Music – Part 3

In today’s message we ask some serious questions concerning Christians and the music that they like.

Is there such a thing as Christian ENTERTAINMENT ?

In the last 2 messages we looked at music for WORSHIP….. but cant we just have some entertainment ? …. is Christians music limited to Worship only ?…. well let us examine the issues and you can decide for yourself !

LYRICS –  Christians should not be comfortably listening to any song that has words that are contrary to the Bible…. and this applies equally to Lullabies, Love songs, Country and Western as well as harsh and loud Heavy Metal music…. so this ELIMINATES quite a lot of the world’s “entertainment music”.

LIFESTYLE – Even if a particular song may not actually say anything contrary to the Bible, but the author of it is known to produce other songs that are offensive to God, should Christians accept it…. NO WAY… if the artist is promoting a lifestyle of DECADENCE, you cannot even accept an INSTRUMENTAL by them …… WHY ?…..  because of your WITNESS, when other people hear you, as a Christian, listening to their music will they not think you are a hypocrite ?  How can you support a musician/singer whose lifestyle is contrary to the word of God…. it does not matter how gifted they are or how pleasant the music sounds…. if their PUBLIC PERSONA is tainted by EVIL (homosexual/lesbian, occultism, rebellion, violence, pride) then as a Christian you must boycott their work, otherwise you are compromising with “the world” and failing to make a DISTINCTION between what is acceptable and what is not.

GOALS – The song may not have obvious evil lyrics and the artist may not promote an obvious evil lifestyle but what about the GOALS…. commercialism, hedonism, escapism…. is there anything wrong with the artist promoting simple PLEASURE and COMFORT and HAPPINESS ?….. surely the artist is ENTITLED to make MONEY from their music ?…… YES BUT is that the main GOAL of the creation…. music that is created specifically to make it’s creator RICH will usually PANDER to the pleasure seeking aspects of the FLESH… this last point is the most subtle of all, because we are ALL human flesh….. I do not subscribe to ASCETICISM… I believe that some human pleasure is allowed even the most devout saints, however it is easy to become ADDICTED to pleasure and lose your BALANCE and SELF-DISCIPLINE…. most of you, dont have to bother about this last point anyway, because the LYRICS and LIFESTYLES will have already CONDEMNED at least 95% of what the “world” listens to…. in fact, you may wonder if there is any music left that is acceptable (other than Praise and Worship) !

2.  DISCERNMENT

When the Holy Spirit gives you discernment you will KNOW what is acceptable and what is not…. you may not be able to explain reasons…. but you will JUST KNOW, because that is the way the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth.

Do not believe that all the LYRICS found in Hymn Books is “automatically” HOLY either….. even in there ERROR is found…. for example,

THE CHURCH’S ONE FOUNDATION (Hymn) in verse 5 talks about “mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won”…… what rubbish is this ? there is NO CONTACT between the living and the dead…. this is occultic nonsense right here in an otherwise “inspiring” hymn !

LET THE BEAUTY OF JESUS BE SEEN IN ME (Chorus)  “O thou Spirit Divine all my nature refine”…… that’s not the way the Holy Spirit  works, our old “nature” is to be CRUCIFIED and  NOT “refined”…. and we get “our new nature” from Christ,  totally pure, no refining needed….

Dearly beloved in the LORD,  you know that I like all types of music….. but I do not make music an IDOL…. I ask the Holy Spirit to guide me and any music that HE does not approve,  I refuse….. before I was living for Christ, I listened regularly to bands like Grand Funk Railroad, Three Dog Night, Beatles, Elton John, Santana, Abba, Toto, Men at Work, Hall and Oats, etc. etc….. after I discovered the EVIL in the lyrics and LIFESTYLES, I dont listen to them anymore EVEN though I may still “like” the sound of the MUSIC itself…. I make a sacrifice for Jesus, it is a small sacrifice, because there is so much OTHER music that I can replace it with.

