In preparation for this message, I came across a news article entitled...
In that article, the writer gave the following example:
In 2006, the alt-rock band Mutemath sued Warner Bros. for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation after they released their album on [Warner Bros.] Christian label, Word, instead of as a mainstream release.
In other words, this "Christian" band did not want to be associated with Christianity. What intrigues about this is that, according to 1 Timothy 4:1...
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
A couple of weeks ago, I made the following statement:
Your spiritual enemy uses devices of the physical world to carry his messages into your spiritual being.
An appropriate way of stating that is simply - Satan wants you to listen to a lie. And, as we have been reminded many times over recent weeks, Satan desires to corrupt our hearts. He wants you to listen to those seducing spirits. He wants you to listen to the spirit of error. He wants you to listen to those voices; those subtle and seductive voices which, if heeded, will pull you away from the faith.
How is the devil communicating to our world today?
While there are many voices that the devil is using today, I want to focus on what I believe to be the loudest and most powerful voice that he is using: Music. Music is a tool of communication that is very successfully used by our enemy to deliver his message to our hearts where it very quickly does its destructive work.
Music is important.
Psalm 47:6 KJV 1900
Sing praises to God, sing praises: Sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
Psalm 57:9 KJV 1900
I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
Psalm 89:1 KJV 1900
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: With my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 92:1 KJV 1900
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, And to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
Psalm 100:2 KJV 1900
Serve the Lord with gladness: Come before his presence with singing.
This is just a small sampling of verses from the Psalms that show the importance of music and while you may not realize the importance of music, our enemy certainly does!
All music is spiritually significant in the heart.
All of the verses that I shared show the spiritual significance of music. And, just as music can have positive impact upon the heart, the devil has taken music and twisted and shaped it in a multitude of ways that can have a negative impact upon the heart.
All music has moral or immoral implications.
When I say, “All music,” I’m not referring to secular music versus spiritual music. In fact
Kimberly Smith, in her book entitled, Music and Morals, states,
“…There is no such thing as ‘Christian’ music. There are only two choices for music: moral and immoral. Adding lyrics that contain Christian theology to music is how we define, or label music as Christian; however, lyrics don’t change the meaning of any musical vehicle…Here’s the key. Immorality in either the music or the lyrics will corrupt and negatively affect the overall musical piece. Morality matters.”
I realize that I’m in the Christian minority to say this - and some of you may have never heard this - but I believe that music in itself - without words - is spiritual in nature and therefore has either good or evil effects upon the spiritual life. Musical styles are not amoral (neither good nor bad).
The secular world understands the power of music.
Mood Media is a company that is based out of Fort Mill, SC. The history of Mood Media goes all the way back to 1910. The company was formally known as, “Muzak.” Early in the company’s history, they provided background music for hotels and restaurants.
There’s no secret or surprise that music has been used to enhance moods ever since the first cavemen hit rocks with sticks. The drums of war can intensify aggression; a devotional chant soothes and induces reverence. We listen to music to relax, we listen to music to step up our workout. This has been well accepted since before recorded history, and there was never any specific invention needed to teach us that music can change our mood or influence our actions.
Music (alone, with no words) has the power to shape emotions, thoughts, and desires! In other words, to shape the heart! Music affects behavior radically, because it is at its very core it is a spiritual form of communication.
Our enemy wants us to believe that music and other forms of media are merely entertainment. And, while this is not a message on the philosophy of Biblical music, I would urge you to at least recognize the power of music and the influence that it has upon your heart.
The spirits of the world run from godly music.
Did you ever consider this: There is a type of music that the devil does not like?
1 Samuel 16:23 KJV 1900
And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
Consider that from a different perspective. Take a moment to read Mark 1:21-27. When Jesus preached in the synagogue, there happened to be an unclean spirit there (inhabiting a human man). Now, while the passage is not clear on this point, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that Jesus directly addressed or confronted the unclean spirit. It doesn’t appear that Jesus was seeking to “pick a fight” with this unclean spirit. And yet, in vs. 24, we see...
Mark 1:24 KJV 1900
Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
“Leave us alone. We don’t want to have anything to do with You, the Holy One of God.”
The Spirit of Error, as represented by this unclean spirit, wanted nothing to do with the Spirit of Truth, Jesus Christ!
I believe that is why, in our country, there is a push to silence those who speak the truth. The spirits of error want nothing to do with the truth. They do not want to hear the truth. They want to get as far away from the truth as they possibly can. That’s why it is important for each us to purposefully speak the truth in love as often as we have the opportunity.
Music in culture is everywhere, constantly speaking.
In other words, music is pervasive; it is everywhere. This isn’t necessarily a “Biblical principle” but it is important for us to understand, nonetheless.
We live in a media-crazed culture. TV, entertainment, music is always on - always speaking - always being heard by the world. Billboards, videos while waiting to ride a roller coaster at Carowinds, magazine covers while waiting to check out, video screens at gas pumps. We are bombarded by the voices of this world everywhere we go.
Music is the “500-pound gorilla” of all the world’s voices simply because it is so pervasive. And, in recent years, it has become even more pervasive than ever because it is portable. You can carry music wherever you want.
We must ask ourselves, what spirits are we listening to? The spirits of truth or the spirits of error?
Worldly music takes small, heart problems and enlarges them.
Ephesians 5:18–19 KJV 1900
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Let me be clear. Worldly music is certainly not the sole instigator of spiritual problems, but it is a huge agitator of them! Worldly music is to a pliable heart - whether teen or adult - what a gallon of gasoline is to a small spark. Where the water of God’s grace - through godly music - could and should have quenched a problem and healed the heart, worldly music explodes it into a raging inferno of destruction.
Do you value the spiritual condition of your heart more than you value the entertainment of the world’s voices?
Are you willing to completely surrender your music and your entertainment to the Lord?
Romans 12:1–2 KJV 1900
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Colossians 3:17 KJV 1900
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.