never talked to ONE — NOT EVEN ONE — who knew enough Bible to ntelligently discuss Christian music! (as Paul says "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not")

In order to justify Christian Rock and CCM — you have to throw out the Bible!

But, believe me, I've talked to many CCM fans who could quote the lyrics of their CCM rock stars! They knew the words of their rock "gods" — but when it came to the Words of the Lord God — they didn't KNOW and what's worse — they didn't even CARE what God said!

Christian musicians should be "filled with the Spirit"!

Christian musicians should be "filled RICHLY with the Word of God"!

The group Christian rock band Tempest were popular in the 1980's, but since have broken up. Read these words of guitarist Mikk Rowe of Temptest:

"I had no business being out there in a Christian band, trying to tell others about their problems when I had so many problems in my life that I wasn't even seeking guidance for. " (HM, Issue #64, p. 40)

There's a lot of Christian musicians (especially in CCM) that have no business singing and representing the Lord Jesus Christ! There's a lot of CCM artists, who have no business, being an example to young people of a "dedicated" Christian — BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT!

Christian musicians should be dedicated to the Lord — not the world!

CCM musicians copy the world's music.

CCM musicians copy the world's looks and lifestyles.

When asked about their blatant, worldly looks most CCMers immediately quote 1 Samuel 16:7

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

The worldly CCMer is quick with "for man looketh on the OUTWARD appearance, but the LORD looketh on the HEART". They think 1 Samuel 16:7 means, "see there God doesn't care what we look like — God looks on the heart!"

But is that what the Lord is saying in 1 Samuel 16? Look at the context of WHY the Lord said that! Notice the first part "Look not on his COUNTENANCE, or on the HEIGHT of his stature; because I have refused him:" Lord, wasn't talking about his DRESS, or his HAIR — but how TALL he was!

Why did the Lord say that to Samuel? Because God was about to choose His king of Israel and His "chosen one" was NOT impressive by "man of war" standards. David wasn't TALL. David was a TEENAGER. David was not even in the line-up! David was not even in the running! The Bible says about David:

11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet THE YOUNGEST, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. 1 Samuel 16:11-12

As you can see from the context of 1 Samuel 16, God is not referring to clothes, etc.

There's no doubt that God does indeed "looketh on the heart".

And there's NO doubt that YOU and I can NOT "look on the heart". As 1 Samuel 16:7, says, "for MAN looketh on the outward appearance". And the Lord Jesus commands us in Matthew 5:16:

Let your light so shine BEFORE men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

There's no doubt that God DOES indeed care how we LOOK!

If God doesn't care about the way we look — why did He write the following? Just to take up space in His Word?

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in MODEST APPAREL, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
But (which becometh women professing GODLINESS) with good works. 1 Timothy 2:9,10

Apparently to the Lord there's APPAREL that is GODLY — notice what the Lord said in verse 10 — "which becometh women professing GODLINESS".

The Bible tells us in Romans 12:2 "be not CONFORMED to this world". We're to not "conform" to this world. We're to be different. We're to act different and look different.

12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1-2

CCM artists openly and mockingly disobey God's "be not conformed to this world". Mylon Lefevre irreverently titled one of his albums, "Sheep in Wolves Clothing".

One of the obvious copying of the rock world's appearance is the long hair on males. I've had numerous CCMers, say, "Show me in the Bible where long hair is wrong? Just give me a verse!" And when I show them 1 Corinthians 11:14:

Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have LONG HAIR, it is a shame unto him? 1 Corinthians 11:14

Most of the time, the average CCMer, stares at 1 Cor. 11:14, for the first time — they did NOT know it was there! Usually their next statement is, "Well Jesus had long hair!" With that I usually pull a "dirty-trick" — I ask them to show me from the Bible that Jesus had long hair. End of conversation. . .

When the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and other rockers started wearing long hair, it was because of REBELLION!

Here's what David Lee Roth of the secular group Van Halen (who has songs like "Running with the Devil") says his long hair "is a flag" and "anti-establishment" otherwords — REBELLION:

"[his long hair] It's a flag. It's Tarzan. I'll always be anti-establishment". (USA Today)

Jerry Rubin, a 60's leader of rebellion says LONG HAIR is the "mark" of REBELLION:

"Young kids identify short hair with authority, discipline, unhappiness, boredom, rigidity, hatred of right, and LONG HAIR with letting it go. . . Wherever we go, our HAIR tells people where we stand on Viet Nam, Wallace, campus disruption, dope. We are living TV commercials for the revolution. . . LONG HAIR is the beginning of our liberation from sexual oppression that underlies the whole military society." (Jerry Rubin, Do It)
Just to show you how far the Church has gotten away from the Word of God, someone sent me the following email:
"Last night I was up late watching an old episode of "I Love Lucy." In this episode Lucy wanted to get a new "Italian" haircut. This is a haircut that is similar to if not identical to the one on the heads of at least 50% of the women in most churches I have preached in (and I have preached in hundreds of churches in nearly all 50 states). In fact, the "Italian" cut that Lucy wanted was longer than the "do's" I have seen on the heads of a lot of Baptist pastor's wives.

Ricky's (Desi Arnaz) reply was: "Lucy, there is a difference between men and women. Men have short hair and women have long hair. I am not going to have my wife getting her hair cut off and looking like a man. It will confuse Little Ricky and I do not want my son to grow up with a mother that looks like his father."

This preacher said in the email:
"If Ricky Ricardo could preach I Cor. 11:14-15 on his TV show, I should hope preachers will start to do so from their pulpits.quot;
Don't bet on it. . . Most Christians and PREACHERS could care less what God says when it "interferes" with their music and lifestyle.

It's gotten pretty bad when television actors preach and KNOW more of the Word of God than most Christians and PREACHERS! By the way, 1 Cor 11, is just as much the Word of God as John 3:16.

Long hair is also worn by shamans and demonism. A shaman is someone who invokes demon spirits and invites the demon to possess their body.

"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)

I find it very interesting also that in Revelation 9:7,8 describing the demonic creatures as:

". . .their faces were as the faces of men. And they had HAIR as the hair of women," Revelation 9:7,8

No honest person can deny that God intends for a man to have short hair and a woman long hair. Asking silly questions like, "How long is long?", just shows your rebellion to the Word of God.

My answer to the "classic", "How long is long?" is simple — if you've got to ask — it's too long!

When I got saved, I had long hair. At that time, my long hair was very important. I mean, very important! I don't believe I would have cut my hair for $1000! But after a few months of reading my Bible, fellowshipping with the Lord and other Christians — I went to the barber shop and got a haircut! I mean a real haircut that I had not had in many years. It wasn't easy! But I remember coming home and looking in the mirror. I felt wonderful! I felt clean! I can honestly say, that cutting my long hair was one of the greatest victories of my Christian life! I put so much importance on my long hair. After it was cut, I realized how silly and rebellious, I was to let something, like the length of my hair, get me to disobey the Word of God.

God clearly intends for a man to look like a man and a woman to look like a woman. And as we've seen (and any sane person knows) the hair length is a distinguishing characteristic of the male and female gender. A man who has womanish looks (such as a man with long hair) or characteristics is called effeminate. In 1 Cor. 6:9-10, the Lord has some very stern warning against "effeminate"! Look who the Lord groups "effeminate" with!

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, NOR EFFEMINATE, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor 6:9-10

That's a pretty serious warning from the Lord God! I would NOT take that lightly!

The evidence is clear CCM is not Bible-Believing, Christian music.

CHRISTIAN MUSICIANS SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO THE LORD — NOT WORLDLY


Here's a summary of Bible guidelines for Christian Music:

BIBLE GUIDELINES FOR CHRISTIAN MUSIC

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST — NOT MAN

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my SONG will I PRAISE him. Psalm 28:7

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS FOR THE LORD — NOT FOR THE WORLD

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts TO THE LORD. Colossians 3:16

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS A NEW SONG — NOT AN OLD SONG

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

CHRISTIAN MUSIC'S MESSAGE SHOULD BE CLEAR — NOT VAGUE OR DECEPTIVE

I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the UNDERSTANDING also. 1 Cor. 14:15

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD EMPHASIS THE MESSAGE — NOT THE MUSIC — NOR THE MUSICIAN

Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Psalm 66:2

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH — NOT CONCERT HALLS, NIGHT CLUBS.

Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the CHURCH will I sing praise unto thee. Hebrew 2:12

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD FEED THE SPIRIT — NOT THE FLESH

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and SPIRITUAL songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

CHRISTIAN MUSICIANS SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO THE LORD — NOT WORLDLY

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Ephesians 5:18-21

Again, we encourage you to honestly compare your music to these Bible guidelines.

Are you doing this because you don't like rock music?

NO. . .

I grew up "eating, breathing and dreaming" rock music. I was as big a fan of rock music as anyone. I played rock guitar. I literally lived for rock music.

And you want to hear something else — my flesh still loves rock music!

I had a young man call me one day, and when I answered the phone, he said in a low-growling voice, "I love rock and roll".
And I replied, "So, do I".
For a few seconds he was silent. Not expecting such an answer.
Then he said, "Is this 681-9956"?
I answered, "Yes, it is".
He replied, "Are you the man that preaches against rock music"?
I said, "Yes, I am".
He stuttered for a few seconds and said, "We’ll if you love rock music, why are preaching against it?"
And I replied, "Because it is wrong!".
His reply was interesting – "I never thought of it like that".

My flesh does not HATE rock music — my flesh LOVES rock music!

Then why publish this material?

I believe the evidence is overwhelming that Satan is the author of rock music — both secular and Christian.

David Tame, who is not even a Christian, in his book, The Secret Power of Music, makes these alarming statements:

"More than any other form of the misuse of sound, it is rock with which we must deal today. ... It is a global phenomenon; a pounding, pounding destructive beat which is heard from America and Western Europe to Africa and Asia. Its effect upon the soul is to make nigh-impossible the true inner silence and peace necessary for the contemplation of eternal verities. ... How necessary is it in this age for some to have the courage to be the ones who are `different', and TO SEPARATE themselves out from the pack who long ago sold their lives and personalities to this sound. . . I adamantly believe that rock in all its forms is a critical problem which our civilization must get to grips. . . if it wishes long to survive" (Tame, David The Secret Power of Music, 1984 p. 204).


What gives you the right to "judge" the CCM stars?

The Word of God.

One of the most misunderstood and misapplied verses in the Bible is Matthew 7:1, "Judge not, that ye be not judged".

Webster’s Dictionary defines judge as 1. The presiding official in a court having power 1. To decide 2. To determine; (Webster’s Dictionary p.330)

While we as Christians are NOT definition ONE — 1. The presiding official in a court having power. That authority belongs only to God.

"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."
Romans 14:12

But – we as Christians are commanded to "1. To decide 2. To determine" what is "right" and "wrong" according to the word of God.

If you do not "judge" – "right" from "wrong" – you are traveling a blazing "one-way" course to "perversion" and "degradation" that will eventually land you in a "lake of fire"! Revelation 21:8

A lot of Christians read Matthew 7:1 and say, "See, we’re not supposed to judge between right and wrong". And any sense of declaring someone, especially other Christians, to be wrong, is "judging" that person.

There are some serious problems with this interpretation. . .

For instance, if you keep reading Matthew 7, you’ll soon read in verse 15:

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Matthew 7:15

Notice these false prophets "come to you in sheep's clothing"-- in other words they are "masquerading" as Christians! And yet, according to the Lord Jesus Christ – "they are ravening wolves." According to the Lord Jesus Christ – Beware: some "so-called" Christians – are "ravening wolves"!

How can we tell the "sheep" from the "wolves" unless we "judge" or "determine"?

How can we do as our Lord commanded and "beware of false prophets" unless we "judge" them by the word of God?

If we do not "judge" or "decide" their error by the word of God, how do we even know they are in error?

Just because someone "sings" about the Lord Jesus Christ, are we to not "judge" their "songs", "conversation", and "testimony"? Because someone professes to be a Christian should we accept whatever they say and do as "right" and "pleasing to God"?

Who said the following?

"If we continue on this path, respectable, industrious and honest, if we fulfill our duty faithfully, it is my conviction, the Lord God will continually help us in the future. He will not leave respectable people in the lurch indefinitely. He may test them, but in the end He lets His sun shine upon them and gives them His blessing."

Billy Graham? Jack Van Impee? Billy Sunday? Dwight Moody?

ADOLF HITLER!

Most people don’t know, but Hitler claimed to be a Christian. In fact, Hitler’s campaign was "Positive Christianity". Because Hitler professed to be a Christian, should we just "ignore" the terrible acts he did? Should we read Matthew 7:1, "Judge not, that ye be not judged" and say "What gives you the right to judge Hitler?" Nonsense. We as Christians are to expose and "judge" ERROR by the word of God.

Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t think Carman, dc Talk, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, and other CCM’ers are another "Adolf Hitler", but I am illustrating an important Biblical principal.

When Carman portrays the Lord Jesus Christ as a "street-hippie", crucified in a street-gang fight, throws the Lord Jesus Christ in a dumpster – we as Christians, are to say, without apology, "that is wrong, that is a LIE, that is blasphemy!" That is NOT praising the Lord Jesus Christ!

When dc Talk sings songs by Nirvana, Doobie Brothers, Beatles, et al. – we as Christians, are to say, without apology, "that is wrong, we are to be separated!"

When Steve Curtis Chapman sings "Lord of the Dance" – we as Christians, are to say, without apology, "that is wrong, that is not Biblical" In the occult, Shiva is the Lord of the Dance!

Our purpose in "judging" Christian Contemporary Music is not any "personal" attack. It is not that we do not "like" CCM. It is not that we believe most CCM’ers are unsaved. It is not because of our personal taste in music.

We have spent hundreds (probably thousands) of hours researching CCM. We try to document our accusations. We try to obtain the original source. We try to be plain spoken and not "beat around the bush".

We believe very strongly that Christian rock music is doing irreparable harm to the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, especially among our young people. Our purpose is to wake up Christians to this spiritual "cancer" that is eating away at the "songs of Zion".

The Bible over and over COMMANDS us to "judge".

"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment"
John 7:24

"But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man."
1 Corinthians 2:15

"I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say" (1 Corinthians 10:15).

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:. . ."
1 Peter 4:17

The Lord Jesus Christ commanded "judging":

"Judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24)

"Why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? "(Luke 12:57).

The Lord Jesus Christ commended Simon in Luke 7:43 for "judging" and Jesus Christ said Simon was "right" for judging:

"And he said unto him, Thou hast RIGHTLY judged" (Luke 7:43).
To illustrate the complete "spiritual insanity" and "perversion" of the "judge not" philosphy, here's an incident with Michael Sweet formerly of the group Stryper:
During one of Stryper's "Christian" concert tours, they hired the "secular" group White Lion as the opening act. During some of the concerts White Lion openly used filthy, vulgar profanity from the stage. At one concert White Lion even threw out filthy pornographic magazines into the "Christian" audience.

In an interview Michael Sweet was asked, how "did you guys deal with those things when it happened" - Sweet unbelievably replied:

"We felt that we couldn't judge any other group. If we told them hey, you can't do this you can't do that, we would be judging them." (On-Line Interview at http://www.michaelsweet.com/interview.html)
Incredible!!!!

Here's a "ton" of Christian young people that came to hear "Christian" rockers, Stryper — and White Lion is using filthy, vulgar language and throwing pornography into the young Christian audience and Stryper doesn't have enough conviction and backbone to even tell them to stop because — that would be judging them!

What a wicked, ungodly, filthy mess! Hey, try reading the Bible for a change!

"Them that sin REBUKE BEFORE ALL, that others also may fear." 1 Timothy 5:20

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather REPROVE them." Ephesians 5:11

You parents better beware when you send your Christian young people to that "Christian Rock" concert!

And people ask me — would you rather "Christian" young people go hear Stryper or Marilyn Manson — well, there's not much difference!

In 1 Corinthians 5, the Apostle Paul is addressing the church at Corinth, "It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you,". Paul did NOT write back and say remember Matthew 7:1, "Judge not, that ye be not judged". No. Paul does not hesitate to "judge" this "brother in the Lord":

"For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,"
1 Corinthians 5:3

And Paul goes so far as to deliver him unto Satan to kill him! And the man is a Christian (. . . that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus)!

"To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."
1 Corinthians 5:5

Paul even "rebukes" the Corinthian church for NOT "judging"!

12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not YE JUDGE them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
2 Do ye not know that the saints SHALL JUDGE the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that WE SHALL JUDGE angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
(1 Corinthians 5:12 - 6:3)

The Bible CLEARLY, over and over commands the Christian to "judge" or "determine" what is right and wrong – with the light of the word of God. God gave us a book – the word of God – and we are to JUDGE anything and everything by the word of God – and that includes Christian rock and Christian rockers!

"Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear."
(1 Timothy 5:20)

"This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;" [Notice this is aimed towards Christians.]
(Titus 1:13)

The Bible says there are some who "profess to know God" (so-called Christians) but "in works they deny him, being abominable" and God says they are "disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate". How can we possibly obey our Lord without "judging" their "works"?

"They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate."
(Titus 1:16)

How can we "prove" something without "judging" or "discerning" it with the word of God?

"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
(1 Thess. 5:21)

The Bible commands us to "withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly". Again, how can we know who "walks disorderly" except we "judge" or "discern" from the word of God?

"Now we COMMAND you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us."
(2 Thess. 3:6)

Jesus Christ writes to the church at Ephesus:

2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast TRIED THEM which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
Revelation 2:1-2)

The act of "TRIED THEM" is "JUDGING" them! When someone goes to court they are "TRIED" or "JUDGED"! And the Lord Jesus commends them for "JUDGING" them! And again, these were so-called Christians, even claiming to be apostles!

Paul writes in Romans 16:17, and again notice the application is to "judge" or "mark" other so-called Christians.

"Now I beseech you, brethren, MARK THEM which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."
(Romans 16:17)

In Philippians 3, Paul again admonishes us to "mark" or "judge" so-called Christians:

". . . MARK THEM which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:"
(Philippians 3:17-18)

These are just a few verses that command the "child of God" to "determine" or "judge" between "right" and "wrong".

