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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 there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 (NKJ)

On Friday night our youth went to a youth concert put on monthly by a group of churches called Heart-quake. My teens like others like their music loud. But on this night it was even too loud for them. The worship band that was invited didn’t really sing. They screamed most their songs. The teens couldn’t make out much of what they sang. Our youth group left after the band got into their third song. It’s not the first time our group was not happy with what went on there. One night they had a youth pastor who came in and used many swear words during his talk to the youth. At one point the translator refused to translate some of the things he was saying.

What are we doing to reach our youth? There was a time when many church leaders were upset at rock and roll style music that came into the church during the sixties and seventies. I have no problem with many of the styles myself that have been introduced. Being a worship leader as well as being involved in music one way or another most of my life has helped me a lot. I have seen music from both a worldly point of view as well as a Christian view. That coupled with the Holy Spirit residing in me as well as the gift of discernment, helps me to be a pretty good judge of what has come from God and what has not.

We have seen much of worship that once was lost being returned to the church in these last days. For a long time dance was frowned upon, but it is now becoming more and more an accepted part of worship once again. I’m not talking about sensual dancing but dance that expresses joy in worshipping our Creator. But at the same time God has been restoring things that have been lost, the enemy is sowing other things. Things that are sensual. Things that satisfy the flesh more than glorify God.

As a boy I used to rush home to watch an afternoon soap opera called "Dark Shadows" It was a gothic based show with vampires, werewolves, witches and ghosts. It represented many things that God has told His children not to be involved with. 2 Corinthians 6:14 says; Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? Yet now Goth rock is being introduced as being Christian to our youth and much of our youth is embracing it. The Gothic lifestyle is completely opposite to the Christian lifestyle. They are not compatible. The term Christian Goth is an oxymoron. As a Goth you are told to embrace the darkness, but as a Christian you are told to embrace the Light. You cannot embrace both.

For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light]. For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life. And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them. For it is a shame even to speak of or mention the things that [such people] practice in secret. But when anything is exposed and reproved by the light, it is made visible and clear; and where everything is visible and clear there is light. Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light. Ephesians 5:8-14 (AMP)

Part of the thing I do each week is listen to much of the new Christian music coming out. There has been quite an increase in bands which would be classified as Goth or Christian death metal. Some of the stuff I hear that calls itself Christian makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Something that only happens when I am confronting demonic forces. You cannot understand a thing that they are screaming. And yes it’s screaming, not singing. It sounds like a demonic rage to me. Some of it almost sounds as if they are vomiting over the microphone. I’m not joking! If you can’t understand a single word that a band is singing or screaming, there is something seriously wrong with it. Words are a very important part of getting the gospel message across through song. I used to listen to some very dark bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and such, but none them even came as close to sounding as dark and demonic as some of this stuff disguising itself as Christian does. Has the church lost it’s discernment that some of these bands are actually being used in worship services? Who are the kids really worshipping through this music? I’m afraid that an angel of light has crept in amongst us. His name is satan. A master of manipulating music for undiscerning people.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light. 1 Peter 2:9 (AMP)

It is very important that as believers we apply Philippians 4:8 to everything we do. It is also important that we ask God to help us truly discern the plans of the enemy to infiltrate the church and if there is one group he will try to reach it is those who represent our future, the youth. I’m proud of the way our youth used discernment last Friday. I pray God opens the eyes and ears of those who operate these city wide youth events, that they also may use the discernment that at the moment they very much seem to be lacking.


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Comments on: "Christian Goth and Death Metal?" (13)

  1. hey Gerry,
    i know its been a very long time but every once and a wile is fun hearing from some one els. I have no idea how they can call any of that music "worship" rock, there is punk rock worship bands and every one knows that a punk isnt a very good word to discribe god and neither is death metal. But there is other music that can be good for kids and stuff that they might actuly want to listen to like Pink Floyd, or and most of all Led Zeppelin, and even tho youve all heard all the blasphamy about Zeppelin being satanic none of it is true Stairway To Heaven is not what people think "and shes BINDING the stairway to heaven" not buying but anyways nice to see your still going Gerry.
    yours truly, Mr Jimmy Wanabe

  2. Nice space you have here. Great blog entry. There was a time when I liked some of the screaming, but it always got old after a few "songs." Now I just wonder how some of these people call themselves singers. Anybody can scream and yell. LOL

    gerry, as a  christian senior I have been quiet concerned about some of the music our youth are listening to. I realize that they need an outlet for their energybut at the same time it needs to glorify God. I think your blog is kool. Jim

  4. Hey Gerry!! Someone gave me a cool pointer about music : if you can\’t or have a real hard time to worship God while listening to it, than it\’s not Christian, period! It\’s pretty tough to worship God while listening \’word vomit\’, if I can say it that way. I hope that Christians everywhere will let God speak to their heart and guide them in every choice they\’ll have to make, eventually… Nice entry Gerry, God bless you!!
    Cath 🙂