For a time, after I was saved, I enjoyed the PETRA… particularly the song “Let Everything that hath Breath Praise the Lord”….. initially the Holy Spirit did not condemn it…. but as I grew in the Lord, I found that my taste changed to the Praise Songs that GOD HIMSELF likes, and here, I make special mention of the Tom Fettke  productions (made in the 1980’s)…. Tom, if you ever read this, know that GOD Himself likes your arrangements and is pleased with your lifetime work…..  http://tomfettke.com

Music is a powerful medium that has been EFFECTIVELY used by Satan to promote EVIL…… drugs, sex, violence, hate, rebellion and every evil conceivable….. the Rock Music Genre has proved particularly EFFECTIVE in capturing the lives of millions.

But other genres have also been used…. even soft, “pleasant” songs ….. like Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven”  filled with occultism and sublimal messages…..

and let’s not forget the best known song of all time “We are the World”…. let’s examine it’s lyrics now…

“There comes a time when we heed a “certain call”….. when the world must come together as one…. We are all a part of God’s great big family…. and the truth, you know, Love is all we need…. AND GOD HAS SHOWN US, BY TURNING STONE TO BREAD”

STOP RIGHT THERE….  the GOD of the Bible NEVER “turned stone into bread” …… but Satan talked about “turning stone to bread” when he was tempting Jesus (Matthew 4:3)….. clearly this song has been inspired by Satan and he is the “god” mentioned in this song…..

You think that is too far-fetched…. you think I am making a “mistake” of interpretation ?

Then consider the MEANING of the words “There’s a choice we’re making, we’re SAVING OUR OWN LIVES”……. this is the BRUNT of the New Age and the AntiChrist message…… rejecting the Christ who alone can save us….. we have decided WE can SAVE OURSELVES ! …. the New Age message being sent out to the whole world is MAN is supreme…. WE are our OWN GODS…. much OLDER and WISER than we know… WE are the OFFSPRING of “ALIENS”, with “powers” we have only now begun to “explore”…… but could there be an even DARKER…. and yet FUTURE prediction in this message….. when the AntiChrist is revealed, according to Revelation 13:15  “and he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed”

Truly in that day, the CHOICE to worship the “evil” will, in literal fact, “save their lives” since   all those who do NOT worship the New Age AntiChrist will be brutally executed !

My friends, the MUSIC INDUSTRY is preparing mankind for the arrival of the AntiChrist and the incarnation of Satan himself.

Truly Born-Again Christians…… dont have to worry about “drums in Church”, they are sanctified by the Blood of Christ for His Praise…… they dont have to worry about physical or mental damage from “evil” drum beats (like syncopation), the evil comes from the drummer and not the drum, and, in any case, Christians are protected from demons by the Holy Spirit…..  what the true CHURCH of JESUS CHRIST must get concerned about is the SUBTLE AGENDA of Satan which is going to be so INSIDIOUS that only the DISCERNMENT of the Holy Spirit will detect it…. for the Bible says, “And except those days should be shortened, there should NO FLESH be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days SHALL BE shortened” (Matthew 24:22)

You think this “economic recession” is going to be “soon over” ? What is coming is going to be SUDDEN, SWIFT and DEADLY….. quick and horrible….. my friend, are you ready to meet Jesus at any moment ?  “live your life today as though it was your last day on earth”…. that is the true meaning of the passage in Matthew 24:44

music – part 2

Yesterday we considered worship music from the point of view of the MUSICIAN

Today we focus on the audience…. the people who “use” the music to worship God

I disagree with those who claim that God can only be worshipped by a particular GENRE  or STYLE of playing….. or only by certain INSTRUMENTS.

Both HISTORY and the BIBLE do NOT teach such a narrow perspective, but rather that people worship God in the context of their culture (the music that they know).

“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with the psaltery and harp; Praise him with the timbrel and DANCE; praise him with stringed instruments and flutes, PRAISE HIM  upon the LOUD CYMBALS; praise him upon the high sounding cymbals” (Psalm 150:3-6)

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth; make a LOUD NOISE, and rejoice and sing praise” (Psalms 98:4) …… by using the words, LOUD…… the Spirit lets us know that it does not have to be soft (being soft does not make it somehow “holier”, just because it is soft)….. by using the word NOISE….. the Spirit lets us know that “other people’s music” might sound like noise to us…. and our cherished music may appear to be “noise” to them…. but all our collective human NOISE is to be used in the WORSHIP OF GOD… that  it is to be directed towards HIM in PRAISE….. but instead of this, humans prefer to argue with each other over what constitutes music and what does not…… but then again, the Great ALMIGHTY GOD is above our human pettiness and preferences and our “enemies”  are also his children…. NO WONDER Jesus Christ told us to LOVE and FORGIVE other people…. that is the DIVINE viewpoint on humanity….. it is so unfortunate that our human ARROGANCE makes us think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think !

