The True Biblical Basis for Music in the Church

The True Biblical Basis for Music in the Church

What I am about to write is not merely my opinion, but rather is based upon the Word of Almighty God. Everything that we do must be based solely upon the Bible, and not left into our own hands. Many will say that the following is my personal opinion, but I want to be perfectly clear, that this is not my opinion, but it is what the Bible says.

As it regards the topic of “Christian Rap/Rock/Punk/Metal/Alternative” etc., I want to say the following.

These types of music were inspired by demon spirits, and because of such, you CANNOT take that which is inspired by demon spirits, attach the Name Jesus to it, and make it right. When David played before Saul, the Bible tells us that it was the music that drove the evil spirits away. It was David’s music that was anointed by the Holy Spirit, which drove the evil spirits away. There is no anointing behind “Christian Rap” or “Christian Rock.” Rap music, or the basis of Rap music, as well as Rock, is inspired by demon spirits. You cannot take that which is of the world and put Jesus’ Name to it and make it Holy. 



Paul said, “I become all things to all men” (I Cor. 9:22), but that does not mean that we are to be like the world to WIN the world. What that means is, we simply preach Jesus Christ and Him Crucified to ALL men; Jew, Greek, Gentile, black, white, red, yellow, brown, Saved and unsaved. Likewise, we do not become alcoholics to reach the alcoholics. Nor do we become drug addicts to reach the drug addicts. Many have used this Passage of Scripture to justify their actions as to why they have allowed worldly methods into the Church. They believe that they have to become like the world to win the world with ungodly music. Let’s be perfectly honest, not many, if any at all, truly get Saved by these types of methods, and the reason is that these methods are not inspired, or anointed by the Holy Spirit to do such. People are won to the Lord by the Preaching of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ — plain and simple! When the Gospel is being preached under the Anointing of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will begin to Move upon the hearts of the people to convict them of their sin, thus being the turning point to bring them to Christ.



Also, the Holy Spirit through Paul said, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate, SAYS THE LORD” (II Cor. 6:17). That is clear, cut, and precise. We are IN this world, but not OF this world. 

Notice the wording that the Holy Spirit uses in this Passage of Scripture. The Holy Spirit through Paul tells us to, “Come out.” What does this mean? It simply means to get out, or to escape, or depart. When the Lord saves us, He saves us OUT of sin, and places us IN Christ. He never saves us in sin, but saves us out of sin. And because He saves us out of sin, He definitely does not want us to go back into that lifestyle. So, to try and use the methods of the world to try and win the world will not work, for this very reason that is mentioned above.



As Believer’s, when it comes to music, there is a Biblical basis to which we should adhere to, and that is simply the Anointing of the Holy Spirit. We need to get past the idea of whether or not it’s this style or that style, and we must focus on the idea of whether or not it is Anointed of the Holy Spirit.

Now, to clarify, the Anointing of the Holy Spirit is not emotionalism. Many mistake emotionalism for the Moving of the Holy Spirit. However, when the Holy Spirit is Moving upon a singer, or a piece of music, it will generate a response from the Believer, or unbeliever, whether it be weeping, laughing, shouting, dancing, or just being still.

We must understand that nearly every piece of music is either Anointed by the Holy Spirit, or it is anointed by demon spirits.



You may ask, “How can we tell?” First of all, we can tell by simply asking the following questions: “Is this pleasing to the Lord? Will that music lead us into the very Presence of God? Will this music cause a Believer who is facing the very powers of darkness to have Victory?” Music Anointed by the Holy Spirit will usher in the Presence of God, and will bring conviction to the lost, and rejoicing to the Saved. 

As well, we should never isolate music at all to say that whatever type of music that you like will not reach the youth, or maybe that the adults will never “get it.” Music that is Anointed by the Holy Spirit will reach ALL age groups, and will minister to ALL age groups. The Word of God is never isolated to one specific age group, and will never be isolated to one age group. But, once again, we should not compromise our stance because it is popular with the world, or even with much of the Church.

Much of the Church world will laugh at this response and say that we are not up with today’s crowd, or that we are just too “old-fashioned.” Well, I will close with what the Holy Spirit said through the Prophet Jeremiah, “Thus says the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls.” But here is where the modern church is, and is found in the last phrase of that Verse, “But they said, We will not walk therein” (Jer. 6:16).

