| EXPOSING THE LIE OF CHRISTIAN ROCK
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.
BUT CAN'T ROCK MUSIC BE USED TO WIN SOULS?
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 say they are seeking to win souls in the rock world, but what they are actually introducing young people to Rock.
Music is not for winning souls, but for singing praises to GOD! Preaching is 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 Sunday 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?
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! According to the Bible, if the root of Rock is unholy, then all the branches must be unholy; including what is called ‘christian rock’.
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.
PLEASE CONSIDER THE APPEARANCE OF ROCK STARS
Do the rock bands you listen to to have:
A proud look? "A proud look ...." Proverbs 6:16-17. Pride is one of seven abominations to God.
Do they look girlish? "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
Do they have long hair? 1 Corinthians 11:14. 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.
Why are these bands wearing black and with such grim looks on their face? It is to mimick the secular rockers, but it exposes the dark spirit that resides in them.
Jesus offended people because he told them the truth. Rock stars offend people because they are disgusting.
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.
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.
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.