A string orchestra is going to sound as weird to an African tribesman as a sitar (India) or sanxian (China) might to an American teenager.

Generally the people who argue against certain musical forms and against certain instruments use “association” as their main point of dispute….. such people claim that because of evil association, newborn Christians seeking a new life in Christ need to sever ALL ties with their past and this not only includes their “unsaved” friends but all the music that they once liked…. they want a CLEAN BREAK…. and they need a CLEAR DISTINCTION between what was “of the world” and what is “of Christ”….. this argument has SOME VALIDITY and Scriptural support ! …… but carried to EXTREME, one may well ask the following questions.

1. HOW DO WE REACH THE LOST for Christ ? ….. exactly HOW do we maintain such an ABSOLUTE and COMPLETE “separation”…….. notice that, historically, it has been tried before….. monks have gone into monasteries…… but the problem is you cannot escape your own wicked nature by cutting off “all evil influence” of the “unrighteous heathen”…. your own personal wickedness follows you right into the monastery !…. and this is NOT the way of Jesus Christ, who mingled with tax collectors, publicans and sinners…. for the Christian, OUR sanctification comes from GOD as we boldly minister “in the trenches” surrounded by every vice of the world.

2. but what of the INSTRUMENTS themselves ? …. they are neither good or evil…. and what if satan has used them for evil ? … does this “evil association” now “rub off” on an INSTRUMENT ? and should we NOT rather RE-CLAIM the territory that the enemy has STOLEN ?……. the land of Canaan was full of EVIL PEOPLE and EVERY DEMON OF HELL was there before the Israelites marched in and took possession….. it was the PRESENCE of the LORD that sanctified the LAND….. the children of Israel were told to clear the land of wickedness and dwell there…… in the same way that DRUMS, CYMBALS or any other musical instrument is cleansed and sanctified for GOD’s SERVICE by the children of God…. like the land of Israel, the instruments are there for OUR USE in Praise and service to God and we don’t just throw up our hands and say, “Oh well satan’s got them now guess we will have to look around for something else to use”

FINALLY….  three more points to help you….

1.  The great LIE of “classical music”…. I, personally, love classical music dearly….. but I want to DEBUNK the MYTH that it is “somehow”  HOLY …. many of the classical composers lived evil lives….. they were homosexuals and adulterers…. vicious tempers…. weird, eccentrics  and some of them may even have been just as demon possessed as the “heavy metal monsters” of the 20th century.

2. Church history tells us the “HOLY” organ and piano were also once regarded as evil and  were not even allowed in church !

3. and this may be the MOST IMPORTANT POINT OF ALL, so read it carefully,  whatever Worship Music you listen to SHOULD draw you closer to GOD and result in HOLY LIVING and the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, faith…. and if it just makes you “happy” in the flesh…. then either you need to change your music (because it is nothing more than entertainment) OR there are other issues that need to be dealt with in your life….. it is only natural, that BY ASSOCIATION, certain music will NOT inspire certain people….. persons who formerly served satan using drums may not be able to Worship God with drum music…..  persons who formerly did drugs and sex to heavy metal may have flashbacks and feel unable to Worship God with certain beats or sounds…. and that’s OK, EVERYBODY needs to use WORSHIP MUSIC that ACTUALLY HELPS them to WORSHIP GOD otherwise what’s the point ?

My only request to the “warring” music factions in the Christendom is this…… do NOT allow your own “perspective” (YOUR own position on the Christian music debate) to blind you to the work that GOD is doing in other parts of His Vineyard.

Remember that even Peter was SURPRISED by what happened at the house of Cornelius (Acts 10:44-47)…. and this passage needs to be borne in mind by all God’s servants who are totally CONVINCED that they have the “entire revelation of God” on any particular issue….. and this may be the most important revelation of all !

music

Music plays a part in everybody’s life…. and much debate has gone on about it’s effects on people.

If you dont think it has any effect on people …. just observe how they get on at Crop Over  whenever  a sound truck passes by !