The immediate response is – How do we "judge" what is "right" and "wrong"? How can we "judge" what is "right" and "wrong"? You say CCM is "wrong" and "not from God" – others says it’s "right" and "from God" – how do I know who is "right"?

There is only one logical answer. That answer is simple, sure and steadfast. . .

By the King James Bible – the word of God.

I have read numerous (everyone I know of) books, articles, et. Al. justifying CCM and not ONE of them has as many Bible references as this ONE small ANSWER. The articles and books I’ve read justifying CCM are what someone "feels", "thinks", "believes", etc. – but what does God SAY?

My advice to anyone truly searching for the "will of God" concerning CCM or any subject is:

Do NOT believe a word, I, or anyone else says, without FIRST checking what God SAYS:

"God forbid: yea, let God be TRUE, but EVERY man a LIAR; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged."
(Romans 3:4)

May the Lord help you, as the Bereans, who "searched the scriptures daily, WHETHER THOSE THINGS WERE SO".

"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, WHETHER THOSE THINGS WERE SO."
(Acts 17:11)


Aren’t you causing divisions among Christians?

Yes. We Are.

But as any serious Bible-student knows, DIVISION from false doctrine, satanic influences, compromise and worldliness is commanded. The false idea that because someone is a Christian, or professes to be a Christian, we’re not to "judge" their error and separate (or divide) ourselves from them is simply wrong. We’re not only to separate ourselves from them but also warn others.

And yes, cause divisions. . .

Our prayer is to cause a DIVISION among Christians. We’re presenting the truth about Contemporary Christian Music and our prayer is that Christians will see CCM for what it really is ("wolves in sheep clothing" Matt. 7:15) and DIVIDE from it.

Jesus Christ causes DIVISIONS:

“So there was a DIVISION among the people BECAUSE OF HIM” John 7:43

Jesus Christ said plainly in Luke 12:51 — He came to cause DIVISIONS:

"Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather DIVISION:" Luke 12:51

Paul commands DIVISONS among Christians:

"Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye WITHDRAW yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us." 2 Thess. 3:6

Notice the requirement for DIVISION: ". . .every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us". Every Brother. . .? Paul is referring to another Christian. Paul caused DIVISION among the body of Christ. Notice, ". . . every brother (a Christian) that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us". DISORDERLY AND ANTI-TRADITION? Is there a better description of Christian Contemporary Music?

Larry Norman displays the "not after tradition" or "rebellious" roots of CCM in "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music"

"I ain’t knockin’ the hymns, just give me a song that has a beat.
I ain’t knockin’ the hymns, just give me a song that moves my feat.
I don’t like none of them funeral marches, I ain’t dead yet"

Larry Norman mocks the old glorious hymns as "funeral marches"! Amazing Grace, Blessed Assurance, To God be the Glory, and thousands more!

Notice also, the title of Larry Norman’s song: "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music" — ALL THE GOOD MUSIC? The Lord God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, — according to Larry Norman (and CCM) does NOT have ANY GOOD MUSIC! The Devil has ALL the good music!!!! Amazing Grace is NOT GOOD? Jesus, What A Friend For Sinners is NOT GOOD? And The Rolling Stones . . . and Marilyn Manson. . . and Led Zeppelin is GOOD? What a mockery to the Holy and Wonderful and Glorious God of the Holy Bible!

Isaiah 5:20 wrote of Larry Norman and CCM:

"Woe unto them that CALL EVIL GOOD, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"

Typical "rebellious", "disorderly" and "anti-Biblical" attitude of CCM. . .

"Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye WITHDRAW yourselves from every brother that walketh DISORDERLY, and NOT AFTER THE TRADITION which he received of us." 2 Thess. 3:6

Paul commands, if a "brother" (again a Christian) does NOT obey the Word of God (such as CCM) — DIVIDE — "have no company with him, that he may be ashamed."

"And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother." 2 Thess. 3:14-15

Paul caused a DIVISION. Paul separated from Mark.

37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.
38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.
39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
Acts 15:37-39

Paul rebuked the Apostle Peter - before all!

"But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?" Galatians 2:14

We as Christians, are the proclaimers of truth. And most of the time, the truth will cause DIVISION.

But isn’t this doing more harm than good?

No. It’s never wrong to publish the TRUTH.


Aren't you doing more harm than good attacking other Christians?

NO.

We are not "attacking" other Christians.

We are "judging" CCM by the word of God — exactly as the Lord commanded us. And despite the attempts of today's non-offensive, tolerant Christianity, it is not possible to separate the "sin from the sinner". Just because we are dealing with Christ-professing people does not mean we are to "turn a deaf ear" or develop a "see no evil, hear no evil" attitude. (If you haven't already read What gives you the right to judge the CCM artists? please do so now) In fact, scripture tells us that "judgment must BEGIN at the house of God".

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:. . ." 1 Peter 4:17

We are obeying God. The scripture clearly commands us to "search the scriptures, whether those things are so". The scripture clearly commands us to "prove all things".

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21

We are presenting the truth about Christian rock in the light of the word of God. And if you believe that is "doing more harm than good" — you love CCM and Christian rock more than the word of God!

The Truth is NEVER "doing more harm than good".


And ye shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you free. John 8:32

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of TRUTH; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:16-17

But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the TRUTH. 1 Timothy 3:15


Why don't you quit being so negative and show some love?

WE ARE.

We're showing love. Love for our Lord and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

And if you truly LOVE someone, you will FIGHT anything or anyone that attempts to do HARM to your LOVE. Any decent parent's LOVE would give their life defending their children. And our LOVE for the Lord Jesus Christ should exceed even our LOVE for our family.

Every TRUE, BALANCED love is not only POSITIVE but also NEGATIVE against anything or anyone that attempts to harm their TRUE love.

Anyone that truly loves the Lord Jesus Christ will FIGHT anything or anyone that LIES, DEGRADES, MISREPRESENTS, PERVERTS, MOCKS and BLASPHEMES Him. And as we have documented many times — CCM does all this — and more. . .

Ye that LOVE the LORD, HATE evil: Psalm 97:10

No man can serve TWO masters: for either he will HATE the one, and LOVE the other; … Matthew 6:24

Do you LOVE the Lord Jesus Christ?

Do you LOVE the Lord Jesus Christ more than anything or anyone?

Do you LOVE the Lord Jesus Christ more than Christian Rock or CCM?

A teenager called me one day, and hotly asked, "What's wrong with Carman?"
I asked, "Are you a Christian? Do you believe that Jesus Christ loved you so much He died on a cross for you?".
He answered, "Yes, I'm a Christian and I do love the Lord".
I asked, "Have you seen the video 'Resurrection Rap' by Carman? The one where they stab the Lord Jesus in a back alley gang fight, and then throw your Lord and Savior in a garbage dumpster?"
He said, "Yes, I have it".
I asked, "Does it bother you that Carman is falsely portraying your Lord and Savior, someone you truly love?"
He replied, "But Carman's trying to get a message across!"
I asked, "By LIEING about and degrading your Lord and Savior?"
I then asked him, "What if Carman was doing that to your mother?"
He quickly replied, "But it wouldn't be true, that didn't happen to my mother!"
I answered, "Exactly! And you know what? It didn't happen to your Lord and Savior either! And you ought to love Him more than your own mother".
With tears he replied, "This music isn't right, is it?"
I said, "No, it's not. It's not right".
Carman's Resurrection Rap portrays the Lord Jesus Christ as a confused street hippie, while the pharisees and apostles are black street gang members! The crucifixion takes place, not on Calvary — but in a back alley gang fight! The Lord Jesus Christ is buried in a GARBAGE DUMPSTER. And naturally Carman includes the occult (Carman's videos are soaked in occult imagery!) as satanic tarot cards tell the Calvary story! Take a look.
Is this Christian?

"Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? ..." 2 Kings 19:22

blasphemy
blas • phe • my (blas-fuh-mee) n.
1. Lack of reverence for God.
(Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, 1977, p.116)

Carman's — Resurrection Rap
This is Carman's Jesus — a confused-looking, street hippie!
The apostles and pharisees are black, street-gang members.
Carman's Jesus is crucified — not on a rugged cross at Calvary — but in a back-alley, gang fight!
Carman's Jesus is dumped into a garbage dumpster!
And satanic Tarot cards are used to tell the gospel story!

After studing hundreds of hours in satanism and secular rock (see our tract Rock: The Devil's Advocate) — this is some of the worst blasphemy I've ever seen!

If Madonna or Prince, or some secular entertainer did something like this — James Kennedy, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Don Wildmon and "the crew" would be boycotting and mailing out petitions! Why aren't they boycotting Carman's (and there's more...) blasphemy?

Why do God's people defend such blasphemy of our Lord Jesus Christ?


It amazes me how Christians who claim to love the Lord Jesus Christ defend CCM's anti-Christ attitude! WHY?

I answered the phone some time back. . . A dear lady was on the other end weeping. She told me a Christian friend of hers gave her Carman's Resurrection Rap video. She was shocked! She couldn't believe what they were doing to her Lord and Savior! Sobbing, she asked, "How can so-called Christians do this to their Lord and Savior?"

"How can so-called Christians do this to their Lord and Savior?"

Have you left first love?

2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast LEFT THY FIRST LOVE.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate. Revelation 3:1-6

Do you love the Lord Jesus Christ?

Does it bother you that CCM is removing the Lord Jesus Christ?

Does it bother you that CCM is perverting and refusing to "tell the old, old story, of Jesus and His love"?

Does it bother you that CCM is presenting to a hopeless, Christless-world — a lovey-dovey, no judgement, no repentance, no hell, no blood atonement, "I'm ok, you're ok", feel-good, double-speak, anti-Christ, message?

If this doesn't bother you — you have left your first love.

4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 REMEMBER therefore from whence thou art fallen, and REPENT, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Revelation 3:3-6

DO YOU LOVE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt LOVE the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.. Matthew 22:37-38

If ye LOVE me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that LOVETH me. . . John 14:21

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man LOVE me, he will keep my words. . . John 14:23

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my LOVE; . . .John 15:10

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the LOVE of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 1 John 2: 3-5

My little children, let us not LOVE in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in TRUTH. 1 John 3:18

By this we know that we LOVE the children of God, when we LOVE God, and keep his commandments.
For this is the LOVE OF GOD, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1 John 5:2-3

You can CLEARLY see from the above scriptures — if someone truly LOVES the Lord Jesus Christ (not just in word and song; but in deed and in TRUTH) — they will keep and obey the Word of God. And we have thoroughly documented many, many times — CCM does NOT keep and obey the Word of God.

Do you love the Lord Jesus Christ?

If a man LOVE me, he will KEEP MY WORDS. . .
John 14:23


What's wrong with using rock as a tool to reach young people?

One of the main justifications of CCM is using rock as "a tool to reach people" for Christ. The idea is to "entice" the lost person into listening to the music by making it sound like the world's music. Then once they're "rockin-out" - subtly "sneak" in the Lord Jesus Christ. Look like "rock", sound like "rock", act like "rock" and once they're "sucked-in" - slip in the Lord Jesus Christ!

While this may sound great on the surface, as Christians our final authority is the Word of God. We as Christians are to "judge" anything and everything by the Word of God. As you'll soon read, using rock music as a method of evangelizing is completely against the Word of God. We have documented FOUR clear and serious Biblical errors. This page is lengthy, but please read it prayerfully and carefully, in it's entirety. Also please note, the many clear scripture references, and many more could be given.

N O T I C E

We challenge anyone - any preacher, CCM artist, author, musician, Christian - ANYONE - to refute with scripture, the logic and the scriptures for the following errors for using rock as a tool for reaching the lost. If anyone can adequately, Biblically, refute our arguments - we will gladly remove this page (and many others against Christian rock) from our web site.

Please note: We are not interested in opinions, arguments, debates, what you've seen, heard, feel or experienced, what you think about so and so, et al. We are interested in only in "what saith the Lord".

Dial-the-Truth Ministries

We heartily agree with the conviction of the German reformer Martin Luther, as he stood before the Diet of Worms, he boldly confessed:

"Unless I am refuted and convicted by testimonies of Scripture, my conscience is bound in the word of God: I cannot and will not recant anything. I cannot do otherwise. Here I stand. God help me, Amen."

". . .yea, let God be TRUE, but every man a LIAR;. . ." Romans 3:4



ERROR ONE:

Rock music is FLESH. God is a SPIRIT. The SPIRIT and the FLESH are contrary to each other.

Rock music is FLESH.

There is no doubt – rock music is FLESH. It's CARNAL. And the world knows this! 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) The world loves FLESHLY, CARNAL things. And 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's vulgar, . . Rock is the quintessence of vulgarity. It's crude, loud, and tasteless." (Pattison, Robert, The Triumph of Vulgarity, 1987, preface, p.4)

Secular rock bad girl Lita Ford, says: "Listen, rock'n roll AIN'T CHURCH. It's nasty business. You gotta be nasty too. If you're goody, goody, you can't sing or play it. . ." (Los Angeles Times, August 7, 1988)

Rock music, any rock music is FLESH! You can label it "Christian", but that doesn't change it's nature – it's still FLESH. You can label strychnine "candy", but that doesn't make it candy – it's still POISON.

Christian rock is FLESH! Here's a review of some CCM concerts:

Michael W. Smith

"His concerts draw hundreds of thousands of fans each year, mostly teenage girls who scream out their AFFECTION FOR HIM non-stop throughout. And that's where the problems start. To his fans, Smith is the absolute greatest there is, bar none. To his detractors, he is a manipulator who utilizes his good looks and stage show presence to gain unwholesome adoration from his Christian audience as part of a master plan to pursue pop stardom regardless of the cost." (IM Jan/Feb 91 p 22)

"Smith, with synthesizers blaring, drums blazing, and guitars screeching, sent a young crowd into a frenzy from beginning to end." (Tulsa Tribune)

"With sweeping strobes lighting the stage and crowd areas, Smith took the stage with some twirling dance steps that sent the crowd into rocking frenzy. The moment Smith's hands hit the air, the audience responded with over-the-head hand claps and stomping feet."

WHITE HEART

"Crossover,a hot new six-piece band from Rhode Island, got the place rocking with a blend of pop metal melodies and straight-ahead power. . . The crowd was in a frenzy by the time Whitecross appeared, and the front of the auditorium was packed with screaming metalheads."

CARMAN

"One of the first song routines Carman swings into is a jazzed-up 50's imitation of Elvis Presley called "Celebrating Jesus." Carman shakes, stutters and shimmies just like the "King" himself, as the crowd cheers and be-bops in the aisles".

If rock music was NOT fleshly — the lost world would not "love" it! The Bible is very clear – the "natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God. . . neither can he know them." ! If rock music was SPIRITUAL — the world would "hate" it! If Jars of Clay, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, dc Talk, et al had any real spiritual message, MTV, Billboard, VH-1, would NOT "receive" their songs and videos! They would NOT praise and play their music! Not according to God in 1 Corinthians 2:14!

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

God is a SPIRIT.

"God is a SPIRIT: and they that worship him must worship him in SPIRIT and in truth." John 4:24

"Now the Lord is that SPIRIT:. . ." 2 Cor 3:17

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the FLESH, but after the SPIRIT." Romans 8:1

God's salvation and methods are SPIRIT.

"It is the SPIRIT that quickeneth; the FLESH profiteth nothing:. . ." John 6:64

"Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his SPIRIT." 1 John 4:13

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the SPIRIT, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." John 3:5

"But God hath revealed them unto us by his SPIRIT:. . ." 1 Cor. 2:10

God's music is spiritual not fleshly.

". . . I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also."(1 Cor. 14:15)
" . . . 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
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3:16

The SPIRIT and the FLESH are contrary, opposite, enemies.

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8

"For the FLESH lusteth against the SPIRIT, and the SPIRIT against the FLESH: and these are contrary the one to the other:. . ." Galatians 5: 16

"For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the FLESH." Philippians 3:3

God is against the FLESH.

Not only is the SPIRIT contrary to the FLESH, but God is AGAINST the FLESH.

"So then they that are in the FLESH cannot please God." Romans 8:8

"That no FLESH should glory in his presence." 1 Cor. 1:29

"And they that are Christ's have crucified the FLESH with the affections and lusts." Galatians 5:24

So let's add this up . . .

  1. Rock music (any rock music) is FLESH
  2. God is SPIRIT.
  3. God's salvation and methods are SPIRIT.
  4. The SPIRIT and the FLESH are contrary, opposite.
  5. God is against the FLESH.

How can anyone, who understands simple Bible verses, honestly "justify" rock music as a "tool for reaching people" for Jesus Christ? How can the "seeds" of FLESH grow "fruits" of the SPIRIT?

THEY CANNOT . . . IT IS NOT POSSIBLE!

Here's the testimony of Lowell Hart, a former rock musician:

"Rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, pop tunes, Bossa Nova, etc. are all products of the world. These [CCM] musicians are taking the fleshly and are saying, in effect, 'We are going to appeal to the spiritual.' It cannot be done. It is neither logical nor scriptural. This is typical of the contemporary Christian music approach today." (Lowell Hart, Satan's Music Exposed, p. 123)

And ANYONE who thinks they can "sow" to the FLESH and "reap" SPIRITUAL fruits according to God - they are DECEIVED! According to God – a Christian who claims they are using "flesh" [rock music] to bring forth "spiritual" [new birth, salvation] — they are "MOCKING GOD" — and calling God a LIAR, according to Galatians 6:7.8! Read it!

Be not DECEIVED God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his FLESH of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the SPIRIT of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Galatians 6:7,8

Could God possibly make it plainer? Only a disobedient, carnal, backslidde, Christian who will NOT submit to the word of God would justify fleshly, rock music as a "tool" to bring forth the spiritual, new-birth! It is NOT possible!

And ANYONE who thinks they can "sow" to the FLESH and "reap" SPIRITUAL fruits according to God - they are deceived!

"Be not DECEIVED God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his FLESH of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the SPIRIT of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Galatians 6:7,8

The Lord says in Romans 13:14 - "make not provision for the flesh".

"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." Romans 13:14

And yet, CCM takes just the opposite approach! They "parade" and "flaunt" the flesh – and "make not provision for the Lord Jesus Christ". Their dress, their long hair, their earrings on males, their "hip" speech, their album covers, their videos — nearly everything about CCM — copies, imitates and glorifies the FLESH.

