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Should I allow my daughter to listen to Christian Rock Music?

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 ---Stef on 5/31/06
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It depends, for music to one may be noise to another.
---Eloy on 9/1/08

no matter what the beat is, as long as the TRUE message of Christ is there. I used to listen to heavy metal and though it was the beat that sparked my attention I did listen to the words. If kids listen to music that has a beat they get into and the gospel is in the song then they WILL hear it. I've heard people say the Holy Spirit doesn't need music or any thing else to reach a person, if that's the case then why were we given the great commission and told to GO
---evangelistjerry on 8/31/08

I love it! christian rock makes me happy
---ChristianAsianDisney on 8/31/08

God bless you!
---ChristianAsianDisney on 8/31/08

I listen to Christian Rock from time to time. I guess because I am deep. It reminds me of the book of Revalation. You know the earth shaking almighty, soverign power of God. However I also listen to a variety of other types of Christian music. Christian Rock takes me deeper into Bible prophecy. It sets the mood and almost takes you there. It is the reality of Gods power capture by music.
---Marcia on 7/24/07

Rock Music has no place in a Christian's life. It is of the devil. No use putting the label "christian" on it, that won't change what it really is. True Christian music should draw you into the presence of the Lord.
---Helen_5378 on 7/24/07

Satan uses Rock Music to catch the attention of a person. The more you listen to that type of music, the more you will find your heart is going in a different direction. You begin to receive the beat and find yourself needing the beat. He will blind you to the words of God. You will begin to easily appreciate the other rock songs. Eventually, it will not matter what song you are listening to. The music will have a hold on you ---- not the words.
---ms on 7/23/07

In our home there is no secular music of any type, period. Give the devil an inch, he will take a mile!
---John on 7/23/07

There is no such things as Christian Rock. What has been labeled Christian Rock is not edifying and does nothing for the Spirit but it is a step above secular and rap music. Very little difference.
---Robyn on 7/23/07

I listen to rock music, what a great tool to reach the lost? And besides, did anyone consider that many of the old hymns we sing today, the melodies were taken from secular songs?
---Katie on 7/23/07

It would be a good idea for you to listen to it first. If you disagree with it just let her know why.
---Rickey on 3/22/07

The words Christian and Rock (as in rock and roll) are an oxymoron. meaning they are two words that are exact opposites.

The name Rock and Roll came from a van that was rocking and rolling because people were having illegitimate sex inside.

Also the words "christian rap" are also oxymorons. Rap is hardly worthy to be called music!
---eric on 6/18/06

Stef. I would suggest Newsboys, Third Day, or Casting Crowns, they are great bands with a strong message about Jesus. Take a look at the lyrics, they do glorify Christ.
---bethie on 6/10/06

Yes, you should allow your daughter to listen to Christain rock.
In my opinion, that is.
---sue on 6/10/06

sfbapt is onto something. Robert Johnson, the 50's negro blues star would go into a literal trance from what i recall. the phrase 'rock n roll' is slang from this time period for fornication. Christian and " rock" cannot jive together
---r.w. on 6/10/06

Mod: According to PopMatters website, he attended First Assembly of God in Tupolo, Mississippi as a child. That was my source.

Moderator - It just caught my attention because I had never head that before, however I never investigated beyond comments heard.
---Madison1101 on 6/9/06

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3. And BTW SFBaptist, the term 'filthy sinners' may aptly describe ALL of us before being cleansed by the blood of Jesus, but you use the term in a VERY pharisitical arrogant way, not to mention the slight tinge of racism due to using it to describe "black" musicians. Remember where you came from
---T.S. on 6/9/06

2. So, yes, "American" church music played a big part in Elvis' "inspiration". He loved Southern Gospel quartet style music- he had one of the most well known ones singing back up for him, the Jordanaires. This, mixed with a little blues and rockabilly, created his unique style. That's why he is called the KING of R&R- because he was the one who brought it to the forefront. Not saying I neccesarily agree with all this, just giving you a little history.
---T.S. on 6/9/06

My husband and I were personal aquaintances with a retired Assembly of God evangelist who knew Elvis as a young teenager. He remembered him well, laying on the floor during revival meetings, speaking in tongues and shouting. He grew up in Mississippi, where black inspired "rockabilly" music was very prevelant.
---T.S. on 6/9/06

SFBaptist: Your post sounds very racist, and totally unacceptable in a Christian discussion of any type.

Elvis grew up in an Assembly of God church where he sang in the choir. He made several albums of hymns and church music during his career.

My kids grew up listening to all types of music. They never got corrupted by any of it.

Moderator - I thought Elvis was raised United Pentecostal not Assembly of God?
---Madison1101 on 6/9/06

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TS: Why the hostility? I was not promoting Jerry Lee, but simply pointing out a piece of information that was being discussed. Please don't jump down my throat over something as trivial as a rock and roll singer's biography.
---Madison1101 on 6/9/06

SFBaptist; you for real? I suspect you are a gag. I own on CD what were called (and this is not p,C.) 'Negro spirituals' This is some of the most uplifting Gospel music around, putting to shame some of its white counterparts, which I often find drab. I will take a black version of 'Amazing Grace' over a anglo version anyday. Yes, Elvis was influenced by the Black church. I have been to a black church in L.A and I dont think the angels could do better. All I find filty is racism. Am I alone in this?
---MikeM on 6/9/06

SFbaptist you don't know anything about Music or where it originated. The music of the Early church was nothing Like what we listen to today it was a lot closer to Rock music than southern Gospel they used lots of percussion instruments and made a lot of noise on them and playing horns and harps which what they played would not fit your standard I am sure.
---exzucuh on 6/9/06

"Elvis grew up in black church"... people, please... Church music came from Europe, but when the black blues singers came to their 'churches', they brought their filthy music with them. Rock did not come from the historical church... rock and roll came from these filthy sinners who never put a difference between their Saturday night reveling and their so-called Sunday 'worship'. Elvis' music did NOT come from the church that has existed since Christ.
---SFBaptist on 6/9/06

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Madison- Big Deal! God's not interested in where a person started out at, the word says "he that endures to THE END shall be saved"- Jerry Lee is certainly NOT the only heathen that ever started out singing gospel music. I could quote the "I have a dream" speech- but that don't make me Martin Luther King!
---T.S. on 6/8/06

Jerry Lee Lewis did start his career singing gospel. He was expelled from a school for playing a too rowdy rendition of a gospel song.
---Madison1101 on 6/7/06

Little Richard- a preacher? Jerry Lee Lewis- singing gospel songs? Am I in the twilight zone, or WHAT?! All 3 of them are drunks and perverts, and are about as "Christian" as I am president of the United States!
---T.S. on 6/7/06

Amy- what we will experience in Heaven will be unlike ANYTHING mere mortals could have EVER concieved, much less created. There will BE no "styles" of music- we will be as one voice, in total unity- and the 'music' will be focused on GOD, just as it SHOULD be down here. Sadly, it's all about OUR entertainment and personal tastes. WORSHIP music (the original music) was never created to LIFT US UP. It was created by God and for God, and so were we, BTW, as vessels of that worship.
---T.S. on 6/6/06

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Hey I thought of a Christian rock song that I don't endorse:

Stryper- 'to hell with the devil'

I don't think that's the right spirit; remember in Luke 9 when they asked to call fire down upon their enemies?

Jesus told them that is not the manner of spirit they are of.
By rights it's the nature of the accuser whether cast at the devil or not.

---Pharisee on 6/5/06

Little Richard is still alive and making music, as is Jerry Lee Lewis. We saw him 2 years ago in Anaheim. He and Jimmy Swaggert and Mickey Gilley are 1st cousins and were brought up in the church. Their G'mother taught them both to play the piano. They got away from the faith, I pray they have recanted. I do like JLL version of "I'll fly away."
---NVBarbara on 6/3/06

I am not sure what Helen is against. go back 55 years to the beginning of Rock. Elvis learned his music in a black church, pls he loved country. His shows ended with a spiritual. Little Richard(is he still alive?) is a preacher. Where I draw the line is something I would not want my Mother to hear. It was never divorced from religion, but maybe seperated.
---MikeM on 6/3/06

Do you think there will only be gospel music in heaven?

I think God is quite versatile. His many facets are complimented by the multifaceted people He created to serve Him.

If it speaks to her soul the way your music speaks to her soul, and the words are scriptural...why not?
---amy on 6/3/06

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I would serve teriyaki steak on my grill, baked potato, fresh green beans, tossed salad with fresh tomatoes, corn on the cob, and my sister-in-law's apple pie with whipped cream. Michael W. Smith's "Worship" CD would be in the stereo, and after dinner we would just sit and talk and worship Him throughout the night.
---Madison1101 on 6/2/06

The issue is defining Christian Rock. The bands T.S. mentioned I would consider to be Conteporary. I think the Christian music that sounds like Metal or Punk is the problem. You cant growl and scream, distorting your voice to sound demonic and say your praising God. That is backwards. But the music that gets played on Christian radio is mostly good. Jeremy Camp is as rock as I will go, and he worships Jesus in his music beautifully. But, hymns are still good to, expecially bluegrass versions.
---tofurabby on 6/2/06

This is a great discussion! T.S. can I come? The menu sounds wonderful:)
I love all music, with limititaions. Especially gospel, from acapella spirituals to fully orchestrated 100 voice choirs, and some rock. To me it's an opportunity to enjoy someone elses way of expressing themselves. It's freeing, emotional, and blesses whomever it will. To agree to disagree, with love, in hopes of promoting acceptance, if not understanding is the goal. Even when it comes to our children and music
---lynet on 6/2/06

