3. Rock music’s effect.
Thus far we have examined the origin of rock music, and the purpose of rock music, we will now look at its effect on people’s lives. Rock music negatively affects people in many ways. For one, there is much evidence to show that rock music and its derivatives are addictive and can cause great harm to an individual. The medical definition of an addiction is a “physical or psychological, or both, dependence” on that which is not necessary for life. Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 16th Ed., F.A. Davis Co., 1989, p.36
An addict is one who “devotes or surrenders himself to something habitually or obsessively.’” Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Inc., 1989, p.55
Millions of people especially teenagers display all the classic signs of an addiction in regards to rock music. Dr. Alan Bloom, in regards to rock music, said in his book, The Closing of the American Mind, “Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music.”
The characteristics of an addiction are the following;
1. Denial of the addiction.
2. Sacrifice of relationships for the addiction.
3. Compulsion to engage in the addiction at any time.
4. Secrecy about the addiction.
5. An appetite for the addiction that is never satisfied.
6. Unusual efforts to feed the addiction.
7. Readiness to defend the addiction.
8. Need to involve others in the addiction.
9. Condemning those who say the addiction is wrong. How to Conquer the Addiction of Rock Music, p.5.
These signs of an addiction are all characteristic of many who listen to rock music. A Psychiatrist wrote the following about the addictiveness of rock music;
“One of the most powerful releases of the fight-or-flight adrenaline high is music which is discordant in its beat or chords. Good music follows exact mathematical rules, which cause the mind to feel comforted, encouraged, and ‘safe.’ Musicians have found that when they go against these rules, the listener experiences an addicting high.
Like unscrupulous ‘diet’ doctors who addicted their clients to amphetamines to ensure their continued dependence, musicians know that discordant music sells and sells. As in all addictions, victims become tolerant. The same music that once created a pleasant tingle of excitement no longer satisfies. The music must become more jarring, louder, and more discordant. One starts with soft rock, then rock ‘n’roll, then on up to heavy metal music.” Verle L. Bell, M.D., Psychiatrist, printed in; How to Conquer the Addiction o Rock Music, pp. 81-85
Not only is rock music addictive it also does damage to one’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well being. This was the conclusion of an American Medical Association study where they linked rock music to destructive behaviors and influences. They said in their report entitled ’Adolescents and Their Music’ published by the Journal of the American Medical Association:
“Doctors should be alert to the listening habits of young patients as a clue to their emotional health, because fascination with rock ‘n roll, especially heavy metal music, may be associated with drug use, premarital sex and satanic rites... The committee cited ‘.... evidence linking involvement with rock culture with low school achievement, drugs, sexual activity and even satanic activities.’ At the very least, commitment to a rock subculture is symptomatic of adolescent alienation”
There is also a large body of scientific research that shows that rock music has a very negative effect upon ones’ physical body.
“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 ... 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…Researchers have discovered that consonant and dissonant chords, different intervals, and other features of music all exert a profound effect upon man's pulse and respiration -- upon their rate and upon whether their rhythm is constant, or interrupted and jumpy. Blood pressure is lowered by sustained chords and raised by crisp, repeated ones. [It has also been found that the tension of the larynx is affected by melodies, that sound stimuli can have a negative effect upon the skeletal muscles, that rock rhythms cause the heart beat to lose its perfect rhythm, and that certain rhythms can even cause a rare malady known as "musicogenic epilepsy" (76 documented cases as of 1984), with which some of its victims have been tormented to the point of committing suicide or murder.] ... We can see, then, that music affects the body in two distinct ways: directly, as the effect of sound upon the cells and organs, and indirectly, by affecting the emotions, which then in turn influence numerous bodily processes" David Tame, The Secret Power of Music, 1984. p.136-7
Here is how one researcher explained the negative effect of rock music upon one’s physical well being.