The apostle Paul, addresses this "FLESH = SPIRITUAL" error in Galatians:

 "Are ye so foolish? having begun in the SPIRIT, are ye now made perfect by the FLESH?" Galatians 3:3

2 Peter 2 warns against "false prophets . . .who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even DENYING THE LORD [as CCM does] that bought them" — and verse 18 gives their "bait" — EXACTLY AS CCM — "they allure through the LUSTS of the FLESH"!

For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the FLESH, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 2 Peter 2:18

Are some of you CCMers getting this? Or are you so "rebellious" against the Word of God that — YOU JUST DON'T CARE! If you think I'm WRONG — Refute IT! Send me the Bible verses! I'LL BE WAITING!

If I'm NOT wrong — do something about it!

Not only is rock FLESH — rock is Satan's music!

If you think that's just a "paranoid-old-fogey-undocumented" response, read the following quotes — by rock artists!

Homosexual rock star, David Bowie in Rolling Stone magazine (Feb. 12, 1976), stunned the music world, when he stated:

"Rock has always been THE DEVIL'S MUSIC . . . I believe rock and roll is dangerous . . . I feel we're only heralding SOMETHING EVEN DARKER THAN OURSELVES."(Rolling Stone, Feb. 12, 1976)
The title of CCM artist Larry Norman's song "Why Should the DEVIL Have All the Good Music" testifies that rock is Satan's music.

Little Richard, one of the architects of rock 'n' roll, from "first-hand" experience, knows who is the "author" of rock 'n' roll.

"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." Little Richard (Charles White, The Life and Times of Little Richard, p. 197)
"I was directed and commanded by another power. The power of DARKNESS. . . The power of the DEVIL. SATAN." Little Richard (Charles White, The Life and Times of Little Richard, pp. 205-206)
As for using rock music as a "tool" for the Lord — here's what Little Richard said:

"Rock'n roll doesn't glorify God. You can't drink out of God's cup and the devil's cup at the same time. I was one of the pioneers of that music, one of the builders. I know what the blocks are made of because I built them." (The Dallas Morning News, Oct. 29, 1978, p. 14A)
How is that Little Richard, a homosexual, rock star has more spiritual discernment that a lot of supposedly, born-again, Spirit-filled, Christians?

ERROR TWO:

The PURPOSE of Christian music.

God has placed a lot of emphasis on music. The Bible has over 500 references to music. The longest book in the Bible is Psalms. Psalms are "songs unto the Lord". The purpose of music is to praise and worship the Lord. Christian music is sung "unto the Lord" not "unto the world". Just a few verses, from hundreds, that teach this:

"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing PRAISE.
Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.
With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King." Psalm 98:4-6

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing PRAISES unto thy name, O most High:" Psalm 92:1

Dr. Frank Garlock, author of several books on Christian music, and an instructor in Christian music for over 40 years, writes:

"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 was NEVER meant for the lost world. The Bible is very clear - Christian music is "sung unto the Lord" - not the world!

The purpose of Christian music was NEVER meant to evangelize the lost!

The book "What About Christian Rock" by Dan Peters, Steve Peters and Cher Merrill is a book praising Christian Rock. Chapter Eight (pp. 100-145) of the book, titled "Goals" is very interesting. In "Goals", through personal interview, correspondence, or quoted statements, the authors state the "quoted" goals of approximately 130 individual CCM performers. Dr. Garlock and Kurt Woetzel, in their book, Music in the Balance, give summary of these goals. Here is the chart as it appears in Music in the Balance (p. 111):

GOALS MENTIONED FREQUENCY
Evangelism 66
Hope and Encouragement 28
Communicate God 16
Discipleship and Commitment 15
Positive Influence 11
Speak to Contemporary Issues 11
Praise 3
Nebulous 28
Used Scripture 1

Notice in the chart: 66 stated "Evangelism" as their goal, and only 3 out of 130 artists said "praise" is one of their goals! And what's even more interesting – out of 130 CCMers ONLY ONE "Used Scripture" in stating the goal of their music! WOW! And this is from a book (What About Rock) trying to justify Christian Rock!

The GOAL of using Christian music as Evangelism is not the GOAL of Christian music. Tim Fisher, author, musician, music professor and founder of Sacred Music Services, states in his book, "The Battle for Christian Music":

"Music is never used in Scripture as a means of reaching the lost." (Tim Fisher, The Battle for Christian Music, p.155)

Nowhere in the Bible do you find music used as a goal of "Evangelism". Tim Fisher also gives another problem with using music for evangelism:

"One of the major problems with the CCM crowd is that they believe the purpose of music is outreach. When outreach is your stated purpose, you will go to any lengths to justify almost anything in attempting to reach the lost. Indeed, this is exactly what we are seeing in the CCM movement today." (Tim Fisher, The Battle for Christian Music, p.156)

The "lost" world is not interested in Christian songs "praising the Lord." The only way to get the lost world to "like" Christian songs is to "spiritually-dumb-down" the songs. In order for CCM to appeal to the world they have to remove, hide or disguise the Christian influence. Can the lost world really appreciate songs praising God for salvation, thankfulness, mercy, love, sanctification, et. al.? The Bible is clear — to the lost world spiritual things are foolishness!

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)

Psalm 137 is an interesting scenario. The children of Israel are taken captive by Babylon. The children of Israel were well known for their instruments and songs. Babylon wanted them to play a song — but the children of Israel refuse to play the Lord's song for the world!

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?
(Psalms 137:1-4)

The music from the Lord is sacred! It should not be taken lightly! It should not be used as entertainment for the world!

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 praises the Lord. The lost world is NOT going to praise the Lord Jesus Christ. According to the Lord Jesus Himself – the world HATES Him!

"The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." (John 7:7)

"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you." (John 15:18)

The only way Contemporary Christian Music can "entice" the world is "remove", "disguise" or "redefine" the Lord Jesus Christ.

And that is exactly what they do! They subtly remove the Lord Jesus and replaced our Lord Jesus Christ with the pronouns; "he", "him", "you", "I", et. al. They have also "redefined" the Lord Jesus Christ as a "politically-correct" "tolerant", "lovey-dovey", "partying", "hip-hop", "rapping-rocker". Songs such as, dc Talk's "Jesus Freak", et al. clearly describe "another Jesus" than the Jesus Christ of the Bible. In 2 Corinthians 11:4, the apostle Paul warns of "another Jesus".

Here's a sample of the "removing" of the Lord Jesus Christ:

Amy Grant:

"What we're trying to do is take Christian principles and make them understandable. Even if it doesn't say Jesus, it doesn't matter. . ." (Rolling Stone, June 6, 1985 p 10)

"Lyrically, the only difference between Amy Grant love songs and, say, those of Olivia Newton John, is that often Grant's pronouns come with capital letters..."

Rich Mullins:

"I'm really sick of all this heavy-handed Christianity. Musicians take themselves too seriously. They should have more fun, and they should stop preaching unless that's what God has called them to. If I want to hear a sermon, I'll go to church, thank you." (CCM magazine, April, 1987, p. 12)

Steve Taylor:

"Our concerts attract people because they know they won't be preachy or insult their intelligence." (Peters Brothers, What About Christian Rock, p. 138)

(In other words, according to Steve Taylor, if you tell someone they're going to hell without Jesus Christ – to Mr. Taylor that's insulting their intelligence – no wonder Mr. Taylor has such a low opinion of Jesus Christ, as he would write a song titled "Jesus is For Losers"; Jesus Christ is for SINNERS. Bill Gates may not be a LOSER, but he is certainly a SINNER.)

Michael W. Smith

"My songs are not preachy - at all . . ." (Michael McCall, Contemporary Christian, June 1986, p. 19).

". . . So I've made a definite decision now that I'm no longer in the Sandi Patti kind of groove. I love Sandi. I think her music is great, and she needs to do her thing. But my goal is not to speak to the church. I want to talk to the kids and address the whole peer pressure thing." [No Jesus] (CCM, June 1986, p. 18)

Here's what a secular reporter in the Birmingham News wrote after watching a Michael W. Smith concert:

"If you weren't familiar with Michael W. Smith's standing in the world of contemporary Christian music, you might attend one of his concerts and come out none the wiser." (The Birmingham News, Feb. 12, 1993 p. 5c)

DeGarmo and Key:

"On Street Light, we were trying to stick to the street theme and deal with problems people were dealing with. They weren't biblical themes, and they didn't talk about God a lot." Dana Key (CCM Magazine, Nov. 1987, p.20)
Many CCM artists despise mentioning the lovely and wonderful name of Jesus Christ so much - they admittedly have an anti-'Jesus' attitude! Here's a quote from Jason Martin of Starflyer 59:

Jason Martin of Starflyer 59

"A lot of bands, the reason they get so turned off, is because you have to put the word 'Jesus' in every line. . . That's why so many bands get almost anti-'Jesus'in their lyrics, even though they're Christians. . ."(HM, Mar/Apr 97 p. 21)
Jason says, "you have to put the word 'Jesus' in every line" - well, what's wrong with that? That is - if you really believe Him! I don't think Jason has to worry about putting "'Jesus' in every line". Out of 25 Starflyer 59 songs, over 1400 words, 4 albums - I could not find the word "God, the word "Lord", I found "Jesus" in "2nd Space Song" - with this ridiculous line "counts the sands Jesus in your hands". Jesus in your hands? Who that believes that Jesus Christ is God Almighty, the Lord of Lords, thinks they've got "Jesus in their hands"!

These CHRISTIAN bands act like saying the name "Jesus" is taking the "mark of the beast"! Notice Jason Martin of Starflyer, also says, "That's why so many bands get almost anti-'Jesus' in their lyrics, even though they're Christians". That's exactly what I've been preaching for years - many (if not most) CCM artists are "anti-Jesus" in their lyrics! They not only do NOT mention the name of Jesus! They not only go out of their way NOT to mention the wonderful name of Jesus - but they are anti-Jesus in their lyrics!

How can a Christian, someone who actually believes that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, loved them so much that He died for them, NOT want to sing about Jesus?

Compare that to these Christian songs:

Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine by Fanny Crosby
My Jesus I Love Thee by Adoniram Gordon
Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus by Anna Russell
Victory in Jesus by E.M. Bartlett
Jesus Is All the World to Me by Will Thompson
Jesus Is the Sweetest Name I Know by Lela Long
Jesus Lover of My Soul by Charles Wesley
Why do this so-called Christians so despise the wonderful name of Jesus Christ Have they never read Acts 4:12 or Philippians 2?

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

That at the NAME OF JESUS every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11

Even CCM artist, Michael Card, admits that much of CCM, is NOT Christian:

"The lyrics of a good number of the songs don't say anything specifically Christian -they may have some moral message, but not a lot of the big songs are identifiably Christian. . . 'What happens to the message when we start getting the music to as many people as possible?' There is an essential part of the gospel that's not ever going to sell. The gospel is good news, but it is also bad news: 'You are a sinner, and you are hopeless.' How is a multimillion-dollar record company going to take that? That's a part of the message, too, and if that's taken out-and it frequently is in Christian music- it ceases to be the gospel." (Can't Buy Me Love, Christianity Today, May 20, 1996, p. 25)
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, 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)

Leslie Phillips:

"People are tired of Christian songs that are only praise and worship. The church forced the 'old' taste in music on kids. We're breaking the stereotype." (Carol Leggett, Amy Grant p. 112)

Stryper

"We're not religious fanatics who are trying to convert everybody we meet. . .We honestly believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior, but we're about the most unreligious Christian band you could imagine. . . " Robert Sweet, of Strvper (Hit Parader Nov, 1986, p. 21)

Holy Soldier

"We're just trying to show that it doesn't need to be pretentious or preachy to be Christian." (CCM, July 92 pp. 54-56)

Wayne Watson

"There's one way I won't write. I won't write a song that says, 'You better get right with God.' From my own experience I find that way sometimes makes people defensive. . . " (Christian Activities Calendar, Spring/Summer, 1989, p. 111)

Sandi Patti:

"Music is a very powerful force. . . Why can't we take that same powerful force — music — put positive lyrics [Not Jesus] to it and begin shaping values that way.?" (Charisma, Feburary 1986, p. 43)

Kim Boyce:

To show the utter spiritual blindness of CCM read this quote by CCM artist Kim Boyce:
"Christians can be judgmental about this and say it's not right, but I feel it doesn't matter what a song's message might be, as long as it comes from a Christian heart. And, conversely, a song is not a Christian song just because it comes from a Christian viewpoint." She pauses. "For example, take M.C. Hammer's 'Pray.' I don't know where M.C. Hammer is coming from. But why didn't a Christian artist write this song! It's very cool and it says something. I don't know if he is a Christian or not — I've heard it said he is but the point is that he can say anything he wants just because he's the hottest thing around."(IM Jan/Feb 91 p. 14)

And many, many, many more quotes could be given . . .

Here's some examples of albums with Jesus "completely removed"!

Sandi Patti's LeVoyage, And of course, the wonderful name of Jesus is nowhere to be found.
Michael W. Smith's album, Change Your World, has 2819 words - Jesus occurs - ZERO!
Michael W. Smith's album, I'll Lead You Home, has 2046 words -: Jesus occurs - ZERO!

And again many more albums could be given . . .

This should make ANY truly born-again Christian ashamed and abhorred of such Christ-less music. And yet many so-called Christians are defending and "loving" such music that "takes away their Lord".

"And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have TAKEN AWAY my Lord, . . ." (John 20:13)

BUT WAIT . . . TIME OUT . . .

If the purpose of CCM is "a tool to reach" people with Jesus Christ . . .

Would you please explain something for me — How in the world are you going to reach young people for Jesus Christ — when you do not even mention "His NAME"?

We're unable to come to the phone at this time. At the sound of the beep. . .

I don't care how much CCM'ers talk about "using rock as a tool to reach young people" or "motives" or "attitudes" or "relationships" or "values" or "self-esteem" or "positive-lyrics" — NO JESUS — NO REACHING THE LOST!

Peter says in Acts 4:

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12

How completely contrary to the men of God!

The Apostle Paul writes:

"And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." 1 Corinthians 2:1-2

The Apostles were beaten in Acts 5 and the scriptures say:

"And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go . . . And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ." Acts 5:40-41

Look how many times the Apostle Paul in just the first chapter of 1 Corinthians:

verse 1 Jesus Christ
verse 2 Christ Jesus, Jesus Christ our Lord
verse 3 God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
verse 4 Jesus Christ;
verse 6 Christ
verse 7 our Lord Jesus Christ:
verse 8 our Lord Jesus Christ.
verse 9 his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
verse 10 our Lord Jesus Christ
verse 12 Christ
verse 13 Christ
verse 17 Christ. . . the cross of Christ
verse 23 Christ crucified
verse 24 Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
verse 30 Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

The following excerpt is from "The Dragon's Hot Breath: Unmasking the Awful Truth About 'Christian' Rock Music" by Texe Marrs concerning a telephone conversation between Texe Marrs and CCM "star" Steve Taylor. After dealing with hundreds of CCM'ers – this is a typical response when asked about "removing the Lord Jesus Christ":

"I related to Mr. Taylor that I had searched the lyrics of every song in his album and that, regrettably, I could find no reference to Jesus and the Cross.
'Why do you not confess Jesus in your music?' I implored. 'Why do you not witness to our youth that Jesus loved them so much He suffered on the cross for them?' His response was, unfortunately, lacking. Taylor responded hotly, 'Is it necessary to tell young people about Jesus in every album?'
My immediate answer was 'Yes! In every album. Indeed, in every song!'"
(Texe Marrs, The Dragon's Hot Breath, Living Truth Ministries, p.7)

When music, such as CCM, purposely removes the Lord Jesus Christ — it is no longer Christian!

A Christian is a follower and disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. And when Jesus Christ is removed — it is NOT CHRISTIAN!

When a lot of the CCM "stars" mention the Lord Jesus Christ it's another Jesus (2 Cor. 11:4). It's not the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible. CCM's "Jesus" is a "hip-hopping", "party-animal", "groovy", "boys-will-be-boys", "rock-star". Rather than "lifting up" the Lord Jesus Christ, they drag Jesus Christ down into the "mire and filth" of their "rock" world. Here's just a few examples of the "polluting" of the Lord Jesus Christ.

DcTalk - Jesus Freak
Steve Taylor - Jesus is for Losers
Bride - Psychedelic Super Jesus
Messiah Prophet Band - Master of the Metal
Carman - Resurrection Rap Video (Jesus is portrayed as a street-gang member)

The Word of God in John 12:43 has the CCM artists "number". Just like the chief rulers in John 12, the CCMers refuse to confess the Lord Jesus Christ because "they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God".

"42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
43 For they loved the PRAISE OF MEN more than the praise of God." John 12:42-43

CCM's methods are NOT Biblical!

After CCM has successfully "zapped-out" the Lord Jesus Christ; time for the next step. They try to completely "zap out" any influence and testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ in their "lifestyle". So they dress, look, act, talk, walk, appear with "secular artists" at "secular rock shows" — everything possible to look like the world. CCM artist Mylon Lefevre, unashamedly (by "perverting" Matthew 7:15!) titled on of his albums, "Sheep in Wolves Clothing".

If it "looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, walks like a duck and has web feet — it's a duck!"

When CCM "looks like the world, acts like the world, sounds like the world, imitates the world, fellowships with the world" — IT'S WORLDLY — IT'S NOT CHRISTIAN!

Again this is completely against the word of God:

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, . . ." 2 Corinthians 6:17

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14

ERROR THREE:

God's "tool" for reaching the lost.

God's "tool" for reaching lost young people (or any people) with the gospel is NOT MUSIC — ANY MUSIC! God's "tool" for reaching people with the gospel is "PREACHING 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 Corinthians 1:21

This is God's "tool". He hasn't changed. God does NOT LIE. Every revival in history, bar none, came through the PREACHING of God's word — Torrey, Sunday, Moody, Spurgeon, Wesley, et. al. Music, such as written by Fanny Crosby, Charles Westley, helped "set the atmosphere" — but make no mistake about it — God's "tool" for reaching people with the gospel is "PREACHING the word of God".

