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A new term has come to my attention recently. "Worship Band." After experiencing one at a local "church" where Dave Hunt spoke recently, the following week immediately I was exposed to the term at Websites, and on "christian" radio. The concept is that these bands are available to go to places in order that the people there can "worship."
Ever since the rebellious years of the 60's & 70's, a transformation has been taking place in the churches. Little by little, a rebellion away from doctrinally sound hymns has been in progress. A process of "informalizing" God with choruses, "Scripture songs" and finally, a new genre..."worship songs." Concurrently, first the guitar was introduced. Then, the bass. And then eventually, the whole "band" along with the drum trap set. Now, there are churches that don't even have any hymnals, or organ.
In the past, to greater or lesser degrees, we have addressed church music from the standpoint of lyrics, the Spiritual worship experience, and the satanic origins of Rock music. Now, it is time to analyze a few representative characteristics of this modern Rock-based music, compared to Scriptural guidelines. Rather than just saying "it's wrong" or that it "comes from Satan"; exactly "what" is wrong with it? Can we actually put our fingers on things, specifically, and say "this" or "that" is what's wrong with it? Yes we can.
Paul writes, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if...anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things." (Phil4:8) We can virtually analyze the matter with this one verse.
WHATEVER THINGS ARE TRUE: When a lead Rock guitar is switched into "overdrive" to produce the "wailing" sound, what is happening? As explained to me by a guitar person at a music store, the external device introduces "massive gain" into the circuits. When circuit limits are exceeded, the result is "distortion." Purposeful distortion.
What is "distortion?" To "bend out of shape" or a state of "lack of fidelity." An otherwise "beautiful" sound (of the guitar) is manipulated into something other than its true form. Who is the master distortionist? Jesus said, "..your father the Devil...When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it."(Jn8:44) He began his campaign in Genesis 3 with Eve by twisting God's commands. As Peter says of those who are rebellious, that they "twist" the Scriptures, "to their own destruction." (2Pt3:16) As Rock-n- roll began in the 50's, it was labeled, even by the world, a "music of rebellion." They think it is rebellion against the "establishment" or "children against their parents." But it goes far deeper. It is Satan's rebellion against God. I have always thought the "overdrive" guitar sounded like "satan's voice." Perhaps this explains why? And how about the "devil's horns" of the guitar body as a church "icon"!
WHATEVER THINGS ARE NOBLE: this extends, then, too, to the voice. How many rock singers do you know who sing with a "natural" voice? The characteristic is to shout, strain and contort the voice. Many contort their whole bodies as they make the heinously awful sounds. And this has become part of "worship." Not to mention the "damage" to the vocal chords, which requires them to receive surgery to repair it. Christians are supposed to take care of their bodies, as being the "temple of the Holy Spirit."(1Cor6:19)
WHATEVER THINGS ARE PURE: this gets us into the "beat" aspect. We, as human beings (physical beings) are "responsive" beings. That is, our bodies are designed to respond to certain stimuli in quite predictable ways. Just as our arm will quickly jerk our finger away from that hot stove it just touched, or we close our eyes when water comes splashing at them, there are things about music which affect our bodies...and ultimately our souls and spirits.
That deeeep bass that rumbles by in traffic, that you can still feel after the car is blocks away. Throbbing bass. Some say that it gets the heart beat rate to be "in sync" with it. Other nerves, for sure, are affected by it; either to become agitated, irritated, or otherwise sensually motivated. Is "bass" therefore "bad?" No. If you have heard TV's "JAG" opening band music on a system with a good subwoofer, you will feel that the bass drum resonance, in conjunction with the music, elicits a certain patriotic "noble" feeling.
In close symmetry with bass is the beat; the drums. Typically the world associates it with sensuality, dancing, sexuality. Having lived a rather sheltered life I've more recently seen video clips of "Elvis the Pelvis." It's embarrassing even to look at. Emulated as "the king," he started it. Now, one does not have to look very far to find it. Entertainment groups appearing with Jay Leno or Sinbad, Spice girls, etc. NOTHING is left to the imagination in their "performances"! Perhaps you have noticed how many commercials are accompanied by nothing but drums recently. Getting to the root core of the "senses."
