Biblical Landmarks makes a good observation about claiming that rock music is “sinful”:
“Before answering that question, it is worth noting that most of the arguments for or against rock music are based on only a few assumptions. Some against rock music are prone to use the lyric argument: the words are bad, therefore let’s get rid of rock music. However, it is easy to counter this argument by merely cleaning up the words so that they become acceptable. This is the rationale behind most Christian rock music. Another assumption against rock is merely pragmatic: I hate rock so it should be banned.
In the debate over rock music, however, there is very little attempt to come to grips with the music itself — that is, the music divorced from the lyrics. There is probably a good reason for this omission: it becomes very difficult to find a basis to criticize the music itself from a Christian perspective. For example, the Bible does not indicate what styles or forms of music might be considered immoral. This poses a very great dilemma for the person who wishes to criticize rock music: he can’t find the biblical evidence necessary to condemn it.”
Read more: http://www.biblicallandmarks.com/wpl/out-of-the-frying-pan/#more-6026
In the rest of his article, Biblical Landmarks discusses how music is a language, that languages have rules – or grammar – and the fact that much modern music is in rebellion against rules. An interesting read!
In 1932, My grandfather, A.M. Overton, was a pastor of a church in Mississippi with a wife and three small children. His wife was pregnant with their fourth child but when it came time for delivery, there were complications and both she and the baby died. During the funeral service, the preacher officiating the service noticed my grandfather writing something on a piece of paper. After the service the minister asked him about it, and he handed him the paper with a poem he had just written which he titled, “He Maketh No Mistake”.
“He Maketh No Mistake”
My Father’s way may twist and turn
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I’m glad to know,
He maketh no mistake
My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away,
But still I’ll trust my Lord to lead,
For He doth know the way.
Tho’ night be dark and it may seem
That day will never break,
I’ll pin my faith, my all, in Him,
He maketh no mistake.
There’s so much now I cannot see,
My eyesight’s far too dim,
But come what may,
I’ll simply trust and leave it all to Him.
For by and by the mist will lift,
And plain it all He’ll make,
Through all the way, tho’ dark to me,
He made not one mistake.
– A.M. Overton, 1932
Read about A.M. Overton’s life here: http://www.churchlead.com/mind_wanderings/view/1630/he_maketh_no_mistake
I also found two renditions of this poem put to music:
A quote on rock music to ponder as I continue developing a theology of music. This sounds rather dramatic:
“To encourage children into Rock Music is to place them into the white hot arms of Molech and the beat and power behind the music will drown out the cries of your child as occultic powers consume him and drag him into the fires of hell!”
~ Ray Comfort, The Pit of Hell!: Unbelievable Satanic Deception Flooding the Earth! (1983)
Some thoughts on music to go with my studies of the subject:
Since music can tend to draw us in either a good or bad direction, it behooves us to be very careful concerning the music we recreate by, and the extent to which we engage in it. As Matthew Henry notes, in order for music to be permissible, it must conform to certain Biblical principles. In order to be permissible, some necessary characteristics of music include:
1. Sober – “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” (I Thes 5:6). It is defined this way: “to be calm and collected in spirit”…
Read more: http://www.puritans.net/articles/discerningmusic.htm