The Truth About Rap, Rock, and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)
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Does God Care What Kind Of Music We Use To Worship Him? If you think He doesn't care read on...
You Need To Read This Book If you Haven't - Dan Lucarini speaks the truth!
Please don’t be of the crowd that says "don’t confuse me with the facts my mind is made up". I’m not trying to be critical or divisive I’m trying to be productive because the Enemy wants to destroy your church from within since he can’t destroy her from without. What is said here is for your benefit so please listen.
Music = melody, rhythm and harmony. Rock = rhythm 1st melody and harmony last. Rap = mostly all rhythm. "
Rap is the logical extension of the direction in which rock music has been headed.
It has emphasized rhythm as the only important musical element, while de-emphasizing melody and harmony to the point where they are virtually non-existent. By every good definition of music, rap is not music! It is merely rhythmic entertainment
Larry Norman is frequently dubbed "the father of Christian rock". Norman titles one of his songs, "Why Should the Devil Have All The Good Music," and in another song he refers to Christ (at His return for His Church) as an "Unidentified Flying Object." In still another song, he pitifully trivializes Christ’s Resurrection with the following lyrics:
They nailed Him to a cross;
They put Him in the ground;
Just goes to show you;
Can't keep a good Man down.
- The complete genealogy of rock 'n' roll music was: voodoo to jazz to blues to rock 'n' roll
The origin of rock music/term rock 'n' roll: Rock = fusion of rhythm & blues/country & western music. In the 1950s, a DJ named Alan Freed played this new rhythm & blues/country combination on his radio program and decided to name it after a ghetto term used for pre-marital sex in the back seat of a car -- hence, the term "rock 'n' roll" was coined."
The following quote is from an article published by the Pensacola Christian College, entitled: Why Sing Hymns? some very valid points were made:
"The trend today is to replace traditional hymns with contemporary praise choruses. This is not a good trend, especially for youth and new believers who need a strong doctrinal focus. Hymns present clear expressions of the knowledge of God and biblical truth. Col. 3:16 admonishes 'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.'
Most contemporary praise choruses lack this emphasis. For example, a Muslim can sing many contemporary praise choruses and never utter a contradiction of his faith because praise choruses tend to focus on our affections for God rather than doctrinal truth. In contrast, a Muslim cannot sing a Christian hymn without professing doctrine that contradicts Islamic faith. Contemporary praise choruses often omit the identity of the God to whom it is sung, and they are so vague they could be sung to any false god. Even gospel choruses do not take the place of hymns rich in doctrine.
To discard hymns is not only unwise but also dangerous, for the identification and character of our Christian faith depends upon doctrinal distinctions. By singing hymns that are permeated with doctrinal truth, we help protect younger generations against the indictment: 'there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land' - Hosea 4:1.”
- Christian Rocker’s Creed as it was published in the popular CCM Magazine:"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all music was created equal, that no instrument or style of music is in itself evil--that the diversity of musical expression which flows forth from man is but one evidence of the boundless creativity of our Heavenly Father" (CCM Magazine, November 1988, p. 12).
Is it? Let’s ask:
Common sense there’s music for parties, music for worship, for marching, for romance, for warfare.knowledgeable men from the past: Plato (Greek philosopher):
"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)
The American Journal of Psychiatry, (vol. 99, p.317) says music "has POWERS FOR EVIL as well as for good."The movie maker, the advertiser, the bar/club owner : Why don’t the moviemakers put music they’d use for a comedy in a horror scene?The band: If your high school band was rallying the crowd for a football game, they wouldn’t play a waltz or a lullaby!
- But isn't music just notes and chords, etc.? How can notes be "bad" or "good"?
Illustration: The letter E: as a building block of the English language it is a neutral entity, neither a good E or bad E. But whenput in conjunction with other letters to communicate something like: "To Praise God" or "To Hate God", it is NO longer neutral.
Ask the rock bands:
- Rock star Frank Zappa of the Mothers of Invention said: "Rock music is sex. The big beat matches the body’s rhythms" (Life, June 28, 1968).
- Rock star Ted Nugent says, "Rock is the total celebration of the physical" (Rolling Stone, Aug. 25, 1977, pp. 11-13).
- Gene Simmons of the rock group KISS agrees: "That's what rock is all about--sex with a 100 megaton bomb, the beat!" (Entertainment Tonight, ABC, Dec. 10, 1987).
