Quotes and Notes for the Day
DECEPTION IN CHRISTIAN MUSIC II
(Is Music Amoral – Neutral?)
There are voices in the world telling us, “It does not matter what our music preferences are; it does not matter what lifestyle we may choose; all we need to do is accept Jesus and everything will be okay.” We are told by proponents of the Contemporary Christian music that music is amoral.- being without a sense of moral responsibility. So By this the CCM advocates imply that there is no good or bad music. This of course is a brand new idea. No generation in history believed that until now. In public schools they teach ” sex education” as amoral issue. But we know that morality is involved in Sexuality. One can not separate the two.Take also the case of abortion; it that amoral? Can one murder babies in their mothers womb, and there are no moral issues involved? This is the philosophy of our day in sex education, abortion, Euthanasia, legalized drug and so forth.
Music experts tell us that ” music has the power for evil as well as for good. It can be good or bad depending on how you write it and perform it! The way you say something to a greater extent determines what it means.” The underling problem is that so many professing Christians have listened to the Devil’s lies. Every where we hear people says, ” we’re living in a changing world; we have got to accept the changes and give up trying to live in the past”. Where did this lie come from? It is true we are living in a changing world, but the Word of God has not changed one iota. Isaiah 40:8, reads, ” The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the Word of our God shall stand forever.”
“Oh! God does not care about what kind of music you use.” is another common remark from the modern Christian music adherents. “if you want to use rock or hard rock (heavy metal rock – they call it heavenly rock) as long as the words are good, the music does not make any difference to God.” The fact of the matter is that, You can not separate the medium from the message. The best way to introduce a false gospel in your church is through music. Once the wrong kind of music is accepted , then the people lose their sense of right or wrong, and they could not even tell the truth from the error.! “ woe unto them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
When mothers in India throw their children in to Ganges river and feed them to Cobra we thought that to be madness. In our generation they are murdering unborn babies at the rate of 4000 a day (in the United States) and that with the support of government, what could this be other than absolute madness!! Talk about the lose of sense of right and wrong you have it right there! Sodomy (homosexuality) has become an accepted life style! Look at the parades in the cities across the continent to promote this wickedness, absolute madness!!!
The underlining principle governing Christian music is given in Colossians 3:16 which reads, “Let the words of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalm and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord!.” According to this verse The Christian music is for the purpose of worship, teaching and admonishing one another; and not for mere enjoyment or entertainment, not even to change the peoples mood by the music. In our worship Who are we supposed to lift up anyway – man or God?
Ephesians 5:19 speaks of the same truth, “Speaking to yourselves in psalm and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” The above two verses speak directly to the Church in the matter of music. So we ask, how does the CCM fit in in the light of the above Scriptures ? Do these verses offer the slightest suggestion of the use of fleshly entertainment music to honor the Lord?
We are living in a pleasure-mad age with billions being spent upon pleasure. Nations are spending billions upon billions on self-gratification. To the unbelieving multitudes pleasure of the flesh is the only thing they live for. Sadly, now we have the same condition with those who crave for pleasure in worship. Exposing this appalling condition in the professing churches is not an easy task. Too many have their minds closed on the subject. Rather than humbling themselves, they prefer performers of CCM to boldly flaunt themselves in typical worldly showmanship.
A similar condition existed with the people of Israel, as recorded in the book of Amos 5:23, which reads, ” Take away from me the noise of thy songs; For I will not hear the melody of thy viols.” Here we read, God’s displeasure upon the children of Israel because they put on a show of worship, while failing to forsake their sins and truly seek the Lord. They pretended to worship, but it was all a show; so much the same condition we see today.
To be continued…………………………………………..
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff