Is Christian Rock Music Godly?
Loving God or Loving the World?
When someone listens to rock bands that claim to be Christian, are they expressing their love for God, or loving the world instead? Does the heavy beat and loud vocals of rock and metal music make them truly feel close to God? Or does it make them feel like are "being" Christian, while still keeping up with their non-Christian friends who listen to similar-sounding secular music? Sitting on the fence, so-to-speak.
There is a lot of controversy regarding whether Christian Rock is appropriate for believers to listen to, such as: Is it Godly and does it serve a purpose? Are the artists truly born-again Christians or are they fake? Does it truly give praise to God or is it one of Satan's deceptions? Is it biblical?
The question of whether or not Christian Rock is Godly or worldly (secular) is not easy to answer. My personal opinion is that there are many good Christian bands and artists out there that do indeed give praise and honor to God; both through their songs and personal lifestyles. However, I also believe that there are bands who call themselves "Christian", but by all appearances they have no place in this music genre; for there is nothing separating them from secular music. I'm sure that many youth pastors might disagree with me, as some Christians think it's okay to use any means to draw unbelievers to God. I disagree with this attitude, and will do my best to explain why Christian Rock is more worldly than it is Godly.
(not) Conforming to the World
"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."
"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world."
(John 17:16 - Jesus praying for His disciples)
This is one of the main points of the matter; the defining difference between truly worshiping God through music, or trying to draw people to God (or self) by dressing, acting, and performing just like the rest of the (secular) world. As seen in the bible quotes above, and in other places in the Bible too, God makes it clear that Christians are not to conform to the world. We are in the world, but not of the world. This is because a true born-again believer has been transformed into a 'new' person...a spiritual person that has the Holy Spirit dwelling within them. Followers of Jesus Christ no longer have the desire to sin, or to be like everyone else. The believer's worldview changes; focusing on obeying God, rather than obeying and imitating society's rules and lifestyles. A Christian is called to be different, and most of us suffer a lot of criticism and persecution from family, friends, and society at large for this choice.
As far as music is concerned, if a rock band identifies itself as being "Christian", then it should reflect the characteristics mentioned above. It's members should at least attempt to obey God's instructions by not conforming to the secular world. Unfortunately, I don't see this happening with the majority of contemporary Christian rock artists today. Some bands, particularly those who play heavy metal music, look and perform no differently from their secular counterparts. Long hair, body piercings, tattoos, ragged clothing, screaming out lyrics, jumping around on stage, and electrifying lighting and special effects are often the norm. So I'm wondering, how does performing in this way separate them from the rest of the world? Instead, aren't they "conforming to the world" in direct disobedience to the Bible?
Let's Compare Christian Videos
This first video is an example of what I consider to be an appropriate Christian praise & worship song. The band is called Third Day. Not all of their songs are this mellow, as they do claim to be a Christian rock band; however, I find that this band's lyrics, statements of their beliefs, and lifestyles do honor God.
This is my example of a "worldly" Christian rock band. I don't see anything in this video that would separate them from a secular rock band. Maybe it's my old age, but I can't even understand what the singer is saying when he's using that growling, gravely voice. How can one be praising God with music that sounds like it's straight from hell and lyrics that are undecipherable? The images used are dark and depressing too. This band's name is Demon Hunter.
Quite a difference between Christian rock bands, isn't there?
"When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less."
(quote by C.S. Lewis)
An Anonymous Viewpoint
"If I were searching for a place to fellowship with other followers of Christ, to hear the Word of God being preached, I would in no way want to be "entertained" in that way regardless of how it might seem to "identify" with my life. It tends to come off looking and sounding no different than what the world does--we just change the words to make it sound right for the Christian believer.
God's Word is a "light unto our path", they are the Words of Life that will "make us free", bringing change in our lives.
Nothing else can compare to God's Words of Life.
There are those who think that these "other ways" are the way to reach people, Christians and the unsaved, yet Jesus did not minister in that manner. He became a living demonstration of the Gospel, ("the Word became flesh") by living, being and preaching the Truth, healing those who were sick, a willingness to serve, humbling Himself, etc. People were drawn to Him by what they saw Him do, His "Works", and the "Words of Truth" spoken into their lives. It was by the Power of the Holy Spirit that brought about change. No one can revive a "dying man" by the words of any other, but God's. Our own "human endeavors" in these ways will not save souls or reveal Truth into lives--it is by the Word of God, and the Power of the Holy Spirit which will open their eyes to see the truth."
