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Listen Only To Elevator Music

Do you listen to rock music or only non-rock elevator Christian music?

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 ---Mackey on 6/20/06
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Non rock elevator Christian for me thanks.

This I know, the Holy Spirit likes it.
He is my traveling partner, and he likes other music too, but I guess I'm the one who insists on this Christian elevator music, as I am the weak one between the two of us.
---Pharisee on 11/19/07

I just love praise and worship Christian music -- it draws me close to Jesus. Rock is of the devil, and you cannot take something that belongs to the devil and try to say that it is Christian - it is not. Are you being drawn close to Jesus Himself, or are you being drawn to the music itself?
---Helen_5378 on 5/14/07

Most active churches have dinners,and other fellowship times. Its a great time to get to know others in your congregation and invite friends, particularly the unsaved.
We have something called "8 at 7". 8 people, couples and singles meet at another member's home at 7 and have dinner. Every month it rotates so we become familier with as many others from church as possible. Knowing one another makes our regular church services so much more meaningful when we are praising God with friends!
---NV_Barbara on 6/24/06

One difference I see between the contemporary music and the "grand old hymns" is focus. The Hymns are most often a form of testimony directed to others. Modern "worship music" is mostly a musical expression to God. The hymns are usually doctrinally true and were not composed to "sell". Todays music is often written by immature Christians who are trying to forge out a career. The doctrine is sometimes questionable. Nevertheless, some good music is produced.
---Donna2277 on 6/22/06

Madison 1101 - Bless you too.
---Helen_5378 on 6/22/06

Helen: You still haven't cited your source.

All of the activities I mentioned are done at my church, not necessarily during the worship service, though a concert of praise and worship music has been done. The other things are fellowship which is done to invite unsaved friends and family to participate. There is absolutely nothing wrong with those activities. Obviously your church does nothing but worship with old music. I feel sorry for you.
---Madison1101 on 6/22/06

Madison 1101 - Honestly do you really think that programs, special concerts, special speakers, ladies teas and craft nights are CHURCH!!! It sounds nothing like Church to me.
---Helen_5378 on 6/22/06

Madison 1101 - What I am saying is that the Holy Spirit has to do all of the drawing. The focus must ever be totally on Jesus Christ and Him crucified.... what is your problem with that? Otherwise worldly methods which you listed are being used which the Lord will not honor.
---Helen_5378 on 6/22/06

Helen: What research are you using to back up your statement? Please cite sources. I would like to read this.

There is nothing wrong with getting people into churches any way you can. We use VBS programs, special concerts, special speakers, ladies teas, craft nights, etc to draw people to the building. The Holy Spirit does the rest.
---Madison1101 on 6/22/06

Pharisee - It is wrong to draw crowds with music ... you are then drawing those crowds to the music. The Holy Spirit is the one Who does the drawing of the people upon Godly music and the preaching of the Cross.
---Helen_5378 on 6/22/06

Madison 1101 - You said "don't criticise what you don't know" --- the very problem Madsison is I do know it, and most of it is used to draw crowds. It is ungodly.
---Helen_5378 on 6/22/06

Rock music comes from the Blues, blues comes the Black Church in the south. My CD collection is 50% black Blues music, and I hear the gospel roots in it, under the surface. The base Christian music in America. is from the south. James Brown once said "If the music you right is not fit for your Momma to listen to, them its obscene' (paraphrase) I think thats a good criteria.
---MikeM on 6/22/06

I listen to various kinds of Christian music, but if I hear any wrong messages in their lyrics, I discard them. I only feed upon anointed Christian music, for nothing else is the real McCoy, and none other kind can really minister Christ. Yep, only Jesus all the way for me.
---Eloy on 6/22/06

Sorry Helen forgive my Zeal.
What's so bad about drawing a crowd?

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
---Pharisee on 6/22/06

cont: After my divorce, I left that church to join a church where the worship and praise is more meaningful to me. My church plays the more modern stuff because that is how we want to worship our Lord. Don't criticize what you don't know.
---Madison1101 on 6/21/06

Helen: You are wrong. When I became a Christian, the "church music" was hymns. Nothing wrong with them, but they didn't do it for me.

