“I'm a musician and I find it very appalling that people like you still blame music for all of the evil in the world, you must Live and Let live and not be societies police force, only in America it seems we have these problems, other countries laugh at us because of people like you. I have played in many different bands and never have I once, participated in any kind of satanic ritual or baby sacrifice. This is absurd. God gave us the ability to create music because music is the common language that UNITES PEOPLE and are we not all EQUAL in HIS EYES?
Personally Im more worried about the pedophiles in the church....go after them.
We at Fight the Good Fight Ministries do not, “blame music for all the evil in the world”. We have never made such a claim. The source of “blame” for all evil in the world is sin, which entered the human race at the fall of Adam (Genesis 3, Romans 5:12 ). Our position on music, that does not glorify God, by way of contradicting His will for our lives, is that at the very least it normalizes attitudes towards godliness and can promote sinful behavior, yes even conduct in people click for an example. We do not consider ourselves as “society's police”, just simply Christians and as Christians we are called to defend the faith, preach the gospel, correct error, expose ungodliness, warn against spiritually dangerous individuals (by name if necessary), etc.
Don't take my word for it - read the scriptural support yourself…
Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. –Jude 3-4
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. –2 Timothy 4:2
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. –Ephesians 5:11
Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme. –1 Timothy 1:20
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." –Matthew 4:17
Then He [Jesus] began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. –Matthew 11:20
I could go on. For further scriptural support read the entire book of Acts.
If other countries "laugh" because we as Christians hold to word of God, thus have a genuine concern for all human beings to be saved from the damnation to come for all who reject Jesus as Lord and Savior - so be it. We at Fight the Good Fight Ministries will not be discouraged by mockers (2 Peter 3:3-18 ). We will continue to preach salvation (John 3:3, John 14:6, Romans 10:9-10), and sound the alarm concerning evil deceptions.
You state, "never have I once, participated in any kind of satanic ritual or baby sacrifice" as a result of playing in "many different bands" - I say, "praise the Lord". However, surely you don't believe for a minute that what hasn't yet influenced you, can't influence someone else! Surely you're not implying that you are the ultimate test as to whether or not one can be influenced by music!?! Whatever the case may be with your logic on this point, let's see what some of the "artists" we expose have to say on the subject…
"I can explain everything better through music. YOU HYPNOTIZE PEOPLE... And when you get people at [their] weakest point you can preach into the subconscious what we want to say. That's why the name "electric church' flashes in and out." –Jimi Hendrix:[windows media player]
"Let the music be your master, won't you heed the masters call? Oh Satan" –Led Zeppelin (From the song Houses of the Holy):
"Music is really great, it can, it can, it can move, you know a large group of people, it can inspire and move a large group of people then revolution can happen" –Flea (from the Red Hot Chili Peppers)[real player]
"I'm influencing your children" –Insane Clown Posse[windows media player]
David, please stop and re-think about this. You claim music does not have an influence on people, yet these "artists" whom you are indirectly defending with your argument, claim that it does!
Keep in mind, one may not be influenced to the point of a "Satanic ritual" or some sort of "baby sacrifice" , however, these practices are rebellion towards God which are no different than murder, pre-marital sex, adultery, profanity, greed, murder, suicide, lust, etc. -all of which the "artists" we expose condone and promote. So if you're of the opinion that the music "artists" (videos, lyrics, lifestyles, etc.) are not harmful - then you are deceived - and please know I say that in love and in hope that you will re-evaluate your thinking.
You asked, "Are we not all equal in His eyes" , we are equal in the sense that God has made salvation available for all men (John 3:16, John 12:32,1 Timothy 2:4-5, John 12:32,2 Peter 3:8-9 ).
However, keep in mind what the scripture warn…
"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." –John 3:36
Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." –John 3:3
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
As for true unity for mankind, Jesus prayed it best in John chapter 17. True unity for mankind is found in God's word… –1 Cor 6:9-10
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. –John 17:17-23
David, your comments were greatly appreciated.
–1 Timothy 1:3-4