No matter how much you try to justify "your fleshly appetite" for Christian Rock — one thing is certain — God can not LIE! And when He says, ". . . it pleased God by the foolishness of PREACHING to save them that believe" , He "demolishes" CCM's use of rock as "a tool for reaching the lost!"

Alfred Gibbs, writes in his book, The Preacher and His Preaching:

". . . preaching is the God-ordained means of spreading the gospel amongst the unsaved." (Gibbs, Alfred P., The Preacher and His Preaching, p.25)

"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a PREACHER?" (Romans 10:14)

Did you read that? "without a PREACHER", not a SINGER, not an ENTERTAINER – A PREACHER!

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)

The word of God is the instrument of saving faith — NOT A SONG — ANY SONG!

Now, if you don't like that, don't get mad at me, get mad at God – HE WROTE IT!

Don't send me a nasty email telling me how "judgmental" I am – I didn't say it – GOD DID!

ERROR FOUR:

CCM's method is deceitful.

Another serious "error" using rock music as a "tool for reaching people for Christ" – it is "deceitful".

CCM "deceives" the listener into "getting into the music" and then — "surprise, surprise!" "We're NOT the world! We LOOK like the world. We SOUND like the world. We ACT like the world. We FELLOWSHIP with the world – but guess what! We're Christians!"

And guess what — THAT IS DECEITFUL!

Don Butler, gospel Music Association executive director, openly boasts of deceitfully using "music is the bait":

"Music is the bait, the message is the hook. We can use a different style of music for every age level to give people what they need. Once other religions find this out we'll be in trouble." (IM, Mar/Apr 1991 p. 27)

And what does the Lord say about doing His work "deceitfully"?

"CURSED be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, . . ." Jeremiah 48:10

You better read that again — Not "CURSED" be he that doeth the work of the WORLD deceitfully – but CURSED be he that doeth the WORK OF THE LORD deceitfully!

"CURSED be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, . . ." Jeremiah 48:10

Compare CCM's "deceitful" use of music to "entice" it's audience with that of the apostles:

The Apostle Paul refused to "entice" his audience.

"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:" 1 Corinthians 2:4

The CCM crowd says, "Let's use rock music to get their attention and then we'll 'SNEAK' in the Lord Jesus Christ".

The apostles sure didn't try to "sneak" in the Lord Jesus Christ. They BOLDLY "lifted" Him up! They proclaimed the Lord Jesus Christ, openly, proudly and with BOLDNESS! Despite beatings, despite threats, despite being put to death - they weren't about to "hide" their Lord Jesus Christ!

"10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
13 Now when they saw the BOLDNESS of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus."
(Acts 4:10-13)

"And he spake BOLDLY in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him." (Acts 9:29)

"Long time therefore abode they speaking BOLDLY in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands." (Acts 14:3)

"And he began to speak BOLDLY in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly." (Acts 18:26)

"And he went into the synagogue, and spake BOLDLY for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God." (Acts 19:8)

Who do you think is right?

The "DECEIT" of CCM or the "BOLDNESS" of the apostles?

CONCLUSION:

With what we have presented, and we could have presented much more, and much worse. With the clear scriptures presented – any honest, serious, dedicated Christian – whose desire is to "follow the Lord Jesus Christ" – should put aside their "fleshly appetite", "prejudices", "personal desires", "friends" and serious ask themselves — "Are these things so?" And then – "search the scriptures" for the answer.

"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." Acts 17:11

Our prayer is you will have the conviction and courage, despite the cost, to obey the word of God. God needs some young people, pastors, youth leaders, parents, teachers that will take a stand against CCM and worldly music. May you have the conviction of the German reformer Martin Luther. As Martin Luther stood before the Diet of Worms, on December, 1521 with the threat of death ringing in his soul, he declared:

"Unless I am refuted and convicted by testimonies of Scripture, my conscience is bound in the word of God: I cannot and will not recant anything. I cannot do otherwise. Here I stand. God help me, Amen."

God help you . . .



What about the “thousands” of people getting saved at CCM concerts?


If you haven’t read, What's wrong with using rock as a tool to reach young people? please read it first.
We do NOT believe "thousands" of people are getting saved at CCM concerts.

While we certainly will not say, no one can be saved at a CCM concert – we do not believe "thousands" are being saved at CCM concerts. If people are getting saved — Praise the Lord! If people are getting saved, it is for factors outside the CCM concerts, such as someone "witnessing" and "praying" for that person. It’s because that person has at some time heard the "preaching" of the word of God.

But we can NOT believe "thousands" of people are getting saved at CCM concerts, for the following FOUR reasons from the word of God:

REASON ONE:

God’s method of salvation is "PREACHING 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 Corinthians 1:21

This is God’s method. He hasn’t changed. God does NOT LIE. (Titus 1:2) Every revival in history, bar none, came through the PREACHING of God’s word – Torrey, Sunday, Moody, Spurgeon, Wesley, et. al.

Most CCM concerts have NO PREACHING and NO PREACHER present!

"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a PREACHER?" (Romans 10:14)

Notice "without a PREACHER", not a SINGER, not an ENTERTAINER – A PREACHER!

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)

The word of God is the instrument of saving faith NOT A SONG!

Not only do CCM’ers not have a PREACHER they go out of their way to "abstain from all appearance of PREACHING"!

Steve Taylor:

"Our concerts attract people because they know they won't be preachy or insult their intelligence." (What About Christian Rock, Peters Brother, p. 138)
(According to Steve Taylor, if you tell someone they’re going to hell without Jesus Christ – to Mr. Taylor that’s "insulting their intelligence" – no wonder Mr. Taylor has such a low opinion of Jesus Christ, as he would write a song title "Jesus is For Losers"

Rich Mullins

"I'm really sick of all this heavy-handed Christianity. Musicians take themselves too seriously. They should have more fun, and they should stop preaching unless that's what God has called them to. If I want to hear a sermon, I'll go to church, thank you." (CCM magazine, April, 1987, p. 12)

Michael W. Smith

"My songs are not preachy -- at all . . ." (Michael McCall, Contemporary Christian, June 1986, p. 19).
Here's what a secular reporter in the Birmingham News wrote after watching a Michael W. Smith concert:
"If you weren’t familiar with Michael W. Smith’s standing in the world of contemporary Christian music, you might attend one of his concerts and come out none the wiser." (The Birmingham News, Feb. 12, 1993 p. 5c)

Stryper

"We're not religious fanatics who are trying to convert everybody we meet. . .We honestly believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior, but we're about the most unreligious Christian band you could imagine. . . " Robert Sweet, of Stryper (Hit Parader Nov, 1986, p. 21)

Holy Soldier

"We're just trying to show that it doesn't need to be pretentious or preachy to be Christian." (CCM July 92 p 54-56)

HM magazine says, "a lot of Christian bands do not feel it necessary to speak about God or Christ":

"There are a lot of bands out now who do not feel it necessary to speak about God or Christ". (HM mag, Issue #67, p.26)
Ghoti Hook (now how's that for a Christian name) says:

"Sometime people give us a hard time because we don't mention God onstage. . . we just feel that our calling is to get people interested in our music, interested in us. . ." (HM mag, Issue #67, pp.34-35)
Christian rockers, Spudgun, says:

"We don't normally say stuff about God from the stage". Jason Keely, Spudgun (HM mag, Issue #67, p. 40)

Wayne Watson

"There's one way I won't write. I won't write a song that says, 'You better get right with God.' From my own experience I find that way sometimes makes people defensive. . . " (Christian Activities Calendar, Spring/Summer, 1989, p. 111)

So we KNOW:

1. God’s method of presenting salvation is PREACHING the Word of God by a PREACHER.
2. CCM performers refuse to PREACH, and usually have no PREACHER there.

So we have two choices:

1. God is LYING! He did NOT mean what He said.
2. "Thousands" of people are NOT getting saved at CCM concerts.

Who do you think is RIGHT? CCM? The Word of God?

I can hear someone say, "Yea, but you’re limiting God."

No we’re believing what God said.

But we do believe God is limited to TRUTH. God cannot LIE.

"In hope of eternal life, which God, THAT CANNOT LIE, promised before the world began; But hath in due times manifested his word through PREACHING, . . ." (Titus 1:2-3a)

"God said it and that settles it!"

REASON TWO:

Another reason I believe "thousands" of people are NOT getting saved at CCM concerts is the requirements for the "conviction" and "working" of the Holy Spirit are NOT present at CCM concerts.

Jesus Christ, in John 16:8, gives the "working" of the Holy Spirit:

"And when he is come, he will REPROVE the world of SIN, and of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and of JUDGMENT:" (John 16:8)

There is no "PREACHING" or "REPROVING" of SIN, RIGHTEOUSNESS, or JUDGEMENT at CCM Concerts.

The message at CCM concerts is a "hip-hopping", "partying", "non-judgmental", "self-esteem", "positive", "feels-good", "humanistic", "fleshly", "carnal" message. There is usually no mention of HELL. There is usually no mention of JUDGEMENT. There is usually no mention of personal SIN. There is no REPROVE. The requirements for the working of the Holy Spirit are NOT present.

CCM concerts are a "dancing", "be-bopping", "fleshly", "carnal" atmosphere – which is completely contrary to the Holy Spirit!

"For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are CONTRARY the one to the other: . . ."Galatians 5:16

Some examples of CCM concerts "flesh" atmosphere:

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Michael W. Smith

"His concerts draw hundreds of thousands of fans each year, mostly teenage girls who scream out their AFFECTION FOR HIM non-stop throughout. And that's where the problems start. To his fans, Smith is the absolute greatest there is, bar none. To his detractors, he is a manipulator who utilizes his good looks and stage show presence to gain unwholesome adoration from his Christian audience as part of a master plan to pursue pop stardom regardless of the cost." (IM Jan/Feb 91 p 22)
"Smith, with synthesizers blaring, drums blazing, and guitars screeching, sent a young crowd into a frenzy from beginning to end." (Tulsa Tribune)
"With sweeping strobes lighting the stage and crowd areas, Smith took the stage with some twirling dance steps that sent the crowd into rocking frenzy. The moment Smith's hands hit the air, the audience responded with over-the-head hand claps and stomping feet."

WHITE HEART

"Crossover, a hot new six-piece band from Rhode Island, got the place rocking with a blend of pop metal melodies and straight-ahead power. . . The crowd was in a frenzy by the time Whitecross appeared, and the front of the auditorium was packed with screaming metalheads."

CARMAN

"One of the first song routines Carman swings into is a jazzed-up 50's imitation of Elvis Presley called "Celebrating Jesus." Carman shakes, stutters and shimmies just like the "King" himself, as the crowd cheers and be-bops in the aisles".

Now, honestly, who in their right "spiritual" mind, could possibly believe that is the "working of the Holy Spirit".

If it is — we can throw our Bible away because that is completely opposite to the word of God! And if you don’t believe that — get your King James Bible out and read it!

"5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. . . .
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."
Romans 8:5,8
REASON THREE:

We do NOT believe "thousands" are being saved because at most CCM concerts man is glorified and lifted-up.

And according to the Lord Jesus Christ that is Satan’s goal:

"But he [Jesus] turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men." Matthew 16:23

According to the Lord Jesus Christ (read it! Turn the music off and READ IT!) Satan’s goal is to uplift man. A satanist is someone that glorifies and uplifts man!

According to the Lord Jesus Christ the following comments and quotes are satanic:

dc Talk:

Here's how Dallas Morning News, (April 27, 1996) describes a DC Talk "Freak Show" concert:
"As teenagers’ shrieks filled the Dallas Convention Center moments before dc Talk took the stage Friday night, one of the relatively few grown-ups in the sold-out crowd observed, ‘This is just like the BEATLES.’"

Michael W. Smith

Smith’s concerts are filled with teenage girls who "scream out their affection for HIM" (not the Lord Jesus Christ). Here’s how Inside Music, Jan/Feb 91, describes a Smith concert:

"His concerts draw hundreds of thousands of fans each year, mostly teenage girls who scream out their AFFECTION FOR HIM non-stop throughout. . . . To his fans, Smith is the absolute greatest there is, BAR NONE . . ." (IM Jan/Feb 91 p 22)

Now how can a Christian, who believes the Bible — possibly believe God is a part of that man-worshipping atmosphere?

How can the Holy Spirit, who inspired Matthew 16:23, possibly be a part of CCM's man-worshipping concerts?

It is simply NOT possible for most CCM concerts and Matthew 16:23 to harmonize!

The most pitiful remark comes from author Josh McDowell about CCM’er Steve Camp:

"Thank God for Steve Camp. The body of Christ is enriched because we have his heart and his music. My oldest daughter thinks he hung the moon." Josh McDowell (CCM, Aug, 91, p. 15)

Did you read that? — "My oldest daughter thinks he hung the moon"! Do you know who hung the moon? The Lord Jesus Christ hung the moon! (John 1:3)

It’s one thing for young teen age girls to "idolize" these CCM’ers, but Josh McDowell, who is supposedly a minister to makes such "satanic" statements – there’s no excuse!

Shame on you Josh McDowell!

Not surprisingly, the message Satan delivered Eve in the garden of Eden is ". . . ye shall be as gods. . ." (Genesis 3:5) — exactly what is happening at CCM concerts.

The atmosphere, the music, and man-worship are completely opposite to the word of God! And don’t tell me you "love the Lord Jesus Christ" and defend CCM!

Because Jesus Christ said in John 14:23 " . . .If a man love me, he will keep my words. . ."

If you "love the Lord Jesus Christ" — according to the Lord Jesus Christ — "you'll keep His words" And CCM is AGAINST His word!

Again, we do not believe "thousands" of people are getting saved at CCM concerts -- but:

Even if people are getting saved – does that make CCM right?

What kind of Christians is CCM producing? What kind of Christian "foundation" is CCM building? If it takes music and lifestyles that blatantly imitate the "world", that teaches "no worldly separation", a "nihilist-anything-goes-Christianity" – what will it take to reach the next generation? How far will CCM "depart from the word of God" to "reach the lost"?

What "seeds" are CCM planting? What kind of crops are CCM growing? If the Lord Jesus tarries – what "kind of fruit" will CCM "reap" in our young people?

You’d better pray about that youth pastor, pastor, parent that is "feeding" your young people with the spiritual "counterfeit" of CCM. If the Lord tarries, these young people will grow up and the "seeds" of CCM will NOT produce the "fruits" of the Holy Spirit?

Here's an example of the fruits of Christian rock:

The Christian Rock group Audio Adrenaline spent seven days with seven Christian young people and during that time conversed with them. These are Christian young people "hopped-up" on Chrisitian rock. Even, the group Audio Adrenaline was surprized at their "tolerance" and compromise. Here's what Audio Adrenaline reported:

"One guy was totally questioning his faith, teetering on atheism. One of the girls couldn't hold a conversation without dropping the f-word. . . On the issue of absolutes, I heard some comments that surprised me. I think there are a lot of Christian young people who are lured into the philosophy of tolerance. . . I thought some of the kids were a little out there, almost New Age, real accepting and tolerant. .." (CCM, Feb. 1998)
The "seeds" of the flesh will NOT produce the "fruits" of the Spirit!

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man SOWETH, that shall he also REAP." (Galatians 6:7)

What is CCM, with it’s "partying" and "rock’n’rollin" atmosphere, doing to the future of "bearing his reproach" (Heb. 13:13)? What is CCM doing to the Christian crops and vineyards of tomorrow? Will these young people "nurtured" on the "beat" and "high" of Christian rock be able to "stand against the wiles of the devil." (Ephesians 6:11)?

In the book, Builder of Bridges, Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., gives a frightening analysis of the type of "Madison-Avenue" salvation show, used in CCM.

"Suppose I have a beautiful garden, and you are a fruit gatherer, and you tell me that you will gather my fruit. I go away on a trip. You gather the fruit and pile it in the corner. It looks good. But when I go out into my orchard, I find that my trees are ruined. The limbs are broken, there is damaged bark on the trunks, and the roots are damaged and exposed. My trees begin to die, and there is no more fruit." (Johnson, R.K., Builder of Bridges, p. 291)

As old-time preacher, Carl Lackey once stated:

"The devil’s a good checker player. He doesn’t mind giving up a few souls, to damn and destroy a generation." (from the message, The Kind of Man God is Looking For, by Carl Lackey)
REASON FOUR:

The "end" does NOT justify the "means".

Even if people are getting saved – does that mean CCM is RIGHT?

Does the "end" justify the "means"?

Pat Boone, among the first who "rock ‘n’ rolled" with Jesus, truthfully confessed his use of rock songs (such as "Tutti Frutti", "Ain’t That a Shame") were "means to an end".

"I recognized a long time ago, that God built a platform for me with those early rock ‘n’ roll songs I did. They weren’t gospel songs, but they were means to an end." (CCM Magazine, May 1997, p.9)

Doug Van Pelt confesses on the use of Thrash metal (thrash metal is a "hellish" and "satanic" growling music popularized by groups like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Danzig, Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies) in CCM magazine:

"Thrash metal, like other contemporary forms of Christian music, may be one of those rare occasions where the ‘means’ are justified by the ‘ends’". (CCM Magazine, Feb.1989, p.20)

But does the Bible endorse the "end justify the means"?

NO. It clearly does not. . .

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 3:5-8, to those, such as Pat Boone, who justifies the means by the ends:

5 But if OUR UNRIGHTEOUSNESS commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)
6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?
7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through MY LIE unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. (Romans 3:5-8)
"And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive LAWFULLY." (2 Timothy 2:5)

Here’s a good example illustrating the problem with the "end justifies the means".

The Bible teaches every baby that dies goes to heaven. The Bible teaches an "age of knowledge and accountability".

"Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it." Deuteronomy 1:39

So every baby goes to heaven – if the "end" justifies the "means" – then abortion is great!

Millions of people are getting saved! Over 1.5 million babies, every year, are going to heaven — thanks to abortion! Since 1973, over 30 million babies are in heaven — thanks to abortion! Who cares they're being murdered? Who cares they're little brains are literally being sucked out? So what, they're being sucked out and chopped up like ground meat? The "end justifies the means" — little people are getting saved! Let’s start preaching the "salvation through abortion" in our churches. Hey, let’s have "abortion-calls" in our churches! Think of the millions that could be "saved"?