Talent will only titillate you, but the Anointing will set you free. The Lord is drawing the line in the sand through His Word. Which side are you going to be on?

In Him,
Pastor Gabe

45 responses to “The True Biblical Basis for Music in the Church”

  1. Marcus Lee says:

    Pastor Gabe,

    I could not agree with you more. Thank you for writing, and posting this. Anyone in Christ can hear the Truth as it is presented in this. May the LORD bless your ministry and spread this further. I am re-posting this on my FaceBook.

    In Christ,


  2. Cindy Welch says:

    very well said! I agree with what the Word of God says!

  3. James Bourbon says:

    I understand where you’re coming from and know people in the Christian music industry. A good chunk of the time (probably over half) Christian bands and artists are more interested in album sales than anything else. After careful examination of your article, I have to say that rock and rap music are form of free expression that didn’t exist in Biblical times. Therefore, how can you say that it’s inspired by the devil? There are no scriptures specifically rebuking them so I’m interested to see how you came to this conclusion. I’ve heard christian rock music that was dripping with the presence of God. It’s like me saying that corn muffins are inspired by demonic spirits so we shouldn’t eat them. The Bible doesn’t rebuke them specifically because they didn’t exist so by making a blanket statement I just prove that I don’t like corn muffins and I’m trying to use my influence to sway people to a similar opinion.
    Psalm 96:1 says “Sing to the Lord a NEW song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.”
    Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:22
    “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”
    Which music is best? And the answer is always the same: the music of the people you are evangelizing.
    I personally know that I wouldn’t have the relationship with God that I do if not for Christian rock music (I don’t like rap).
    I still have love for you and know that God is using you and your church to do great and powerful things. I’ll continue to watch your sermons online.

    • Cortney Ball, West Virginia says:

      Music makes you feel. Corn muffins do not have rhythm nor do they give you any feeling to the soul but to the body and thats fulfillment to the stomach or gas. Unless of course you really like them but I’m 100% sure that the if im in a church filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, the corn muffin will be at the bottom of my list. So my first point is, how can you compare the two? You can’t. My second point, I watched this article being Preached on the television today and I was moved by the Holy Spirit. Dear friend, im here to tell you that maybe you should think about if it was christian rock music that lead you to the alter or was it the words of the preacher. I am a witness of the Lord and im here to tell you that Christian rock/rap etc., music does not move in on me. Maybe your disagreeing with this article because you dont want to let go of that rhythm for various reasons. Dear friend, “sing to the Lord a new song is not introduce him to a new song/ rhythm because he knows of all things. He is mighty.

      • James Bourbon says:

        Okay, the corn muffins line was a little… well… corny. I was trying to be funny but it came off as weird and a little fesicious. Sorry about that everybody.

        • James Poteet says:

          Actually, something very similar to rap music undoubtedly existed during biblical times and was almost surely used in Hebrew praise as well as in the early church. The rythmic chanting of poetry is one of the oldest forms of oral expression there is and is almost certainly how the book of Job was passed down before it was put into written form. That’s right! I’m saying Job was “rapped”! Examine the lyrics are they genuine gospel? Do they move people towards God or away from Him? There is certainly a WRONG way to do rap, but to dismiss it because your grandfather doesn’t like that kind of music isn’t biblical. Support your opinion with scripture.

          • Savannah says:

            I 100% agree with you. Everyone is different, including our likes and dislikes. God made us that way on purpose! I don’t think it’s fair that he is preaching this message, that it is ALL wrong. Maybe the individual he heard rapping didn’t have the anointing of the Holy Spirit! I have been listening to Christian Rap for a long time, but our Heavenly Father has gifted me with discernment so I can choose for myself which music is anointed and which is not inspired by God. I just don’t think it’s very fair, that’s all. People should be able to come to that conclusion themselves, and be able to read the Scriptures to figure this out. Where I live, I have seen the seed planted more often by Christian rap than any other kind of worship music. But these people also have to realize that the individuals who like this kind of music, myself included, testimonies speak to us first. A lot of Christian rap are testimonials! Anyhow, they should go check out Lecrea! See for themselves!

  4. Laura J. says:

    Thank You Jesus!
    Pastor Gabriel,

    I agree 100% there is nothing, but telling the truth and the whole truth. Glory be to God for using you and yielding to the Holy Spirit and allowing the Lord to truly use you I am extremely inspired now and days the truth is hard to come by.

