WHAT'S WRONG WITH ROCK MUSIC?
"He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God." Psalm 40:3
As Bible believing Christians, we must rebuke error when we see it. "I charge thee before God and the Lord Jesus Christ .. Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season ( i.e. when it is unpopular); reprove 1651 ( tell a fault, convince, convict), rebuke2008 (forbid, straightly charge),exhort with all long suffering and doctrine ". II Timothy 4:2
"All Scripture .... is profitable for doctrine, for reproof 1650, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect. II Tim.3:16
I. Question: What is wrong with worldly, non Christian rock music?
1. It has ungodly themes of rebellion, drugs, sex, and demons.
2. It's musicians set an ungodly lifestyle example of deep sin.
3. Rock music is addictive as it causes the brain to release opiates.
4. Rock beat with its uneven flow is opposite to the body's natural rhythm. e.g. da-da-da beat, stop at end of bar, and the listener subconsciously "comes to a halt" at the end of each bar.
5. Rock beat causes "switching" to occur in the brain as it loses symmetry between left and right sides. This causes stress and it is as if a person's body can no longer distinguish what is beneficial and what is harmful. The body actually chooses that which is destructive over that which is therapeutic. Turning down the volume won't help. (Have you noticed the peace you feel from listening to the old hymns, isn’t present in rock?).
6. All Rock Music originates from the Devil. David Bowie rock star says: "Rock has always been the devil's music." Little Richard says: "I believe this kind of music is demonic."
When you served the devil, before you became a Christian what type of music did you listen to?
7. Rock music contains many clear back masked and subliminal messages.
II. Question: What's wrong with Christian Rock Music?
1. Very little CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) encourages heart searching or reproof.
2. Does the song Exalt Christ? or emphasize man? e.g. Does it emphasize the singer's loneliness, the believer's needs, his feelings or does it glorify Christ? Compare it with the famous hymns: "Jesus I love thee" " Worship the King".
3. Does the song lose the sense of God's majesty, solemnity, and reverence?
4. C-Rock teaches teens to sneer at traditional church music as boring, and to rebel against their parents and their church as being out of touch with their worldly music tastes.
This shows contempt for the richest wealth of Bible music ever created.
Four tests for good church music are:
i ) Music should uplift the church not mock or criticize it. ii) Music should carry Bible messages, not anti Bible message iii) Music should bring more glory to God, than to the performer. iv) Music should feed the spirit more than the old flesh
Classic Christian hymns don't feed the flesh, they show it as rotten to the core. Compare these songs:
Rock on - Stryken
- "Come on everybody/put your hands above your head/Today we're screamin'/'Cause tomorrow you might be dead/The earth is shakin', and the clouds are rolled away/Come on everybody/Get ready for the Judgment Day/Rock on, Got my feet on the ground/Got my eyes on Heaven/Rock on ....."
My Saviour's Love
"I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene/ And wonder how He could love me/A sinner condemned, unclean......" Compare that piercing Bible truth to any Rock or Crock song.
5. Lies used to justify Rock:
Lie 1: Satan's #1 lie about rock is "Music is neutral".
Answer: Neutral music does not drive away demons, but David's music did drive away King Saul's demons. I Samuel 16:14-23.
There is no such thing as neutral music. Music stems from one of two places, the carnal flesh (Which is controlled by Satan and is the enemy of GOD) or the converted heart (Which is controlled by GOD’S Spirit). To which are you sowing? Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Music of the flesh quenches the holy Spirit; the same way the holy music of David quenched the power of Satan.
Lie 2: "Only the words matter"
Answer: If you take Jesus Christ or the Bible out of the C-rock music, it's no more Christian than worldly rock music. Christian music by definition is about Jesus Christ, not about dope, abortion, starvation or self-esteem. Ephesians 5:19 says that we are "Singing and making melody .. to the Lord", not to people.
Lie 3: Keith Green says:
"I have never ONCE seen a case where music was the DIRECT CAUSE OF SIN OR WICKEDNESS IN A PERSON'S LIFE." "no music is intrinsically evil".
Answer: What about the heavy metal bands that openly praise Satan? The worship of Satan is SIN.
What about rock music that preaches drug taking, sexual promiscuity, rebellion, occultism, eastern religions, and new age values? To encourage such things is sin!!!
Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend (Entice to sin) one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Lie 6: Rock is just another type of normal music.
