Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hijacked by Rock 'n' Rollers : Modern Christian Churches and Music Deception

Rock'n' Roll Sunday Worship Service @ Elevation Church, NC


  "Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) has some identifiable features even though it does not easily lend itself a definition. Preuss observes that “not all CCM is rock music, although the two are often confounded. 
  It is estimated that about ninety percent of CCM comes in a wide variety of rock styles”. 
"This is so because some church leaders place importance on the lyrics of the song and not the style. For instance, Rick Warren opines that “churches… need to admit that no particular style of music is “sacred”. What makes a song sacred is its messages…. There is no such things as “Christian music”, only Christian lyrics”. (Opeyemi T. Oladosu, "Contemporary Christian Music and the Church", The American Journal of Biblical Theology, Volume 18(30). July 23, 2017)

Saddleback Church and Rock 'n' Roll 

  "I believe in the transformative power of Rock'n Roll, this transformative power adheres not so much in the words of the song...but in the music itself, in the sound and above all in the beat."(Robert, Rock & Roll Unruly History)

  “In his effort to create a non-judgmental atmosphere, the pastor promoted a ‘God accepts us as we are’ philosophy, with which CCM seems to go hand in hand... This teaching produced a church that attracted people who wanted God in their lives but did not want to change their lifestyles.” 
(Dan Lucarini, Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement: Confessions of a Former Worship Leader, Evangelical Press, 2002, pp. 28, 29)

  “Now I want to summarize the reasons I had to leave the CCM scene. Firstly, I could no longer accept the premises undergirding the CCM philosophy. … Our key premises were that music is amoral; God accepts all music styles; and no one should judge another’s preference or tastes. As I dug into the Bible to prove them right, instead I saw that they were man-centered, illogical, and misrepresentations of basic biblical principles. …

  "Secondly, when I saw what the Bible teaches about true worship and what it really means to be in the presence of God, I became sickened at the way my generation so glibly used profane and vulgar music accompanied by vulgar dress to offer up worship and praise to a holy God! 
And no one involved seemed to notice what we were doing. Thirdly, to preserve my marriage and to be faithful to God in all things, I needed to separate from the temptations that were ever-present in the CCM setting: the ego gratification and attraction to the female members of the worship team.” (Ibid. p. 34)

"The human mind shuts down after three or four repetitions of a rhythm, or a melody, or a harmonic progression. Furthermore, excessive repetition causes people to release control of their thoughts. Rhythmic repetition is used by people who are trying to push certain ethics in their music." (Dr. M.Ballam)

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A. Is There any Connection between "Christian Rock" and "Permeation of False Teachings"? Does the former reinforce the latter and vice versa? 

Example A.
New Apostolic Reformation and Rock Worship

Example B
The Restoration of David's Tabernacle and Rock Worship

Example C
Hillsong and Rock Worship

*related articles;

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Hillsong and Prosperity Gospel

Example D

Empowered 21 and Rock Worship

New Apostolic Reformation using Empowered21, Assemblies of God, to further agenda?

B. Christian Rock and Bodily Movement: the drastic effect of the Beat Anticipation

The late Graham West, who was a pastor and a church music researcher/educator at Tamworth Bible Baptist Church in Australia defines the Beat Anticipation as follows;

Beat Anticipation:
: Syncopation that moves the natural position of the accent by causing the last note of the musical phrase to fall off the beat immediately before a naturally accented beat.

"When the accent is taken away from the naturally strong beats (either by a backbeat or by syncopation) there is a strong psychological and physiological impulse for the mind and body to move into the gap."
(Graham West, The Rhythm of Rock)

John Makujima in his book Measuring the Music also points out that;

"Rock's danceability is due predominately to its emphasized syncopated rhythms, which invite the listener to supply the missing first and third beats either mentally or through a series of physical gestures."

(*Pastor David Cloud categorizes the major elements of sensual CCM worship experience as follows;
1. Syncopated dance rhythm
2. Unresolving chords
3. Sensual vocal techniques
4. Electronic modulation
5. Rise and fall in intensity
6. Repetition

C. Christian Rock Music and Mind: from Brain Neurological Perspective

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Mr. C.Berdahl in one of his lecture series (Distraction Dilemma 2  Opus: Identifyingthe Mind's Mark) explains how Rock music affects our minds neurologically.

He explains that by exposing ourselves to Rock music as well as Eastern meditation, Contemplative/Centering prayer, Yoga, New Age meditation etc, our Beta Waves which originate from frontal lobes (the brain area where character/Discernment/Morality/Will function) are taken off and instead Alpha Waves (Visualization and Mediation mood) which originate from occipital and parietal lobes start to reign. 

Brain state chart

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(source: Stuart Ira Fox, Human Physiology, Chapter 8 The Central Nervous System)

It is indeed a dangerous state because now that the Beta Waves are absent, we are unable to discern the incoming information! Please look at this short video and grasp this spiritually dangerous state.

(related article: The Power of Music: Mind Control by Rhythmic Sound By R. Douglas Fields on October 19, 2012)

D. The Fundamental Rock Philosophy: Do What Thou Wilt

Rock music has been popular since the 1950s and had had an appeal to people of all cultures and ethnic groups around the world. Since the time Blues morphed into rock with the help of musicians such as Little Richard and Elvis Presley, Rock ‘n’ Roll has drawn in many millions of fans worldwide.

Rock performers have revealed some interesting information about Rock ‘n’ Roll that may shock you. The first fact they have revealed to us is that Rock music is about doing what you want to do. Listen to these quotes from Rock musicians and Rock lovers. (Note: emphasis is added to the quotes.)

“I’m free to do what I want any old time” (“I’m Free,” Rolling Stones, 1965). 

“It’s my life and I’ll do what I want/ It’s my mind, and I’ll think what I want” (The Animals, 1965). 

“You got to go where you want to go/ do what you want to do” (Mamas and Papas, 1965). 

“It’s your thing/ do what you want to do” (Isley Brothers, 1969). 

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“The main purpose of rock and roll is celebration of the self” (Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates, interview with Timothy White, 1987, Rock Lives, p. 594).  

“Rock music has got the same message as before. It is anti-religious, anti-nationalistic and anti-morality. But now I understand what you have to do. You have to put the message across with a little honey on it” (John Lennon, spoken not long before his death in 1980, Pop Goes the Gospel, p. 84). 

Rock Music is related to Voodoo

When African slaves were brutally captured and taken aboard slave ships for America, living in horrible conditions aboard the ships, they brought with them their music, part of their pagan religion. In Africa, drums are known to call up the spirits, known as the “gods” (Ventura).

Michael Ventura, a secular journalist, wrote of the Voodoo roots of Rock music in an article titled “Hear that Long Snake Moan”: (Emphasis is added to the quotes.)

"In Abomey, Africa, these deities that speak through humans are called vodun. The word means “mysteries.” From their vodun comes our “Voodoo.” And it is to Voodoo that we must look for the roots of our music [Rock and Roll]." 

"The object of Voodoo ceremony is possession by the god." 

"The Voodoo rite of possession by the god became the standard of American performance in rock’n’roll. Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Jim Morrison, Johnny Rotten, Prince – they let themselves be possessed not by any god they could name but by the spirit they felt in the music. 
Their behavior in this possession was something Western society had never before tolerated. And the way a possessed devotee in a Voodoo ceremony often will transmit his state of possession to someone else merely by touching the hand, they transmitted their possession through their voice and their dance to their audience, even through their records."

The drums pounding away in Voodoo rituals are nearly identical to the drums of Rock music and both call up evil spirits that the pagans call “gods”.

Missionary Ivor Greenslade recounts his experience on the mission field in this transcript:

“When we first came up here (from the mission field) and heard the Rock Music, when it first came out, my wife and I looked at each other and said this is something we have been hearing all along. This is nothing new to us. It sounds just like the jungle music.  

"I remember one furlough going back and we took some tapes out. Our children had slipped one of these contemporary Christian music tapes, Christian Rock. Shall we put it in quotation marks? Really there is no such thing as "Christian" Rock. Rock is rock and it is connected to Spiritism.  

"When our children played that tape, suddenly the brethren wanted to know why we were playing the music of the demons. They recognized it right away.  
"All of this contemporary Christian music as they call it, the people who are in Animism recognize it right away as their demonism music. You will find that this [rock] music and Animism is the same in the Amazon Jungle as it is in North America. It is all related to Spiritism” (Brown).

*Related articles concerning the connection between Rock music and Voodoo Spiritualism:

E. Addictive progressiveness of Rock Music

Excerpts from David Cloud, Replacing Hymns with Contemporary Praise Music

The sensual dance rhythm of rock music has addictive, transformative power. Dan Lucarini, a former contemporary worship leader, led churches from using traditional hymns to a contemporary worship program, and in the book Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement he describes how he did it.

The key was starting out with “soft” rock, which acts as an addictive, transformative influence on the congregation. He writes:

The rock was softer, but it still contained the rock rhythm that undeniably appeals to our flesh. The listener soon develops a craving for it. JUST LIKE AN ADDICT, THERE IS NO TURNING BACK. What happens over time is a steady slide down the slippery slope away from all traditional music into the latest, edgiest contemporary styles.”

Graham West issues the same warning:

Once you begin listening to soft rock, you begin sliding down that slippery slope to the more aggressive forms of rock. SOFT ROCK BEGINS TO ORIENT THE WHOLE WAY OF PERCEIVING MUSIC AROUND RHYTHM and away from melody. 
Your musical interest will change. Hymns will seem dull in comparison to your newly acquired tastes. It's a progression I've seen over and over again in the lives of Christians. IT'S A DOWNWARD SPIRAL. It happens in the lives of individuals; it happens in the lives of families; it happens in the lives of churches.

"There is a GRAY AREA OF IGNORANCE ABOUT THE POWER OF POP SYNCOPATION. And the devil, taking advantage of this, being not only the master musician but also the master of subtlety, comes along to a strong fundamental church or a Bible college and he offers his wares of CCM rock ballads. 
It sounds great. There's no drums, no wild electric guitars, no obvious back beat, just the piano or guitar and the singer. And it's almost the same as the songs that they used to sing, except the rhythm kind of trips a little bit. But that's O.K. because it's exciting, and the young people love it. 
The problem is that when the rhythm does that little trip it means that the music contains a basic, distinctive rhythmic feature of all rock & roll since its inception in the 1950s. In this way, before you've even known it, you've been deceived by the subtle strategy of Satan. This is the blind spot that Satan is using to his advantage. He knows that once a church accepts rock ballads, complete capitulation is almost inevitable.

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In the case of vigilant, serious-minded Christians, he has to start them up at the very top of the slope with very gentle rock so that the conscience doesn't scream out, 'This music is wrong!' Just as long as he can get you started, he has won, because just like a drug pusher he knows that his users will want more and more of that sensual rhythm” (Graham West, The Rhythm of Rock).

Many churches that are adapting CCM think they are removing the “rock” from Christian rock, but they are actually just toning it down to “soft rock.”

F. "Bridge" to Where?

Some say that they endorse CCM in order to win the young souls for Christ. They argue that by using secular music style, we can "attract" non-believing youths and draw them into the church. "So CCM plays a role of 'bridge', " they say. But...does it? 

First of all, what kind of "bridge" is it? Is it a "bridge"for unsaved youths to come into our churches or is it rather a 'bridge' for saved Christian youths to be drawn to the secular world and its spirits? The reality shows that the latter case is rather true.

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          City Harvest Church, Singapore

Nowadays. even those who have promoted this kind of Seeker Sensitive approach have come to realize that something is tremendously wrong in their methodology and its philosophy.

