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‘Christian’ Rock & Pop Artists

Carol Brooks

The Bible makes no bones about the fact that the good and evil, light and dark have nothing in common with each other. Please note... we do not know the heart of any of these musicians but are simply saying that something is very wrong when so-called Christian rock groups find common ground with secular (and often satanically inspired) rock musicians. The concept of having no fellowship with evil doers gets thrown out the proverbial window when Christian rock artists tour with, perform music by, have videos directed by and openly admire some of the sickest, most blasphemous secular rock artists.

With hundreds of thousands of followers and support of churches across the world ‘Christian’ rock makes it even more difficult to steer the youth away from the dangerous influence of secular rock music. Additionally the often total lack of explicit Christian content in ‘Christian’ Rock leaves one with little or no choice but to draw the obvious conclusion, ‘Christian rock’ is nothing more than hedonism under a thinly veiled guise of religion. And while we are not saying that every Christian who makes music has to sing Christian music. After all a Christian carpenter does not carve a fish into every piece of furniture he makes. But if a band is known and promoted as a ‘Christian Band’ then one is entitled to expect a clear Christian message.

Here's what a secular reporter in the Birmingham News wrote after watching a Michael W. Smith concert:

    "If you weren't familiar with Michael W. Smith's standing in the world of contemporary Christian music, you might attend one of his concerts and come out none the wiser." (The Birmingham News, Feb. 12, 1993 p. 5c)

Are there any ‘good’ Christian musicians. Yes... See footnote.

Music For Evangelism: One justification commonly heard is that the music is used as "a tool to reach people" for Christ. So they dress, look, act, talk, walk, appear with "secular artists" at "secular rock shows" — everything possible to look like the world. However God’s "tool" for reaching lost young people (or any people) with the gospel is not music — any music! God’s "tool" for reaching people with the gospel is "preaching the word of god". Music was used for praise and worship in the Bible. Although rarely heard of, this does not exclude the possibility that someone can be saved through music . However the Gospel message would have to be very clearly presented in the lyrics in order for someone to be saved through music.

    "One of the major problems with the CCM crowd is that they believe the purpose of music is outreach. When outreach is your stated purpose, you will go to any lengths to justify almost anything in attempting to reach the lost. Indeed, this is exactly what we are seeing in the CCM movement today." (Tim Fisher, The Battle for Christian Music, p.156)



dc Talk
Audio Adrenaline
Amy Grant
Michael W. Smith
Jars of Clay

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dc Talk
I have been told that dc Talk are Godly young men and that ‘they live their lives in such a way that even if someone were to lie about them, no one would believe the lie’.  I am NOT disputing this.. I am saying that much of their music does not fit in with a Christian band, which is what they are supposed to be. Confusing and often irreverent lyrics, concerts that replicate secular bands, and association, however limited, with some of Rock’s infamous characters taint their image.

Read a first hand account of one persons experience at a dc Talk concert

Smith, who listens mostly to secular music, would like to see DC Talk expand its vocabulary.

     ‘'not everything has to be about god.' he says."(Flint Michigan Journal, March 15, 1996, P.B19)

Toby McKeehan, says in USA Today,

    "Sometimes, being labeled a Christian band, we consider that a negative. . ."

Toby McKeehan told Billboard magazine,

    "Our goal has always been to be out there on a mainstream level,. . ." (Billboard, Nov. 11, 1995).

As far as the lyrics are concerned, the disparity between our God ‘High and lifted up with His train filling the temple’ with... "Jesus is Just Alright" is a little hard to take. It is absolutely no excuse to say that this is ‘the language of today’. It is demeaning and irreverent.

    “Jesus is still alright with me
    Jesus is still alright, oh yeah
    Jesus is still alright with me
    Jesus is still alright

    Toby Mac, and the Mac is back no slack
    On a DC track that's jacked, beyond comprehension
    I believe that I failed to mention
    That there's a lack of recognition
    When it comes to His position
    Cause if Christ can't be crossed over,
    Then I'll keep my beat up nova”

    Lyrics of ‘Since I met you’
    “Sick and tired of the same ol' fluff
    You took me in and You shook me up
    You got me tripping on a vision of eternity
    I can see it clearly”

    Lyrics of ‘Into Jesus’
    “My feet may venture to the ground
    But He has never let me down
    I can't hold it in
    My soul is screaming

    Hey you, I'm into Jesus
    Hey you, I'm into Jesus, oh yeah
    Hey you, I'm into Jesus”

    Lyrics of Since I Met You
    You got me feeling like a million bucks
    Some people write it up as Irish luck
    But I know better, cause my rabbit's foot never did me a bit of good
    The truth hit me like a sock in the eye
    A revelation that I can't deny

DC Talk's video "Jesus Freak" is one of the most popular Christian videos ever recorded.

    “Franklin, meanwhile, references the music of other popular R.-and-B. stars, taking rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s line "I love it when you call me big poppa" and turning it into "I love it when you call him your savior." Franklin says such flourishes catch young listeners: "Gospel music has been considered some sort of old church thing. We're trying to make gospel hype without taking away from the message."   (Time magazine. Jan 22nd 1996).

Toby McKeehan actually opens some concerts off by screaming, "WELCOME TO THE FREAK SHOW!" (Flint Michigan Journal, March 15, 1996, P.B19)

    "As teenagers' shrieks filled the Dallas Convention Center moments before dc Talk took the stage Friday night, one of the relatively few grown-ups in the sold-out crowd observed, 'This is just like the Beatles.'" (Dallas Morning News, April 27, 1996… describing a DC Talk "Freak Show" concert). (See more about the Beatles)

An Englishman named Simon Maxwell, who was also video director for the vile band Nine Inch Nails, directed “Jesus Freak”. (The video "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails shows a monkey crucified on a cross)! DC Talk openly admits to watching one of Nine Inch Nails videos, and liked Maxwell's style.