Answer: Seidel, a concert pianist and 25 year Christian music expert states that: "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." Rock ends with a crash or long fade-out, with no resolution. It cannot truly be considered music PERIOD!
Lie 7: Rock music’s rhythm doesn't hurt anybody.
Answer: The rhythm (not the words) of rock music caused brain damage to laboratory animals, and killed laboratory plants. It's backbeats and breakbeats swamp, consume and dominate the listener with hypnotic power. It's high pitched human and electronic screams give musical chaos. True music has loud and soft intensity. Rock music's intensity is as loud as possible (190db), for as long as possible.
In I Kings 19:11,12 the Lord was not in the strong wind, nor in the earthquake, nor in the fire, but in "a still, small voice." Not like rock music.
Lie 8: In order to reach the lost, we must pre evangelize with Christian rock music. C-Rockers say "Jesus Christ rocks".
Answer: C-rock confuses, pollutes and deceives the next generation of the body of Christ. C-rock makes a vulgar image of God, glorifies self, and makes God in man's own rebellious image. All forms of Rock invite demonic influences into the listener.
"The combination of sound, rhythm, colour and movement can be used to attract demonic spirits into people" – Satanist Alistair Crowley.
Lie 9: It is alright to copy the world. C-rock copies the world. ALL ROCK is of the world.
John 15:18 "If the world hates you, ye know it hated me..."
Rock devotees feel secure in saying that there is no Scripture saying "Thou shalt not listen of rock". Answer: There is no verse that says "Don't beat your wife" either.
Consider these verses against rock:
i) I John 2:15,16 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world ,the love of the Father is not in him."
Rock looks like, and is worldly. When Rock or C-Rock stars wear skin tight spandex, teased long hair, use smoke bombs, and strobe lights, this is the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. If you can't see this, you are in deep bondage to the flesh.
ii) James 4:4 ".. a friend of the world is the enemy of God".
CCM stars look and act like the world. CCM music and lyrics are like the world. Therefore C-rock stars learned from secular rock stars years ago.
Objection: Fans say "That's just the music, the lyrics are the real difference."
Answer: The only ‘message’ that makes a difference is one that Glorifies GOD and his Son; and convicts of sin. Neither Rock or Crock has this effect. Rock glorifies its father, satan.
iii) I Corinthians 10:20 "I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils." Rock and C-rock contains demon messages backmasked praising Satan.
iv) II Corinthians 6:14 "What fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness ?"
v) Ephesians 5:11 "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them. For it is a shame (sin guilt shame) even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret".
To listen to Rock is to fellowships with worldly darkness.
Lie 10:There's nothing wrong with rock bands in a church.
Answer: "They (the priests) have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed a difference between the unclean and the clean." Ezekiel 22:29
There's supposed to be a difference between holy and profane (godless), clean and unclean, but Christian-rock tries to erase that line.
Numbers 21:1-9 applies to C-rock. God's people loathed God's provision of manna. The things of God weren't good enough for them. They wanted the things they had when they were back in bondage in Egypt. Today, for some Christians, old fashioned, traditional Christian music isn't good enough any more. Some believers long for the same old garbage that they had back in their unsaved , "bondage to sin" days.
II Corinthians 6:17 "Come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing" Nothing is filthier than rock music.
Parents, if you've been wondering where all that rebellion in your kids has been coming from lately, then check this review of CCM "brides", "Live to die": "This release is chock full of straight ahead, full throttle grinding and pounding. It's the type of sound your parents will hate". CCM Magazine Sept. 1988
This is compromise with the world, and breaking the fifth commandment.
Four clear facts of Rock and C-rock are: 1. It's not based on the Bible 2. It is opposed to the Bible 3. It wants nothing to do with the Bible 4. It promotes worldliness (Rebellion and Carnality).
Reason 11. Neither Rock nor C-rock preaches conviction of sin.
Wayne Watson: "I won't write a song that says "You better get right with God .. it makes people feel defensive."
That "defensiveness" is called Holy Spirit Conviction and no one gets saved without it. John 6:44 and 16:7-11.
Jesus Christ preached against sin: "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish". Luke 13:5
Why are they scared of preaching against sin? Because they're afraid of "turning people off", offending cash customers and losing record sales. We should separate from worldly, compromising rock music. Why? Because: "As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance". I Peter 1:14.
Christ, Paul, the Apostles and martyrs turned some people off and were killed for it. We all must choose to stand for Christ or for Satan.
