Third – In this article we are going to look at rock music to gain a better understanding about why it is ungodly music.  If we can see this, it will help us to see why it is wrong to copy its style in Christian music.

“One of the reasons why Contemporary Christian Music has gained such rapid influence in churches is that this generation is so completely addicted to rock music. Over the past 50 years, rock music has permeated society in practically every part of the world. It is on the radio and television, in commercials, in stores, at sporting events. Even the mildest form of rock music was shocking to people in the 1950s, but that which was shocking then is old hat today. As rock has gotten ever more violent and vicious, we have become desensitized to the milder forms of it. Many people don’t even recognize soft rock as rock music. When they think of rock, they think of heavy metal or punk or rap or some other kind of very hard rock. The average church member is so accustomed to and even addicted to rock music in his daily life, he craves for it even in church. Thus, practically every pastor today is faced with an ongoing battle if he attempts to hold the line in the area of music.” – David Cloud, What’s Wrong with Soft Rock?

So far in our study of music we have learned that music is melody, harmony and rhythm, and that the two basic types of rhythm are straight or backbeat. Straight rhythm is natural but backbeat rhythm is unnatural and appeals to our flesh. The sound of music affects us emotionally and physically and is either decent or indecent, spiritual or fleshly. The lyrics of music are either good or bad. With the delivery of music, the style, atmosphere, and musician’s appearance may be good or bad. We must sift the sound, lyrics, and delivery through the Bible grid, keeping the good and discarding all that is bad in any way.

In this article we are going to look at rock music to gain a better understanding about why it is ungodly music.

1. What is Rock Music?

a. Merriam-Webster Dictionary

  1. Rock Music: popular music usually played on electronically amplified instruments and characterized by a persistent heavily accented beat, much repetition of simple phrases, and often country, folk, and blues elements.
  2. Hard Rock: rock music marked by a heavy regular beat, high amplification, and usually frenzied performances
  3. Soft Rock: rock music that is less driving and gentler sounding than hard rock

b. Rock music comes in many forms

  1. According to the “All Music Guide” there are more than 187 variations of rock music.
  2. The term rock music for our purposes includes everything from soft rock to hard rock, from country rock to dance, and all other backbeat pop music.

2. Why is Rock Music Dangerous?

a. Rock music is appealing to the flesh

  1. The backbeat, break beat (unnatural beats) and sensual singing styles (and its other sensual characteristics) are appealing to the flesh. Man’s sinful nature likes the rebellious self-pleasing nature of rock music.
  2. David Cloud describing his life before salvation said,”Everything I was doing and thinking was supported by rock music – drugs, eastern religion, rebellion against parents and government, licentious living, long hair, communism (I collected Mao’s Red Book and other communist propaganda during my stay in Vietnam and was very sympathetic to that philosophy). Rock music never encouraged me to be an obedient, submissive, God-honoring person. It taught me, rather, that I was “born to be wild,” born to follow my natural impulses, born to live without rules.” www.wayoflife.org/database/characterrockmusic.html
  3. John Blanchard and Dan Lucarini point out on page 53 of their coauthored book, “Can we Rock the Gospel?” that”One of the basic characteristics of rock music is constant repetition.” This repetition is hypnotic. Blanchard quotes Jimi Hendrix who said “You can hypnotize people with the music and when you get them at their weakest point you can preach into the sub-conscious what you want to say.” (Can we Rock the Gospel? p. 54, quoted from Life magazine, 3 Oct. 1969)

b. Rock music is damaging to the ears

  1. In a web article by Laurence O’Donnell we read, “In addition to harmful, irregular beats in rock music, shrill frequencies prove to also be harmful to the body. Bob Larson, a Christian minister and former rock musician, remembers that in the 70’s teens would bring raw eggs to a rock concert and put them on the front of the stage. The eggs would be hard boiled by the music before the end of the concert and could be eaten.” www.cerebromente.org.br/n15/mente/musica.html  This happened because of the piercing high-pitched sounds.
  2. Sounds of 111 decibels may be damaging to the ears if prolonged more than 3 minutes 45 seconds. (Blanchard, p. 60, based on Hearing and Noise in Industry by Burns and Robinson)
  3. Rock music may be played at 120d to a max of 150d.  www.gcaudio.com/resources/howtos/loudness.html  Another report claims that rock music is often about 110d. www.fda.gov/fdac/reprints/ots_ears.html  