I'd lay out some chicken & dumplins, fresh green beans, squash casserole, a big green salad, corn on the cob, rolls & cornbread, and iced tea! Then, I'd bring out a strawberry cheesecake and a coconut cream pie for dessert, and a fresh pot of coffee. Then we'd sit around and have some good conversation in the living room or out on the porch if it were cool enough, and we'd have some HILLSONG, THIRD DAY, or DAVE CROWDER BAND on the stereo in the background! YESSSSSS!!!
---T.S. on 6/2/06

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MikeM - That is not fair saying that I am the only one in disagreement ... did you look at all the postings --- there are several others who say the same as me too, I just happen to be the one who carried it on that's all, then some people got their backs up.
---Helen_5378 on 6/2/06

Jesus said: M words, they are Spirit and they are LIfe." Not Rock Music. Paul said: "All things are permissable, but not all things are profitable." It depends on if it's ministering to your spirit man or not. Is it edifying your spirit? Would you listen to it if Jesus were at your house? By the way, what would you serve Jesus for dinner if he were to come to your house tonight?
---Donna9759 on 6/2/06

Taj Mahal playing "John the Revelator" is the best version of that song. Johnny Cash did a fair version as well. I think all are in agreement here except Helen.

Some groups are vile, Marlyn Manson for one, not allowed in my home.
---MikeM on 6/2/06

I do listen to Christian rock music. The musicians are all christians, some of them played in other ungodly rock groups before they got saved but now, they do what they can do the best for the Lord since they have the chance to reach out for those who wouldn't listen to any olden type christian music which is not better or worse but just different.
---dawn on 6/2/06

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Helen I think that you have things the wrong way round. EVERYTHING belongs to God but the devil has tried to lay claim to many things and distort and abuse them. Taking things back from him and using them for God's glory is defeating the devil. Rock music can be set to Christian or demonic lyrics. DEE I think that checking the lyrics should be your no. 1 priority.
---emg on 6/2/06

2. You cannot expect today's extreme generation to be content sitting on a pew singing "Bringing in the sheaves". And BTW, nobody knows what Heavenly praise is going to be like- it's going to be a NEW SONG, Praise God! Much to the dismay of some people who think God created the Hymn book on the 8th day, we will NOT be standing around the throne singing page 149!
---T.S. on 6/2/06

Rebecca- because God listens with his heart.

Helen, here's a newsflash. Christian artists are not 'taking' the devil's music- it is HE who stole it from us in the first place and perverted it. the term ROCK describes a certain kind of beat, NOT lyrics. There are some groups today who have taken some of the old hymns and "updated" them, and they sound awesome.
---T.S. on 6/2/06

Anything the Devil does is evil he can transform himself into the best preacher you ever heard, But whatever Jesus is doing is never evil makes no difference what kind of music it is, if it gives glory to God it is of God. Jesus is the Rock if we sing about Jesus thats Rock Music. The pharasees said Jesus was of the devil because he did Good on the sabbath, he said you Know a tree by it,s fruit.
---Exzuc6636 on 6/2/06

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Helen ... some "great" English church music was written by an atheist. And today's Praise & Worship would have been unnacceptable a century ago, as would the music in our hymnals three centuries ago. Candice .. there were no pianos until only a few centuries ago.
---alan8869_of_UK on 6/2/06

Madison 1101 - Just curious ... How can you say that there is nothing in Scripture that says it is evil, when Rock music is not even in Scripture? I believe it was "invented" a long time after Scripture was finished.
---Helen_5378 on 6/1/06

Helen do you listen to music at home?

I like singing hymns and listening to them, I like Christian folk music too.

Truth is I go where the preaching draws out the lost, and whatever music is played there I'll take it.

Paul said that if we think something is unclean to us it's unclean, and we should follow our belief, but don't try and tell the gentiles they can't eat, they have no such conviction.

see Titus 1:15
---Pharisee on 6/1/06

Helen, I think it may be YOU who is surprised by the music in heaven! I don't invision everyone sitting around with harps! The Word tells us to make a JOYFUL NOISE, on the tymbrels, and other musical instruments.
I pray there are some great musicians in heaven! Aretha Franklin singing "Amazing Grace", Taj Mahal playing "John the Revelator." I like much traditional music, but I can appreciate most styles of music.
---NVBarbara on 6/1/06

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What's wrong with the old hymns? Nothing. They were new at one time too and people were criticizing them the same as now. 100 years ago only liberal churches had pianos. Same with electric guitars. They were "of the devil". The Bible tell us to praise God with all our heart, soul, and mind, including the raising of hands, the waving of banners, dance and loud music with all instruments. Those who judge people who praise the Lord different than them will recieve the same judgement in return.
---john on 6/1/06

What is interesting is rock comes from the blues, blues comes from black spiritual music in the south. I have gospel blues music, and plenty of whats called 'classic rock.' To potray evil and to advocate evil are different things. Vincent Price potrayed evil characters in his silly films, yet he was considered a fine cultured man. Some rock stars act silly on stage, potraying evil characters, are they evil? Much adu about nothng.
---MikeM on 6/1/06

Helen: By what authority do you say that Christian rock is of the devil? That is a lie. Rock is Rock, not of the devil unless the words are evil in themselves.