Let's connect this to the "worship band." The female lead singers standing up there, "innocently" tapping their toes to the "beat." Now, remember the old Negro spiritual, "ankle bone connected to the...leg bone -> thigh bone -> hip bone." Some are "connected" better than others, but all are connected. Think about it honestly, fellows. When she's up there tapping her toe, "what" are you looking at? "Whatever things are PURE"..?? No, it's not the extreme of the Spice girls...but it's still there. Paul writes, "make no provision for the flesh" in regard to its lusts.(Rom13:14) Is it "virtuous" or "praiseworthy"? Paul writes, "Flee sexual immorality."(1Cor6:18) As Jesus said, "..whoever LOOKS..to lust" is guilty. (Mt5:28) That is NOT "praise" to God Most High!
This is not limited to the platform. People singing along to the beat, themselves go into dancing gyrations. What is the nature of these movements? That which they learn from the world when hearing the "same beat" at other venues. Do not be deceived! This is NOT the same kind of dancing David did when he worshiped God!
WHATEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY: high decibel volume levels are well- documented as a source of hearing loss. In addition, they can cause other sensory ailments which can make a person "woozy" as the nerves are "deadened." Lose control. Not only is the sound awful, and sometimes "painful", it begins to open the door through this "lost control" ...to the demons. In countering the charismatic experiences, Paul wrote, "the spirits of the prophets are SUBJECT TO the prophets."(1Cor14:32) He speaks of keeping the "understanding."(14:15) Being in control. "Be not drunk with wine in which is dissipation (lacking restraints); but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit."(Eph5:18)
We are not even having enough space to consider "nervous" types of percussion effects used. Nor multiple complex rhythm patterns which can do all sorts of things to the senses. Not to mention the very "distracting" sounds during "quiet" times like "rim" clicks, or "transistor sound", etc.
It starts with decibels. But also includes occultish, hypnotic, mantra-like REPETITIONS. A "mantra" is "A sacred verbal formula repeated in prayer, meditation, or incantation, such as an invocation of a god, a magic spell, or a syllable or portion of scripture containing mystical potentialities." The repetitious words of these songs is very much the same technique used in hypnotism and/or yoga-type meditative preparations. Where Scripture tells us to "meditate on these THINGS", the mantra prepares the mind to "meditate on NOTHING." (see Dave Hunt's book "Occult Invasion") As Dave writes, when a mind is "empty" because its owner is "away" into "nothingness" it leaves it open for somebody else to come and run things. Who are these "somebody else/s"? Satan's demons. These people are quite correct when they speak of being "spirit- filled." They purposefully "prepare" themselves, raise their hands/arms to "receive" these spirits. And the demons are only too willing to comply.
"But," you might object, "these songs have words of praise TO GOD!" Notice that the definition of "mantra" includes "Scripture." Witches have used portions of "Scripture" to cast their spells for years. How about horror flicks and their "golden crosses" etc. Symbols of Christianity. Distortions and perversions of God's purity and holiness. Remember..."LIAR" is Satan's primary name, and his most effective modus operandi. He appears as an "angel of light" and his "ministers, as ministers of righteousness." (2Cor11:14-15) Think about it...what kind of "deception" would it be if the music talked about sex, murder and drugs, in the church? Would it be accepted? Hardly! It needs to look like the "real thing" in order to gain entrance to deceive.
You see...it all started subtly and "innocently." A bunch of hippy "christians" sitting around, rebelling against the establishment, coming from backgrounds in drugs and sex. Not wanting all "that formal ritualistic" stuff like the "hypocrites" participated in at "church." As education was "dumbing down" the school system, these new "christians" were taking God off His (rightful) loftiness of being "high and lifted up"(Is6:1), and lowering Him to a place as "equal" with themselves, "rolling around in the dirt" with them (as depicted in "Jesus" films).
They didn't want "religion" or "doctrine." They didn't want teaching from the Bible (as "Love Song" used to sing). They just wanted to "praise the Lord!" They didn't want God's "holiness" but "feelings." These same "hippies" had been learning the ways of eastern TM and yoga back then. It was only natural, then, for God to be replaced by the occult. So their TM/yoga meditative techniques were incorporated into songs and worship.
Thus, these times of "worship" ...certainly ARE "worship." But hopefully, you are beginning to realize that it is not worship of God Most High! But of Satan and his demons!
An argument will arise; "these worship bands are nothing like the 'hard core' groups." True. But how does Satan infiltrate the "churches" best? Tone it down, sneak it in; but retain all the basic elements. And there you have it. The current phenomenon.
Do we need a high-tech "band" in order to worship? Not hardly! What does Scripture say?
"Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns; The world also is firmly established, It shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously." (Ps96:9-10) Rather than embracing the world's ways, we are told to, "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty." Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2Cor6:17-7:1) Amen!