There are TWO major problems to tackle when music is used for WORSHIP of GOD

ONE has to do with deciding WHAT music is appropriate (I will address this  at a later date)

TWO has to do with the MUSICIANS themselves (their lives and attitudes)… today we start  this topic…. so here goes…

Before Lucifer became satan he  was the chief MUSICIAN of heaven (Ezekiel  28:13 tells us “…. the workmanship of thy timbrels and of thy flutes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created”)  who brought the worship of the host to GOD  …. he was the intermediary… he stood between God and His creation….. Lucifer stood in the very presence of God, Lucifer brought the worship of a whole universe of creatures TO God and he received FROM the Almighty God commands which, as prophet of God, he transmitted to the worshiping creation.

Ezekiel 28:16 tells us “By the multitude of thy MERCHANDISE “they” (the worshipping host of created spirits) have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned…”

Do not be misled by the word “merchandise”….. Ezekiel’s usage of this word means “anything that passes through the hands”…. for example, if a judge used his high position for personal profit… we could  say that ,  “he has made merchandise of justice”

Lucifer, therefore, was “passing through his hands” the “merchandise” of authority FROM God above to all his creation below and he was returning TO God the “merchandise” of worship from the world of spirit beings below.

He decided that since he was so wise and beautiful, HE could RETAIN some of the worship for himself and HE could originate some of the commands (authority) from himself… thus his heart was filled with the “violence” of REBELLION against the ONE perfect will of the ALMIGHTY.

DO YOU SEE the application of this to WORSHIP MUSICIANS ???????

Dear people of God, you MUST be DISCERNING about both your worship music AND your “worship musicians”

The WORSHIP musician of today, is in a similar position to that of Lucifer original role……. he/she is SUPPOSED to be receiving inspiration FROM God and passing it on to the worshipers…..  receiving the praise of the worshipers and passing it back TO God.

It is a POSITION of great responsibility and accountability before God….. NO WONDER satan wants to get into the lives of SINGERS and MUSICIANS and WORSHIP LEADERS….. and it’s easy for him to do….. we are up there on stage before thousands of worshippers who are FOLLOWING  every note or every word…. God gives us an inspiration which they adore… and then  they heap praise on US which we are SUPPOSED to send back to GOD.

Do you get it yet ?  do you understand the significance ?

WORSHIP singers, musicians and leaders are not in the position of “any other secular artist or band”……  sucking up all the fame and glory with increasing PRIDE…. while desperately smoking pot or shooting drugs to get the next ultimate “inspiration”  for a chart-topping HIT song…..

So now you KNOW why the “music industry” is in the service of SATAN himself…… and the minds of PEOPLE are what satan’s merchandise is all about.

Moreover satan whispers through our PRIDE…. “keep some of that praise for YOURSELF”….  and, anyway, “it was YOUR GENIUS that created that song or melody”….. so YOU DESERVE IT !

nudity

For every person who wants to show off their naked body…. there are over 1000 other people who want to see it WITHOUT having to show their own… it’s just “human nature”.

Naked naturist family photo galleries are in high demand on internet…primarily for photos of naked youth….. NAKED BOYS AND GIRLS….. this is the highest demand category and with limited supply …. because young teens 13-16 are normally camera shy about their nudity (another fact of “human nature”).

What does the Bible have to say about nudism ?  Is there Christian nudism ? should Christians go nude ? are there Christian nudists ?

Consistently the Bible associates nudity with SHAME… “…Moses saw that the people were naked (for Aaron had made them naked unto their SHAME among their enemies)” (Exodus 32:25).

Public nudity has always been historically associated with REVELRY and PAGAN religious worship…. but never with the God of Israel or Christianity.

God commanded that nakedness be covered for priests (Exodus 28:42)

Jesus Christ hung naked on the cross as a deliberate attempt by mankind to SHAME him

In Isaiah 20:2-4, God commanded the prophet to walk about naked and barefoot… not for pleasure, but to show the SHAME of the Egyptian captivity under the Assyrian invasion.

So would God command the prophet to sin ??

NO… the nudity itself is not sin… it is the INTENT… the motive behind the nudity that must be examined carefully.

Is looking at nude pictures a sin ?