- Lita Ford of heavy metal group The Runaways says, "Listen, rock ‘n’ roll AIN'T CHURCH. It's nasty business" (Los Angeles Times, August 7, 1988).
Ask the rock music lover: Why do people bob their heads like a bobble head doll to this music?
Jeff Godwin, What’s Wrong with Christian Rock?, p. 38) says "Any ‘Christian’ rock star/fan who thinks music is neutral should face up to one simple fact: nobody gets hooked on neutral music."
The Fruit of CCM:
1 Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils". Wrong type of music is appealing and a seducer.
Adam/Eve fell for Satan’s trap because they went for what we APPEALING to their flesh (eyes).
- Most teens who are encouraged by their Christian leaders to embrace CCM don’t produce any fruit and some end up leaving the faith as a result of the spiritual bankruptcy of CCM.
The progession of apostasy in professing Christianity:
Bible version apostasy to doctrinal apostasy to musical apostasy to attitude of compromise/tolerance of sin to an all is equal false philosophy that is being used build ecumenical end times apostate world religion.
Emperor Constantine introduced Babylonian mystery religions and their pagan practices into his version of Christianity 313 A.D, which we know today as Roman Catholic Church (not true Biblical Christianity). Christianity had to undergo a transformation so that pagans could "convert" without giving up their old beliefs and rituals.
"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 [Protestants] 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" (8/15/89, Calvary Contender).
Since when does something become Christian by merely "Christianizing" the terminology and placing Christ's name in front of it? Are we not to call the lost out of the culture (world) to repentance and righteousness, rather than imitate the culture (world)?:
Ask the Bible:
The Bible plainly states that music is not neutral. Christians are instructed to use a certain kind of music to worship God and to build up the Christian life. God CLEARLY specifies what KIND of music is right!
- "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:19).
-(Remember) Rock star Ted Nugent says, "Rock is the total celebration of the physical" (Rolling Stone, Aug. 25, 1977, pp. 11-13).
- "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).
"If their saved/church is growing/if their sincere God will use the CCM method." Really? Islam is growing, Mormonism is God must be them right? No! 1 Chr 13:9-10
[The context] - the children of Israel were moving the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. David and the Israelites were so excited and in such a hurry to get the Ark back where it belonged that their zeal (which was a good thing) was turned into an evil thing in God's sight simply because they failed to follow God's plan for transporting the Ark. The ox stumbles and the Ark is about to fall on the ground when Uzza grabs the Ark to keep God's property from being soiled and God killed him right on the spot! God said earlier that ONLY Levites were allowed to touch the Ark. Not a big deal to them/was a big deal to God!
Genesis 4:5 said "But onto Cain and his offering He [God] had not respect"
NOT every method is acceptable to God including CCM. He doesn’t want our churches soiled with CCM!
"Aren’t you limiting God?"
You don’t limit God by obeying His Word – you show your love for Him!
"We must speak their language to win them"/You can’t expect to win them with those old hymns"
John 14:6 Jesus is the WAY not CCM! Jesus said to preach the gospel not use other man-centered efforts!
"Limiting worship music to traditional melody based hymns is being legalistic!"
No it’s being a biblicist! Not legalism, just BIBLICALISM!
Not trying to be divisive. CCM is what is splitting churches and causing division. Those who follow CCM when it came on the scene divided from us just like those who reject the KJV as well. Satan’s behind this!
In Conclusion: 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.
***I challenge ANYONE out there to give me clear cut proof that traditional melody based hymns are not biblical and are not the only acceptable form of music to worship God with other than the 2 excuses usually given 1) it’s boring 2) it’s no longer relevant.
(One should always assess "Christian" music thusly: "Does it stir the flesh to 'boogie,' or the spirit to praise the Lord?"). Our worship music should not be pleasing to our flesh it should be pleasing to our Saviour!
2 Cor 6:17 - Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;
Rom 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.
Rom 12:2 - 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.
God’s remnant (faithful few). How do you start a fire in a church, in a fireplace?
Kindling wood- light it and the kindling explodes with fire and the rest is lit!
Starting a revival: don’t need thousands of people, just takes a few to be kindling wood in the hand of God who are willing to be ignited!
Flipside hosted by Jay Ricci - episode title: "The Truth About, Rap, Rock, and CCM Part 1"
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