…rock contains harmonic dissonance and melodic discord while it accents rhythm with a big beat. In fact, the anapestic beat [two short beats, a long beat, then a pause] used by many rock musicians actually is the exact opposite of our heart and arterial rhythms [thereby causing an immediate loss of body strength]." “Christian” Rock Music, Christian or Satanic? http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/rockm/satanic.htm
There is also scientific research to show that rock music is destructive to any life form.
“if music can be shown to affect plants, then such effects have to be due to the objective influence of the musical tones and rhythms directly upon the cells and processes of the life-form itself….not only did rock music stunt the growth of a wide variety of plants, but if played long enough, the plants actually died. And even more startling were the findings of Dr. T.C. Singh, head of the Botany Department at Annamalia University, India. His experiments demonstrated that not only did certain forms of music and certain musical instruments (specifically, classical music and the violin) cause plants to grow at twice their normal speed, but that later generations of the seeds of musically stimulated plants carried on the improved traits of greater size, more leaves, etc.! Tame. p141-5.
A research scientist doing work in the area of harmonic resonance had this to say about the negative effect of rock music;
In all of God's creation, elements exist in molecules which have very specific lattices, which can be seen under a microscope. The precise relationship of the angles within these lattices form mathematical constants such as pi, phi, etc... These exact same constants also form the mathematical ratios which define musical note harmony and resonance. The purest of harmonies, those which "uplift" us, are also those which "resonate" in our hearts and souls. Traditional Christian music affects us in just this way. We elevate our souls to Jesus, and in so doing, feel, literally experience, His love within us….Rock music, as you correctly noted, used heavy monotone drum beats, which contain NO harmonious content, combined with disharmonious chords, and negative lyrics, a 1-2-3 combination designed to force the listener into a lower, animalistic state. It effectively "pushes us down", away from God, weakens our spirit and makes our hearts dead to higher emotion.
Most of the so-called technological advances of recent history have been deceitfully designed to further alienate man from God. Digitized music, even recordings of harmonious chords, use data bit samples instead of the full, analog waveforms, and these data bits do not immerse the listener in the pure sounds which resonate within.
These devices are being made even smaller and more powerful, marketed to adolescents, so they will be constantly exposed to the inherent evils of rock music, made worse by the stacatto bitstreams which pulse it into their minds.
The Adversary is employing every tool imaginable to destroy our youth today. Music is so basically fundamental to our existence and being, that it is the front rank of the diabolical attack….Some styles of modern music, the "rap" or "hip-hop" versions, use monotone rhythmic chants in place of lyrics and harmonies.
The monotone chant, like the drums of rock music, drive down the spirit of the chanters, weakening them to the message, which is typically negative or nihilistic.
Chant can be used to "enchant", as is done by shamans. This is far from "modern", and is just as effective today, perhaps more so because today's technology affects entire societies. Personal correspondence from research scientist Joel McClain
So far we have seen that rock music was created by satan to influence and or gain control of individuals to induce them for evil. We have also established that rock music is addictive and does damage to one’s physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Thus we can conclude that rock music in any form, Christian or not, is a very destructive force. Not only have the medical, psychiatric, and academic professions attested to the destructiveness of rock music but also many individuals have given testimony in regards to its destructiveness upon their lives. Here a few of the many thousands of testimonies that brings this fact to light.
“One spring I had a job fixing up a house. The work required weeks of painting, wallpapering, and general repair. A well meaning friend wanted to help me ‘pass the time’ while I worked, so he gave me his favorite tape of contemporary Christian music.
I had never listened to this type of music before and was eager to be a part of whatever would strengthen my spiritual life. Most of the songs were familiar hymns that I had sung in church, but they had been ‘livened up’ to make them more exciting.
There was only one song on the tape that had a strong rock beat. The more I heard this song, the more I wanted to listen to it. After several weeks, instead of listening to the entire tape, I would just listen to this song with the beat.
As soon as the song was over, I would rewind the tape and listen to the same song again and again. Even when I was not playing this song, it seemed to keep playing in my mind. Each day as I put this tape on, I wanted to turn it up a little louder. Soon, I was playing it at full volume. It was as though I was addicted to this song.