Reason 12: C-rockers are Ignorant of Satan's game to COUNTERFEIT moves of God.
Answer: To be blind to this, is not to know the enemy. II Corinthians. 11:12-15
"The god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not ..." II Corinthians 4:3-4
What are C-rock fans ignorant of:
i Motive of money. If there's a dollar to be made, you can bet someone will slap the label "Christian" on it and open up a whole new market.
ii Backmasking and subliminal messages:
Why does Satan backmask? To gain MIND CONTROL . The alcohol, tobacco and retail industries spend millions of dollars yearly on subliminal programming. Shops use it to fight shoplifting.
"Enchantment is a form of spell casting primarily involving mind control. Enchanters dispatch or assign wicked spirits to objects and places for whatever purpose the spell calls for.... Enchantment controls the mind and is one of the most powerful spells that can be cast on a person...." David Meyer ex-occultist.
Jimi Hendrix revealed the conspiracy of subliminals 20 years ago.
"Atmospheres are going to come through music, because music is in a spiritual thing of its own..... you hypnotise people to where they go right back to their natural state which is pure positive ... and when you get people at that weakest point, you can preach into the subconscious what we want to say ..... "
Question: Who is meant by "WE" in the above quote? Answer: Jimi Hendrix and his demons.
"People want release any kind of way nowadays. The idea is to release in the proper form. Then they'll feel like going into another world, a clearer world. The music flows from the air. That's why I connect with a spirit and when they come down off this natural high, they see clearer, feel different things ....."
Jimi Hendrix's method of preaching locks onto a spirit of music which comes from the air. "The prince of the power of air, that now works in the children of disobedience." Ephesians 2:2
Q. What is the power of air? A. Radio, TV are two examples.
Go to a local shopping mall and you see children of disobedience, rebellious, sullen, stubborn, angry teens in black clothing. (Colour of darkness in uniform)
Q. Why would Satan put backmasks in Christian rock?
A. To erase the difference between Christ and Satan. Richard Clapton's "Glory road" has four letter words constantly repeated.
Q. What kind of spirit is loose in the youth at the average Church? Are they the children of God, or children of disobedience? C-rock is even more dangerous than the secular stuff because it appears "holy".
Check the evil backmasking in these songs:
Grim Reaper has an album called "Fear No Evil". A backmask is found at the end of the song. "Final Scream." When reversed it says "See you in Hell".
Godwin's book was published long before Michael Jackson's album says, "Hail Satan, hey Lord you're the main man." and "I've got Satan. He's not the boogie man."
As shocking as this backmasking is, don't forget, the tone of forward Devil praise contained in the rock lyrics.
ROCKING FOR JESUS
Under this chapter heading, Jeff Godwin reports on CHRISTIAN ROCK. He says "Christian rock" is a contradiction in terms. " How can Christ be unequally yoked with the perverse paganism of Rock?"
When you join yourself to rock music, you are joining Jesus Christ to perverse, world loving paganism!
1Corinthains 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
Godwin maintains that Satan is the King of Rock, and that he does not stop at the door of the Gospel Record store. Rather, Satan is now mounting a strategic offensive against Christians, utilizing willing, zealous believers to propagate the beat, the style and the hidden messages amongst young Christians.
Question: Some Christian Rockers argue that Rock music doesn't have to be satanic. If the lyrics are about the Lord and salvation, it can be a legitimate form by which young people in a world of predominate rock can be won for Christ.
Answer: We are not talking here about lively gospel music. We're talking about ROCK! We are not talking about beat or even drums. We're talking about ROCK beat and style. While some Christian Rockers may be seeking to win souls in the rock world., some Christian rockers are actually introducing young people to Rock.
Music is not for winning souls, but for singing praises to GOD! Preaching is the tool given by God to win souls to the kingdom.-- Romans 10:14 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?
Some ask? Why can’t a Christian enjoy "worldly" rock also? Everything we do should be to the glory of GOD. 1Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
"There's one very simple test for Christians to use to determine what is and what is not godly music: Could you play that music as part of the Sabbath morning worship service without offending God? If GOD wouldn’t be pleased with it, then it is not worth playing. If such music cannot be used to praise the King, then why are you listening to it?
CHRISTIAN ROCK ALBUMS LOADED WITH DEMONICS!