    I have a question for youth what advice do you give them to really go out and witness? I know we can not act on on self, and we need the guidance of the Lord, but if the Lord is really pressing upon you to tell someone or go up to someone how do you break the ice to someone who wouldn’t comprehend.

    What do you say in prayer? or as the Spirit gives you utterance do you just let the Spirit pray for you?

    • Tyler A. says:

      Laura, I really believe that the Lord will put His Words in your mouth as to what to say, just like He did with Jeremiah. And it may take time for that person to comprehend, or he/she will comprehend right then and there. It’s what God’s Will is for that person. That’s what I think.

  5. Hein Zentgraf, South Africa says:

    Having been a musician for the last 45 years, of which the last 30 were spent in praise and worship, I can’t agree with you more. I am, however, shattered that it comes from someone your age – I would have thought this is something Grandpa Jimmy would have said. Glory and blessings to our Father for this short piece of truth. May you be blessed abundantly, without any hype of any kind.

    • Marcus Banks says:

      Actually, Bro. Jimmy did preach this years ago in a message entitled, “Ring of Fire.” I believe it was during the late ’50s or early ’60s. He also recorded it and I had the album but lost it. It describes the same thing that Bro. Gabe has talked about, except about hip hop since it didn’t exist back then as it does now.

  6. Nathan says:

    G’Day from Ausralia

    Pastor Gabe thankyou for your stance ,your fathers stance and you grandfathers stance in these days of encroaching apostasy.

    You are absolutely correct about what you say regarding Christian Music.

    Specifically within the church and in praise and worship it is something that should not be.

    I do have issue though with the fact that though I agree with you saying the Bible is clear on this matter, I believe it is even more clear than you have expoused.

    For James Burbon especially but also you too Gabe, can I encourage you to examine for your edification and the edification of your viewers and young people to the Puritans and Reformers on this matter and the argumentaion they provided from scripture in establishing what is termed the “Regulative Principle”, in that what scripture is silent upon does not allow for creativity but abstinance.
    Once that understanding is established the arguement becomes one of bending the knee to Christ or outright rebellion. Argument ceases.

    John Knox clearly announces and defends this principle: ” All worshipping, honouring, or service invented by the brain of man, in the religion of God, without His own express commandment, is idolatry.”

    Let me quote the Westminster Confession of Faith_, 21:1,

    “But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visble representation, or any other way not prescribed in the holy Scripture ”

    Scripture speaks expressly how to worship, and in that we obey, in everything else we do not assume self indulgence and creativity.
    1 Samuel 13:13, Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 12:8,31-32, John 10:5, Mathhew 28:20 (notice this states “what I have commanded you” not whatsoever I have not forbidden)
    Read Anarchy in Worship by James Begg 1875.

    John Knox again says it well

    “The matter is not of so small importance, as some suppose. The question is, whether God or man ought to be obeyed in matters of religion? In mouth, all do confess that only God is worthy of sovereignty. But after many–by the instigation of the devil, and by the presumptuous arrogance of carnal wisdom and worldly policy–have defaced God’s holy ordinance, men fear not to follow what laws and common consent (mother of all mischief) have established and commanded. But thus continually I can do nothing but hold, and affirm all things polluted, yea, execrable and accursed, which God by his Word has not sanctified in his religion. God grant you his Holy Spirit rightly to judge.”

    Most certainly “the sacrifice of praise” is our lips Hebrews 13:5.

    Hosea 14:2 sets the seriousness of our praise and worship stating

    “Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.”

    Notice the implication of “calves”, this is a sacrifice.
    Should we then errect the 10 gods judged by God in Egypt by his plagues of deliverance as an acceptable sacrifice to accompany this when we evangelise the Egyptians, should we create stange fire?


    If we look at 1 Kings 12:28 we find

    “Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. ”

    Notice the association between two calves of gold and calves of our lips, ( of which we have two).
    Is our worship idolatry. If we mix the world with Christ and this is not false worship then what could possibly constitute idolotrous worship? NOTHING.
    Bring in the temple prostitutes, bring in the child sacrifices cause all is sanctified according to this godless way of thinking..

    Shall we then go further and adopt what Roman Catholic Cardinal John Henry Newman wrote in his Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine

    “The use of temples and these dedicated to particular saints and ornimented on occassions which branches of trees, incense, lamps, candles, votive offerings on the recovery from illness, holy water, holidays and seasons, the use of calanders, processions, blessings on the fields, sacred votial vestiments, the ring of marriage, turning to the east, are all pagan in origin and sanctified by the adoption into the church.”

