Which is Christian RockNRoll?
Hard metal STRYPER or
Soft melodious Amy Grant?
There is a raging debate over the issue of Christian rockn
roll. And while men debate the issue God, a long time ago,
laid down the truth. The following are GOD's guidelines of
what is acceptable music before him. After all, music that
truly Christian will conform to the Word of God and the
desire of the Holy Spirit.
 The music must not be like the world if it is to be
acceptable unto Jesus.
"Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the
Lord." 2 Corinthians 6:17
Now, it is not the instruments that are sin. There is
nothing wrong with a guitar or a set of drums. It is in
how the instrument is being used and what kind of heart is
using the instrument. What will stand out about a
Christian's use of a guitar is that it is separate and
different from the world. That fleshly and entertainment
quality of it will be gone. They will stand out because of
their separation from the worldly bands! Not just in
lyrics, but in action and deed. They will "prove" they
belong to Jesus by their actions.
"I preached they should repent and turn to God and prove
their repentance by their deeds." Acts 26:20
When some group calls themselves "Christian" and yet copies
the lights, smoke, dress, hair and loudness of the worldly
groups they are merely liars who claim to be Christians.
They are not Christians. For if they are of God they will
be separate in all they do. They will be salt and light.
What the world and the Christian community should be awed
at is the purity with which any group sings with. Their
religion should be pure above all else. A purity that
convicts the world and inspires their brothers and sisters.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless
is this:...to keep oneself from being polluted by the
world." James 1:27
A group that copies the style of the world and yet sings
about Jesus is an abomination in God's sight. The worldly
Christian bands are dead in their sins and transgressions.
They need to have an honest encounter with a Holy table
turning Jesus Christ! They need to have the Holy Spirit
show them they are living Ephesians 2:12,
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
in which you USED to live when you followed the ways of
this world and of the ruler of the air, the spirit who is
now at work in those who are disobedient."
In spite of God's solemn warning these bands still continue
to walk in the pride, entertainment and selfish ambition
that the world walks in. If you don't leave a Christian
concert saying things like...
"Wow, how different that is from worlds concerts."
Then it wasn't a Christian concert.
 The musician's heart must be pure and clean.
Let me ask you a question or two. What bands do you listen
to? What kind of person leads your music at church? Do
you listen to music that is pure and radiants that it is
different than the style of music the world listens to? Or
do you merely say to yourself, "But the words are good.
The words talk about Jesus.".
How many justify what they listen to by saying "The words
are good and based on scripture!" Understand this
clearly...scriptural words are not enough! It is not
enough for a band to sing and talk about Jesus. Before you
listen to them you should know if their hearts are clean
Even Satan quoted scripture to Jesus. As we read Matthew
4:6 notice how Satan quoted scripture to Jesus. The
scriptures that Satan quoted were not taken out of
context. They were right and true. In fact, the scripture
talks about God's love and protection. Satan is sharing
with Jesus about God's salvation. Just as these Christian
rock bands do. The bands talk about Jesus but with what
kind of spirit and heart?
"Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand
on the highest point of the temple. 'If you are the Son of
God,' he said, 'throw yourself down. For it is written:
'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will
lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike
your foot against a stone.'"
Here is Satan quoting Psalm 9:1112 about God's love.
Everything Satan just said was true. Yet is was the devil
sharing those scriptures. It was the pit of hell talking
about God's love. Words mean nothing if the spirit is
Open your spiritual eyes and see that Satan has taken these
bands to the "highest point of the temple" in the "holy
city" and is speaking scriptures through them. Do you not
know that scripture says, "test the spirits" and not just
the words of a man?
If the bands to not overwhelmingly meet these two basic
requirements God has set down...then throw the tapes out.
Don't go to their concerts. You will have to judge the
heart and spirits what are playing the music. God and
judge by the power or the Holy Spirit. Throw out all those
tapes where the band or singer is after the things of this
world or are worldly.
Don't go to a concert where the music and musician are
unclean. Let your eyes be only on the faithful in the
"My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may
dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to
me." Psalm 101:6
Only those who are faithful in being separate from the
world should we share our lives with in the Lord. Only
those whose "walk is blameless" should you allow to
"minister" to you. And these bands pride themselves on
being "ministers" to others. Only the bands whose "walk",
that is, dress, actions and styles are unlike the ways of
the world should minister to you.
A holy Christian has no business buying the tapes or listen
to the music of those whose "walk" and hearts are not
"faithful" to the Word and Lord. You cannot have both the
ways of the world and Jesus.
For though they speak of Jesus and purity they are deceived
and deceiving others. You should silence such musicians
"No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one
who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. Every
morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the
land..." Psalm 101:78
How these groups "practice deceit". They are good at
talking about righteousness and purity. They pride
themselves on saying their music talks of Jesus. But by
their actions they deny Jesus. They speak "falsely". And
you should not be listening to them.