Willow Creek has released the results of a multi-year study on the effectiveness of their programs and philosophy of ministry. The study's findings are in a new book titled "Reveal: Where Are You?," co-authored by Cally Parkinson and Greg Hawkins, executive pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. 
Hybels himself called the findings "ground breaking," "earth shaking" and "mind blowing." And no wonder: It seems that the "experts" were wrong.  
The report reveals that most of what they have been doing for these many years and what they have taught millions of others to do is not producing solid disciples of Jesus Christ. Numbers yes, but not disciples. It gets worse. 
Hybels laments: "Some of the stuff that we have put millions of dollars into thinking it would really help our people grow and develop spiritually, when the data actually came back it wasn't helping people that much. Other things that we didn't put that much money into and didn't put much staff against is stuff our people are crying out for."(Christian Examiner, Willow Creek model,its leaders say, fails at discipleship)

Still, some of our readers might wonder; "But...if we oppose CCM, we might end up becoming hard-line, inflexible traditionalists who insist that only old (English) Hymnals are to be sung and valued as true Christian worship."

Regarding this, let me assure you that to deny the CCM philosophy does not mean we are "anti-contemporary." Nor do we insist that only the old Western hymnals can be true sacred music. No. In fact, as a missionary to Middle Eastern people, I have encouraged converts to compose new hymns and sacred melodies in their context.

We are opposed to a postmodern Emerging idea that pagan cultures can be "redeemed," (rather they are to be "confronted") but we are also opposed to the other extreme idea that sacred hymns and melodies are to be confined to a certain historical and geographical arena only (in this case, "Old English Hymnals-Only" idea).

As I shared with you in my previous posts, Mission Timothée in France is one of the churches who have been pursuing the true nature and substance of biblical worship in the 21st century context. 

They deny the CCM philosophy and Rock music firmly and at the same time, they are actively producing doctrinally-sound, sacred songs and melodies in French language. And indeed, their sacred songs have been touching the hearts of secular French youths!! 

G. CCM Rock unavoidably leads us to Organizational Ecumenism

CCM's ambiguous, unclear lyrics reflect today's emerging cultural climate. In fact, this kind of ambiguity is much needed for anti-doctrinal, relativistic churches for its "unity" and ecumenism.

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Rick Warren and Pope (source)
Elliot Nesch, Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker Sensitive

A new Decalogue has been adopted by the neo-Christians of our day, the first word of which reads "Thou shalt not disagree"; and a new set of Beatitudes too, which begins "Blessed are they that tolerate everything, for they shall not be made accountable for anything." 

It is now the accepted thing to talk over religious differences in public with the understanding that no one will try to convert another or point out errors in his belief. The purpose of these talks is not to confront truth, but to discover how the followers of other religions think and thus benefit from their views as we hope they will from ours.

It is a truism that people agree to disagree only about matters they consider unimportant. No man is tolerant when it concerns his life or the life of his child, and no one will agree to negotiate over any religious matter he considers vital to his eternal welfare. 

Imagine Moses agreeing to take part in a panel discussion with Israel over the golden calf; or Elijah engaging in a gentlemanly dialogue with the prophets of Baal. Or try to picture our Lord Jesus Christ seeking a meeting of minds with the Pharisees to iron out differences; or Athanasius trying to rise above his differences with Arius in order to achieve union on a higher level; or Luther crawling into the presence of the pope in the name of a broader Christian fellowship.

The desire to be liked even if not respected is a great weakness in any man's character, and in that of a minister of Jesus Christ it is a weakness wholly inexcusable. The popular image of the man of God as a smiling, congenial, asexual religious mascot whose handshake is always soft and whose head is always bobbing in the perpetual Yes of universal acquiescence is not the image found in the Scriptures of truth.

The blessing of God is promised to the peacemaker, but the religious negotiator had better watch his step. The ability to settle quarrels between members of God's household is a heavenly gift and one that should be assiduously cultivated. The discerning soul who can reconcile separated friends by prayer and appeal to the Scriptures is worth his weight in diamonds.

That is one thing, but the effort to achieve unity at the expense of truth and righteousness is another. To seek to be friends with those who will not be the friends of Christ is to be a traitor to our Lord. Darkness and light can never be brought together by talk. Some things are not negotiable. (A.W. Tozer)

Above: Ecumenical Worship Service at Lifest 2015, Skillet
(Participants: Toby Mac, Casting Crowns, Skillet, Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Needtobreathe, Third Day, dc Talk, Rebecca St. James, Michael W. Smith, Switchfoot and Superchic,  Jars of Clay, MercyMe, TobyMac etc..) c.f., Should Christians Listen toContemporary Christian Music?