Some of the praise music at my church borders on rock, and we praise the Lord and give Him glory and honor in our worship and praise. You cannot tell me it is of the devil, because there is nothing in scripture that says it is evil.
---Madison1101 on 6/1/06

2/... I would also like to add that thank God that there will be none of that junk in heaven. The way the church is right now there is going to be a big shock for those who make it to heaven --- I think you are going to hate the music there. Jesus gave His life on the Cross for us and you want to listen to that!!
---Helen_5378 on 6/1/06

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Madison 1101 - I am real, very real. You cannot take something that is of the devil himself and claim it for Christianity unless it is a lost soul. I strongly believe that the evil worldly music that is being claimed to be Christian in these days of apostasy is one major tool apart from false doctrine that the devil is using to take the church to hell with him.
---Helen_5378 on 6/1/06

Helen: You are so wrong. Christian Rock can honor and glorify the Lord just as much as your hymns do. Get real...
---Madison1101 on 6/1/06

ive just discoverd christian rock,of the heavest kind actually heavy isnt a good description i would say powerful,and it appeals to me,i hope to check the lyrics some time,ive been interested in the main stream metal,but sometimes the lyrics made me uncomfrtable,so if christian metal lyrics is wholesome,im goin to enjoy it.
---dee on 6/1/06

How can anyone understand this type of music? I have tried to listen to it on Day Star and I can't understand what they are saying. I would question as to what she is listening to. If you can't understand what the person is singing, it isn't music. If we can't understand it, then how can God?
---Rebecca_D on 6/1/06

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It is up to you what you do for your daughter. I agree look at the items before trying them. I personally avoid Christian Rock because you can never be sure about the artist or the lyrics, however I do stick with hymnals, praise worship wasy things we can sing in church with a piano & without a band.
---Candice on 6/1/06

There is no such thing as christian rock. It is rock or christian. What is wrong with the old hymns? The bible tells us to seek out the old paths. Any music that will stir you sexually (like rock) is of the devil.
---shira on 6/1/06

Helen ... You talk about "Godly praise & worship music" almost instantly attracting someone to Jesus.
I find some modern "Praise & worship" Godly though it may be, a total turn-off, while others find it really helpful. I prefer the old fashioned music, which leaves amny very cool. I don't like Rock, but why should Rock music not be Christian Praise & Worship?
---alan8869_of_UK on 6/1/06

I like some Christian rock music (If there is such a thing as of all people...sigh... Hank Hill says)

1John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

Christian rock (for lack of a better term) points gloriously to the death of Jesus for payment of the sins of the this now, IN HIS BODY!
---Pharisee on 6/1/06

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"Christian" Rock Music??? There is no such thing. Rock music belongs to the devil. All that rock music will do is make you do funny things. Godly Christian praise and worship music will almost instantly draw you to Jesus.
---Helen_5378 on 6/1/06

My Mother was a musician and we were exposed to all kinds of music while growing up. I think it opened my horizons to make my own decisions about my likes and dislikes in music. Personally I don't think there is anything wrong with most music, UNLESS its full of filthy words or telling people to hurt others like some Rap does. Be glad she's listening to Christian rock and not Ozzy or trashy Rap. She'll grow and choose for herself. Keep praying that she chooses proper music for her age.
---NVBarbara on 6/1/06

I like what Hank Hill of the TV series KING OF THE HILL said about Christian Rock. Christian Rock is neither.
---randy on 6/1/06

Music played to the Lord for the Lord is not evil. My 4 kids went through a rock phase and now none of them are really interested in it at all. I'm not attracted to the yelling and noisyness of it all but I can't find any Scripture to say that it's evil just because it's like that. I would be concerned about the doctrine being taught. Go look at the lyrics and see if they are sound.
---john on 6/1/06

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read the lyrics pray about then make you decision based on your convictions
---willow on 6/1/06

People when I was a teen tried to control what I read, and what music I listened to. They tried....My 'teen rebellion was limited to reading banned books, listening to music they did not like, (mostly blues) and questioning. This was regarded worse than what the other kids did, drugs, sexuality immorality, etc.
---MikeM on 5/31/06

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