c. Rock music has demonic connections

  1. Rock has connections with the occult.
    • “The truth is that rock ‘n’ roll is a moral hemlock. It is by nature a music of demonic rebellion and protest. Drugs and sex are its arsenal.”(David Noebel, The Legacy of John Lennon, p. 19).
    • “The themes of rock ‘n’ roll include rebellion, homosexuality, satanism, the occult, drugs, murder, suicide, incest, vulgarity, sadomasochism, anti-patriotism and above all, free sex.” (Fletcher Brothers, Rock Report, Lancaster: Starburst Publishing, 1987)
  2. Rock also has roots in voodoo. (Blanchard, p 89-90)

d. Rock music promotes immorally

  1. “All of these factors impacted on cultures and societies as a whole, but they also found their expression in rock music as a medium of “liberation” via pleasure and amusement. The messages are clear: rock your body and let it roll. Only a fool would assume that there’s no sexual connotation. Of course, there is.” – Rock and Roll: Music for your Body, Eberhard Wenzel,http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/rock_music/36143
  2. “Rock ‘n’ roll is all sex. One hundred percent sex.” (Debbie Harry of the rock band Blondie, cited by Carl Belz, “Television Shows and Rock Music,” as it appeared in The Age of Communication, William Lutz, Goodyear Publishing Company, 1974, p. 398)

e. Rock music is full of ungodly language

  1. Cursing, swearing, and filthy words are common in rock.
  2. Blasphemy is also common (Blanchard, p. 131)

f. Rock music promotes drugs

  1. Meera Atkinson in an article dated Tuesday, 23 September 2008 stated, “Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a catch phrase that makes clear one undeniable fact: drug use and abuse does not happen in isolation but in a cultural context. And very often, music is a big part of that context.” www.thetransitlounge.com.au/culture/333-sexdrugsrock.html http://www.thetransitlounge.com.au/culture/333-sexdrugsrock.html
  2. In an article entitled Drugs and Rock, Robert Whillans wrote, “Although they are perhaps more prominent in songs nowadays, drugs can be seen in popular music dating back to the jazz years.” www.suite101.com/article.cfm/history_of_rock/44552/1

3. Is Soft Rock Music Any Better?

a. Soft rock is just a milder version of rock music.

  1. Soft rock is watered-down poison, but it is still harmful.
  2. Sometimes the backbeat is hard to identify, but it’s there.
  3. Much CCM is a form of soft rock.

b. David Cloud gives good answers about soft rock

– David Cloud, “What’s Wrong with “Soft Rock”?  www.wayoflife.org/database/softrock.html

  1. The message of “soft rock” is often as immoral as that of hard rock.
  2. Even soft rock uses sensual”sexy rhythms” that appeal to the flesh.
  3. Listening to soft rock, one develops an appetite, an addiction, for pop music.
  4. The listener has to sort through the huge amount of garbage in pop music to find a few relatively innocent songs.
  5. we must be concerned about our influence on others.

4. What Does the Bible Say About the Traits of Rock Music?

a. Rock music is undeniably ungodly.

  1. Its traits are fleshly, deafening, demonic, immoral, blasphemous, and drug promoting.
  2. Rock has no virtuous traits. Let me know if you can name one.

b. Let’s let the Bible speak for itself regarding these traits.

  1. (Eph 5:11) “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
  2. (2Co 7:1) “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
  3. (1Th 4:7) “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.”

Conclusion: our text for the evening leaves us with God’s challenge. (Read again 1Jo 2:15-16). We can either obey God or please ourselves.