Quotes and Notes for the Day
DECEPTION IN CHRISTIAN MUSIC VI
(Contemporary Christian Music – Another Spirit)
The modern Christian song is running a very short distance behind the secular (music of the world) music, and that it has become virtually impossible to tell the difference between the two.These performance-oriented modern musics have made the line between worship and entertainment blurred. It can be difficult to tell the difference between what is sacred and what is profane. These modern Christian songs are so carnal, that they change the whole atmosphere of reverence, respect and holiness in worship . The Professing Christians (those who profess to know the Lord) have become so accustomed to these modern Christian songs, that they are unable to distinguish between entertainment and worship.
Surely entertainment has become the most important part of worship in the majority of the churches. It is a fact that churches that feature entertainments, do so because that is what draws a crowd. Why does it draw crowds? because it satisfies (catering to) the flesh. Even when one scans the radio dial, the sounds heard on Christian stations are no different than what is heard on secular stations, with the exception of a few Christian stations that still hold to high standards. The tragedy today is that churches throughout the land have made it so easy for people to become members that their memberships are loaded with unconverted people whose lives have never been changed.
Care needs to be exercised to recognize what the work of the Holy Spirit is and what would be “Another Spirit.” There are seducing demonic forces at work in these last days and those not living close tot he Lord, or not knowing the Lord are prime targets of their deceptions. Those who welcome this new music into their lives and church services are either rebelling to the Word of God or simply refuse to recognize the existence and work of Satan. Only true believers will be able to distinguish between music of the world, and music that is sacred and worthy of worship.”Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out in the world.” (1st John 4:1).
What goes on today in numerous ” healing and miracle” meetings should be identified as “Another Spirit”. In these meetings the work of the Holy Spirit is promoted over the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scripture plainly tells us that the work of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Christ and to verify His work. The Scripture also delineates that the Holy Spirit will not speak of Himself but to guide or enlighten believers into all truth. ” nevertheless I tell you the truth, it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the comforter (the Holy Spirit) will not come unto you; but if I depart I will send Him unto you. And When He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.” John 16:7-8
With all the noise, confusion and worldly clatter that is found in most worship places today, there is no room for the Holy Spirit to work. When the Holy Spirit’s power falls upon a service, a quiet awareness of His presence is recognized. There will be quiet reverence, tears will be shed, there will be conviction of sins, and there will be repentance. When the Holy Spirit speaks one can be sure that there will be no applause, but rather a quiet Hush. When the response is applause, the flesh is being affected rather than the spirit. With the contemporary Christian music performance, the attendees get the same fleshly or bodily response as when they go to a rock concert. There is no question that by their lives many of today’s Contemporary Christian singers are not really save. They are in the business of making money by performing.
“healings and miracles” ministries and many evangelicals use effectively the power of the contemporary “Christian Music” to entice people to attend their meetings from all denominations. Yes, Rock music in the mega churches across the land may be given the title of “Christian Rock”, but true believers should have discernment to know that this music is of another spirit, and not of the spirit of God. for the bible declares in Matthew 7:20, “by their fruits ye shall know them.” Jesus was speaking about false teachers and how to identify them. This same rule must hold true with any who preach, teach, or sin in the name of the Gospel of Christ. Their lives, attire, behavior and manner, does not back up what they preach, or sing.
Friends, Contemporary Christian Music, with rock beat etc., does not belong in a true, bible believing and bible preaching Church. The sole purpose in life of every born again child of God under the Control of the Holy Spirit who indwells him, should be to make choices to please the Lord in all walks of life, including music, clothing, manner , friends, the places he goes to, and the things he does.
The Bible says, “Abstain from Every Appearance of Evil.” 1st Thessalonians 5:22
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