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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