    That is where this “innovation” in worship will lead.
    We should do well to consider that the church has already fallen away 1500 years ago resulting in the development of Roman Catholicism. We only need to understand the history of that declension to percieve what is now occurring on a global scale.

    PS: for those who think I might be out of touch I used to listen to “Christian” thrash metal etc. Especially Roger Martinez from Vengence Rising who after much unchristian behaviour from other band members and even Ministers not helping Roger in times of trouble, now claims to be a Satanist and tried to release an album to refute his excellent scriptural lyrics (which they were admittedly) called “Blaspheme the Holy Spirit”. How far one can fall.
    You cannot have Christian Rap, Rock, Country, Gospel, Metal, Punk, Techno, Fusion, Jazz, etc etc.
    The music acceptable to God is already proscribed in scripture.

    As Charles Spurgeon writes in Volume 2 of The Treasury of David regarding the “New Song” in Psalm 33

    “…let us not offer him limping rhymes, set to harsh tunes, and growled out by discordant voices….”

    Singing unto the Lord a New Song has a strong element of unfulfilled prophecy in it, in that when Jesus drank of the cup which is the 3rd cup of wine in Jewish tradition (there were 4 cups thus Jesus said “I will not drink of this cup till I come again” Matthew 26:29. He will drink the 4th cup called 4. Cup of Praise (also called cup of acceptance – I will take you,. upon his return Rev 19:9 Praise God) they sang what is called the Hallel which consisted of a number of different Psalms sung.)
    thus it makes sense at least some instances of The New Song relates to Rev 5:9 and escpecially Rev 14:3 of which only the 144000 could learn to sing..
    One New Song is declared in Luke 2:13-14.
    Thus New Song is not an excuse for all sorts of devilish additions to worship.

    • James Bourbon says:

      Okay, the corn muffins line was a little… well… corny. I was trying to be funny but it came off as weird and a little fesicious. I’ve read what Nathan has to say and examined the scriptures (some of the I already know by heart thanks to my mom and dad sending me to Bible school as a youth).

      “You acted foolishly,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, He would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.”
      -This is speaking about keeping the commands of the Lord and has no context specifically dealing with worship or music.

      “Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.”
      -This scripture is speaking about keeping the commands of God and not adding to them. The christian music I listen to is using scripture directly from God’s word without adding anything new.

      “But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
      -Yet again, musicians using the gifts that God gave them to glorify Him paired with God-breathed scripture. Not a “stanger” adding anything new.

      “And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
      -A scripture telling us to obey God’s commandments, which I strive to do on a daily basis.

      “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
      ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'”
      -This scripture speaks for itself. Keep yourself away from the love of the things of this earth and God will never leave you or forsake you. Not specifically relevant.

      “Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. ”
      -These musicians aren’t making false idols, they’re using what God gave them to glorify Him and encourage others to do the same. Starting to feel redundant.

      “Take with your words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.”
      -What a BEAUTIFUL scripture! I used to have this one posted on the mirror of my bathroom so I would see it every mourning before I went to class. This is just a precious cry for God to accept us and take away our sins.

      “PS: for those who think I might be out of touch I used to listen to ‘Christian’ thrash metal etc. Especially Roger Martinez from Vengence Rising who after much unchristian behaviour from other band members and even Ministers not helping Roger in times of trouble, now claims to be a Satanist and tried to release an album to refute his excellent scriptural lyrics (which they were admittedly) called “Blaspheme the Holy Spirit”. How far one can fall.”
      -Judge Christianity by Christ alone. This is something that my father told me when I was younger and caught some of my “christian” friend sneaking into an R rated film at the cinema. I can’t stress it enough. If you put your faith in people, they will let you down almost every single time.

      Nathan and Molly, thanks for taking to time to show that you care about other by responding to my original post and reading this comically long reply. You have both given me food for thought. God bless you and have a wonderful day.

      • James Bourbon says:

        For the record, I don’t necessarily disagree with what you had to say, you just seem very knowledgeable and I would love to here more from you. Most of the christian music I listen to is… praise and worship based and i’m just hoping to (through discussion) gain a deeper understanding of the subject. It really is something that i’ve thought about for years. James seemed to be goofy with the corn muffins line, but I encourage him to do the research himself as i’m going to try to do. God bless.