  5. Enjoyed reading your site – thanks – Randy

  6. My pastors encourage us not to watch Charmed or whatnot because what we \’eat\’ is eventually what we will return to the world. I understand this because when i watch these things or listen to music that has unpleasant, unchristian tones I find myself \’slipping\’ into bad habits like swearing or thinking less than nice thoughts. I have laernt its best to keep away from such things if I want to move forward in God. And I do.
    Keep up the good work 🙂 Sarah

  7. Bethany said:

    Hi Gerry,
    I have finally gotten around to reading some of the posts here.  I have to comment on this one, since it is a subject that gave both myself and my husband a really hard time at one point.  I am a follower when it comes to music, i go with the flow.  My favourite band had to be Tea Party, but then something changed within me and all that I heard from them was painful.  Now, Peter and started just a little before that going through all of our music and downsizing it because we were incharge of the youth at our church, and we didn\’t want them seeing us have music that we were trying to get them not to listen to anymore.  For some reason I couldn\’t let go of Tea Party, but we did start to get more and more Christian music and we actually made a compilation cd for our youth to have so that they could try and see what they did and didn\’t like but with Christian lyrics instead of worldly ones.  We were careful in our selection not  knowing how this would go, but it turned out good.  A lot of the boys especially, liked POD, while liked the softer bands like News Boys.  We also gave them a second cd, which was a project for them, it was a witnessing tool, one to give to an unchurched friend.  But the biggest problem we came up against was the fact that some of the songs we chose to use didn\’t specifically have Jesus or God referenced in the lyrics and we were told then that it was not a christian song, by a minister.  They had apparently done their "homework" and had decided that POD was not a christian band and that we were not allowed to bring in such type of music to the youth.  It was a hard thing to swallow since music at that time a major influence in our ministry.  We had to stand by what we were told to do, or else the ministry to the youth would no longer be our responsibility, which was unfortunate, because before we got there, there was no ministry for the youth.  I don\’t like the screaming music anyways, and no, christian goth just doesn not belong together, ever.  There is a saying about why should the devil have all the good music, well, he doesn\’t, God is the inspiration for all music, whether it be loud, soft, somewhere inbetween, or even somewhere on the extreme ends, God is the inspiration for it all, it is up to us to bring the glory to Him through it and to make sure that it is understood that way.
    Thank you for this post, it has obviously been thought provoking for me (as you can tell with the really long comment I am leaving)  but it is also great to have the "radar" on, so to speak, when we do sit down to listen to some christian music and have a discerning heart.
    Blessings to you and your family,

  8. If Christians are going to lead our young people by example ,
    it has to be a good example !
    God bless all you do in His name

  9. I totally love how there are more modern and different styles of Christian music.  In alot of ways, it reaches people who would otherwise not attend church or even listen to the word of God.
    What concerns me though, is that we have lost what it is all supposed to be about. Glorifying and worshipping God through song.
    There has to be a balance where we can use different styles, yet not take it to the point where the genre totally opposes the message of Christ.
    the other big beef with Christain music is that it has become more about the popularity of the bands themselves then about God.
    i\’ve heard people in church complain that they dont like the music played in church and demand something different. it seems to have gottne so far away from what it\’s supposed to be about.
    I have a certain disdain for parts of Christainity this  day and age, where it has turned into yet another self gratifying and self glorifying pursuit.

  10. I find the biggest question that should always be asked is not is a song worshipful, but if God worshipped? Is God glorified? It seems a lot of times songs are deemed unworshippful because they don\’t fit what they\’ve always done. However I feel the biggest question is… is God worshipped and glorified? In many of the cases yes, but sadly also in many cases no. I cannot understand how not being able to hear the words of a song even glorify God. Its like… making a whole heap of meaningless noise, that has no real purpose, nothing even correlating to God… and associated to worshipping God?
    I don\’t think that we should restrict the ways we worship God, but there\’s always a limit. Music is becoming a big thing in today\’s world… so where do you think Satan would be targeting if he wanted to bring people further from God? We really need to be aware of the false teachers that we have been warned so much about in these last days
    God bless!

  11. Hi Gerry..have popped in before..just checking your site out again….Have just got back from mission in Turkey and had some amazing experiences……now on mission in Ireland…..your site is awsome my brother in Christ…….great stuff……God bless you ministry mightily!…… 

  12. Valarie said:

    Hey Gerry,
    Thanks for the Mother\’s Day wishes.  I appreciate that very much.  Sorry it has been so long since I have dropped by your site. I truly enjoyed this blog. I agree completely with it. Everything we do, say and sing, if you wil,l should be God honoring.  Last time I checked , God hears our thoughts…what would be the necessity in screaming anything, much less music.  Youth today mainly need understanding, and simply just the time of day from Adults. We don\’t have to water down or be of the World to reach them.  Sure…know what they are doing…get in touch with where they are…but don\’t go there with them!  Show them the brighter path and in all things…do them in LOVE!
    Enjoy your kids this weekend!
    Blessings to you and much love.

  13. Hi Just enjoying the writings of bloggers…my music is soft rock and country!

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