This is a follow up to “Does the Music You Listen to Matter?”
Here, I want to look at a more specific type of music that tends to blur the lines between good and bad. Christians tend to agree that genres like rock, country, and hip hop aren’t good for a Christian looking to grow closer to God. It’s pretty obvious that those types of music do anything but give glory to God, but what about Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)? This is the music that is being found in churches and homes all across America. It is generally classified as “Christian-Rock”, “Christian-Rap”, etc. CCM has definitely become more popular across the nation in various non-denominational churches and more liberal denominations. So, is it ok? Does it work?
Well, that depends on your goal. Are you wanting more people under your roof? Then yes, it works! Are you wanting a way to relate more with people of the world? Then yes, it works! Are you wanting people to always leave the service feeling encouraged and positive about how they are living their life? Then yes, it works! Sounds great!… right?
Well, here we go… I believe that CCM is possibly the devil’s greatest tool in his arsenal! (read “Does the Music you Listen to Matter?” for background information) We know that he is an expert on music simply by looking at his creation and position in heaven before the fall. God created him for music! Satan understands anything and everything about how music can affect a person. He understands every beat of the drum and strum of the guitar. Satan truly knows what he is doing and CCM is one of his greatest tools!
Let’s look at some big reasons why CCM is bad for Christians to listen to….
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” (II Corinthians 6:17)
As God’s people, we are supposed to strive to be separate from the world. CCM does nothing but try to blur the line between good and evil. In life, there are only two options… it either honors God or it honors the devil! It’s that simple! There isn’t any gray area! You are either doing something that is good or something that is bad. All these genres like “Christian-Rock” are simply tools of Satan to confuse Christians into listening to the wrong kind of music. Think about it… “Christian-Rock”… “Christian” honors God and “Rock” honors the devil… you can’t mix things of this world with things that honor God and expect them to still honor God! Alot of churches today look just like worldly concerts and night clubs! We aren’t called to go into the world and blend in with them, we are called come out of the world and be separate!
“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” (I Corinthians 1:21)
Music has a great purpose in a service, but it’s not the main event! I have been invited to many of these more liberal churches in my life and they just about all have one thing in common…. they put all the emphasis on the music! They will say, “You should come worship with us this Sunday, our praise team really is special!” or I will ask them how church went last Sunday and they will say, “Oh it was just amazing… this one song really spoke to my heart.” See the problem? Preaching is never mentioned! Music is meant to prepare the hearts for the preaching because that’s the purpose of the service. Church is a time where other believers can get together and listen to the man of God preach from the word of God so that we can all learn and grow together! Church isn’t about the music, it’s about the preaching!
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (II Corinthians 2:11)
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.” (Genesis 3:1a)
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)
Satan knows what he is doing! The Bible talks about his subtlety, his devices, and his wiles (trickery). The devil is good at many things… temptations, immorality, jealousy… but he does his best work when he makes someone believe they are doing the right thing when they are not. He tricked Eve into eating of the forbidden tree by convincing her there was nothing wrong with it. He was able to convince 1/3 of the angels to rebel against Almighty God before they were banished from heaven. He put sweet girl named Delilah in Samson’s path to trick him into falling out of God’s will for his life. The devil is a tricky, subtle creature. He wants you to feel like you are doing right when you aren’t. He wants you to go to the wrong church so you don’t grow like you should. He wants you to read the wrong Bible so you can’t fully grasp what God wants you to know. And he wants you to listen to the wrong music (even when you think it’s right) so that he can maintain that stronghold in your life.
Music is a big step for alot of people… I encourage you to be safe with what you listen to! It will either only bring glory to God or it will only bring glory to Satan. Just because the song talks about decent things and says “Jesus” every now and then, that doesn’t make it good, godly music!