What's Wrong With Christian Rock's Fruit?
Taken from chapter 1 of Jeff Godwins book What's Wrong with Christian Rock?
Permission to reproduce this portion was granted by Jeff Godwin
Those verses have a very simple meaning - FALSE PROPHETS ARE KNOWN BY THEIR ROTTEN FRUITS. Most "Christian" Rock defenders believe the "clean" lifestyles and glowing speeches of their C-Rock and CCM idols are C-Rock's fruit. Not true! The C-Rock and CCM "fruit" is rebellion, and the fans are full of it! The rebellious lives of "Christian" Rock's fans are the real fruit of these modern musical prophets. Is this fruit godly and good - or wicked and corrupt? The Word of God has much to say about this issue, and anyone who claims Jesus Christ as their personal Savior should have no problem accepting the Bible as the final authority. With that in mind, let's take a walk through the "Christian" Rock orchard. In the years we've been involved in this ministry, my wife and I have had the privilege of meeting many hundreds of Christian teens and young adults at our Rock music seminars and other speaking engagements across the country. When the total hypocrisy behind "Christian" Rock is revealed to them, four reactions usually follow:
These are all valid points. Let's see how the Bible addresses them. 1.) "What gives YOU the right to judge another person's ministry?" According to Leviticus 19:15, Matthew 7:1-5, & John 7:24, ANY Christian has the right to match anything against the Bible. If a ministry is truly of God, it will match up perfectly with the Bible. The problem comes when the things in question violate the Word of God. THAT'S when people get mad - when hypocrisy is unmasked and laid bare for all to see. James 1:20 says, "For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." If you get MAD when I question your favorite music or star, this is powerful proof of Satan's influence in your life (2 Peter 2:19). Idol worshipers get angry when their idols are pulled down (judges 6:25-30). 2.) "But what about all those "good" works done by "Christian" Rockers?" 2 Corinthians 3:1,2 proves the Apostle Paul could care less about letters of recommendation from anyone concerning his good works. The fact that CCM stars throw their weight behind good causes shouldn't overly impress you. There are several reasons why: The Satan-worshipping secular music stars do the same thing! They're up to their evil necks in Live Aids, Hear N' Aids, Aid For Africa, Farm Aids, Earth Aid and Aid for AIDS. As long as they keep getting free publicity, those chumps will play Aid concerts till the cows come home. Does that make them Christians? Such activity is any Christian's REASONABLE SERVICE (Romans 12:1-3). Pumped-up brownie points may look good on a Christian resume' and boost record sales, but that doesn't mean God is glorified. Even the BEST of these musicians' good works doesn't impress God (Isaiah 64:6).
Guess who spoke this profound spiritual truth? Billy Graham? Martin Luther, perhaps? Could it have been John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, or some other great Christian leader from the past? No! The author of those words was: Adolf Hitler! Talk is always cheap. It's the FRUIT behind the words that really counts. Anyone who takes "Christian" Rock at its media-hyped face value has fallen into deep deception. if you believe everything you read and hear about "Christian" Rock, the simple truth is this: YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR ENEMY! (1 Peter 5:8, 2 Corinthians 2:11). Jesus Christ doesn't need a commercial from the Devil, as Acts 16:16-18 shows so well:
That demon-possessed girl was well able to proclaim God's truth. What does Satan gain from "Christian" Rock? The answer lies in one word - CONFUSION. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work." James 3:16 God is not in the business of confusing His people (1 Corinthians 14:33). But Satan is (John. 8:44). Are you confused about "Christian" Rock? The only thing that will bring you out of it is the WHOLE Word of God (John 17:17), combined with the leading of the Holy Ghost (John 16:13). The Bible lays this out perfectly:
Confusion always breeds more confusion, and it isn't long until C-Rock followers start making excuses like these: 1.) "Why don't you just let God be God? He'll work it all out in the end. When judgment day comes, we'll know who was right and who was wrong." People who use this half-baked reasoning are really admitting they simply don't KNOW right from wrong! Here's the good news - you don't have to wait until Judgment Day to find out. The Bible will tell you right now. This is when C-Rock fans hit the roof and blow their tops. When God's Word exposes this spiritual con game for what it is, those enslaved by it have only two choices. They can get right with God and come out of it - or get really mad and try to justify their sin. When anyone tries to justify evil, confusion is guaranteed to reign supreme. 2.) "I Know my own heart is right, and that's all God cares about. As long as the heart's right, everything else is O.K., right?" Really? Compare 1 Kings 11:38 and Exodus 15:26 to Deuteronomy 12:8 and Judges 17:6. You'll find that we are to do what God's Word says is right, not what we THINK is right in our own heart. The heart is desperately wicked and deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9,10). "Let your conscience be your guide?" That creed is a lying New Age smoke-screen for the universal rule of all satanism: "Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole of the Law".
The Christian who wrote those words should be ashamed. HE'S the one who ought to repent on his knees! He's using the same lame excuse to justify his sin as the SECULAR Rock stars. Read these comments by KISS singer Paul Stanley:
Something's dead wrong when Christians use the same ungodly excuses as the perverts in KISS to justify their wickedness! This quote by a Christian bookstore owner in Texas shows why so many Christian youth are completely deluded about the music they listen to. He's describing a new type of "Christian" Punk called "Thrash":
What absolute hogwash! This kind of nonsense is typical of self-serving C-Rock deception. First: There AREN'T any grey areas in the Bible! From Genesis to Revelation, God lays everything out in blacks and whites: Blessings/Cursings, Life/ Death, Heaven/Hell, God/Satan, Christ/the world. Now make your choice. Why don't these supporters of "Christian" trash come clean and admit the obvious. If it sells, they'll sell it! Anti-Rock minister Dr. Hal Webb put it better than I ever could:
The final stop for stiff-necked C-Rock defenders is found here:
A HARDENED HEART AND SPIRITThe angry, confused, denying and deluded C- Rock fan will always hit one final button as a last resort in his effort to justify his sin: It's called self-righteous pride:
Isaiah 64:6 says all our self-righteousness is a pile of dirty, stinking rags at God's feet. Yet C- Rock defenders continually justify their sin by patting their own backs. Noses in the air, they demand a scripture that says: "THUS SAITH THE LORD; THOU SHALT NOT LISTEN TO 'CHRISTIAN' ROCK". They overlook the fact the Bible also fails to specifically mention marijuana, cocaine, X-rated porno movies, and abortion as sins. Does that make them any less sinful? Biblical holiness from Genesis to Revelation is swept under the rug by this kind of rock-hard, rebellious heart. C-Rock brainwashing has completed its task. The victim's rebellion is now set in concrete. Though living totally contrary to God's Word, the deluded, confused and hard- hearted C-Rock victim prides himself in his "'powerful" testimony for Jesus Christ. But facts don't lie. The lives of hundreds of thousands of C-Rock fans are an ugly reflection of the face behind all "Christian" Rock. It's called REBELLION!
2. Letter on file
3. KISS EXPOSED - Live interview with the Peters Brothers, cassette tape, 1985, Truth About Rock, St. Paul, Minnesota.
4. CCM magazine, February, 1989, p. 21
5. Shame, a tract by Dr. Hal Webb, Conklin, New York, pp. 2,4,6
Jeff Godwin has several excellent books, videos and tapes on Rock Music. He has written The Devil's Disciples, Dancing With Demons, What's Wrong With Christian Rock? and Rock & Roll Religion. All are highly recommended.