(Rom 10:17 So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.)
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NOTE: The above was contained within the body of an email sent to me by a good friend today -- April 20, weeks after this lens was published. The person is speaking of a musical group in a church, totally unrelated to the topic of this lens; yet at the same time, it fits into it beautifully. I immediately felt an inner nudging to copy and use my friend's words on this lens. Coincidence? Perhaps. But I think it's more likely that this came from God, through my friend, and was meant to be added to this lens.
Is Christian Rock Evil?
Related Video Links
- THEY SOLD THEIR SOUL FOR ROCK 'N' ROLL
I admit that I haven't watched this video all the way through yet, but I intend to. It's pretty long, but I did watch the beginning of it, and it looks like it's worth watching. But be forewarned...it has a lot of graphics that are NOT suitable for c
- IS CHRISTIAN HEAVY METAL REALLY CHRISTIAN?
This guy describes what I'm trying to say in my lens better than I do myself!
- GOD'S VIEW OF SECULAR MUSIC
I threw in this link because it's a really interesting video, even though it doesn't focus on Christian Rock.
Is Christian rock music godly? My answer would have to be a firm "no". As far as I can see, there are no redeeming qualities to this form of music, and nothing that even remotely reminds a person of God's goodness and His great love for us. I mean, look at some of the album covers of bands that call themselves "Christian" above. It makes me think of Satan, not God! Blood, skulls, skeletons, and ravens...these represent death and evil to me.
"Abstain from all appearance of evil."
This is what the Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:22. Apparently, many Christian rock artists are choosing to ignore this scripture verse entirely. And in doing so, whether they are aware of it or not, they are inviting Satan and his demons into their musical careers--influencing their lyrics, the way they dress, and the art they portray themselves with. They are also leaving the door wide open for him to enter into their concerts and personal lives as well. All the devil needs is a tiny foothold of sinfulness for him to enter into one's life and wreak havoc. This is true for both believers and non-believers alike.
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
(1 Peter 5:8)
Understand that I'm not judging the individual band members' beliefs. They may very well be Christians, and this just happens to be the type of music that they enjoy playing. Their intentions may be completely honorable, in that they are attempting to reach out to today's teens and young adults with the type of music that they like listening to. The problem is that the majority of rock music, especially heavy metal and thrash, appeals to the flesh...that is, our sinful nature.
The human heart is evil by nature--it is only by accepting Jesus' free gift of forgiveness and salvation, that we are pulled from darkness into the light of God's love. Any Christian can testify to the black and sinful nature of their heart before finding God. After all, sinning and doing whatever we feel like is fun...restraining ourselves is not easy. Rock and heavy metal music are not conducive to restraining ourselves from acting upon our base desires. Even at a so-called Christian rock concert, you can find the audience participating in mosh pits (where people dance around bashing into each other, sometimes hard enough to knock each down), lots of dark clothing, depressing visuals on stage, and sometimes satanic symbols. Rarely, if ever, have I seen a participant on bended knee praying--which is what true praise usually involves.
Instead, I believe the ruler of this world, Satan, is likely to be present, along with his demons. After all, there must be a sumptuous feast of teen angst, fear, and anger there, along with uncontrolled emotions and actions. So many openings for him and his minions to seek, kill, and destroy souls! But the behavior displayed at these concerts are not all Satan's doing; human beings do have free will, and most people will do what they want to do, without regard to the consequences.
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 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." (Galatians 6:7-8)
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What Do You Think?
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Do You Think Christian Rock/Metal Bands Are Godly?
Since doing the research for this lens, especially in referring to the Bible, it's my opinion that Christian Rock music DOES NOT praise God in a way that I think He would approve of.
Although there are many musicians in the Christian music genre that I do enjoy listening to, rock and heavy metal are not one of them. I know that the Lord has blessed many people with a beautiful singing voice, and if they use that talent to praise God appropriately, then I'm all for it. But the mindless screaming and negative images of so-called "Christian" rock are too similar to their secular counterparts for my comfort level.
In the Bible, most praise and worship was accomplished by people singing without instruments. Particularly in the New Testament. There is only one occasion recorded in the NT of women singing with hand-held instruments. However, in the Old Testament portion of the Bible, many of God's people used instruments in praising Him; the most popular instruments being the flute, lyre, tambourine, and cymbals.
To see some great examples of worship music, I invite you to read the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament. Many Christians find much comfort from this particular book because it relates to all kinds of situations that we may encounter in life.
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