The words to the song were ‘Shine down Your light on me....’ It would seem that with the encouragement of this message, I would have become a greater witness for Christ. In reality, the contrary became true. Looking back, my spiritual life was taking a rapid downward turn that was characterized by compromise, apathy, and sensuality.
The worst thing is that I did not even notice the growing darkness that was overtaking my life. The steady drone of the rock beat was a powerful anesthesia that deadened my spiritual senses and thus ushered in a host of tragic decisions. Like a patient that is being operated on, I had no sense of spiritual pain.
After I completed the house-repair job, I went on a trip to visit several friends. I was invited to do some things that I knew were wrong and of which my parents would not approve. Although most without thought, I chose to disobey my parents and the Lord. This was the first time in my life that I can remember ever willfully disobeying my parents. I am ashamed in the things in which I participated, and I only wish I could somehow remove the reproach that I brought to the name of Christ.
Years have passed since that time, and God has shown me the deadly poison of the rock beat in any type of music. It took months of daily time in God’s Word to regain the spiritual sensitivity that was lost during that season of my life. I grieve over the destruction that satan brought to me through the rock beat. Please don’t make the mistake I did by allowing this music into your life!” Testimony of Matthew Mears, age 24, printed in; ibid. pp. 8-9.
Another wrote of the destructiveness of rock and Christian rock music in his life,
“....I saw that rock music, rebellion and immorality were hooked together, and that only when you get rid of the wrong music can you get rid of the immoral desires and wrong feelings to which I was in bondage.” Testimony of David Hill, age 26, printed in; ibid. p. 21.
And yet another,
“.... Then I was introduced to ‘Christian rock’ music as a means of evangelizing my unsaved friends. I was so excited, because I could find contemporary Christian artists that sounded like my old secular favorites. At first, I started with a mild beat, for fear of getting involved with rock music again. However, I was told by many respected Christians that it was the lyrics that made secular music wrong, not the tune.
My old desire for the ‘beat’ was satisfied again, but the things that it required of me waged a war within my soul. It seemed as though there was always a conflict between my family and me. Thoughts of suicide came to me during this period of time. I had a deep desire to follow the Lord, yet I could not understand why I had no victory in my life.” Testimony of Kathy Voyer, age 23, printed in ibid. pp. 15-17
Rock music whether Christian or not is a very destructive force. It originated with satan, and satan has used it for thousands of years in his satanic religions, such as Voodooism, Buddhism, Shintoism, etc. He continues to use this music in these religions today, and this music is also used in actual satan worship services around the world. Satan uses this music to influence the listeners for evil, and in some cases it leads to possession. Rock music is very addictive and has caused the destruction of many lives and has negatively impacted the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of thousands of others. Thus we conclude that rock music in any form is evil and satanic. Even secular writers have attested to this fact.
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. p 204
Some Christians disagree with the reasoning that says that rock music in any form is evil and they say that only secular rock is bad, but Christian rock is good. They come to this conclusion by reasoning that because Christian rock has good lyrics, the good lyrics make the music good also. This is an invalid argument based on false assumptions. That argument is based on the assumption that the music is neutral and it is the words that make a song good or bad. Music is not neutral or amoral, musical notes are amoral but not the music. This is also the case with words and pictures. Words and pictures are not amoral, that is they can either be good or bad. Letters, lines, and colors are amoral. So just like you can have evil words/stories and pictures you can also have evil music. So the assumption that music is neutral is a false assumption. Even secular writers acknowledge this fact
“In his famous work, Laws, Plato lamented the musical revolution of his time and its "unmusical anarchy": "Through foolishness they 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. By their work and their theories they infected the masses with the presumption to think themselves adequate judges. ... As it was, the criterion was not music, but a reputation for promiscuous cleverness and a spirit of lawbreaking" Ibid. p 189.
By the many facts presented in these posts it has been clearly shown that rock music its self is evil, regardless of what the words say, the words may or may not be evil. To say that good words will make evil music good is like saying that a Bible verse written on a cigarette will make the cigarette good. That is nonsense and so is the argument that music is amoral and it is the words that determine if a song is good or bad.