In 1997, I went to Spain on a missions trip, and during our daily devotional time, we sang mostly praise and worship songs, more upbeat, prayer type songs. I experienced a moving of the Holy Spirit during these worship times. When I came home, I returned to the old hymns, and felt like I died inside.
---Madison1101 on 6/21/06

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Pharisee - Rev Herb hit the nail right on the head when he says that worldly music is used to draw the crowds ... that is exactly right. And by the way, I was really talking to somebody else, not you when I made my remark about being crucified ... oh well you crucified me anyway! Bless you.
---Helen_5378 on 6/21/06

I love music, mostly soft soothing music. Some jazz, blues, oldies, and love songs, but mostly gospel.
I wake up to it, I go to sleep to it, I listen at work, and in the car.
---lynet on 6/21/06

To me this is a matter of taste, mainly, and GENERATION. My theory is that whatever type of music ministered to you as a young Christian is what you will probably prefer thereafter. Some groups mentioned here I've never(or barely) heard of. I tried K-LOVE after hearing so much about it, but it was not my cuppa tea. I enjoy singing the old hymns because they have both message and melody.I like the worship songs of the 70's. Tell you what, don't complain about my music and I won't complain about yours.
---Donna2277 on 6/21/06

I can appreciate most kinds of music. I listen to oldies, blues, jazz and classical, and I have MANY Christian CDs that are precious to me. Oh yes Madison, Josh Grobin has a great voice, and I really appreciate Andrea Bocelli. But I do love the old Christian hymns, and a lot of the contemporary ones.
---NV_Barbara on 6/21/06

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I listen to the old rock music, (Journey, Meatloaf, The Tubes, etc) and the old Country artists like Johnny Cash, George Jones, etc, and I love to listen to Southern Gospel music.
---Rebecca_D on 6/21/06

You're getting a scathing, while I am getting crucified LOL.
---Helen_5378 on 6/20/06

If you don't listen to this music how can you relate?
Are you the only one who sings hymns?
Your opinion is not only uninformed but inaccurate, I could play you some songs that would break your heart for what Jesus did as it paints MORE clearly then alot of old hymns.
You're missing out on alot in your legalism.
---Pharisee on 6/21/06

Mackey do you walk to work or take your lunch? So there are 2 choices, Hard lively raucus wonderful rock or dull sleepy boring canned elevator music? NOT. First, God doesn't belong to me, I belong to Him. "My spirit" was lost until He found me. My spirit would/did/does embarass me when it has its way. God cleanses and saves. Being RESPECTFUL is the way I hear God, not so "upbeat" that my emotions rule over God's whisper of love. My opinion...
---mikefl on 6/20/06

I listen to Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Juanita Bynum, Rebecca St. James, etc.
I see nothing wrong with christian rap music. In Colossians 3:16 & Ephesians 5:19 it talks about singing to the Lord. Some folks rap to the Lord. I see nothing wrong w/ Christian-rap because even David rapped to the Lord in the Psalms. The only rap music I oppose is worldly rap.
---Rickey on 6/20/06

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I will listen to any style of music as long as Jesus is elevated.
---Linda6563 on 6/20/06

Rev. Herb: Your statement is ridiculous. My church worships with praise music that is upbeat and we have drums, guitars and tamborines, among other instruments. Christ is honored and glorified, and we worship Him in Spirit and Truth throughout the music time.
---Madison1101 on 6/20/06

In my collection I have some secular artists, like Carole King, and Josh Groban, as well as Michael W. Smith's "Worship" and some other Christian Praise and Worship, like the song "Power of Your Love."

I am eclectic. My Holy Spirit likes all of it.
---Madison1101 on 6/20/06

You're getting a scathing, while I am getting crucified LOL.
---Helen_5378 on 6/20/06

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Amen Rev. Herb---You hit the nail on the head. Of course, you will receive a scathing for your convictions and so do I.
---shira on 6/20/06

I listen to groups like Newsboys, Jars of Clay, Tree 63, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, more contemporary style rather than rocky.
---bethie on 6/20/06

I depends on what church you go to. Some churches have Christian rock, Christian rap Christian Contemperary, Non of which is goly, but worldly music brought into the church to attract the crowds.
---Rev_Herb on 6/20/06

I'm not sure the content of the question; do you mean do I choose to listen to inspired hymns and music, praising God in the words of the Bible, or do preferto listen to rock music, which does not glorify God?
I will always choose hymns and contemporary music that glorifies God.
---mike8384 on 6/20/06

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I listen the the Christian Radio station K-Love, which has a varity of Christian music. They generally don't play the hard rock Christian music, which is okay with me.
---KathyLH on 6/20/06

neither. I listen to Praise & Worship- you know, the stuff GOD likes
---T.S. on 6/20/06

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