FOLLOWING A THOROUGH STUDY of the philosophies and lifestyles of popular music producers, it is not difficult to discern that they have long and well understood that music is likely the most powerful tool to effect personal and societal change ever employed! An understanding and appreciation of this basic fact, combined with the radical change in modern distribution of music and the subsequent loss of local control over content, has enabled the swift and significant degradation in public morality and subsequent, widespread personal behaviors seen over the past 70+ years. It is not to be presumed that the Church has been immune to the battle Satan has Only at our own greatest peril can we forget that humanity has an Enemy who excels in knowledge and corrupt wisdom...seeking every method of separating man from God in both spirit and personal experience. Music which violates Godly principle has no place in the life of those who call upon the Lord for salvation. Unholy music cannot be made holy through the implementation of "religious" sounding words or names. The mere mention of the name Jesus in a song does not sanctify music which fails on other accounts.
 
IT IS THE HEIGHT OF PRESUMPTION to believe that  men and women can come to God in any manner of worship THEY choose...and HE has to take it!
What you win them with...is what you win them to!
 
Can't we all just try to "get along" on this issue? Certainly, if  the basic premise that the Holy Bible is to be our guide about ALL THINGS including musical principle. "Reaching people where they are", so-called "cultural differences", music for "today" and "what I like" are NOT valid excuses for the violation of principle located therein. The track of truth lies close beside the track of error, and both tracks may seem to be one...to minds which are not worked by the Holy Spirit, and which, therefore, are not quick to discern the difference between truth and error.
 
IF THERE WERE no Biblical principles for music...there would be an excuse for much of the music chosen by many people today, Christian and non-Christian alike, but that is not the case. Each of us IS what we hear and see! By beholding (or hearing) we ARE changed.
 
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
 
SONG IS ONE of the most effective means of impressing spiritual truth upon the heart. Often by the words of sacred songs the springs of penitence and faith have been unsealed. Our thanks go out to many of our fellow Christian broadcasters who have, through their published statements, aided us in our quest to present the following information in a clear and concise manner. Truth is truth. May we all be faithful to the Living Word who never fails to guide the sincere heart.

 

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