A few Christian lyrics does not worry the devil - he joins the Christian artists in the recording studio to sing with them in duet, just as he does the secular rock musicians. This is not imagination! It is most alarming to discover that many "Christian Rock" albums are also backmasked with satanic messages. There's something about ROCK that Satan claims as his own!
STRYPER's album "In God We Trust" contains the hidden messages, "Hail Lucifer," and "Satan who love we worship."
DANIEL BAND's album "Rise Up" has the hidden words, "Now worship Satan", and "I shall love Satan" and "I am fighting back oh master demon."
JERUSALEM has an album "In His Majesty's Service" which is backmasked with the words, "Hey Lord Satan .. Yarrh Satan he's master ... Yarrh, Satan is Lord ... Say I love you Satan. Jesus God he serves Satan ... oh we're yours Satan evil, oh evil, god is nil ... My friend Lucifer sings for you".
RESURRECTION BAND's album "Between Heaven 'n Hell" is backmasked with "Yeah Lucifer promised me more, live for a week, ooh evil I take the mark".
PETRA, another Christian Rock Group while singing "Washes Whiter Than, " had no idea they were being backmasked with the shocking hidden refrain, "Ooh so evil ..... Lord Satan ..... Lord Satan my love." Each of these phrases are repeated over and over.
CARMEN's record "Destination is There" has the hidden words, "Satan worship the mark .... worship Satan."
On their album "Radically Saved," the backmask is "Here's Lucifer."
INVOKING THE DEVIL
How the satanic messages get onto the albums is a mystery, but the testimony of Elaine, a former Satanic High Priestess gives a good clue - at least as far as the usual Rock albums are concerned. The Rock rhythm and style is itself an invocation to demonic powers to participate. Rocker, David Bowie says, Rock has always been the devil's music." If demons are invoked through Rock, then it is understandable that they will sing in duo with the artists, and as fans around the world listen and join in the songs, they form a planetary choir of satanic praise.
Is Christian rock more dangerous than secular rock and roll? Yes! "It's more deadly because it's disguised, and pulling blindfolds over Christian eyes is something in which Satan delights."
Godwin includes a testimony of Elaine, who for 17 years was a servant of Satan. She became a high priestess, and also attained a high position of national leadership in the US. Elaine eventually rejected Satan and was saved through faith in the Lord Jesus.
DEMONS ON RECORDS
Part of her testimony, as relating to Rock, follows:
"Because of the high position I held for so many years, I was involved in the planning of many of the destructive influences Satan has brought into the U.S. and other countries. Satan if REAL! Demons are REAL! I can tell you from my own personal experience, but you don't have to take my words for this. Simply read God's Word.
"Like so may other things, the whole movement of Rock music was carefully planned and carried out by Satan and his servants from its very beginning. Rock music didn't "just happen" it was a carefully masterminded plan by none other than Satan himself.
" I have personally met a great number of the rock stars. They have All agreed to serve Satan in return for money and fame. They have received all they wanted, but also so much more that they didn't expect. Their very lives and souls are, and in many cases have been , destroyed. These rock stars KNOW exactly what they are doing. They are, step by step, teaching untold millions of young people to worship and serve Satan.
"I attended special ceremonies at various recording studios throughout the U.S. for the specific purpose of placing Satanic blessing on the Rock music recorded. We did incantation which placed demons on EVERY record and tape of rock music that was sold. At times we also called up special demons who spoke on the recordings - the various backmasked messages. ALSO, in many recordings, we were ourselves recorded in the background (masked by the over-all noise of the music) doing chants and incantations to summon up more demons every time one of the records or tapes is played. As the music is played, these demons are summoned into the room to afflict the person playing the music, and anyone else who is listening. The purpose of all this? MIND CONTROL! Mind control not only to give the listeners understanding of the messages about Satan conveyed to them by the music, but also to prevent them from recognising their need of Jesus. (See II Corinthians 4:4)
"Many of the song lyrics are themselves actual incantations calling up demons when the song is sung. The purpose of this is two-fold: to exert control over the listener, and to provide the listener with actual incantations he or she can use to send demons upon another person to gain revenge by afflicting them with illness, accidents, etc., and also to help influence another person into the bondage of Rock music itself. A good example of this is the lyrics of the DOOM SONG by the PLASMATICS.
"Behold the power of the night Curse the filthy hypocrites Crawl into their beds at night Ooze from slimy depths below Scream into their frozen brains Work thy wretched wrath Remove all obstacles from our path I command that these things which I speak Will come to be Behold the Prince of Darkness here!"