Another fallacious argument is to say that Christian rock is good because it has been used to lead people to the Lord and helps others worship God. My reply “the ends never justify the means” Whenever God’s people use the world’s methods to attempt to accomplish God’s purposes it results in destruction. A classic example of this is the story of the Israelites bringing back the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem after it was captured by the Philistines. They began to transport the ark on a cart, which is the method that the Philistines used. Uzziah reached out to steady it, which God had strictly forbidden in His word for anyone to touch the ark, and he died. (II Sam 6:1-10) In summary they tried to accomplish God’s purpose with the world’s method and it resulted in death. God had already told them how to move the ark, with 2 poles, not a cart. Even though they sincerely wanted to do right they used the world’s method and it resulted in death. God has specifically told us in His word what type of music He wants us to listen to; melodious music, “singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Eph 5:19. The Lord’s Prayer also eludes to this when it says ”Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” I can guarantee that there will not be rock music in heaven. The only instrument ever listed as being in heaven is the harp. The harp is an instrument used primarily for melodious music. Attempting to use the world’s method of rock music to accomplish God’s purpose, will have the same end as those who wanted to move the ark by cart, it will result in destruction. Here is a quote which further elaborates on the foolishness of this logic.
"Christian rock [music] is the daughter of worldly rock. It tries to make the Christian message more appealing to the world by using a worldly medium. ... Charismatics and New Evangelicals have tried to Christianize demonic rock music, mixing holy with unholy, to reach today's young people. They said, 'To win them, we must speak their language.' But when they won them, what did they win them to? Whatever weak Gospel message [might be there] is lost in the process. May we similarly "Christianize" liquor by putting a Gospel message on the bottle label, and have Christians buy and promote it to reach drunks for Jesus? A good goal does not justify unscriptural methods" Calvary Contender 8/15/99.
Christian rock music is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” The Christian lyrics make it appear to be all right, but no matter what the words say the music itself is still destructive. No matter how well meaning those who promote, perform, or listen to Christian rock are; Christian rock is a very destructive force in the lives of many Christians, and has caused great harm to the church. It is a true “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
Yet another fallacious argument used by many Christians to illogically defend Christian rock is that they say, “nowhere in the Bible does it say that it is wrong.” I admit that in the Bible nowhere does it mention the words “rock music”, but the Bible does not mention the word cigarette either. However by principle the Bible does condemn both rock music and cigarettes a thousand times over. The principles that Christian rock violates have already been expounded upon in this paper. Here is a list of some of those principles.
1. A Christian is to stay away from all aspects of satan and satanism. (James 4:7)
2. A Christian is to not harm his body, a temple of the Holy Spirit. (I Cor 6:19)
3. A Christian is not to be addicted to anything. (I Cor 6:12, Eph 5;18)
4. A Christian is to live on “earth as it is in Heaven.” (Mt 6:10)
5. A Christian is to listen to and sing melodious music. (Eph 5:19)
It is quite apparent from what has been discussed thus far that rock music violates all of these principles from the Bible and thus the Bible does speak concerning rock music.
Satan has made a deadly attack on the Church of God through secular and Christian rock music. He has already destroyed many with it, and will unfortunately destroy many in the future. Christian rock music is truly a “wolf in sheep’s clothing!” The evil in Christian rock has even become apparent to the secular world. Here is a quote from a Newsweek article on July 16, 2001 entitled “The Glorious Rise of Christian Pop” that brings this fact to light.
“’Are you ready to rip the face off this place?’ screams the lead singer of Pillar (a Christian rock band). A hyped-up crowd of teens—6,000 strong—goes nuts. The aggressive rap-rock band launches into a pummeling kickoff number, the surly singer pounding the stage with his steel toed boot, sweating right through his baggy army fatigues and black bandana. He gestures like a member of some vicious street gang as he screams and roars into the mike, his arm swinging low as if on the way to the requisite crotch grab. This crude move is as integral to rap-rock as the blown kiss is to a lounge act, and is usually accompanied by an explosion of expletives. The singer’s hand slaps down hard on his thigh-and stays there. Gripping his pant legs with conviction, he screams, ‘Jesus Christ!’ Pause. ‘Is He in your heart?’”
