We like to think we know our music. But how much do you really understand it? The Bible tells us that we cannot simply take a cursory glance at music and determine whether it is good or not. Amos 6 shows that music is one of the major factors bringing down our nation in the end time (see verses 3-6).
Amos 6:5 says the people are into music “like David.” To them it looks righteous, but it leads them into captivity! (verse 7). How can that be? Satan himself poses as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Christians must know how to discern good and evil when it comes to this ever-elusive subject of music. Heb. 5:14 commends those Christians who “by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” This can only be done through God’s perspective, as music’s has a spiritual nature and profound influence.
So the scriptures tell us that we must have our physical senses exercised “by reason of use.” God wants our senses to play a part in discerning, because he equipped us with the sense of hearing. This requires a lot of individual judgment.
So what are our judicial tools? Is music appropriate if it simply “sounds good”? Don’t fall into this deceptive trap, as our senses can easily fool us. Recognize that:
- The sense of taste can fool us into eating junk food.
- The same may be said about smell and junk food.
- The sense of sight can fool us with gratification through movies and pictures that we consider “good.”
Rock & Roll as one example
According to the book The Emerging Generation, the average teenager consumes 6 hours a day of rock music! It is their most devoted companion. It’s their teacher, preacher, and guiding light! It dictates every detail of their life — from what they wear . . . to what they believe! Dr. Alan Bloom, in the The Closing of the American Mind, writes:
“It is their passion; nothing else excites them as it does; they cannot take seriously anything alien to music.”
Here are a few examples:
In the song “The Conjuring” by Megadeth, the REAL mission of rock is clearly heard:
“I AM THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE
A SALESMAN, if you will . . .
Come join me in my INFERNAL DEPTHS . . .
I’ve got your soul!”
At the end of the song — they chant “OBEY”!
Bon Jovi sings in “Homebound Train“:
“When I was just a boy
THE DEVIL TOOK MY HAND
Took me from my home
He made me a man . . .
I’m going DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN
On the homebound train.”
In Smash Hits magazine, Bon Jovi says:
” . . . I’d kill my mother for rock and roll. I WOULD SELL MY SOUL.”
Another group is Slayer, who sing of themselves, as: “Warriors from the gates of hell . . .
In lord Satan we trust.” Slayer’s albums sell in the millions! And song after song — IS PRAISE TO SATAN! Their song “Hell Awaits” says:
“Jesus knows your soul cannot be saved
CRUCIFY THE SO CALLED LORD
He soon shall fall to me
Your souls are damned
Your God has fell to slave for me eternally
Rocker Frank Zappa proudly boasted:
“I’m the devil’s advocate. We have our own worshippers who are called ‘groupies.’ Girls will give their bodies to musicians as you would give a sacrifice to a god.” (Peters Brothers, What About Christian Rock, p. 17)
The group, Metallica, in the song “Jump In the Fire“, commands young people to jump into hell:
“Follow me now my child . . .
DO JUST AS I SAY . . .
Jump by your will or be taken by force
I’ll get you either way . . .
So reach down grab my hand walk with me through the land
COME HOME WHERE YOU BELONG
So come on JUMP IN THE FIRE.”
The song “Stairway to Heaven” by the group Led Zeppelin is the most popular song in rock history. One line of the song, says, “you know sometimes words have TWO MEANINGS.” They should know — the song is drenched in satanic backmasking! Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is a devout follower of satanist Aliester Crowley. One of Crowley’s satanic teachings, learn to cast unsuspecting spells on people by saying them backwards! Zeppelin’s song “Houses of the Holy“, they sing, “Let the music be YOUR MASTER/ Will you heed the master’s call/ Oh, Satan . . .”
One of the top songs of the 70’s was “Hotel California” by the Eagles. Most people have no idea the song refers to the Church of Satan, which happens to be located in a converted HOTEL on CALIFORNIA street! On the inside of the album cover, looking down on the festivities, is Anton Lavey, the founder of the Church of Satan and author of the Satanic Bible! People say, the Eagles aren’t serious, they’re just selling records. That’s what you think! The Eagles manager, Larry Salter, admitted in the Waco Tribune-Herald, (Feb. 28, 1982) that the Eagles were involved with the Church of Satan! Not surprisingly, one of the Eagles’s songs is titled “Have A Good Day in Hell.”