Ecumenical Worship Service at Lifest (Chris Tomlin)

*related articles (CCM and Ecumenism):


Today's churches are hijacked by Rock 'n' Rollers.

Behind this scene, there exists compound elements such as the Seeker-Sensitive Approach, permeation of the American Pragmatism spirit* inside mainstream evangelical churches, a giant money-oriented CCM music industry, market driven church, Dominion theology* etc.

 (*"Seeker-Sensitive" Christian Worship and Pragmatism)

*Berean Research, Dominionism and The NAR

"Many will endure outright heresies to enjoy a pleasant experience, or to "feel the presence of God" even if that presence is generated by mood-altering methods more akin to manipulation than worship. Indeed, it is all together likely that some are willingly being manipulated because they enjoy "Christian Lite."
Gary Gilley, This Little Church Went to Market: Is the Modern Church Reaching out or Selling out?)

When the standard of MUSIC in a church is lowered … then the standard of DRESS is also lowered. When the standard of dress is lowered … Then the standard of CONDUCT is also lowered. When the standard of conduct is lowered … the sense of value in God’s TRUTH is lowered. When the standard of God’s truth is lowered … then we have SPIRITUAL ANARCHY.” —Gordon Sears

In the midst of our holy sanctuary, there stands the audacious Gold Calf called "Christian Rock" worship. Prompted by its unruly, sensual and worldly spirit, "feel good" emotionalism has conquered countless Christians who think that they are filled with the Holy Spirit.

Oh Lord, give mercy upon us! And save us from all forms of evil and deception! 


Graham West, Music and Your Church
Graham West, The Rhythm of Rock
John Makujina, Measuring the Music: Another Look at the Contemporary Christian Music Debate, Paperback – 2002
Dan Lucarini, Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement: Confessions of a Former Worship Leader, Paperback – July 1, 2002
Gary Gilley, This Little Church Went to Market: Is the Modern Church Reaching out or Selling out?
Paul Washer, Unbiblical church music (YouTube)
Paul Flynn, Of Chaos and Confusion: The Modern Church (Full Film-YouTube)
David W. Cloud, Sounds of Contemporary Christian Music (YouTube)

Tamworth Bible Baptist Church, Sounds of Apostasy, Should Christians Listen to Contemporary Christian Music?
Bob DeWaay, Redefining the Church-The Church Growth Movement's Unbiblical Definition of the Church
Grace to You Ministries, Straight Talk About the Seeker Church Movement
Orrel Steinkamp, Schuller Planted, Hybels Watered, Warren (Peter Drucker) Gives The Increase
Deception in the Church, Many Articles about the Unbiblical Nature of the Church Growth Movement
The Problems With The Purpose-Driven Definition of a Christ Follower
Why I Left Your Seeker-Friendly Church
Dennis Castella, The Church Growth Movement: An Analysis of Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven" Church Growth Strategy
Seeker Movement on Critical Issues Commentary Radio (5 different shows)
The Faulty Premises of the Church Growth Movement on Critical Issues Commentary Radio (4 different shows)
Elliot Nesch, Celebrity Pastor is Not a Biblical Church Office
Steven Kozar, The Seeker-Friendly, Purpose-Driven Cornucopia of alse Doctrine
Steven Kozar, "Church... Business... What's the Difference?" Confused Willow Creek Leadership Conference
Bill Hybels Talks About Popeye (Much) More Than Jesus in the Museum of Idolatry
Bill Hybels: "God Uses a Re-Crafted Schedule to Transform Lives" in the Museum of Idolatry
Resistance is Futile: You Will Be Assimilated Into the Community (Fighting for the Faith with more links)
The Andy Stanley Cornucopia of False Teaching, Fast Talking and Postmodern Ambiguity
Seeker-Sensual Church Growth (Fighting for the Faith Episode with Rosebrough, Kozar and Spreeman)

Marcha West, Purpose Driven Dismantling of Christianity
Pragmatism | Reformed Bible Studies & Devotionals at