The actions described here are far from Christ-like, even the secular writer brought that out when she described their performance with words such as “surly,” and “gestures like some member of a vicious street gang.” As a result of watching this performance and others at a Christian rock festival she concludes,
“Fun and prayer aside, there’s no getting around the metaphoric elephant in the middle of this alt-rock fair: the values of Christianity and anti-values of rock seem morally incompatible.”
If secular people can recognize the moral incompatibility of rock music with Christianity why can’t Christians? This next quote from the same article clearly shows this incompatibility. This is what a veteran CCM artist said about Christian rock music, “’I think rebellion and Christianity go together,” says Mark Stuart, 33, lead singer of Audio Adrenaline, a veteran CCM group that recently started their own label.” My Bible says, “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft” I Sam 15:23a. The rest of the article reveals more.
“IT’S TIME TO WREAK HAVOC and give praise at Festival Con Dios, the first Christian alternative-rock tour. This is the sanctified answer to hedonistic summer blowouts like Lollapalooza and Ozzfest. ……Contemporary Christian music is now the hottest genre in the entire music industry. If Christian pop used to connote sappy lyrics, lacquered hairdos and soft-focus videos, it now means the boy band Plus One, the Latin cross-over singer Jaci Velasquez and even the arty underground Danielson Family. ‘CCM’ has become an umbrella term for anything with faith-based lyrics, from Twila Paris’s inspirational hymns to Audio Adrenaline’s squealing feedback. ……. Occasionally, the music crosses over: CCM stars such as crooner Michael W. Smith and the roots-rock outfit Jars of Clay get play on VH1, and the metal bands P.O.D. and Lifehouse are embraced by MTV.
This excerpt brings out the fact that Christian rock is crossing over to secular rock and vice versa and the two are becoming indiscernible. The mere fact that it is being “embraced” by MTV should send up warning signals. As already discussed one of the justifications for Christian rock music is that it can be used for evangelism. Here is what the secular writer said about the “evangelism” she witnessed at the concert.
“As the sun goes down, special guest Anthony Walton hits the stage and preaches to the fresh-faced crowd about the inevitability of death, ….. The kids listen, but it’s hard to concentrate on pain and suffering when a motorcycle daredevil is getting ready to jump over a school bus right in front of you.”
Sounds like an effective way to preach the gospel, I wonder if anyone got saved? Maybe if they just focused on how some of the attendees were acting it would bring them to salvation. Here is what the author witnessed,
“But in the mosh pit, spiky haired boys do a fine job of knocking the bejesus out of one another, stopping midslam only to let a bunny-hopping conga line slip through.”
I do not know about you but this description sickens my stomach and is a sacrilege to the name of Christ. The worldliness in all of this is clearly evident. The Bible states that the Christian is to; “be not conformed to the world,” “have not the appearance of evil,” and “whatever is good…. Let your mind dwell on these things.” We have already shown how Christian rock violates several Biblical principles, the Newsweek article clearly shows how Christian rock violates several more Biblical principles.
The truth has been presented, I have not lied or presented any false information. Sound logic has been used to deduce the conclusions; the question is; are you willing to accept the truth that rock music in any form is satanic and destructive?
So far we have established the following;
1. Rock music originated with satanic cults and religions.
2. Rock music was created by satan to influence and or gain control of individuals for evil.
3. Rock music is addictive and does damage to one’s physical, emotional and spiritual well being.
4. Rock music in any form, Christian or not, is a very destructive force,
5. Good lyrics do not in themselves make a song good, but the music itself also determines whether a song is good or bad.