"They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny
him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing
anything good." Titus 1:16
By their actions of wearing ear rings in the ears...of
wearing long hair...of wearing leather and the other
costumes the world wears they prove they are not
Christians! By their actions of performing at their
concerts they prove they are like the world. They prove
they are "disobedient" to the Lord. Just look at the long
hair, hair styles and the dress that various musicians
have. They don't even begin to obey the basic, the very
basic, teachings of scripture (1 Corinthians 11:14 & 1
Timothy 1:9). How they entertain, dress and perform with
all the glitter of the world and yet have the pride to
offer a Holy Jesus to people. How easily we are deceived.
Yet these bands and others clamor before God and men that
Jesus ate with drunkards. Yes, indeed, Jesus ate with
drunkards...but without getting drunk! Jesus was salt.
Jesus was pure. Jesus' life convicted others of sin.
Jesus did not deny God by His actions. His words and
action were both pure. Unlike the Christian bands of
Unless there is a deep world shattering repentance on the
part of these "Christian" musicians GOD says that "blackest
darkness" is reserved for them. This issue of Christian
rocknroll is no light weight issue.
The reason we know that "blackest darkness" is reserved for
such bands is that they have told us so. They boast of
it! These musicians tell you that they are trying to to be
like the world in order to draw the world to Jesus. They
brag that their worldliness draws the world. God says that
such groups are "springs without water" and that "blackest
darkness" is reserved for them.
What makes a group worthy of "blackest darkness"? They
qualify for this part of hell because they seek to be like
the world in order to draw people to Jesus.
"These men are springs without water and mists driven by a
storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they
mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the
lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people
who are just escaping from those who live in error. They
promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of
depravity for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered
him." 2 Peter 2:1719
"By appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human
nature" in drawing people to their concerts they become fit
for the darkest part of hell. Can't you just see Paul
entering a town dressed in black leather and chains,
selling T shirts that say "Paul of Tarsus and Some Band"?
Then with lights a blazing, smoke filling the room and him
siking everyone up stop and say, "Come now believe in a
pure unworld like Jesus!". Before long you are going to
hear we can have a Christian STRIPPER for Jesus. After all
her/his words would be good and they would pull in crowds
no one else could. In short, anytime we appeal to the
sinful part of man we become a people fit for the darkest
parts of hell. How many churches are doing that, let alone
to discuss Christian music.
How many say, "But I came to the Lord because or that rock
band." The truth is as Jesus said, they didn't come to the
Lord instead they become "twice as fit for hell", (Matthew
23:15). For how can someone go to a concert that is like
the world and leave prepared for a cross carrying holy life
by the grace of the Holy Spirit? Have we forgotten that
the blind cannot lead the blind? Have we forgotten that
"both" will "fall into a pit"? Are we so dull spiritually
that we allow groups to use the name of good musicians like
Keith Green to justify their impurity? God is very clear
that we are to leave such groups, singers, churches and
"Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a
blind man, both will fall into the pit." Matthew 15:14
Remember well that they offer people Jesus. They offer the
good news. They talk of peace and righteousness. They
offer freedom from hell, but cannot deliver. Remember
"They promise them freedom, while they themselves are
slaves of depravity..."
And if you are genuinely saved it is in spite of them, not
because of them.
When these bands call tracts such as this "persecution" in
Christ, they seem to forget one large detail. Jesus said,
"Blessed are you when men FALSELY accuse you." And,
"Blessed are you when men persecution you because of
RIGHTEOUSNESS sake." To recognize Holiness takes no
justification or arguments. Purity convicts and encourages
all. Wickedness and worldliness takes the justification of
To know what music and musicians are acceptable to God all
you have need to do is honestly surrender your life to
God. Something most do not honestly do in spite of their
words to the contrary.
"Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy to
offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing
to God this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not
conform any longer to the patter of the this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be
able to test and approve what God's will is his good,
pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:12
To know what music and musicians are acceptable unto God
all you have need to do is live out Romans 12:12 by the
power of the Holy Spirit.
Look again at Romans 12:1. It says to "offer your bodies
as living sacrifices". So there goes that old worldly
argument that God doesn't care what you look like. God
cares! He does not want his children to look like they
belong to the world. As 2 Corinthians says, "...let us
purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and
spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God."
Look again at Romans 12:2. "Do not conform to the pattern
of this world." How much clearer can God be?! If you are
part of a Christian band then let everything about you be
different from the pattern of this world. Cut and comb the
hair. Dress like you belong to heaven. Get a pure heart
instead of the deceiptful talk the world practices. Sit
down with doped up kids and call for repentance. Stop
worrying about popularity and getting a hit record. Stop
deceiving yourself. "Don't merely listen to the Word, do
what it says." (James 1:22) You can't be impure with the
pattern of the world and go to heaven.
Look again at Romans 12:2. "Then you will be able to test
and approve what God's will is...". The reason most
Christians and Christian bands cannot tell they are in sin
is that they have not truly given themselves to God
wholeheartedly. Let not these Christian musicians and
bands take you in by their "whitewash". For, be sure of
"For this you can be sure: No immoral or IMPURE or greedy
person such a man is an idolater has ANY inheritance in
the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you
with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath
comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be
partners with them."
Indeed, "do not be partners with them"!
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