        • James Bourbon says:

          I just realized that I forgot to quote James in my original response! Sorry forgetting the quotes on the corn muffins line.

  7. Cortney Ball, West Virginia says:

    Im saved but I unexceptably missed church this morning because I was feeling depressed and on the down side so throughout my day I was feeling guilty and so thirsty for the peace and motivation! So I searched the tv guide and the Lord lead me to your program for the first time and watched the preaching/discussion of this article. I have to say I was moved! Throughout this discussion, I was taking notes and defining words that you were saying and writing down all the information that I knew would make a difference in others life. For an example, my old church family in Virginia. I plan to take a visit back there this summer and I want to take a message with me! It’s a small church with sometimes 15 to 20 people. I remember a couple teenage girls bringing a CD to sing along with one evening. The song they sang along with was Pray by Justin Bieber. When this song was being played there was no rejoicing, no conviction, no Holy Spirit! My mind was not happy. This beat did not bring back good memories but memories of who I used to be. I even remember my sister sitting on the same pew as I down on the end say “Exactly, it’s about the lyrics”. I couldnt agree with her but at the time I was astonished. I wasn’t sure what to say. The older elders in the church didn’t know how to react. They problem couldn’t even understand the words. The rhythm could not be excepted. In fact, a church should never except that rhythm. It’s not about the lyrics, I agree with you 100%. So all day your sermon never left my mind. I just now finished going through your articles and taking more notes in an order so that I can use your words and your meanings behind your words to send this message to the hearts of my previous church. Thank you so much for sharing! My day was rejoiced by not only listening to your words but watching the grauation, the services and the singing and dancing! Keep them coming!

  8. Molly Evans says:

    I agree completely, and appreciate you writing an article to express what the Lord has revealed to you. I recently had to search out my own opinion on this subject as my ex-boyfriend was into contemporary Christian music and he ask me to visit his church with him, and while I was listening to the music, not only could I not understand some of the lyrics, I didn’t feel the Holy Spirit at all, in fact I felt a heaviness in my soul unlike anything I had felt before, I felt like it came against everything I stood for and everything Godly. I didn’t feel like it was praising God, the whole atmosphere was not God like at all. The room was painted black, I thought we was supposed to be the light of the world? There was no alter, but a stage to promote more of a concert feel, how can you not have a place for people to bow before God and ask for his forgiveness? not that they would feel convicted there anyway as they were more concerned with themselves and how they sounded and what the people there was thinking of their performance. I tried to talk to my boyfriend and tell him what I saw there, but he insisted that they was helping to reach the young and that the church had grew in size since they started playing contemporary music. So my question is how do we get people to realize the harm in that kind of music? I studied my Bible and ask God to show me if I was right in my opinion and showed my boyfriend some of the same scriptures you listed and he said that he felt there was nothing wrong in the music. It seems like once they get involved in that type of music it is hard for them to let it go, I told him he should listen to your program hoping it would help him to hear music that is truly inspired by the Holy Spirit.

  9. Angela Monigold says:

    Yes! Praise God for this!
    This is so very true. When your ministry began talking about this subject, I was always watching it! Some may not believe it but I do. I remember listening to things like Christian Rock or Christian Country… I stopped after we had began listening to Jimmy’s music. That music would bring me to tears and I felt the presence of the Lord so mightely!
    I know that there is not an anointing on those songs. The words may be true but when you take the words out and hear the beat, does it sound like a true anointed Christian song?
    No… After months of listening to Jimmy’s music and when I heard some of the Christian Rock, it didn’t sit well with me. My spirit stirred and I just couldn’t stand listening to it. There is a spirit behind that music. So I am going to stick with the Anointed “old” music!

    Praise the LORD for your Ministry and Your stand against the worldly Music!

    God Bless Everyone

  10. Marcus Banks says:

    After reading your article and listening to some of it on Sonlife Broadcasting I have to say that I was intrigued and curious and decided to do my own research because I am a musician and have been for a long time. I can honestly say that what you have received from the Lord is spot on! To everyone, be careful of the Hip Hop movement for it is a religion and a way of life that leads to hell. It cannot be mixed with the Holiness of God and never will be. Hip Hop is leading millions of our young people into hell, even within our churches disguising it as ‘christian.’ Let us all be mindful, vigilant and prayerful that we be able to separate the Holy from the profane!