6. The intended results of Christian rock do not justify its use.
7. Christian rock music violates several Biblical principles which have been listed above.
It is my prayer that for your own good, the good of those in your family, the good of your brothers and sisters in Christ, and the glory of the Lord that you will abstain from listening to and or having in your possession rock music in any form. Furthermore I call on Bible believing Christians everywhere to take a stand against the assault that the devil has made through Christian rock music. Let us band together denounce it, and abhor it just as a group of pastors in Russia did. This is what they wrote to American Christians.
“For thirty 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 church, but not to Godly living.
We were in prison for fifteen years and eleven 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 to not allow rock music in our churches. We urge you to join with us, and we advise you to remove rock music from America, and certainly do not bring it to our country.
Do not desecrate our teenagers with it. Even the unbelievers recognize 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 these 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.” How to Conquer the Addiction of Rock Music, pp.23-24.
O that American Christians would come to the same conclusion!
I am writing this paper because I am greatly concerned for the well being of Christians. I have seen too many people harmed by this music to let this practice continue without saying something about it. This next quote explains why many fall into this trap.
"The tragic truth is that most Christians judge the effectiveness of music based upon the yardstick of the flesh, rather than the yardstick of the Spirit. If a song thrills us, we like it. If it doesn't excite us, we don't like it. Too often our opinion of a song is not based on the musical, textual, or even biblical worth of it -- but rather on how it makes us feel. As in so many other areas of life, we take a sensual approach to music." Tim Fisher, The Battle for Christian Music, 1992. p 109
I am assuming that most Christians who listen to Christian rock music do it out of ignorance to the damage that it can do to them and their children. A former satanist put it this way;
“With my background, it’s very difficult for me to understand why any Christian would want to put Christian words to that kind of music. I have to believe that they are sincere, but I do not believe that they really understand what they’re opening themselves up to and the invitation they are giving to the enemy of their lives. When I hear rock music in church, to me it’s like taking a Ouija board to church and saying, ‘We’re going to play this and not summon the powers of darkness. We’re going to play this and try to get a message from God.’ It just doesn’t fit.” Testimony of twenty year old man, verified by Dr. Jim Logan, International Center for Biblical Counseling, printed in; How to Conquer the Addiction of Rock Music, pp.50-51.
For God’s glory and the furthering of His kingdom and for your sake and the sake of future generations let us stop listening to any form of rock music, remove it from our homes, and take a stand against it. I call on pastors and churches to stand up for what is right and denounce this evil practice. Many churches are bowing their knee to the god of rock music to gain numbers. Here is what Rick Warren’s purpose driven church says about music.
“The style of music you choose to use in your services will be one of the most critical (and controversial!) decisions you make in the life of your church. It may be THE most influential factor in determining who your church reaches for Christ and whether or not your church grows. You must match your music to the kind of people God wants your church to reach….We’ve often been referred to in the press as “The flock that likes to rock.” We use the style of music the majority of people in our church listen to.” Warren, Rick. Selecting Worship Music. July 29,2002 http://www.pastorport.com/ministrytoday.asp?mode=viewarchive&index=18
Woe to the church that brings in the worldly beat to its worship services and caters to the fleshly desires of people to get a bigger crowd. This does not glorify God and God will bring judgment upon those churches that have fallen into this “error of Balaam.”
Scripture admonishes us to flee evil things. “But thou, O man of God, flee these things: follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith.” I Tim 5:11-12a “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:7-10. Let us not only get rid of rock music but let us replace it with good. “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Eph 4:22-24. Let us put off the “old man” with its evil rock music, and put on the “new man” with its melodious good music. “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Eph 5:19
Rock music is evil, abhor it and flee from it before it destroys you and your loved ones.
The Guiding Spirits of Crowley made it quite clear to him that, soon after his death, the world was going to enter the final stage of preparing the hearts and minds of the people to accept the Black Magick attitudes and values of Antichrist. Crowley was told that a very special kind of music was to prepare the hearts and minds of the people for Antichrist. Rock-n-Roll was that music.” Cutting Edge News Article #1758. http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1758.cfm