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Bruno Trimarchi (Guest) (01/20/2012 20:28)
Gods Loving arms open wide is all I want them to see!
Bruno Trimarchi (Guest) (01/20/2012 20:28) I have come to the place of having a nonjudgemental approach. I could have the TV on be in the most sin ladened place. All I care about now is showing people how much Jesus Loves Them!
Bruno Trimarchi (Guest) (01/20/2012 20:28)
I have arrived at the place of enjoying many different styles of music. I don't believe its the style thats bad anymore but the message!
Emily (Guest) (01/25/2012 14:55)
I don't think it matters how long ago this was written, just that it was, and it is very prevalent today. God can use anything, and as Christians, believers in Christ, we are not supposed to sit back in our chairs and focus only on our relationship with Christ. Absolutely, we are suppose to be growing in the Lord and seeking Him in everything we do, but how can God use our knowledge and His presence in our lives if we aren't reaching out to others? Music is a vehicle that draws people in and to the Lord. Just as Paul posted that a certain Bible was the first thing that he studied out of and was helpful, today it would not be much use to him. Same can go with music; it may be the thing that draws an unbeliever to church, or the thing that motivates them to go to church. Is that bad? No, because music is just one way we as believers worship God, so the unbeliever is coming for the music, but getting the Biblical message of salvation as well and eventually they will come for more than just the music, they will come to hear the good news. They will "outgrow" the desire to come for something that sounds good to them, they will come to grow and fellowship. What matters is that they are there, they are making an effort to seek God. We as believers need to find the things that draw people in so we can share the message both verbally and with our actions. It is called MINISTRY. The only reason music seems to be such a big deal today is because of one main thing: personal preference= selfishness. If the message of the music isn't Biblical and it isn't being used as a tool to worship God, then absolutely it shouldn't be part of a church service-that makes sense. But if the music is worshiping God, and the position of the heart is right with God in those that are worshiping, we are bringing Him glory and true worship-that's what matters to God, that's what we are called to. People are focused on themselves and what they prefer to hear, thus finding something wrong with something that is different. All contemporary music isn't wrong, it's just different. The same could go with true biblical pastors, all of them will be different based on life experiences and personality traits. Is their preaching wrong just because they do it differently? No. I think people need to take a step back and reexamine their motives behind their thoughts. Just as Kieth Green said the Wesley brothers took the tune of "drinking songs" and gave them Christian lyrics--and they were reaching people who normally wouldn't have had any interest in Christian music. The music is a vehicle to reach out to others, if it is proclaiming Jesus and worshiping God, what is wrong with it, and what Biblical truth would support the idea that it is wrong?
Robert Pfund,Nebraska USA (Guest) (02/11/2012 08:31)
This is a great article, and is just as good today as it was back when Keith wrote it. I totally agree that it is the motive and spirit of the person performing. Keith was a great example for us to follow. I pray we all have the same passion for Jesus as Keith did! God Bless.
Bruno Trimarchi (Guest) (02/13/2012 04:34)
Thanks for sharing your thoughts
cassie (Guest) (03/16/2012 23:26) i think kieth green is half right, however listening to cannibal corpse or slayer, some of the their "music" are sounds to inspire horror. not fear which ca be placed in a christian song about gods wrath or something, but abject horror. but its not music like a beat or rythmn or something. but sounds like off of the grudge or the ring.
Brad Bessell (Guest) (05/28/2012 01:23)
/>I am in a Christian metal band I have discovered over the years that most of the anti metal arguments made against Christian metal are made by those who are spiritually immature , theologically un educated and enslaved to the principalities and powers behind legalism and gnostic dualism . Legalism is a betrayal of the gospel and these people need compassion and sometimes even deliverance from religious spirits.There are many Christian metal bands out that may screaming and yelling to loud aggressive music but they do so with same Holy Spirit fire that filled Keith Green
Amy (Guest) (06/06/2012 02:56)
I think Keith Green, as usual, cut right to the heart of this issue when he spoke of motives being the litmus paper for what is and isn't appropriate spiritually. Also, I do have to say that if you can hear a song over and over and have no idea it is a so called Christian song then it probably isn't. In other words, just because a song says the word "God" or "lamb" does not make it Christian and certainly does not make it worshipful. Many songs that are so called Christian songs sound just as much as though they are being sung about a boyfriend or girlfriend as they do God. That to me does not turn the litmus paper blue. If it moves your flesh and not your spirit than it may not be a "bad" or inappropriate song, but it is doubtful it is ministering to your spirit either.
Randy Priest (Guest) (06/20/2012 22:05)
I was saved in June of '80. People like Keith Green, reaching out to young people then, helped some [a bunch] come to the Lord and ask for Him to save us too.
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