  11. Auzzy Kesh says:

    just a thought.. Jesus said we would be fishers of men. When you fish, you dont use the same bait on every fish. To atttract different fish, you need different bait. Now i agree that it is the annointing that reaches the souls of the people..but how can we attract young people into the church with the old hymns? As for myself, i agree with you. But what the devil has intended for evil and death, God has always turned it around for His glory. With that being said, God is good all the time, the same yesterday, today, and forever. God bless you and your family Pastor Gabe.

    • Nathan says:

      Hi Auzzi Kesh

      When Peter and some of the other disciples fished they didn’t use a line and a hook but a net.

      The net is a catch all, which is the foolishness of preaching of the gospel.

      When Paul says to be all things to all men he does not mean to use immorality or things that are based before God. The means does not ever justify the end.

      Notice that many will come saying “Lord Lord didn’t we cast our demons in your name etc.

      And the Lords reponse was I never knew you and He casts them into utter darkness.

  12. Sterling Smith says:

    Before I heard anyone Preaching against or giving Scripture against rock or rap (I won’t refer to them as gospel) I knew it wasn’t right.
    I personally don’t care for contemporary music. I hear too much repeating meaningless phrases when I’m in a church that sings it. For some reason I can’t learn the choruses or sing them.
    I have read and heard a lot about anti-christ imitating Christ and the church, but never have I nor will I hear of Christ or the true Spirit filled Church imitating the world or the devil. Satin and his world are the one who created rock & rap, they were to rebel against traditional values. God does not borrow from nor imitate the devil.

  13. steven camarillo says:

    i was just recently flicking through the channels at home and came across generation of the cross i recorded it and came back later to watch it. After watching this with my family mom, sisters, brother i was glad i caught it because pastor gabriel swaggart was preaching about music in the church and out of it,im 14 years old and music is a big part of my life. i thank you for showing me and teaching me about music, and so for a school report im typing up a paper about music and the affects of music on the soul. so once again thank you for your ministry and keep it up. because i am and we all are a generation of the cross!

  14. Derrik Daniels says:

    Let me start this by saying I strongly disagree with this stance. Why would the Lord allow something that is outright demonic like Christian Rap and Christian Rock exist for so long. Yes Im sure some of this music is very self motivated but I cant say that im feeling a demonic spirit when I listen to Christian rap. It gives an altrenative to listening to the worlds system of doing things. Arent we called to be set apart and a lot of this music does preach Jesus. Are you saying that millions are being moved by demonic spirits and not towards Jesus? I mean this would be very interesting to me if God didnt allow people to be moved by whatever music he created. The Lord has the power to make this music good. Now do we as humans feel exactly what that worship leader is feeling when he sings that song or that rapper when they do their things. No because that is their connection with God. But can it still impact us. I do think so. There is a lot of mixture out there so you have to be careful but I just think it puts God in a box to say that these are just demonic forms of music. God made us creative and with a will and purpose and its just like different versions of the bible it reaches everyone differently and we understand things and interperate things differently. Just because you dont feel the spirit on a song doesnt mean that the spirit is not part of it. The spirit doesnt touch all the same. Do we all dance and all sing and all laugh when the spirit is here? No we have all different responses because our hearts are all postured differently. I dont know just some thoughts.

  15. Brandon says:

    Southern gospel didn’t exist in those days. Music evolves and the only reason rap/rock didn’t come out with Jesus being the spot of glory is because Americas inspiration at the time was filled with modern rabbis . Don’t get me wrong there is a difference between happy music and heart piercing worship but to me it’s no different than some fast paced black gospel praise song and amazing grace..dear friend, the holy spirit is much more than a feeling you get during a slow a marriage, there is emotional personal parts and straight forward..both in love but different aspects..the church is referred to the bride..but for you to say its should sure hope you’re right because if not, you could be cursing many a passionate musician..who is debatebly skilled and grateful for many styles but even for someone who loves music more than anything finds it sad that our church today is more worried about what style of music people like than the widowed and orphans were told to care for..

  16. Aldair says:

    Pastor, I like your message but what the bible says about God and the world not being able to mix is true… But! By world it meant violence, sex, lust, sin, murder, evil. You can’t be a Christian and go off cheating on your wife and getting drunk. Rock, Rap, R&B, etc. is just a new STYLE of music, just like a new style of clothes, cars, books, etc. The thing that matters in the song is the MESSAGE! And it has to be Christian, but not Christian as a religion but as a lifestyle. Religion Starts wars Jesus brings peace. Religion builds big churches but fails to feed the poor. Religion brings hate Jesus brings love. (by religion I mean ALL)

    God Bless You and Your Minnistry. Keep doing a good job the only matter I have is the things that I have listed above.