If you don't think there is a supernatural power behind Rock music, you just try to stop listening to it (if you normally do), or try to get someone else to stop listening to it. You will quickly experience the power behind the music.
The Music of Devils in God's House
"It amazes me," he says, "that a great multitude of young men and women, including young ministers, are so infatuated with rock music. They've been raised on it. In every other area of their life, the Lord is in full control. They are dedicated, pure in every other way - but they cling to this one idol. Just one thing stands between them and God's very best. Parents are now so easy and nonchalant about the music their kids listen to. They say, "Well each generation has its own style of music. We don't like it, but it seems the kids like it. And they do sing about Jesus, so it must be all right". What incredible spiritual blindness!
"We have come to the place where anything is acceptable if it 'gets results'. If the music of devils gets kids up front to make a decision, it is acceptable. How very dangerous. Most of those youth have not been touched beyond their emotions. The Holy Spirit has not probed deeply to deal with sin. No demands have been made on them about forsaking the world, their old ways and friends - and there is little or no heart repentance. It ends up a 'vote for Jesus'.
"My concern is, What does God think about rock? If we can discover His mind on this matter, then all Christ-loving youth must accept it; and if they won't, it will prove they are stubborn, deceived by lying spirits, and not willing to submit to the Holy Spirit's authority."
Biblical precepts against Christian Rock music:
Firstly, God is concerned with the seed that produces the fruit. All seed produces of its own kind. Out of which womb was Rock music born? Was it born in the womb of a Spirit-filled musician? GOD FORBID!
Secondly, God will not accept a blemished sacrifice! (Malachi 1:8-13). Every Christian concert or record should be an offering to the Lord. Is Rock an acceptable offering?
"I've noticed", he says, "that musicians at Christian concerts seldom perform rock just before the message and invitation. It is not conducive to conviction of any kind because it is of another spirit. If it is of God, why not use it before the invitation? Why not a ripping rock segment just before the sermonette? It is reserved for the entertainment part of concerts, to the accompanying of fleshy whistles, shouting and grooving. It doesn't inspire them to kneel and pray, or even to bow their heads and worship. There is not one ounce of conviction in it - God refuses to touch it. What it does is turn audiences on to a fleshy display of jumping on seats, jiving and dancing in anything but a spiritual manner."
Thirdly, God has His prescribed boundaries for worship. (Malachi 1:12)
Fourthly, God is looking for overcomers who will search out the old paths and find the right way. (Jeremiah 6:16)
Fifthly, God will not tolerate the uncircumcised of heart in His house. Ezekiel 44:7-13)
Sixthly, there can be no worship if the name of Baalim be on our lips. "God is saying "My true worshippers will never again speak of, let alone do those things that represent the old life and former idols" Hosea 2:17
Finally, it all comes down to our love for Christ, "If any man love the world, or the things that are in the world, the love of the Father is not in him". (1 John 2:15)
If we are going to line up with God, we need to stand up against rock, help pray it down, and refuse to support any Christian performer or group or station who continues pushing it.
Heavy-metal rock music can trap people, especially teenagers" into dabbling in disgraceful Satanic practices. For example, we denounce Rock star Ozzy Osborne's tune SUICIDE SOLUTION:
"Wine is fine but whiskey's quicker Suicide is slow with liquor Suicide is the only way out, Don't you know what it's really about?"
What does God think of forward speech with hidden messages in it? Proverbs 15:4 "A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit".
. Michael M. shows 500 examples of backmasking and 73 concern the mark of the Beast.
. Forward lyrics speak to the conscious mind. Reverse lyrics hit the subconscious mind.
. Come out of CCM and watch your thought patterns change drastically.
Question: Is my rock group in this?
Answer: Yes, if they are into Pop, Rock (soft, hard, heavy, alternative, etc), Funk.
Former Beatle John Lennon was shot to death in December, 1980. "His "Double Fantasy" album had been in record stores for weeks. The song "Kiss, Kiss, Kiss", from that album, contains a backmask that Yoko Ono sang, which says, "WE SHOT JOHN LENNON."
If a demon didn't leave that little calling card, who did? How did Yoko Ono's human spirit KNOW, much less SAY, "We Shot John Lennon," long before the murder happened? Mark David Chapman (Lennon's killer) admitted that demonic spirits gave him the strength to carry out the execution.