It all depends on the picture CONTENT and MOTIVE behind your “looking”…. and this must be carefully examined by you, with much prayer, if you are a Christian.

I confess to you, that like most nudists, I do not have much shame over my own nudity but that is quite unnatural…. when I was a teenager, I was just as ashamed as everyone else…. people wear clothes because it is totally NATURAL to be ashamed….. I had to first OVERCOME my natural tendency to shame in order to walk around nude in public places.

I am a photographer, and for 3 years from 2007 to 2010, I had a nude photo gallery on the internet…… featuring young “perfect models” (the best looking people I could coax into nudity) posing in idyllic scenery (tropical beaches, hills and natural landscapes) all in the tropical sunshine.  This nude gallery was extremely popular with nudists from all over the world, many of whom corresponded with me by e-mail…. millions of viewers.

Here is what I discovered after God guided me to remove the photos from internet.

1. Concerning “Christian” nudists….  I discovered that nudity was their REAL focus…. since their “Christianity” was mostly limited to other nudists who thought like them…..  NUDITY and not the “Christian life” was their primary interest….  and is that not a form of IDOLATRY ?

2. Nudists claim that there is nothing sexual about their nudity….. and yet the discussion over whether to shave PUBIC HAIR or not is a MAJOR TOPIC on all nudist forums…. clearly the only thing that separates nudists from non-nudists IS the display of genitals…. therefore it is RIDICULOUS to claim that “there is nothing sexual about nudism”….. most nudists just love to look at the genitals of other people and that’s the truth…. the REASONS for their “genital focus” may differ but it is the common uniting factor…. AND it is so “highly addictive” that coming out of nudism is like stopping smoking  or alcohol use.

3. The nudist “cause” IS a “lost cause”…. they may win “legal rights” (just like the homosexuals are doing)….. but at the end of the day, majority public world opinion says this is ABERRANT behaviour….  and as Christ’s witnesses in this world, “Christian” nudists have to ask themselves how does my “nudist” association help me to witness to the  lost souls for Jesus.

4. There is absolutely nothing sinful in having a fondness for your own body and for your own nudity….. even walking around your house naked or going outdoors naked is NOT sinful WHEN THERE IS NOBODY AROUND to see you and this is obvious to everybody…… so for years I also “reasoned” (like many nudists do) that “sharing” my nudity with others (who being of like mind, also shared their nudity with me) was a “harmless” activity….. certainly nothing “sinful”….. but everyone who thinks this way need to examine the UNDERLYING REASONS WHY they do it…. here we get to the MOTIVES of nudism…  and it has to do with  your own SELF IMAGE (in my case I was PROUD of my own SLIM and FIT body and wanted to “show it off”)……  so why would a FAT and OVERWEIGHT person show off theirs ? ….. could it be that their own POOR SELF IMAGE leads them to DESIRE the FIT and SLIM bodies of other nudists and therefore they get the ACCEPTANCE that they crave…  they show off their own body which, deep down inside, they DETEST in order to obtain acceptance and gawk at the sleek and fit bodies they would love to have…. the bodies they ADMIRE and ENVY.  Can you not see what is happening  here ? All this PREOCCUPATION with BODY to the neglect of the FAR MORE IMPORTANT spiritual side of OUR BEING…. notice words like pride and envy… such MOTIVES  are rotten to the core…. hours spent looking at each other peoples bodies both in actuality and/or in internet photo galleries…. exactly how does this benefit their spiritual life…. or their physical life for that matter… at the very best it is a waste of time …. and at the worst it leads to pride, envy or sexual immorality.

Jesus said, “….. the flesh profiteth NOTHING” (John 6:63)…… all those unhappy, overweight nudists with issues…..  what JOY they will experience in the company of TRUE CHRISTIANS where JESUS liberates them from their poor self-image…… all those envied nudists who like to show off their bodies to the others, what is going to become of you when you grow old ? where will your PRIDE be then ? ….. come to Jesus and be liberated today and find JOY in the VALUES that will last FOREVER…… in Jesus there is neither fat or slim, rich or poor, young or old…. but ONE big HAPPY FAMILY where LOVE reigns supreme.

I want to help my fellow nudists understand themselves….  and I want to help all those persons wondering about their own interest in nudity, nude art and nude photos.

I want to share what Jesus has done in my life… and He can do it for you also….