    Your Brother in Christ,
    Aldair, a 13 year old Trinitian Pentecostal.

    PS Please consider to statements above, and if you like please listen to the message of artists like Manafest, Skillet, KJ-52, and Superchick. And if you have time please visit Templo Calvario in Santa Ana, CA. GOD BLESS AGAIN. :)

  17. David says:

    Pray!!!!!!!! Let God tell you whats right or wrong. As said earlier man will fail you everytime!

  18. Michael Troxler says:

    True Christian music has no STYLE or GENRE,if it do then its of the world and not of God! What style of music do you think David played before Saul? Rock,rap,pop,etc.? NO! Remember that a little leaven leavens the whole lump. A song may have truly spiritual/biblical lyrics but if the you use music of the world or that YOU LIKE (the leaven) and play it with the spiritual/biblical lyrics (the unleavened) then the whole song is of the world, the flesh, and of Satan (leavened). So if you agree with these different types of music then remember its YOUR FLESH THAT LIKES IT, NOT GOD OR YOUR SPIRIT!!!!!!!

    • Aldair says:

      Have you at least tried listening to the message?!? And by style I mean way of playing it. Regular Christian Music has a mix of alot of instruments but some people like to put more guitar in it so they call it rock. The bad thing about the worldly music is the message it’s giving!

    • Aldair says:

      … and I also don’t treat is as regular music, my flesh does not like it, God is pleased when I rap in his name. In fact he’s pleased when ever I evangelize in his name, no matter how I do it.

      • Michael Troxler says:

        That’s not true.

      • Michael Troxler says:

        If your flesh didn’t like it then you wouldn’t be doing it. Rap, rock, hip hop, etc…is not of God regardless of sincerity. The lyrics may be spiritual and godly but when you present them in a worldly way the whole song is worldly.

  19. Aubrey says:

    I personally think Christian Rock IS Christian. U say Skillet is Not a Christian band because of Monster but what bout their songs like Hero, Savior, Better Than Drugs, Forgiven, The Last Night, Believe etc. Just because u pick one of their songs that doesn’t meanu can judge them based on that. I like them as well as Lecrae, Third Day Chris Tomlin Thousand Foot Krutch etc. These Are Christian!! There is a difference between secular rock & Christian Rock. Thank u.

    • Michael Troxler says:

      That’s not what I said. God does not mix Himself with the world, matter of fact, He told us to be SEPARATE from the world not the same and not to use the same mess the world uses in order to save them. My favorite song from Skillet was Monster but I loved Hero, Comatose, Whispers in the Dark, etc. Its not about the lyrics so don’t use that as an excuse. A song can’t be a song without the music. Lyrics without music is nothing but poetry but music can be a song without the lyrics which is what is known as instrumental songs. I used to believe that that filth was of God until He showed me that its definitely not of Him. All Christian rock, rap, etc… is are nothing but secular music with lighter lyrics. That’s all! But here’s a challenge for you, listen to your favorite band tonight while you sleep and see how you feel when you wake up, and then listen to the music that’s produced by this ministry all night tomorrow while you sleep and tell me if there’s no difference because your spirit knows what’s of God. It will respond to what ever you listen to and trust me, if you do it, you will feel a difference!

      • Aubrey says:

        Nice try LOL but it IS Christian. As for the music Lyrics Are Not an Excuse. Do not b offended because u don’t like my comments. If u listen to Hero Without music than u can tell its Christian. So don’t tell me its not. Nice try though;)

        • Michael Troxler says:

          The lyrics don’t mean a thing. First of all, what makes a song Godly is not the lyrics but His presence. If the Holy Spirit is not in it then its not of God. Secondly, I suggest that you google the effects that rock and rap have on the body and you’ll see why its not of God and why He will NEVER use it to bring glory to His name. Finally, once you’ve googled to find out any information about the effects of this kind of music, if you still say its of God when you have scripture telling you to “not touch the unclean thing” and you have the world giving you not only the reason how its unclean but why its unclean and you still say that its of God and God uses it, then don’t call yourself a child of God!