There's only one answer. That backmasked message on Lennon's record didn't come from a human spirit, it came from a demon's throat! So how do these messages GET into the music? It's really very easy. The demons just talk while their Rock and CCM dupes sing. Demons are well able to speak out loud, as scripture makes very clear. Mark 1:23-25
13. APPEARANCE OF ROCK STARS
"A proud look ...." Proverbs 6:16-17. Pride is one of seven abominations to God.
"Nor effeminate ..... shall inherit the Kingdom of God." I Corinthians 6:9
"The lofty looks of man shall be humbled". Isaiah 2:11,12. "The show of their countenance doth witness against them". Isaiah 3:9
Best description of CCM:
"In sum: If you want to reach a broad Christian audience, minister and sell records,
1. Adopting popular secular music styles brings success.
2. You write your own music.
A. Follow the popular style. B. Add Christian lyrics. C. Send it out to the Christian market. That's CCM"
1 Corinthians 11:14 "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man have long hair, it is a shame to him?"
Long, womanish hair on a man is a shame. Long hair is a symbol of rebellion. Men grew long hair in the 60's to rebel against the rules.
Lipstick on men, earrings, rock rebellion is the root of effeminate men.
Jesus offended people because he told them the truth. Rock stars offend people because they are disgusting.
. Galatians 5:19-21 lists 17 works of the flesh. Match these with a C-rock Concert:
1. Uncleanness, bondage --. Leather, chains, studs 2. Shameful, unnatural -- Womanish hair on men
3. Fornication, adultery - Harlotry in women 4. Lasciviousness, revellings - Party time atmosphere
5. Idolatry -. Jewellery, logos
14. EXCUSES USED TO JUSTIFY C-ROCK
Lie 1: They're going to listen to Rock anyway. This is a better alternative.
Answer: This is a LIE. Not every new convert is a Rock addict, but you can make a new convert a Rock addict by feeding him C-Rock. When people get saved from drugs, crime, alcohol and turn fully to Christ, they reject these along with the Rock music that came with these things.
A better alternative? NO WAY! C-Rock looks the same, sounds the same and produces the same fruit of rebellion. C-Rock teaches kids to hate authority.
Is ROCK simply a form of harmless entertainment? As we have seen there is nothing ‘harmless’ about it! A Christian should find ‘entertainment’ not in the world, but he should despise the evil things of the world. Our greatest entertainment must be to serve GOD and to draw nigh to Him (Through prayer, fasting, study of his word, and the singing of hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs). We can enjoy the fellowship of like minded believers. We can find relaxation in the outdoors of God’s nature. In these things God is pleased.
Lie 2: "We have to use C-rock because it is the music kids relate to today"
Answer: 11 Corinthians 6:14-18 tells us to be separate from every ungodly work . "Touch not the unclean thing". 6:15. C-rock says "Touch it all you want to". It is the gospel that relates, convicts and saves people, not Rock music, or any other ungodly trick. The Holy Spirit's blessing is on God's Word, not on Pagan noise.
Lie 3: God created music, and everything God created is good, so Rock music must be good and Godly too.
Answer: The day Lucifer fell, music fell also. Music once used to worship Almighty God has been corrupted. Lucifer uses that music to get worship for himself, because he craved it.
Lie 4: Music is the universal language teens understand, so we use C-Rock music to speak their language.
Answer: The Holy Spirit has spoke to people for 6000 years without Rock music. Rock noise drowns out the Holy Spirit's voice. The Pastor, not kids are supposed to run the church.
Lie 5: Kids won't stay in a stuffy church. They need excitement or we'll lose them.
Answer: Give them the excitement of full surrender to Jesus Christ and Soul Winning as a goal in life, not selfish Rock music entertainment. We are not here to be entertained but to win a lost world to Christ.
SUBMISSION VS. REBELLION
The real battle is not about a musical generation gap, it's about SUBMISSION vs. REBELLION. Submission is the hallmark of the Christian life. Without it, all you have is counterfeit spirituality. To resist the devil, you must first be submitted to God (James 4:7). Since Rock fans aren't truly submitted, they'll never be able to resist Satan, no matter how often they sing "To Hell With the Devil" (by Stryper).
The classic hymns so despised by youth today were all about SUBMISSION.
That's why carnal Christians want no part of them.