The group Kiss leaped on stage as rock’n roll demons — spitting blood, breathing fire and screaming — “God of rock’n roll, we’ll steal your virgin soul.” In their song “God of Thunder“, they command young people to kneel before Satan:
“I’m lord of the wasteland, a modern day man of steel
I gather darkness to please me
and I COMMAND YOU TO KNEEL
Before, The God of thunder, the god of rock’n roll
I’LL STEAL YOUR VIRGIN SOUL!”
Motley Crue sings in “Wild Side“:
“I carry my crucifix, under my deathlist
Forward my mail to me in hell . . .
OUR FATHER, WHO AIN’T IN HEAVEN
Be thy name on the wild side.”
The group Black Sabbath have actually given invitations during their concerts for young people to receive Satan. One of their albums, is titled, “We Sold Our Soul for Rock’n Roll“. Their song N.I.B. (Nativity In Black) is one of the most openly satanic songs ever recorded. It is a love-song from Lucifer, in which Lucifer invites the listener to “please take my hand”, the lyrics:
“Some people say MY LOVE cannot be true
Please believe me, MY LOVE, and I’ll show you
I will give you those things you thought unreal . . .
YOUR LOVE FOR ME has just got to be real . . .
Look into my eyes, you will see who I am
MY NAME IS LUCIFER, PLEASE TAKE MY HAND!”
One of the most popular groups in rock is AC/DC. In the song, “Hells Bells“, they sing:
“I got my bell
I’m gonna take you to hell
I’m gonna get ya
SATAN GET YA”
In their song “Highway to Hell” they sing:
“Ain’t nothing I would rather do
GOIN’ DOWN, PARTY TIME
My friends are gonna be there too . . .
Hey Satan, paid my dues . . .
I’m on the way to the promised land
I’m on the HIGHWAY TO HELL.”
Iron Maiden’s, song “The Number of the Beast“, in which they direct young people to take the Mark of the Beast:
“666 the Number of the Beast
666 THE ONE FOR YOU AND ME!”
The song “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones, is the official anthem for the Church of Satan. In it, Lucifer speaks in the first person and asks sympathy for all who meet him. Lead singer, Mick Jagger claims that Anton Lavey, the founder of the Church of Satan and author of the Satanic Bible, help inspire their music! Their album titled, “Their Satanic Majesties Request“, leaves no doubt to their allegiance!
Rock star, Marilyn Manson’s “blasphemy” is not just an act. Manson readily admits there’s more to the show than meets the eye:
I don’t know if anyone has really understood what we’re trying to do. This isn’t just about shock value . . . that’s just there to lure the people in. Once we’ve got ‘em we can give ‘em our MESSAGE. (Hit Parader, Oct. 1996, p.28)
These are some of the most popular rock acts in history, When you consider that kids listen to six hours a day of this stuff, what do you think they are ingesting? And do the album covers not many times reflect the attitudes of the musicians? Is it really all innocent fun, or is there something more sinister at play?
There are, of course, other genres of music which can be just as destructive. Rap, hip hop, rave, techno, house, fusion, pop, raggae, alternative, world, etc. Basically, there are three questions to ponder when evaluating music:
1. What are the lyrics saying? Do they keep repeating lyrics that violate God’s Ten Commandments. The brain will encode and store those messages more quickly and effectively!
2. What is the spirit and attitude of the music? Studies have shown that music has measurable physical effects on the body, mind, circulatory and immune systems as well as the ears themselves. This has a lot to do with bitter or angry attitudes of singers, destructive or violent lyrics, shouting or yelling . Is it associated with provocative dancing and skin-tight halter-tops? Now ask yourself: Is this music really from God?
Philippians 4:8 tells us to think on, “whatsoever things are true … honest … just … pure … lovely … of good report ….” God commands that “if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Does the music we listen to reflect this admonition?
Not all music needs to be happy though. Psalm 49:4 reads, “I will open my dark saying upon the harp.” Some music is sad, but it won’t necessarily depress you. David’s music was educational and helpful.
3. What is the context of the music?
Context is important to the setting. Certain musical selections are appropriate for various activities. there may be one type of selection for dances, and another for worship services. When we exercise or are doing intense labor, we may want to play more “energetic” music with a stronger, repetitious beat. This isn’t the same kind of music that would be played at a formal dinner.
Training the Senses
We should strive to cultivate a more refined taste in quality music, which means listening actively to classical music more often. Many times people dislike this type of music simply because it is foreign to their musical taste.
Music is one of Satan’s main talents and tools and is one of the sins sending the Western world into catastrophe! But music is also a force for great good if used properly. The choice is always left to the listener.