Do you get the picture? Do you see how ridiculous the "end" justifies the "means" is?

As Franky Schaeffer writes in Addicted to Mediocrity:

"The excuse that ‘sometimes people are saved’ is no excuse at all. People have been saved in concentration camps because God can bring good from evil, but this does not justify the evil." (Schaeffer, Franky, Addicted to Mediocrity, p. 45)

It is NEVER right to do WRONG — Even if people get saved!

"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin,[CCM] that grace may abound?

God forbid . . ."

(Romans 6:1-2)


How are you going to reach lost young people with the "old" hymns?

We’re not.

And we’re not TRYING to "reach" them with the "old" hymns.

And even if we could — it would do absolutely no good! As much as we thank God for the "old" hymns; and as much as we enjoy the "old" hymns — they can NOT save anyone! And neither can CCM or any music!

The ONLY way out of hell is by the "blood of Jesus Christ".

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME." John 14:6

And God's method of reaching young people (or any person) with the Lord Jesus Christ is through the preaching of the word of God — not music.

"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 Corinthians 1:21
The idea that the way to reach young people is with rock music is ridiculous! I know many churches that take a clear stand against Christian rock music and yet they have a wonderful, exciting, growing ministry to young people. They have young people that love the Lord Jesus Christ; that still love music and sing solo and with groups in the church; that consistently, on their own, witness and lead other young people to the Lord Jesus Christ; that preach on the streets; that take a bold stand against the world, the flesh and the devil; that "talk the talk and walk the walk"; that live separated lives and do NOT want to look and act like the world; that believe the greatest priviledge in the world is serving and living for Jesus Christ.

The pastors do not continually preach against rock music, nor spiritually "beat-them-up" against Christian or secular rock — but they have Biblically taught and preached against it — and what's more important — they provide BETTER alternatives. Most have a tremendous music program for their young people. They do not "camouflage" the message of Jesus Christ in a "hip-hop-partying-cool-tolerant" wrapping. The pastors "tell it like it is" and train young men and women to be fellow-soldiers for the Lord Jesus Christ. Young men are consistently called to preach under their ministries. A lot of the young people surrender for full-time Christian service and many go to the mission field. And it's all done without ONE Christian Rock song!

Here's just a few churches that have a wonderful youth program without CCM or Christian Rock music. Some of these churches — one-third of their congregation is teenagers!

Gloryland Baptist Church. Forestdale, AL - Charles Andrews, Pastor
Charity Baptist Church - Pensacola, Fl - Jim McGaughey, Pastor
Rice Baptist Church - New Market, AL - Lamar Chenault, Pastor
Faith Baptist Church, Cropwell, AL - David Wood, Pastor
And how do they do it? Simple. They preach and lift up the Lord Jesus Christ!

TRY IT! IT WORKS!

The same way Moody, Torrey, Sunday, Westley, Whitfield, et al. brought real revival — preaching the Word of God! God does NOT need rock music, or ANY gimmick, or "sugar-coated-wrappings" to make the wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ appealing. Tell it like it is — THAT'LL DO THE JOB!

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 1 Cor. 2:4

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1 Cor. 2:1-2

Here's an example of the fruits of Christian rock:

The Christian Rock group Audio Adrenaline spent seven days with seven Christian young people and during that time conversed with them. These are Christian young people "hopped-up" on Chrisitian rock. Even, the group Audio Adrenaline was surprized at their "tolerance" and compromise. Here's what Audio Adrenaline reported:

"One guy was totally questioning his faith, teetering on atheism. One of the girls couldn't hold a conversation without dropping the f-word. . . On the issue of absolutes, I heard some comments that surprised me. I think there are a lot of Christian young people who are lured into the philosophy of tolerance. . . I thought some of the kids were a little out there, almost New Age, real accepting and tolerant. .." (CCM, Feb. 1998)
Is that the kind of fruit you want! You might get up a crowd with Christian Rock, but when the "party's over" — what "fruit" do you really have?

Brother Lester Roloff used to say, "When the preaching of the Word of God won't reach them — you don't want them!"

Otherwords, you'll do more harm than good trying to "trick and deceive" them in order to reach them.

In the book, Builder of Bridges, Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., gives a spiritual analysis to this type of "Madison-Avenue" salvation show, used in CCM.

"Suppose I have a beautiful garden, and you are a fruit gatherer, and you tell me that you will gather my fruit. I go away on a trip. You gather the fruit and pile it in the corner. It looks good. But when I go out into my orchard, I find that my trees are ruined. The limbs are broken, there is damaged bark on the trunks, and the roots are damaged and exposed. My trees begin to die, and there is no more fruit." (Johnson, R.K., Builder of Bridges, p. 291)
Today's anti-Jesus, feel-good, no-cross, Contemporary Christian Music is uprooting and destroying much of the fruit of generations of Christians!


Didn’t Martin Luther use drinking and bar tunes in his music?

NO.

Another excuse the CCMer use to justify their "rock" is: "Hey, Martin Luther used drinking and bar tunes in his music"?

There are two major problems with this "justification":

PROBLEM ONE:

It is a LIE!

It’s amazing how many times (at least a hundred) I’ve had CCMers tell me "Martin Luther used drinking and bar tunes in his music". And it’s even more amazing what happens when asked to provide documented evidence to their accusation — it cannot be found! In the many, many times I have asked for documentation to their claim, do you know how many produced any evidence? Exactly ZERO! Why? Because it is simply not true.

Here are the documented FACTS:

"Of the melodies to Luther’s 37 chorales, 15 were composed by Luther himself, 13 came from Latin hymns of Latin service music, 4 were derived from German religious folk songs, 2 had originally been religious pilgrims’ songs, 2 are of unknown origin, and one came directly from a secular folk song." (Data compiled from Squire, pp. 446-447; Leupold, ed., Liturgy and Hymns; and Strodach, ed., Works of Martin Luther, VI)

NOTE: The one secular song was from a popular pre-Reformation (not a drinking tune!) secular song, "I Arrived from an Alien Country," and was used as the melody for the Christmas hymn, "From Heaven on High I Come to You", the first stanza Luther patterned after the folk song.
(source: Robert D. Harrell, Martin Luther, His Music, His Message, p. 18)

And here's an interesting FACT — not only that, because of it’s worldly association, Luther later changed the tune!

According to historian Paul Nettl, Luther changed the tune because:

"Luther was embarrassed to hear the tune of his Christmas hymn sung in inns and dance halls." (Paul Nettl, Luther and Music, p. 48)

After researching every published work dealing with Luther’s music, Robert Harrell says point-blank:

"None of the works dealing with Luther’s music can trace a single melody of his back to a drinking song." (Robert D. Harrell, Martin Luther, His Music, His Message, p. 34)

Harrell also says:

It seems obvious to this writer that using Luther’s music as an historical precedent for using rock and other worldly music in our churches today is completely incongruous with the facts of history.

Luther did not use the barroom songs of his day, nor did he use even the worldly music of his day. In fact, he was extremely cautious in protecting the Word of God from any admixture of worldly elements. This can be seen in his words: ‘I wish to compose sacred hymns so that the Word of God may dwell among the people also by means of songs.’"
(Robert D. Harrell, Martin Luther, His Music, His Message, p. 36)

Furthermore, Martin Luther was very concerned over the words and tunes of his music.

"But I would like to avoid any new words or the language used at court. [DTM – 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)

Some of Luther’s most famous chorales are paraphrases of the Psalms, such as "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" (Psalm 46), "From Deep Distress I Cry to Thee" (Psalm 130), and "Ah, God, from Heaven Look Down" (Psalm 12).

Isn’t it amazing how TOTALLY different the TRUTH is from the CCMers LIE!

"Who changed the TRUTH of God into a LIE, . . ." (Romans 1:25)

Another person CCMer's foolishly try to "recruit" to their "wordly" side is General William Booth. To anyone familiar with the ministry and message of General William Booth, the comparison of Christian Rock to General William Booth is too funny for words. General William Booth and the "old-time" Salvation Army [not to be confused with todays' Salvation Army] carried the message of the blood of Jesus Christ through "the dangers, toils and snares". Booth and his army marched against the "wiles of the wicked one". Here's how the book Born to Battle: The Salvation Army in America begins:

"The mob numbered thousands. They hooted, screamed, spit, cursed, threw refuse and brickbats, and charged with what the press described as 'savage ferocity'."
The assaulted, marching to council in Sheffield, England, did not retaliate but continued to march forward, drums booming, flags flying, singing about the conquering Son of God. The troops were commanded by General William Booth who, despite taunts of 'Kill 'em!' and 'Down with The Salvation Army! stood riding in a open carriage with Mrs. Boothe beside him.
Bruised and bleeding, their uniforms muddied, torn and buttonless, the forces arrived at their fort shouting, 'Hallelujah'!"
(Sallie Chesham, Born to Battle: The Salvation Army in America, p.21)

Only a CCMer could compare the "wordly-carnal-men-pleasing-compromising-positive-feel-good" CCM to the "street-preaching-hated-gospel-bearer-at-any-cost" General William Booth. To show how COMPLETELY opposite from the "watered-down-partying-feel-good-positive-self-esteem" message of CCM — here's a few quotes by General Booth:

When someone told Booth to "talk about peace".
"No!" William replied, "the best preaching is damnation with the Cross in the middle!" (Ibid p. 37)

"Any profession of Jesus Christ which brings no Cross is all nonsense." (Ibid)

"I don't care how near to the bottomless pit I go in order to save mankind."

"Soul-saving music is the music for me!"

One quote of General Booths that CCMers "use" to justify their carnal-love for rock music is Booth's "If standing on my head and beating a tamborine with my toes will win a soul for Jesus, I will do it." The BIG difference between Booth and CCM is — General Booth meant it! CCMers just quote it to justify their "love" for rock music. As we have documented in several articles most CCMer's hide, disguise or refuse to even name the name of Jesus!

Would General William Booth agree with the CCMer's use of worldy rock music? Not on your life! Here's a quote from General Booth:

"May none of our musicians ever ape [copy] the skill of the world in the production of merely pretty sounds, not only disconnected with the quickening truth of God but often almost inaudible [perfect description of CCM rock] to those whose hearts they ought to stir. (Ibid, p. 188)"

Fanny Crosby, the greatest hymn writer that ever lived, would not make a very good CCMer: Here's what the greatest hymn writer that ever lived said about mixing Christian with worldy music:

"Sometimes I need to reject the music propsed 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")
The following is another excellent answer to the falsehood that Martin Luther used "bar" tunes in his music. (from rpcbmt.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_rpcbmt_archive.html bold emphasis added)

It is often asserted that contemporary music in worship is fine because Luther used "bar" tunes for his hymns. Though this is often stated with great regularity, the fact is that it is 100% false and we should not continue to perpetrate a known falsehood. Let's face it, if the 9th commandment (thou shalt not bear false witness) means anything, it has to cover stuff like this. If Christians would bother to do a little bit of research on the internet, they would find that they could avoid many of the things that make them look quite silly to others.

So for the record here is some research on this whole issue of Luther and "bar" tunes:

"The idea that Luther adapted his tune from a drinking song is probably from a misunderstanding of the tune in "bar form." It is easy to see here that "bar" is a technical term, because it is precisely the same word in German. For example, in Liederkunde, 2. Teil, edited by Joachim Stalmann (Goettingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1990), we find the statement "Luther baut einen neunzeiligen Bar" ["Luther builds a bar of nine lines"] (p. 61).

Willi Apel in Harvard Dictionary of Music, 2nd ed., rev. and enl. (Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969) says the following on p. 80-81 about "Bar form." Of particular importance is the connection of the form with the Meistersingers, as seen also in the first quotation from Carl Schalk: "The name is derived from the medieval German term Bar, a poem consisting of three or more Gesaetze (i.e., stanzas), each of which is divided into two Stollen (section a) and an Absegang (section b). ... [The Bar form] found its way into the repertory of the troubadours ... and ultimately into that of the minnesingers and Meistersinger, who called it Bar and used it for nearly all their lyrical songs. It is equally common in the German ... Lutheran chorales and the various compositions based on them (organ chorales, chorale cantatas, etc.). ... Of particular importance is the type of Bar in which the Stollen recurs complete at the end of the Abgesang, thus leading to the form a a b a. An appropriate designation for this is rounded Bar form. Several hymn melodies show this form."
"A Mighty Fortress" (by Martin Luther) has the "bar form" A A B A'. One can diagram it thus:
A - A mighty Fortress is our God, A trusty Shield and Weapon;
A - He helps us free from ev'ry need That hath us now o'ertaken.
B - The old evil Foe Now means deadly woe; Deep guile and great might Are his dread arms in fight;
A - On earth is not his equal.

Despite the analyses of musicologists, one could still claim that Martin Luther "knew a good tune when he heard it," and adapted it for his own purposes. To think that Luther adapted a drinking song for "A Mighty Fortress," however, goes completely against the practice of the Reformer. This is amply stated by Richard C. Resch, "Music: Gift of God or Tool of the Devil," Logia 3 (Eastertide/April 1994) no. 2: 36, where he makes reference to Markus Jenny, Luthers geistliche Lieder und Kirchengesaenge (Koeln: Boehlau Verlag, 1985):

"Martin Luther is one of the most misunderstood church fathers with respect to the use of music in the church. Claims that he used tavern tunes for his hymns are used in defense of a music practice that freely accepts worldly associations. Such conclusions bear no resemblance to Luther's writings on the subjects of worship and music. In fact, Luther's actions teach us quite a different lesson. In his search for the right tune for his text "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her" ["From Heaven Above to Earth I Come"] , Luther learned about the power of worldly associations. According to the Luther scholar Markus Jenny, Luther's first wedding of this text with a tune was "a classic example of the failure of a contrafacta." He set it to a secular dance song that begins, "I step eagerly to this dance." The dance and tune were closely associated with a Christmas wreath ceremony that was often held in taverns. Luther found the secular associations to be so strong that he eventually wrote a fresh tune that was free of worldly associations. He then indicated on the manuscript that this new melody was to be used in the Sunday service and with children. Luther's modification of this beloved hymn is indication of his sensitivity to the harmful power of worldly associations in the worship practice of the church." -- Rev. Richard Lammert, Public Services Librarian Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN "

Now you know!
Luther did NOT use secular tunes found at the local tavern for his hymns. He believed quite the opposite actually.

PROBLEM TWO:

Besides being a flat-out LIE — the second problem with the "Hey, Martin Luther used drinking and bar tunes in his music" reasoning is even more serious — It goes completely against the clear teaching of the Word of God: (as does most of CCM)

One way the world justifies their "sin" is: "well, everyone else does it" or "so and so does it, so it must be alright".

Hey — "if he can do it – I can do it!"

But the Bible clearly teaches us NOT to compare "ourselves one with another".

"For we dare NOT make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise."
2 Cor. 10:12

After the resurrection, in John 21, Peter looked at John and asked the Lord Jesus:

"Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?"
John 21:21

Notice what the Lord Jesus told Peter:

"Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me."
John 21:22

The Lord Jesus told Peter, don’t worry about John — you just "follow thou me". Get your eyes off of other men — "follow thou me".

While we think a lot of Martin Luther and his role in church history, we would never "follow" Martin Luther — except where Martin followed the Lord Jesus Christ. Either for good or bad. Martin Luther is just another man, an unrighteous sinner.

Again it should be emphasized — Martin Luther did NOT use bar tunes in his music but even if he did, that would not make it RIGHT!

We are to follow ONLY the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow ME." Matthew 16:24:
And we follow the Lord Jesus Christ by obeying the instructions He gave us, in the Word of God.

If you read ALL of our information on Contemporary Christian Music, with an open mind, a willing and obedient heart, you’ll CLEARLY see Contemporary Christian Music does not OBEY the Word of God.


Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?

"Didn't Charles Wesley say 'Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music'?"
"NO".
"Then it was Martin Luther."
"NO. It wasn't Martin Luther."
"Then it must have been General William Booth."
"NO."
"Hummh … Then, it was John Newton."
"NO."
"Oh. I know. It was Isaac Watts."
"NO. It wasn't Isaac."
"Well, who said, 'Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music'?"
Larry Norman and the CCMers!

In order to justify their disobedience to the Word of God and their love for rock music, CCMers claim everyone from Martin Luther; to General William Booth; to John Newton made the infamous statement "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?".

But where did "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?" actually come from?

The "mis-quote" was taken from a message Reverend Rowland Hill, pastor of Surrey Chapel in London, preached in 1844. Reverend Hill did NOT say, "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?" — what he actually said was, "The devil should not have all the best tunes." Reverend Hill's message was not a "call" to copy or bring the "devil's" music in the church. During the time Reverend Hill preached his message, in England, church music had fallen in both quantity and quality, which is certainly not the case today. His message was a "call" for Christians to write, compose and produce quality Christian music. It was NOT an appeal for Christians to sing the "devil's" music for the Lord. (Lowell Hart, Satan's Music Exposed, pp. 169-170) (V.J. Charlesworth, Rowland Hill, p.156)

And as with much of CCM, they RARELY get the facts straight. After all, what's the TRUTH got to do with rock 'n' roll!

"Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?" is one of the "rally-cries" of the CCM community.

CCMer Paul Baker titled his book on the history of Contemporary Christian Music, "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?"

CCM pioneer, Larry Norman, even wrote a song, titled — you guess it! — "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?". Geoff Moore, Chris Christian and others have did "covers" of Norman's ludicrous song.

"Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?" is the one of the most stupid and irreverent statements that's ever come out of the mouth of mankind!

Look at what they are saying!

Why Should the Devil Have ALL the Good Music?

Webster's Dictionary defines ALL as; Every; the whole quantity of, Everything; the total (The Grosset Webster Dictionary, p.15)

The devil has ALL the good music? ALL [Every; the whole quantity of, Everything; the total] the GOOD music! The Holy, Merciful, Wonderful, Creator, All Mighty, Everlasting and Loving God — has NO GOOD music!

GOD DOES NOT EVEN HAVE ONE GOOD SONG????

