Question on Christian Rock Music

By Rev. Jack Barr

Subject: Re: Christian Rock
Date: Fri, 05 Jul 2002 09:49:23 -0500
From: Jack Barr <>

Hi xxxxx,

You ask if Christian Rock Music is Ok or demonic.

On Christian Rock music. It is my belief that ANY Rock music is demonic in nature. The beat is designed to get you so caught up in the beat that you become partially hypnotized and therefore an easy target for demonic forces to take control over you. There is Nothing in so called Christian Rock that glorifies God, it is the same as any rock music. Those who listen to it are not concerned with the words, they only care about the beat. Some words used by Christians are placed in the music in order to sell it to churches who do not realy know Jesus Christ, that is, churches run by and filled with false Christians. These people like the world and the ways of the world. But God's Word tells us to come out of the world.

I know that there are many out there who will not like to hear what I am saying, for they think that they can live in the world, act like the world, love the things of the world, and still go to heaven, but God's Word says different.

I have heard Ministers say that they can reach more young people with this kind of music. Yes they reach them, but, the young people come to hear the "Rock" music, and if that is taken away from them, they will be gone also. What has drawn them in is not God, not Jesus, but the World which they love, just like another fun club.

Below are scripture verses to show God's View of using parts of the World in relation to Worship of Him. The red text is important part highlighted. Blue text are my comments or explanation / interpretation

Matthew 13:21 "He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful."

The Care of this World. When you care more for the things of this world than you do for the things of God, you become unfruitful, and if unfruitful, then will be cut off and thrown into the fire (hell). Can this apply to music? Yes it can, and does if God is not glorified with that music. Man may fill his church with this music which us unfruitful, and in doing so, becomes unfruitful themselves because they are conforming to the world instead of changing the world to worship God.

Luke 12:34 "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

When your heart is glorifing the works of man, then you are in the world, and so your treasure is in the world also, not in heaven where it should be. These young ones worship that "Rock" music beat, and that is being in the world.

John 15:19 "If you were of the world, the world would love his own, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."

The world loves this so called "Christian Rock" because it is of the world. But we are to come out of the world as much as is possible, and this means leaving behind the music of the world also. Keep in mind that not every song that has what pretends to have Christian words to it is of God, and this goes for other types of music as well. The world hates the kind of music which Glorifies God and so continualy tries to change it to what the world likes.

John 17:14 "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world."

Good Christian music is Not of this World. Does this mean that we can only play and sing songs which were written 100 to 1000 years ago. No, that is not what I am saying. There have been thousands of songs written way back which have gone by the wayside, not used and forgotten, because they were not of God, that is, they did not Glorify God. The ones which have come down to us all Glorify God in one way or another. We are led in these songs to think of the words, which glorifys God, and not the beat or melody, the words which help us to lift up out hearts to God and to draw us closer to Him. Are there songs written today which do that? Yes, there are still songs being written today, with the leading of God Almighty, which do just that, to glorify God. The world hates this kind of music, that is why they are constantly trying to change it to their kind of music.

Romans 12:2 "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. "

Look at what this says. Do not change our ways to be like the world. Those ministers and churches which use all these new type songs and this "Christian Rock" music are conforming to the world instead of coming out of the world. The minister says, "Look, we have filled out church when we started using this new music, it is bringing them in." Yes, they will fill their churches, for the people of the world likes what is of the world. When you become LIKE the World, the World will Love you.

Ephesians 2:2 "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: "

Before you became a Christian, you were walking in the world, being led by the "prince of the power of the air." That is, by the power of Satan! When you left Satan for Jesus Christ, you came out of the world. Do you reaily want to go back to the things of the world and serve Satan Again?? For that is what you are doing when you adopt the music of the world for worship. Just who are you worshiping with this so called "Christian Rock", Jesus or Satan?

James 1:27 "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. "

Over and over again the Word of God tells us to not use anything of the world that we can avoid. Do not be contaminated by the things of the world. To delibertly choose the type of music, of the world, that is used by groups that glorify man as god, and the things of Satan as being good, in a vain attempt to worship God is as much an abomination as was Cain's rejected offering to God. You say that it is different words, that the words glorifys God? Do they reaily?? Have you stopped to listen to them? Or are you so caught up in the beat of the music that you never think of the words?

1 John 2:15 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. "

The ministers and churches which have brought "Christian Rock" into their churches and services have fallen in love with the world and the things in the world. They want to be like the world so that the world will love them, and crowd around them, praising them, instead of leading their churches to praise God! This also holds true for much of the other types of modern music I have heard in some churches, the listening to makes me think of our radio and television entertainment, and does not make me think of worshiping God.

Will they deny this? Yes they will, for when they are in the world they can not see God. Like the False Prophets, they have convinced themselves that they are doing it all for God. And when the time comes, they will believe that they are doing God a service by killing those who do not agree with them.

John 16:2 "They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. "

May God Lead You Into All Of His Truths.

With the Love of Jesus

Rev. Jack Barr

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