Songs like: "Washed In The Blood," "Haven of Rest", "Jesus Paid It All", "To God Be The Glory", "Lord, I'm Coming Home", "Victory in Jesus", "Have Thine Own Way, Lord", "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross",
"Take My Life And Let It Be", "I Surrender All", "Jesus Is All The World To Me",. These are all songs of SUBMISSION. Here's a lyrical example from just one of them:
"Have thine own way, Lord/Have thine own way/thou art the potter/I am the clay/Mold me and make me/After thy will/while I am waiting/Yielded and still..."
Now read any rock lyrics to see the difference between submission and rebellion:
Lie 6: No one can live under those kind of rules. It's too hard and legalistic.
Answer: How harsh of God to ask us to obey Him. Jesus was willing to obey the Father to die for our sins.
11 Tim 4:3 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but will heap to themselves teachers ........"
Isaiah 30:10 Israel wanted to hear smooth things. Rock is a tool of Satan because it blocks the path to self-denial, purity, holiness, separation and total devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lie 7: Times have changed. The old ways don't work anymore. We should update.
Answer: The old ways you are tossing away are God's ways. They worked well for 6000 years. When we pray, clearly preach the Gospel, the Holy Spirit convicts and draws lost sinners to repentance and faith in Christ.
"Thus saith the Lord,…..ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein" Jeremiah 6:16
Lie 8: Kids get saved thru C-Rock.
Answer: Fleshly lusts war against the soul. They don't get saved from worldliness by C-Rock.
Bible verses against C-Rock
1. Romans 12:2 i) Be not conformed to this world. Rock music people try to be as much like the world as possible.
ii) Be ye transformed Your life is supposed to change when you get saved. Christianity isn’t supposed to change itself to suit you. No change in life, means no salvation.
iii) By the renewing of your mind Once saved, your mind should do a complete turn around. You should see this trash music for what it is.
2. 1 Peter 4:3,4 Once you are saved, old friends will think it strange that you no longer run with them to the old worldly junk.
3. Hosea 7:8-10 Danger of motive. Did the Israelites win the pagans of Canaan to the Lord when they mixed with their ways? NO. The opposite happened. The Israelites became pagans.
1. Rock breeds rebellion 2. The Word of God is all the relating that anyone needs. 3. When real repentance hits, everything changes. 4. When people repent, Satan gets mad. 5. There's more to Christian Rock than meets the eye.
Russian Church Leaders Request U.S. Christians to
Stop Sending Rock Music
The head of the Unregistered Union of …Churches in Russia and an elder of the same group have sent an 'Urgent Message to the Churches of America from the Persecuted Church in Russia.' The letter, from Peter Peters and Vasillj Ryzhuk, was printed in 'Christian Info News,' a monthly Christian newspaper from British Columbia, Canada:
'For 30 years we have suffered intense persecution, and now freedom is bringing another great harm to our churches. This damage is coming from the Christians in America who are sending rock music and evangelists accompanied by rock bands. Our young people do not attend these meetings because we have all committed not to participate in secular entertainment.
This is a great burden on our hearts. Many come with Bible in hand and rock music. We are embarrassed by this image of Christianity. We do not know what words to use in urging that this be stopped. We abhor all Christian rock music coming to our country.
Rock music has nothing in common with ministry or service to God. We are very, very against Christian Americans bringing to our country this false image of "ministry" to God. We need spiritual bread; please give us true bread, not false cakes. It is true that rock music attracts people to the church, but not to Godly living.
We were in prison for 15 years and 11 years for Christ's sake. We were not allowed to have Christian music, but rock music was used as a weapon against us day and night to destroy our souls. We could only resist with much prayer and fasting.
Now, we have a time of more openness, and we are no longer taken to prison. However, now it is Christians from America who damage our souls. We do not allow this music in our church, but they rent big stadiums and infect teenagers and adults with their rock music.
We, the leadership and congregations of the Unregistered Union of …Churches, the former Persecuted Church, have made an agreement not to allow rock music in our church. We urge you to join with us and we advise you to remove rock music from America. Do not desecrate our teenagers with it. Even the unbelievers recognise it is unholy music and they cannot understand how American Christians can be so much like the world. We can give you the conclusion that after Russian unbelievers have attended the rock concerts where Christ's Word was preached, the people were very disappointed and disillusioned with Christianity.
We call this music from hell. We urge all Americans to stop giving money for the organization of such concerts in Russia. We want only traditional Christian music in our churches. This is the unanimous decision of all our leaders.