And the wicked, evil, perverted and rebellious devil has ALL the GOOD music! Poor God does NOT even have ONE GOOD song! Out of the millions of songs written by Christians – God does NOT even have ONE GOOD song! Out of the 9,000 songs Fanny Crosby wrote, or the 4,000 Charles Wesley wrote — there is NOT even ONE GOOD song! Out of the 150 Psalms David wrote, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit — there is NOT even ONE GOOD song

Here's what Larry Norman, Geoff Moore, Paul Baker and the CCMers SAY:

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach is NOT GOOD — but "Anti-Christ Superstar" by Marilyn Manson is GOOD!

"Amazing Grace" by John Newton is NOT GOOD — but "Have a Good Day in Hell" by The Eagles is GOOD!

"Blessed Assurance" by Fanny Crosby is NOT GOOD — but "Running with the Devil" by Van Halen is GOOD!

"A Mighty Fortress is Our God" by Martin Luther is NOT GOOD — but "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones is GOOD!

"Jesus, Lover of my Soul" by Charles Wesley is NOT GOOD — but "Highway to Hell" by the AC/DC is GOOD!

"Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed" by Isaac Watts is NOT GOOD — but "Stairway to Heaven" by the Led Zeppelin is GOOD!

Let's conduct an observable, provable and scientific experiment:

Here are two songs in RealAudio. Listen to both. You decide — which one is GOOD! And also which one is the DEVIL'S.

Listen to Number One.

Listen to Number Two.

NOTE: All sound clips are in RealAudio format. In order to listen to the sound clips you will need the free RealAudio player. If you do not have the RealAudio player you can download it now.

This "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?", rebellious, CCM attitude, is wicked, perverted, stupid and irreverent! And it is completely AGAINST the Word of God!

Woe unto them [ditto, Larry Norman, Paul Baker, Geoff Moore] that call evil GOOD, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

The Lord Jesus Christ is completely OPPOSITE Larry Norman, Geoff Moore, Paul Baker and CCM: (Who do you think is RIGHT?)

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a CORRUPT [DEVIL – ROCK MUSIC] tree bring forth GOOD fruit. Matthew 7:18

Does not "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?" PRAISE the Devil and his music? And on the opposite side of the statement — Larry Norman, Paul Baker, Geoff Moore and CCMers, are subtlety (see Gen. 3:1) "PUTTING-DOWN" the Lord God and His music! This is God Almighty that has NO GOOD MUSIC! This is the Creator of the universe that has NO GOOD MUSIC! And you're asking people to love, trust and serve a God that can NOT write or inspire ONE GOOD SONG in 6,000 years and millions of songs!

WOW! Somebody's elevator is not coming up to the top. Somebody's a couple of fries away from a "happy meal"! (I'll give you a hint – they believe the Devil has ALL the GOOD music).

I've commented to CCMers, about the irreverence, perversion and total stupidity, of Larry Norman's song and they defensively reply, "Oh no. Larry Norman is not REALLY saying the Devil has ALL the GOOD music." Well, if that's NOT what he's REALLY saying — why on earth, is he REALLY saying it? Would you like to hear him REALLY say it? Don't leave here and say, "We're putting words in their mouth, or we're twisting their words, etc." YOU CAN HEAR IT FOR YOURSELF!

Here's Larry Norman saying it. Listen to him.

Here's Geoff Moore and the Evolution singing it. Listen to him.

Here's Geoff Moore getting a concert crowd "chanting" "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music". Listen to him.

Here's a picture of Paul Baker's book.Look at it.

Adolf Hitler's propaganda machine was headed by Joseph Paul Goebbels. Goebbels most famous and successful propaganda ideology was the "Big Lie". The "Big Lie" was simple — tell the biggest, most outrageous lie; tell it often enough; tell it loudly enough — and eventually people will believe it.

Following the "Hitler-Goebbels-Big-Lie" propaganda script — the "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?" BIG-LIE, has certainly worked very successful!

The "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?" BIG-LIE, would actually be hilarious — except for one gigantic problem — many Christian young people really believe it! I've had many CCM young people, honestly and sincerely, say, "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music"? Thanks to the influence of Larry Norman, Paul Baker, Geoff Moore and other CCMers, they honestly believe the old hymns are NO GOOD! They sincerely believe the devil's rock songs are GOOD! I've had Christian teenagers say, "I don't like none of those funeral marches [referring to the hymns], Just give me a song that has a beat. Just give me a song that moves my feet." Those words, by the way, are from Larry Norman's song!

Here's some of the lyrics to Norman's song:

I ain't knocking the hymns, [Yes, he is - 3 lines later, Larry calls the hymns "funeral marches"]
Just give me a song that has a BEAT. [Rock Music]
I ain't knocking the hymns,
Just give me a song that moves my feet. [rock feeds the flesh]
I don't like none of those funeral marches [calling the hymns - funeral marches]
I ain't dead yet! [According to Larry, if you listen to the hymns - you're DEAD] Listen to it.

Here's some "fruit" of the Goebbels "BIG LIE" propaganda with Larry Norman's "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music" BIG-LIE.

Here's a Christian Rock web site, [lifemetal.home.ml.org] their title-banner is "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music".

Take a look at it.
Notice the satanic and evil look. This site is saturated with the "appearance of evil". They either have never read, 1 Thess. 5:22, "Abstain from all APPEARANCE OF EVIL" — or just does not care what "God says".

Here's a Christian Rock [users.lia.net/collins/Music.htm] site with the heading, "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music". If you think I'm exaggerating the propaganda influence and deceptive power of CCM and Larry Norman's song, here's what the intro to the site says:

Gone are the days when the only place to find Christian music was between the pages of your hymn books. Christian artists these days can rock with the best of 'em . Finally, some REAL music with a REAL message! What more can you ask for? So what are you waiting for then? Check it out!

Take a look at it.

Did you read what that site says? "Finally, some REAL music with a REAL message! " "Amazing Grace" was NOT REAL music! "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" did NOT have a REAL message! Of ALL the hymns, Psalms and spiritual songs written before Christian Rock — NO REAL music — NO REAL message! Incredible! And what's even worse — these Christian young people ACTUALLY believe that!

Here's another "real-life" example of the "fruits" of Norman's "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music". This is a portion of an actual email I received, and I've received literally hundreds just like it. Nothing has been added or edited – this is EXACTLY as received!

I stumbled into this site looking to see what web sites might have out there on Christian Rock and found your web site... And I have to say, What youth wants to listen to Funeral Marches?? (a quote from Larry Norman) I find MOST Church music DRY, Boring, (like a lot of churches that follow the god of rules) … "Why should the devil have ALL the good music??"

Goebbels [or Satan] was correct — tell the biggest, most outrageous lie; tell it often enough; tell it loudly enough — and eventually people will believe it!

Good work Larry Norman and CCM! Your rebellious attitude, lies, lack of spiritual "guts" and convictions, are destroying the "foundations" of real Christian music and convictions in many of these CCM "nurtured" young people. Goebbels [and the "father of LIES" – Satan] would be proud!

According to the Lord Jesus Christ, The "father of LIES" is the devil:

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is NO TRUTH in him. When he speaketh a LIE, he speaketh of his own: FOR HE IS A LIAR, AND THE FATHER OF IT. John 8:44

The "FATHER" of the "BIG-LIE" — "Why Should the Devil Have ALL the Good Music" is — Satan!

Here's another interesting perspective, to Larry Norman's and CCM's, "Why Should the DEVIL Have All the Good Music"? — by their own admission — ROCK MUSIC IS FROM THE DEVIL! The reason, I emphasize that, many CCMer's "go in to looney-land" trying to "exorcise" the devil from rock music.

Larry Norman states in a news article, "'The devil will try to steal anything Christians leave lying around,' Norman insists. Is rock music satanic? Norman insists it comes from the church." (Lowell Hart, Satan's Music Exposed, p. 20)

Al Menconi says in his funny-book, "Rock music is actually rooted in the rhythms of the black church". (Al Menconi, Staying in Tune, p. 49)

Do they provide any serious research or documentation to back up such a claim? Of course not, only a "brain-dead-agenda-bound-rock-loving-disobedient-CCMer" would make such a ridiculous and laughable statement [we'll discuss this in much more detail and provide documented research to "prove" where rock music came from in a later article].

Here's "eye-witness-first-hand" testimonies of some rock stars:

Homosexual rock star, David Bowie said, in Rolling Stone magazine (Feb. 12, 1976):

"Rock has always been THE DEVIL'S MUSIC . . . I believe rock and roll is dangerous . . . I feel we're only heralding SOMETHING EVEN DARKER THAN OURSELVES."(Rolling Stone, Feb. 12, 1976)

Little Richard, one of the pioneers and architects of rock 'n' roll, knows who is the "god" of rock 'n' roll.

"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." Little Richard (Charles White, The Life and Times of Little Richard, p. 197)

"I was directed and commanded by another power. The power of DARKNESS. . . The power of the DEVIL. SATAN." Little Richard (Charles White, The Life and Times of Little Richard, pp. 205-206)

As for using rock music as a "tool" for the Lord — here's what Little Richard said:

"Rock 'n' roll doesn't glorify God. You can't drink out of God's cup and the devil's cup at the same time. I was one of the pioneers of that music, one of the builders. I know what the blocks are made of because I built them." (The Dallas Morning News, Oct. 29, 1978, p. 14A)
"Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?"

HE DOES NOT.

In FACT, the devil does NOT even have ONE GOOD song. The Lord Jesus Christ has ALL the GOOD MUSIC (AND EVERYTHING ELSE GOOD)!

Woe unto them that call evil GOOD, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth GOOD fruit. Matthew 7:18

Every GOOD gift and every perfect gift is from ABOVE, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17


But aren't you limiting God?

NO.

We’re believing what God said in His Word.

You do NOT limit God by believing and obeying His Word.

And we're obeying God by "examining" CCM with the Word of God.

Prove ALL things; [that includes CCM] hold fast that which is good. 1 Thess. 5:21

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but TRY the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast TRIED them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them LIARS: Revelation 2:1-2

Just because someone is a Christian, or loves the Lord — does not justify their disobedience to the Word of God. Just because CCM (or anything or anybody) calls itself "Christian" Contemporary Music does not justify it's blatant disobedience to the Word of God. We have documented this open and blatant disobedience many times.

God is more interested in our obedience to the Word of God than any "fruits" that disobedience could produce.

I'm going to say that again — God is more interested in our obedience to the Word of God than any "fruits" that disobedience could produce.

How do I know that? He said so!

In 1 Samuel 15, the Lord told Saul, the king of Israel, to "utterly destroy Amalek".

2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 1 Samuel 15:2-3

And Saul did that – almost did that. . . Saul destroyed what was bad — "every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly" but Saul spared what was good — " But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good". Saul kept the good and destroyed the bad. Now what was wrong with that? It disobeyed the word of God!

7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.
8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. 1 Samuel 15:7-9

Was God pleased with the good "fruits" that Saul spared? After all, Saul "spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God".

And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed 1 Samuel 15:15

Even though Saul's disobedience was for good — "to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God" — God was not pleased! Why? Saul utterly destroyed the "vile and refuse" and spared "the good" — for the Lord! God is more pleased with our complete OBEDIENCE than ANY "fruits or souls" our DISOBEDIENCE could produce! How do I KNOW that — HE SAID SO!

22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to OBEY is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. 1 Samuel 15:22-23

God clearly says "to obey is better than sacrifice". God is more pleased with our obedience than ANY fruit our disobedience to the Word of God could produce!

Obedience to the Word of God is the foundation of the Christian faith — above anything. Above any "souls that are saved", "any blessings", or "any good we could do"! Even though CCM may praise the Lord, and even if souls are saved, or whatever good CCM could possibly do — it will NOT please the Lord as much as obeying His Word! And it is clear — just as Saul did NOT obey the Word of God — CCM does NOT obey the Word of God! (Again, we have documented CCM's open disobedience many times.)

It's interesting to note that Amalekite is a type of the FLESH in the Word of God. It's interesting that God has "sworn He will have war with Amalek from generation to generation."

For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. Exodus 17:16

And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Galatians 5:24

CCM not only refuses to "crucify the flesh" but CCM "flaunts" and "glorifies" the flesh. Rather than obey the Word of God and "come out from among them, and be ye separate" (2 Cor. 6:17), CCM blatantly disobeys the Word of God, by copying the world, fellowshipping with the world, looking like the world and even attempting to "crossover" into the fleshly, secular world.

CCM limits God by openly and consistently disobeying the Word of God!

Another example is the sacrifices of Cain and Abel. Even though Cain "honored the Lord" and "brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD" — God was not pleased with Cain's offering. Why? Cain disobeyed the Lord. Even though Cain "honored" the Lord and gave an "offering" to the Lord — God was not pleased!

3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. Genesis 4:3-5

Cain "brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD" but — God was not pleased! Cain wanted to worship the Lord "his way" rather than God's way. Disobedience! Just like CCM — the way of Cain! CCM does it "their way" rather than obey the Lord! Even though, CCM may "offer songs unto the Lord" — God is not pleased with CCM's blatant and disobedience to the Word of God.

Another example of "disobedience that good may come" is the ark and Uzza. In 1 Chronicles 13, David brings the ark from Kirjathjearim. And as they are bringing the ark, the oxen stumbled and Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark. And guess what? God killed Uzza, on the spot, for touching the ark! Even though Uzza was "doing good" — he disobeyed God and God was ANGRY — "And the ANGER of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him".

5 So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjathjearim. . .
7 And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart.
8 And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.
9 And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.
10 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God. 1 Chronicles 13:5-10

Uzza knew better than "touch" the ark. But the ark was obviously NOT sacred and holy to Uzza anymore. Uzza no longer feared the Lord. Uzza wanted it his way rather than God's. Just as Uzza, God's music is no longer sacred and holy to CCM any more. CCM "touches" and "defiles" God's music with the filth of rock music. And like Uzza, CCM no longer fears the Lord. And like Uzza, rather than obey the Lord, CCM does it their way — rather than God's way.

God is not pleased with disobedience to His word — even if good comes from it!

Paul addresses this "good from disobedience" in Romans 3:

7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. Romans 3:7-8

You don't limit God by obeying His word — you show your love for Him!

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, HE WILL KEEP MY WORDS: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23

You don't limit God by obeying His word — you maximize Him in your life!

For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 1 Thess. 2:13

You don't limit God by obeying His word — but you sure limit Him by disobeying His word! In Psalms 78, Israel does not believe the Lord and disobeyed the Lord and they — "limited the Holy One of Israel"!

22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:. . .
36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. . .
37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. . .
41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. Psalms
78

Are we limiting God by examining CCM in the light of the Word of God? No. We're obeying His Word.

But CCM is limiting God by openly disobeying the Word of God.

Isn't Music Neutral?

NO. . .

In fact, music influences and manipulates us more than we know.

Note. This material does not even "scratch the surface" of the enormous amount of material I have found - with little effort, on the effects of music. It is also worth mentioning that most of the following material is not from a Christian perspective.

And when we refer to music, we are referring to the score or composition. And not the lyrics.

Music effects the human body in subtle, but powerful ways.

A well established fact is the human body and mind can be controlled and altered with music. Many scientific and medical studies have proved conclusively the tremendous effects of music upon the human physiology and anatomy. Music is used to lower blood pressure, treat mental illness, depression, mental retardation, insomnia and many others.

Musicologist Julius Portnoy found that not only can music, "change metabolism, affect muscular energy, raise or lower blood pressure, and influence digestion," but "It may be able to do all these things more successfully ... than any other stimulants that produce those changes in our bodies." (Tame, David, The Secret Power of Music, p. 138).

Clinical researchers at the U.C.L.A. School of Nursing in Los Angeles, and at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta, found that premature babies gained weight faster and were able to use oxygen more efficiently when they listened to soothing music.

At Baltimore's St. Agnes Hospital, classical music was provided in the critical-care units. "Half an hour of music produced the same effect as ten milligrams of Valium," says Dr. Raymond Bahr, head of the coronary-care unit.

The great pianist and composer of the 1800's, Frederic Chopin, at the age of ten, was often summoned to play for the Grand Duke Constantine, governor of Poland. The Duke had recurring seizures of madness which could seemingly be controlled only by Chopin's music. When the little boy played, the seizures abated and the governor could resume his normal activities, only to send for Chopin again when the musical medicine wore off.

How does music help? Some studies show it can lower blood pressure, basal-metabolism and respiration rates, thus lessening physiological responses to stress. Other studies suggest music may help increase production of endorphins (natural pain relievers) and S-IgA (Salivary immunoglobulin A). S-IgA speeds healing, reduces the danger of infections, and controls the heart rate. Studies indicate both hemispheres of the brain are involved in processing music. Dr. Sacks explains, "The neurological basis of musical responses is robust and may even survive damage to both hemispheres" ("Music's Surprising Power to Heal," 8/92 Reader's Digest).

"To the question, 'Does music affect man's physical body?' modern research applies in the clear affirmative. There is scarcely a single function of the body which cannot be affected by musical tones. The roots of the auditory nerves are more widely distributed and possess more extensive connections than those of any other nerves in the body. Investigation has shown that music affects digestion, internal secretions, circulation, nutrition and respiration. Even neural networks of the brain have been found to be sensitive to harmonic principles" (Tame, David, The Secret Power of Music, p. 136).
Music can also be dangerous to the body.

Dr. Adam Knieste, a musicologist who studies the effects of music upon people noted:

"It's really a powerful drug. Music can POISON you, lift your spirits, or MAKE YOU SICK without knowing why." (Family Weekly Magazine, January 30, 1983, p. 12, article by David Chagall)
Rock music can literally kill.

The view that music is amoral or neutral with no inherent power to effect is completely proven false by extensive research performed on plant life. Rock music, with it's hard driving beat, played to plants will kill the plants - while soothing classical music causes the plants to grow twice as fast.

"Paradoxical as it may seem, music's effect upon the more primitive vegetable kingdom is one of the most convincing methods of all for proving that music does affect life, including human life. For experiments conducted with humans, and even, to some extent, with animals, have the extra factor of the mind to contend with. This means that while men or animals may be demonstrated to have been affected by tones, the effect may not have been a direct or objective one. Rather, the effect upon the body may have been caused by the mind's subjective reaction to the music heard. In the case of plant-music research, however, psychological factors cannot really be said to be present. If music can be shown to affect plants, then such effects have to be due to the objective influence of the tones directly upon the cells and processes of the life-form."