    • emanuel says:

      You’re wrong, Christian rock is wrong no matter if the world does it. That’s a problem don’t you think?

  20. Teal says:

    Pastor Gabe,

    I will open with lets agree to disagree.

    You started with “What I am about to write is not merely my opinion, but rather is based upon the Word of Almighty God.” Then you state shortly after “As it regards the topic of “Christian Rap/Rock/Punk/Metal/Alternative” etc., I want to say the following. These types of music were inspired by demon spirits, and because of such, you CANNOT take that which is inspired by demon spirits, attach the Name Jesus to it, and make it right.” Please show me in the Bible where a music type is created by Satan.

    Does not David even state Make a Joyfull Noise, and what Seventh Day Slumber sings does bring some to peace and closer to Christ thru the Holy Spirit, and I am one of those.

    If we are going to go by music types and not by anointing then only middle eastern music is anointed because that is the “type” that David would have written the music in Psalms, but we have clap your hands all ye people, written by David to a completely different form of music than originally written, so does that make it wrong?

    I absolutely agree that we are not of this world, but we need to be down to earth enough to give someone a drink of the holy words of God no mater what tempo.

    Now I will agree that there are a lot of fake Christian bands out there even some praise and worship bands, but that does not make the words of God within the song any less powerful. The music we have to look out for are the ones that do not praise our Lord Jesus Christ at all. Now those I do agree are from Satan as wolves in sheep’s clothing, but they are not just one genre of music. These are the ones that claim to bring hope, but never present the Gospel of Christ. Without the redeeming words of God there is no hope.

    Satan is attacking through out music, we need to remember he was the lead musician in heaven. He did not just forget how to play music when he fell, and he does come as an angel of light. So he is trying to deceive thru all music types. Like some of our praise and worship songs are self focused and not God focused.
    IE: I do this or I do that… I praise you… I lift your name…, why not Jesus you are great, or your amazing grace… Lets praise him for what he has done and not buy into the lie that we have done anything, because all our righteous

    Be not deceived God will not be mocked. His words will never return void. The Holy Spirit will always make sure of that no mater what beat is behind the words.


    • Michael Troxler says:

      Do you even know the effects that filth has on the body? I suggest that all of you google it and see for yourself because God will not anoint that which harms the human body!

      You should also google “Is Music Neutral?” By Terry Watkins and you’ll get a little more of an understanding of why this garbage is detestable in the eyes of God!

  21. Michael Troxler says:

    I pray that this testimony, whenever it can be seen, will be a great blessing to all of you!

  22. If the music was anointed by the Holy Spirit then the music was purified by Gods righteousness

  23. Loretta says:

    Everyone seems to have their own opinion on this matter.Look at their life and their walk…I thank God for the truth being preached at JSM, when others just look to please the people. You are truly different and everything lines up with His word. Can anyone tell me how to get the Assemblies of God Video on that convention in Aug ? I would like to post it a few places.

  24. Gary James says:

    What about “blues” music. Which by its own folk-lore was demonically inspired? Surely, we are not to use any “blues” inflections in our worship music. What about “country” which preoccupies itself with drinking, debauchery, cheating and wallowing in the misery of a broken relationship rather than seeking God’s true love? Surely, we should have no”country” inflections in our music.

  25. Darlene says:

    I agree what your saying. There is definitely a spirit behind music to the Lord. We are not to be conformed to the worlds way of doing music. Music to the Lord is to be worship to Him and Him only. I noticed a lot of the contemporary christian music today have a new age feel to it. The words to look for are I, Me, Mine and My. We worship Him,He doesn’t worship us!! I know the music today is very deceptive in the church. I left a church that used visualization during the songs to get you seeing the pictures of nature to get you thinking about the song!! How ridiculous! We worship Him in Faith! Lots of New Age creeping into our churches. Church. Wake up! Lots of deception going on here in these last days! We need to tell the devil were on to you!!!
    God Bless You Gabe for bringing this to our attention!

  26. Joshua says:

    Recently my cousin and I had a discussion about Lecrae and his “Jesus muzik”. In Ecclesiastes it says “there is nothing new under the sun”. So a form of rap has always been around. Also rap is known for lyrics about abusing women, drinking, drugs etc. James 4:4 says “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God”. I dont want to do anything that would be against God. Be in the World but not of it. John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Share Christ but don’t support the evil spirit behind rap.

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