"An intensive series of studies carried out by Dorothy Retallack of Denver, Colorado, demonstrated the effects of different kinds of music on a variety of household plants. The experiments were controlled under strict scientific conditions, and the plants were kept within large closed cabinets on wheels in which light, temperature and air were automatically regulated. Three hours a day of acid rock, played through a loudspeaker at the side of the cabinet, was found to stunt and damage squash plants, philodendrons and corn in under four weeks. Mrs Retallack played the music of the two different Denver radio stations to two groups of petunias. The radio stations were KIMN (a rock station) and KLIR (a semiclassical station). The Denver Post reported:

`The petunias listening to KIMN refused to bloom. Those on KLIR developed six beautiful blooms. By the end of the second week, the KIMN petunias were LEANING AWAY from the radio and showing very erratic growth. The petunia blooms hearing KLIR were all leaning TOWARD THE SOUND. Within a month all plants exposed to rock music DIED.

In another experiment, conducted over three weeks, Dorothy Retallack played the music of Led Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge to one group of beans, squash (marrow), corn, morning glory and coleus; she also played contemporary avant-garde atonal music to a second group; and, as a control, played nothing to a third group. Within ten days, the plants exposed to Led Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge were all LEANING AWAY FROM THE SPEAKER. After three weeks they were stunted and DYING. The beans exposed to the 'new music' leaned 15 degrees from the speaker and were found to have middle-sized roots. The plants left in silence had the longest roots and grew the highest. Further, it was discovered that plants to which placid, devotional music was played not only grew two inches taller than plants left in silence, but also leaned TOWARDS THE SPEAKER. (Tame, David The Secret Power of Music, p. 142 - 144)
All the plants that were next to the rock music - LEANED AWAY FROM THE SPEAKERS - trying to get away from the music! And to show that it was not just the noise itself - the plants next to the classical music - LEANED TOWARD THE SPEAKERS - actually trying to get closer to the music.

In the end - ALL the plants next to the rock music - DIED!

Do you still think music is neutral?

Rock music, not the lyrics - JUST THE MUSIC, has been scientifically proven to literally KILL!

And some Christians actually believe that the giver of LIFE - the Lord Jesus Christ is the author and god of "rock and roll"! The One that made the plants and LIFE itself, is the author of a killer - Rock music! What could be more ridiculous!

Jesus Christ said in John 10:10, ". . . The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to KILL, and to destroy: I am come that they might have LIFE, and that they might have it more abundantly."

John 14:6, says "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

And Christian rocker Larry Norman expects you to take him seriously when he falsely claims
"rock music comes from God through the church".
(Hart, Lowell Satan's Music Exposed, Salem Kirban Inc., 1980 p.20)

Christian rock band Petra has the gall to sing "God Gave Rock and Roll to You".

If you love the sound
And don't forget the source
...
you can love the rock
and let it free your soul
God gave Rock and roll to you
Gave Rock and Roll to you
Put it in the soul of everyone
Is music neutral - Absolutely Not!

Music by the arrangement of rhythms, tones and harmonics can have deadly effects! David Tame writes in The Secret Power of Music:

"In conclusion, we can say that insofar as the physical body is concerned, the notion that music has no effect upon man, or that all music is harmless, is absolutely in error." (Tame, David The Secret Power of Music, p.141).
Rock music can literally cook an egg!
Drs. Earl W. Flosdorf and Leslie A. Chambers found in a series of experiments that shrill sounds projected into a liquid media coagulated proteins. A recent teenage fad was that of taking soft eggs to rock concerts and placing them at the foot of the stage. Midway through the concert the eggs could be eaten hard-boiled as a result of the music. Amazingly few rock fans wondered what that same music might do to their bodies. (Larson, Bob The Day Music Died, p.116)
If music is neutral - how is it that certain music can literally break glass!

Bob Larson writes in The Day Music Died:

Perhaps you have seen the demonstration of the breaking of a glass by synchronizing high frequency vibrations with the vibrations of the chemical combination of the molecules in the glass. This in a word picture is what may happen physiologically to the human body when dancing frantically to rock music. (Larson, Bob The Day Music Died, p.124)
Music has a profound effect upon the mind. . .

One of the most frightening display of the awesome power of music upon the human brain occurred in the conversion of Patty Hearst. In February, 1974, Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. But shortly after the kidnapping, Patty is helping the SLA rob banks. You wonder how they converted her? Dr. William Sargant, Britain's foremost expert on brainwashing examined Patty Hearst. Here's his alarming conclusion from Newsweek magazine, February 16, 1976, (p. 24):

". . .she was an unwilling victim of a "FORCED CONVERSION" or brainwashing. According to Sargant, a person whose nervous system is under constant pressure can "inhibit" and "exhibit paradoxical brain activity - bad becomes good and vice versa." And that, Sargant argues, is precisely what happened to Patty. . . .Her nervous system was kept at maximum stress by the continual playing of loud ROCK MUSIC."(Newsweek, February 16, 1976 p.24)
Not the LYRICS! Not the WORDS! But simply the MUSIC!
"Music is used everywhere to condition the human mind. It can be just as powerful as a drug and much more dangerous, because nobody takes musical manipulation very seriously." (Family Weekly, January 30, 1983, p. 15)
". . .music is more than a language. It is the language of languages. It can be said that of all the arts, there is. . . none other that more powerfully moves and changes the consciousness." (Tame, David The Secret Power of Music, p.151)
Dr. Howard Hanson, of the of the famous Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, and one of the greatest authorities on music, stated:
"Music is a curiously subtle art with innumerable, varying emotional connotations. It is made up of many ingredients and according to the proportions of those components, it can be soothing or invigorating, ennobling or vulgarizing, philosophical or orgiastic. It has POWERS FOR EVIL as well as for good." (The American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 99, p.317)
But isn't music just notes and chords, etc.? How can notes be "bad" or "good"?

Tim Fisher, former music professor, and founder of Sacred Music Services, gives this excellent analogy in his book, The Battle for Christian Music:

"Perhaps some of you are asking yourselves the question, But how can a musical note be inherently good or bad? Aren't notes just a matter of pitch variation, tonal vibration, compressions and decompressions of air? Those are fair questions, Let's look at this more closely. Years ago I heard a tape of a man who was defending the neutrality of music in a public service. He walked over to the piano and played a C major chord. Then, he asked the audience if it was a good C major chord or an evil C major chord. After some scattered laughter, he said `See, there's no such thing as good or evil music,' He made a rather obvious mistake, however, in his reasoning: a C major chord isn't music! It is a building block of music-and there's a big difference."

"Take the English language, for example. If I write the letter 'e' is that a good 'e' or a bad 'e'? Neither. As a building block of the English language it is a neutral entity. However, I as a creative writer can put that letter in conjunction with other letters and communicate something like ...

Praise the Lord...
or
I hate God.

"In both of the above usages I have taken neutral letters and put them together to communicate something to you. However, what I have communicated is definitely not neutral, and my intent is clearly conveyed. "(Fisher, Tim The Battle for Christian Music, pp 60-61)
Lowell Hart in his book, Satan's Music Exposed, writes of the following experiment:
"The unsuspecting "guinea- pigs" were a teenage boy and girl. They had never met previously and were completely unaware of any strange happenings. Unfortunately for them, as they sat getting acquainted in a cozy "private" room with soft music playing in the background, their reactions were being observed and recorded. When classical music and soft ballads were piped into the room they talked and were friendly, but somewhat aloof. When pop music and jazz were played they quickly developed a much "friendlier" attitude and began to hold hands and put their arms around each other. When the music changed back to classical and ballads they would again become more formal and reserved. If the music would swing back to the jazz and pop music "their formality would give way to familiarity."(Hart, Lowell Satan' s Music Exposed, p.63)
Highly-respected, Professor Alan Bloom, professor of social thought at the University of Chicago, who has also taught at Yale, the University of Paris, the University of Toronto, Cornell and many other schools, writes in his best-selling book, The Closing of the American Mind:
"Nothing is more singular about this generation than its ADDICTION to music. . . It is their passion; nothing else excites them as it does; they cannot take seriously anything alien to music. . . I suspect that the rock addiction, particularly in the absence of strong counter attractions, has an effect similar to that of drugs." (Bloom, Alan The Closing of the American Mind, pp 68...81)
Another "proof" of the effects of music on a person is the billion dollar industry called Muzak or "moodsongs". Muzak is the "mood music" that is piped into stores, airports, doctor offices, et. al. in order to "create an atmosphere". The book, Elevator Music by Joseph Lanza, tells the history of Muzak and other moodsongs. Lanza describes an episode at the Hilton in Las Vegas when rock music was used as the "moodsong". And because of the rock music customers experienced petit mal seizures! Lanza writes, "A doctor friend, a psychiatrist, later told me that kind of pulsation might create problems. I've gone into markets, telling them they are killing their business with high-speed rock." (Lanza, Joseph Elevator Music, p.142)

Lanza also states, "Some background music has been known to induce musicogenic epilepsy, triggering a chemical brain reaction that elicits thoughts of suicide or murder. . .doctors had documented seventy-six similar cases." (Lanza, Joseph Elevator Music, p.194)

Lanza also makes this startling statement:

". . . music designed to soothe can be altered to TORMENT, . . ."
(Lanza, Joseph Elevator Music, p.196)
It's worth noting, that we are not talking about "lyrics" but simply the instrumental music.

Rock music has been proven to obstruct the brain's ability to think!

In 1978, a California music therapist, investigating the effects of rock music on teenagers, administered to 240 school children aged 10-18 an emotional stability test during which rock . was being played. The results were then examined by a psychologist who was unaware of the experiment. He concluded that the test had been given in a mental institution.(Hart, Lowell Satan's Music Exposed, p.101)

Is this one of the reasons, since the 1960's, when rock music began "taking over", our education system has been a disaster? Despite spending billions and billions of tax payers dollars on our education system - we can no longer teach the average young person even simple reading and arithmetic!

The Bible clearly teaches music is NOT neutral!

Anyone who has read 1 Samuel 16, knows that music is not nuetral. Even back during the time of Saul (around 1079 B.C.) they knew the power of music. When the "evil spirit from the Lord" began troubling Saul - it wasn't a doctor or soothsayer they called - but a musician! David! They knew music had inherent powers! They knew music wasn't neutral!

14 But the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
15 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.
16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.. . .
23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
Who that has ever read 2 Chronicles 5 could ever believe that the Lord thought music was neutral? At the sound of music - the glory of God was so strong the priests could not even stand "for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God."
13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;
14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God. (2 Chronicles 5:13-14)
The Apostle Paul clearly, taught in 1 Corinthians 14 that certain sounds, by themselves, had meaning and are not neutral.
7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? (1 Corinthians 14:7-8)
Let their be no doubt. . .
Music is not neutral. Has never been neutral. Nor ever will be neutral.

Anyone who suggests music is neutral, goes against all known disciplines of science, musicology, academics, medicine, physiology and the word of God.

"Like human nature itself, music CANNOT POSSIBLY BE NEUTRAL in its spiritual direction ... ultimately all uses of tone and all musical lyrics can be classified according to their spiritual direction, upward or downward. ... To put it plainly, music tends to be of either the darkness or of the light. (Tame, David The Secret Power of Music, 1984 p.187).
Neil Postman, professor of communication arts and sciences at New York University and a highly respected critic, educator, sociologist, and communication theorist who has written more than fifteen books. states point-blank, in his book, Amusing Ourselves to Death:
"To maintain that technology [music] is neutral. . . is. . . stupidity plain and simple." (Postman, Neil Amusing Ourselves to Death, p. 157)
Dr. Schoen, writes in The Psychology of Music:
"Music is the most powerful stimulus known among the perceptive senses. The medical, psychiatric and other evidence for the non-neutrality of music is so overwhelming that it frankly amazes me that anyone should seriously say otherwise."
Tim Fisher writes in The Battle for Christian Music:
"It is almost impossible to overstate the absurdity of the claim that music is neutral, amoral, or void of communication by itself. . . Those who have looked beyond the current music publications know that no one has ever taken the position that music is neutral except for Christians in the last twenty-five years who are trying to justify bringing rock into the church."(Fisher, Tim The Battle for Christian Music, pp.52...56)
Dr Alfred B. Smith, author of many hymns and choruses including the chorus, "For God So Loved The World" and editor of Living Hymns states:
"Some would have us believe that all music is a-moral and that it is only the words that make it Christian or not. I beg to differ with this philosophy! . . . music in itself is a language which can capture and control the very thoughts and actions of an individual, a crowd, or a nation. It is the fountainhead for good or for evil! As one must be discerning in the device of their friends and their food for a happy and healthy life ... so we must be careful and prayerful in the music we chose to listen to or sing." (Hart, Lowell Satan's Music Exposed, foreword)
In his famous work Laws, Plato could have been writing about Christians and their foolish insistence that music is neutral in order to justify their love for wicked rock music.
"Through foolishness they, the people, DECEIVED THEMSELVES into thinking that there was no right or wrong in music that it was to be judged good or bad by the pleasure it gave." (Plato, Laws as quoted by Tame, David The Secret Power of Music, p. 189)
It's important to note, that musicologist, David Tame, who shows no sign of being a Christian, makes these alarming statements:
"More than any other form of the misuse of sound, it is rock with which we must deal today. ... It is a global phenomenon; a pounding, pounding destructive beat which is heard from America and Western Europe to Africa and Asia. Its effect upon the soul is to make nigh-impossible the true inner silence and peace necessary for the contemplation of eternal verities. ... How necessary is it in this age for some to have the courage to be the ones who are `different', and TO SEPARATE themselves out from the pack who long ago sold their lives and personalities to this sound. . . I adamantly believe that rock in all its forms is a critical problem which our civilization must get to grips. . . if it wishes long to survive" (Tame, David The Secret Power of Music, 1984 p. 204).

Isn't music neutral?
No. Not according to EVERY serious scientific, medical, physiological and psychiatric research known. Not according to EVERY serious musicologist. Not according to the word of God.


Isn't it better for Christians to listen to Christian rock than Secular rock?

The problem with this argument is that if young people do not listen to Christian Rock then they will automatically listen to secular rock. Assuming the ONLY choice young people have is rock music!

But there is more music than rock. . .

Why limit the choices to only rock?

I have three children, and they listen to music constantly. They love music. They sing and play musical instruments. And not one listens to rock music! And what's more they do not like rock music!

And I know hundreds of young people who play and listen to music - and they hate rock music!

And I know hundreds of people who previously listened to rock music, both Christian rock and secular rock, that now only listen to good Christian music. And they have no desire to listen to rock!

Testimonies of young people and rock music.

Not every young person listens to rock music - secular or Christian .

The question itself, "Isn't it better for our young people to listen to Christian Rock than secular rock?", implies that something is "wrong" with Christian rock - just not as "wrong" as secular rock. . .

So we provide them the "lesser of two evils".

It's the "same 'ol" philosophy of the world:

We know young people are going to have sex;"Isn't it better for our young people to know about and have access to condoms to protect them from AIDS?". Hey! I've get a great idea - why don't we teach them that sex before marriage is wrong - and AVOID it?

We know women are going to have abortions; "Isn't it better to make abortions legal and provide "safe" abortions?" Hey! I've get a great idea -why don't we teach and show them what really happens during an abortion and provde adoption options?

And that "lesser of two evils" philosophy is completely contrary to the word of God:

"But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:15 -16

The God of the Bible, is a God of absolutes. He wants you "with" Him or "against" Him.

"He that is not with me is against me; . ." Matthew 12:30

God wants you "hot" or "cold". The Lord Jesus Christ makes this stern warning against "lesser of two evils" or "luke-warm" Christians in Revelation:

"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Revelation 3:15-16
And not only that — I'm not certain it's better for a Christian young person to listen to Christian rock rather than secular rock.

For this reasoning:


I believe the spiritual damage from Christian rock can be more dangerous than secular rock. Why? Because Christian rock portrays a "hip-hoppin", "partying" "cool", tolerant Jesus Christ that is NOT the Lord Jesus of the Bible! Because CCM attempts to drag the Lord Jesus Christ into the world of rock music, I believe that it could be much worse spiritually than secular rock music. At least secular rock, with all it's sex and filth, does not attempt to mix the "holy" Lord Jesus Christ with "sinful" rock music.



What about soft-rock music like Steve Greene and Twila Paris?

ROCK MUSIC IS WRONG.

There is NO way to make that which is wrong – right.

You can dilute it, you can disguise it and you can soften it up — but it's still ROCK!

Rock music is rock music! Whether it's soft, hard, metal, speed, Christian or grunge!

Highly-respected, Professor Alan Bloom, professor of social thought at the University of Chicago, who has also taught at Yale, the University of Paris, the University of Toronto, Cornell and many other schools, writes in his best-selling book, The Closing of the American Mind:

"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)

Robert Pattison, who is a lover of rock music, writes in his pro-rock book, The Triumph of Vulgarity:

"Its admirers want to make rock appealing by making it respectable. The thing can't be done. Rock is appealing because it's vulgar, . . Rock is the quintessence of vulgarity. It's crude, loud, and tasteless." (Pattison, Robert, The Triumph of Vulgarity, 1987, preface, p.4)

Secular rock bad girl Lita Ford, says:

"Listen, rock'n roll AIN'T CHURCH. It's nasty business. You gotta be nasty too. If you're goody, goody, you can't sing or play it. . ." (Los Angeles Times, August 7, 1988)

According to the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 7:18-19, "a corrupt tree [rock music] cannot bring forth good fruit".

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Matthew 7:18-19

The Bible clearly teaches we are to discern between holy [Christ] and unholy [rock music]. To "marry" holy Jesus Christ [Christian + Rock] with unholy rock music is obvious spiritual perversion.

And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;
Leviticus 10:10

Christian rock "profanes the Lord". Christian rock shows no difference between the holy and profane. And according to Ezekiel 22:26 — this "profanes the Lord".

Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
Ezekiel 22:26

The word of God declares, You cannot bring forth a clean [Christian] thing from an unclean [rock music]."

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. Job 14:4

What about a little, soft rock? According to God – just a "little" will corrupt the "whole".

". . . Know ye not that a LITTLE leaven leaveneth the WHOLE lump?" 1 Corinthians 5:6
Is any Christian rock ok?

NO.

When it is ROCK — it is not CHRISTIAN


How can CCM "mention the Lord Jesus" and yet be wrong?

Many people have written, and truthfully asked:

"Yes, there are serious compromises in CCM.
Yes, they do fellowship with worldly rockers.
Yes, CCM has some spiritual problems — but
I’ve seen them mention Jesus.
I’ve seen them give ‘altar calls’.
I’ve seen them do good.
How is this possible if Satan is involved?"

People believe that if Jesus Christ is mentioned or if the person professes to be a Christian then — it must be ok! But that false ideal does not match the word of God.

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because MANY false prophets are gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1

But before we begin, let me establish a few basic Bible facts:

  1. There is a real supernatural evil being call Satan. The name Satan occurs 56 times in the King James Bible.


  2. Satan desires to be like God. Isaiah 14:13-14, refers to Satan, "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.


  3. Satan desires worship. When Satan tempted Jesus Christ in Matthew 4: 9, he said, "And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me."


  4. Satan is a deceiver. "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." Rev. 12:9


  5. Satan will try to counterfeit the things of God. Satan can appear as an "angel of light". "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." 2 Cor 11:14


  6. Satan's message is not always evil or openly wrong. When Satan tempted Eve in the garden of Eden — it wasn't openly evil or bad — in fact it was GOOD and PLEASANT. "And when the woman saw that the tree was GOOD for food, and that it was PLEASANT to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." Genesis 3:6


  7. Satan's main goal is to get someone to disobey the word of God. If someone is not saved, Satan's goal is to keep that person from obeying the word of God for salvation. And if someone is saved, Satan's goal is to keep that person from obeying the word of God for service. Satan does NOT want you to do the will of God.
 BUT. . .
 CCM's message is good. It is not bad or evil.   

Satan's message doesn't necessarily have to be "wrong" or "evil", in fact it can even appear "good" or "pleasant" — as long as it keeps you from obeying the word of God. In Genesis chapter three, as Eve eyed the "forbidden" fruit, the Bible says:

"And when the woman saw that the tree was GOOD for food, and that it was PLEASANT to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." Genesis 3:6

According to Genesis 3:6, the "forbidden fruit" was "good", "pleasant" and "make one wise". What is wrong with that? It wasn't "satanic". It wasn't "evil". It was "good" and "pleasant". What is wrong with that? Simple. IT WAS AGAINST THE WORD OF GOD!

"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Genesis 2:16-17

That single, simple act of rebellion damned mankind! That innocent act of disobedience damned mankind! And yet it appeared "good" and "pleasant"! The ONLY problem was — it was against the word of God!

Just because something isn't "evil" — just because something isn't openly "satanic" — does NOT mean Satan is not the author! And just because something appears "good" — and just because something appears "right" — does NOT mean it is RIGHT!

Does it disobey the word of God? If it does — no matter how it appears — it is NOT the will of God!

God does NOT lie. God is NOT going to DISOBEY His own words. For if He did — God would be a LIAR. And that is NOT possible. . .

"In hope of eternal life, which God, THAT CANNOT LIE, promised before the world began;" Titus 1:2

Christian rock (CCM), as we have documented on this site over and over, blatantly, openly, and many times proudly — disobeys the clear teaching of the word of God!

 BUT. . .
 Some CCM artists seem to genuinely "love" the Lord.   

But even "love" is NOT a guarantee against Satanic influence. Even though someone "loves" the Lord — even though their motive is "love" for Jesus Christ — they can still be "controlled" by Satan — if they disobey the will of God!

Find that hard to believe?

Matthew 16:13-23 has an amazing dialogue, between Jesus, Peter and Satan:

13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not REVEALED IT unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
21 From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

A few interesting things about Matthew 16:13-23:

  1. In verse 17, Peter had a direct revelation from God — " . . .for flesh and blood hath not REVEALED it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." Again, notice God "REVEALED" it unto Peter. I doubt, few people ever received the "revelation" such as Peter received at that moment. And I'm sure very few people have ever been as close to the Lord Jesus Christ as Peter.


  2. But look what happens in verse 23 – just 6 verses later! "But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan:. . ." Just seven verses after God had "revealed" unto Peter — Jesus addresses Peter as Satan! Satan had completely taken over Peter! What was coming out of the mouth of Peter was not the words from God or even Peter — but straight from Satan!


  3. Peter's message was NOT bad or evil. In fact, humanly speaking, it was good. It was postitve. But it was against the word of God — and it's author was Satan!


  4. But look at something else in Matthew 16: Peter's motive. As Jesus began in verse 21 to tell how He would be crucified, verse 22 reads, "Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee."

    What was Peter's motive? It was his LOVE FOR THE LORD JESUS! He didn't want Jesus to be crucified! And even though Peter's motive was RIGHT — when he got out of the will of God — Satan COMPLETELY TOOK OVER! You can have the RIGHT motive, even love for the Lord Jesus Christ, and be completely WRONG and under control of Satan!

Sincerity, love and motive is no substitute for obeying the WORD OF GOD!

The Christian Rock stars may have the RIGHT motive, but only a carnal, backslidden, disobedient Christian could possibly think rock music was the direct will of God!

The secular world knows the God of the Bible is NOT the "god of rock". The lost, secular world knows Satan is the "god of rock".

Rock star David Bowie said, "Rock has always been THE DEVILS MUSIC." (Rolling Stone, Feb. 12, 1976, p. 83)

Secular rock bad girl Lita Ford, says, "Listen, rock’n roll AIN'T CHURCH. It’s nasty business. You gotta be nasty too. If you’re goody, goody, you can’t sing or play it. . ." (Los Angeles Times, August 7, 1988)

Even secular Time magazine, (March 11, 1985 p.60) in an article about Contemporary Christian Music titled the article, "New Lyrics for the DEVIL'S MUSIC".

When rock music first appeared, even the secular world knew it was wrong. The very term "rock'n roll" means "sexual fornication". In The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (p.474) for the definition of "rock & roll" is "The term is a blues euphemism for sexual intercourse". Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook for 1956 described rock' n roll as, "insistent savagery . . . deliberately competing with the artistic ideals of the jungle."

 BUT. . .
 Most CCM artists appear as Christians doing God's will.   

In 2 Corinthians 11:14-15:, the word of God reveals an alarming characteristic of Satan and his ministers:

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.(2 Corinthians 11:14-15)

The Bible CLEARLY says in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15:

1) Satan can appear as an angel of light.
2) Satan's ministers can appear as the ministers of righteousness [Christians].

Could not Satan's musicians appear as "musicians of righteousness"?

An interesting side note. . .

Marilyn Manson is a very popular secular rock star. Manson is a devoted Satanist and an ordained reverend in the Church of Satan. During his concerts Manson rips up the Bible.

When asked in Blast! Magazine (May 1996) "How would you like to be remembered?", Manson replied, "As the person who brought an end to the age of Christianity".

What most people don't know is satanist Marilyn Manson also had a Christian rock band formed to "infiltrate Christian nightclubs".

"Manson and Ramirez also worked on a couple of side projects. One was called Satan on Fire, a fake Christian death-metal band formed to infiltrate Christian nightclubs. . ." (Request, Jan. 1997, p.43)

It's also very interesting that as a youngster Marilyn Manson attended Christian school while following Satanism.

Let me make something VERY clear.

I do NOT believe most of the CCM artists are Satanists. I do NOT believe most of the CCM artists are willingly doing Satan's will. But as I've documented throughout this web site, I DO believe Satan is the author of Christian rock. I DO believe most of the CCM artists are unknowingly caring out Satan's plan.

By the way, do you know who said the following?

"If we continue on this path, respectable, industrious and honest, if we fulfill our duty faithfully, it is my conviction, the Lord God will continually help us in the future. He will not leave respectable people in the lurch indefinitely. He may test them, but in the end He lets His sun shine upon them and gives them His blessing."

Billy Graham? Jack Van Impee? Billy Sunday? Dwight Moody?

ADOLPH HITLER!

Adolph Hitler also called his plan "Positive Christianity." Watch out for the "positive" pushers!

Just because someone mentions the Lord or acts like a Christian, does not mean there are following the Lord Jesus Christ. The real test is — are they following the word of God?

Jesus Christ says in Matthew 7:15 warns of "false prophets, which appear to you in sheep's clothing [as a Christian] but inwardly are ravening wolves"

 BUT. . .
 Many CCM artists seem to genuinely worship the Lord.   

I've seen them in concerts mention Jesus Christ. I've seen them praise the Lord.

Would Satan do that?

In Mark chapter 5, the Lord Jesus Christ has an interesting encounter with a man possessed with an unclean spirit. Verse 6, says, the unclean spirit "worshipped him". Verse 7 says, the unclean spirit, refers to the Lord Jesus, as "Jesus, thou Son of the most high God".

5:1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and WORSHIPPED HIM,
7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
(Mark 5:1-8)

According to Mark 5:1-8, the fact that someone mentions Jesus, or even "worships" Him, does NOT mean it is from the Holy Spirit — but could actually be an "unclean spirit".

 BUT. . .
 Many CCM artists openly say Jesus is Lord.   

Isn't that enough to prove it's from God?

Just because someone calls Jesus "Lord" does NOT mean they are a Christian. In Matthew chapter 7, there are MANY people who call Jesus, "Lord"; who " prophesied in thy name"; who "in thy name have cast out devils"; who "and in thy name done many wonderful works" — and yet they were NEVER saved — Jesus Christ NEVER knew them! Notice, not a "few", but verse 22, "MANY . . ." are doing this!

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)

You ask, "How do I know who is truly following the Lord Jesus?". Simple. Are they obeying the clear teachings of the word of God?

 BUT. . .
 Many CCM artists mention salvation.   

Would devils or evil spirits mention the name of Jesus or tell of His salvation?

Yes. In Acts 16, an evil spirit follows Paul, and tells the truth:

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation.
18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. Acts 16:17-18

Even though the evil spirit was telling the truth, the apostle Paul would not honor her testimony. Why? Why didn't Paul say, "C'mon up hear sister, and give a word of testimony". Why? Because even though the message was RIGHT — the medium that brought it was WRONG! And God would NOT honor it!

The same with rock music. Either rock music is from God — from day one. Or rock music is from Satan — from day one — and God will NOT honor it's message!

I have NEVER heard a clear, old-fashion, Bible-based plan of salvation from a CCM artist. I have heard several "feel-good", watered-down, "make-a-decision" whatevers. I have NEVER heard a simple, You are a sinnner; You're going to face judgement; You're going to spend eternity in a lake of fire without Jesus Christ; You can do nothing to save yourself; etc. from ANY CCM artists.

CONCLUSION    

The purpose of this article is NOT — to "judge" who is saved and who is not. We do not know. We do not even try to guess. Only God knows for sure who are truly born again. The purpose of this article is — just because someone appears to be Christian – just because the message appears to be Christian – just because they appear to worship the Lord Jesus — does NOT mean they are following the Lord Jesus Christ!

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because MANY false prophets are gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1

This article, our web site, our ministry has one MAIN purpose — to get people back to the word of God — the King James Bible. And that is your ONLY safe guide! There is only ONE source you can be 100%, absolutely sure of — the word of God! You can NOT absolutely trust me. You can NOT absolutely trust CCM artists. You can NOT absolutely trust your church, your preacher, your spouse, your parents, your children, nor anybody!

"God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; . . ." Romans 3:4

And you can NOT EVEN absolutely trust in your own heart!

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9

"He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: . . ." Proverbs 28:26

The ONLY absolute safe position is — the word of God.

And that should be the ONLY test for CCM — or anything or anybody else!

It's NOT they seem to worship the Lord;
It's NOT they mention the name Jesus;
It's NOT they provide an alternative for worldly rock music;
It's NOT they have good, positive lyrics;
It's NOT I like it, or don't like it;
It's NOT I get a "blessing";
It's NOT how much "fruit" you may see;
It's NOT what your church, preacher, friend says;

But does it AGREE with the word of God! If NOT — it is NOT following the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3

In Numbers 22, Balak the king of the Moabites calls Balaam, the prophet of God, to "curse" the children of Israel. And even though Balaam would not "curse" Israel, he taught Balac to "intermingle" and "fellowship" with Israel.

"But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication." Revelation 2:14

Just as Balaam, CCM does NOT openly "curse" this generation. But I believe CCM is a modern-day Balaam, who "cast a stumblingblock before our children, to feed their minds with music sacrificed unto idols, and to commit spiritual fornication". Who has taught our children to "intermingle" and "fellowship" with the enemies of the Lord Jesus. And I believe the fruit of CCM is spiritual disaster!

We have shown over and over on this web site (and other publications) that Christian Rock does NOT follow the word of God. And we have preached over and over on this web site (and every way we know how) for God's people to "search the scriptures". There is too much at stake to be naive or lazy!

May the Lord help you to have the testimony of the Bereans in Acts 17:11:

". . . they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so". Acts 17:11
Our prayer is you will prayerfully, seriously and obediently "try" CCM with the word of God.

Have you contacted the CCM artists according to Matthew 18:15?

NO.

We are not interested in what they think. We are interested in what "God said".

We have read many, many interviews, magazines and books for CCM. We have listened to hundreds of CCM tapes and videos. We have attended CCM concerts. We are interested in their message and music.

Most CCM artists are probably sincere, nice and concerned people. But we are interested in their music and message.

But shouldn't you obey Matthew 18:15 and "go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone"?

"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother." Matthew 18:15

We are not dealing with a personal "trespass against thee". We are not dealing with a "fault". We are dealing with false doctrine; worldly compromise, gospel perversion, clear practices and teachings contrary to the word of God. And those are serious actions that need to be "reproved, rebuked and exhorted will all longsuffering and doctrine".

2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Timothy 4:2-4

The Bible commands us "whose mouths must be stopped" and "Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;"

10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Titus 1:10-13

Several popular artists and authors have written us to discuss the issue. Our reply: "We would be happy to discuss CCM. But we will discuss it only in the light of the King James Bible. We are not interested in opinions, feelings, what you think, what you believe — but 'what saith the Lord'".

It's interesting in EVERY request to discuss CCM with the King James Bible — they never respond back! NOT ONE! Not one would judge CCM with the word of God.


We challenge anyone. Any preacher, CCM artists, musician, author, lay person, anyone — to refute the clear teachings of the word of God presented on this site against CCM — with the Word of God.

We do NOT debate. We do NOT argue.
But we welcome any King James Bible answers to CCM. Your opinions, feelings, what you saw at a concert, what you experienced, etc. is NOT welcomed. Please do not send such. They will not be responded to and probably not even read.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1 Peter 3:15

Will listening to “rock music” send me to hell?

NO!

There is ONLY ONE way to escape an eternity in hell and that is by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

While we take a strong stand against ALL rock music – Christian and secular – listening to rock music will NOT send someone to hell. We do believe that if you are saved, listening to rock music – Christian or secular – will hurt your relationship, fellowship, witness, blessings and joy in the Lord Jesus Christ.

But again, we repeat — Salvation is ONLY through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ — and nothing you can do or NOT do can keep you out of hell!

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; ..." Isaiah 64:6
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, ..." Titus 3:5
How To Be Saved?



• Realize you are a sinner.

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Romans 3:10
"... for there is no difference. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23

• Realize you CAN NOT save yourself.

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; ..." Isaiah 64:6
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, ..." Titus 3:5

• Realize that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for your sins.

"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, ..." 1 Peter 2:24
"... Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood," Revelation 1:5

• By faith repent and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" John 1:12
"...Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Acts 16:30,31
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
If you were to die this very minute — where would you spend eternity?

Don't let anyone convince you that when you die it will be all over!

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this THE JUDGMENT." Hebrews 9:27
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE." Revelation 20:15

Yes. There is a place called hell!

See The Shocking Truth About Hell.

Don't wait until you die to find out the truth about Hell! Tomorrow may be too late!

"Boast not thyself of tomorrow: for thou KNOWEST NOT what a day may bring forth." Proverbs 27:1

Three people die every second, 180 every minute, since you started reading this — over 500 people have gone into eternity! An automobile accident. . . A heart attack. . , A stroke. . .One thing is CERTAIN — you will DIE — today. . . tomorrow . . . a week. . . a month . . . a year. . . 5 years. . . 10 years. . . 20 years. . . 50 years — ONE THING IS CERTAIN — " . . .it is appointed unto man once TO DIE . . ."

"For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

God has something far better than words can describe for those who love Him.

". . . Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." I Corinthians 2:9
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE SAVED?


DEAR GOD, I have sinned against You by breaking Your Ten Commandments.

Despite the conscience You gave me, I have looked with lust and therefore committed adultery in my heart. I have lied, stolen, hated, failed to love You, failed to love my neighbor as myself, and failed to keep the Sabbath holy. I have been covetous, harbored hatred in my heart and therefore been guilty of murder in Your sight. I have used Your holy name in vain, I have made a god to suit myself, and because of the nature of my sin, I have dishonored my parents. If I stood before You in Your burning holiness on Judgment Day, if every secret sin I have committed and every idle word I have spoken came out as evidence of my crimes against You, I would be utterly guilty, and justly deserve hell. I am unspeakably thankful that Jesus took my place by suffering and dying on the cross. He was bruised for my iniquities. He paid my fine so that I could leave the courtroom. He revealed how much You love me. I believe that He then rose from the dead (according to the Scriptures). I now confess and forsake my sin and yield myself to Him to be my Lord and Savior. I will no longer live for myself. I present my body, soul, and spirit to You as a living sacrifice, to serve You in the furtherance of Your Kingdom. I will read Your Word daily and obey what I read. It is solely because of Calvary’s cross that I will live forever. I am eternally Yours. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

 

 by Ray Comfort, Living Waters Publications www.livingwaters.com  


Our prayer is that you’ll prayerfully and carefully examine the evidence we have published.

Because of Calvary,
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