    "We had seen some of Simon's work with Nine Inch Nails" … "his style appealed to us." (DC Talk vocalist Toby McKeehan. Billboard, November 11, 1995).

    ". . . the intention of the clip was to "push the envelope" of the Christian music community. . . they expect some of the more conservative members of the Christian community to frown on the adventurous clip." (Toby McKeehan Billboard, Nov 11, 1995)

Even Billboard says of the video,

    "The clip's slick style and in-your-face imagery could easily fit between cutting edge video's from the likes of Nirvana to Nine Inch Nails. . ." (Billboard magazine, Nov 11, 1995)

Maxwell says the process of creating the DC Talk clip wasn't much different from what he did on the Nine Inch Nails video. (Billboard, Nov 11, 1995)

dc Talk is known to perform a cover of Nirvana's "All Apologies" in which Kurt Cobain's lyric "everyone is gay" is changed to "Jesus is the way." When he's asked if he realizes many people would consider that sacrilege, Max's reply seems to sum up the underlying current in today's Christian rock music. "You can take bricks and make a Satanic church, or you can make a church for Christ," he says. "The brick itself is not evil, it's what you do with that brick.... We're not trying to slam Kurt Cobain for writing his lyric; we're trying to take what we thought was a well-written song but make it into our own version. A lot of people cover songs and change them around." (Caryn B. Brooks www.wweek.com/html/musica021799.html)

Why would any Christian group not want to stay very far away from ANY association with Kurt Cobain,  considering he “ran around his neighborhood spray-painting, "abort christ" and "god is gay". Cobain's first band was called "Fecal Matter". (Des Barres, Pamela, Rock Bottom, pp.54-55). He was also "obsessed with Anton LaVey" (Mojo Magazine, Sept. 1999, p. 86)}  The inside of Nirvana's album ‘In Utero’ (the album dc Talk got "All Apologies" from) features pictures of chopped up babies! Kurt Cobain was found dead from a self-inflicted shotgun wound in his home on the 8th of April 1994[INDEX]

A review of ‘Adam Up’ on a Christian website on January 29, 2004 says this… 

    “The longest song lyrically is also the first hit of the project-- Look Yourself parodies Eminem's Lose Yourself, and does it well.”

Does it well? While the lyrics of  ‘Look Yourself’ is neither a worship song but the usual ‘Is there a point to this’ confusion, how can any group claiming to be Christian allow themselves to be associated IN ANY WAY with Eminem. Here are some of the lyrics from Lose Yourself..

    “... His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
    There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
    He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
    To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgettin'..

    When he goes back to his mobile home, that's when it's
    Back to the lab again yo
    This whole rap ####...

The same website reviews ‘Grace Period’ on August 26, 2002 with these words…

    “ApologetiX has just released a new record called Grace Period and it's completely original music. Nah, just kidding. Once again, ApologetiX offers parodies for the whole family. You'll recognize golden oldies by The Monkees, The Beatles and the Beach Boys, newer songs by Bruce Springsteen, Blue Oyster Cult, Rush and Styx…..”

The song ‘Corinthians’ is another confusing disaster.

    “...Watch the countdown that the MTV plays
    I got ticked by the way
    It's so unreal -- Britney and Jennifer Lo
    Watch the wardrobe -- looks like a window
    Tryin' to hold on to itty bitty clothes
    You pasted them on -- this is not true love…”

They got that last line right…. I guess.

And how’s this for a trivialization of Noah’s Ark….

    “...Save your raincoat - I will not go
    Time to wipe off - a pair of hippos
    keep the boat still - I've been sorta ill
    I might just throw up - in all this swill
    Save your raincoat - I will not go
    Worldwide flood - very big boat
    We should just chill - trust the Lord still
    And life will go on - and life will go on...” 

In the early 1950s, a disk-jockey named Alan Freed was one of the first white people to be involved in "rhythm & blues" music, which was the direct forerunner of rock 'n' roll. Freed had been receiving bizarre reports concerning kids' reactions to this new music, so decided to name it after a ghetto term that black people used for pre-marital sex in the back seat of a car-hence, the term "rock 'n' roll" was coined. There is abundant evidence that rock 'n' roll's lifeblood has in some part been drawn from voodoo, a musical form whose sole purpose it to summon evil spirits.

So where Petra got the idea that God gave Rock and Roll to us is more than interesting.  This number ("God Gave Rock And Roll To You) is by the secular group ‘Argent’ and is also on the ‘Revenge’ album by ‘Kiss’. (Another number on the same album, called ‘Unholy’, leaves very little doubt as to where Kiss’ allegiance lies.)

    I am the incubus/ I lay the egg in you
    The worm that burrows/ Through your brain
    But you are the beast/ That calls me by my name
    I was created by man, yeah I'm the Lord of the flies,
    you know I'm Unholy
    From the left hand of power comes the father of lies
    Unholy - Unholy

Audio Adrenaline
Is a group that made the WoW 2000 CD, which, by the way, says... “WoW 2000- a milestone album Rock-Audio-Adrenalinemarking the journey of Christian music and it’s message through a decade of blessing and growth…. Will quench your thirst for PHENOMENAL music with a Christ centered message.”

I spent a considerable amount of time reading Audio Adrenalines lyrics and it would be hard to imagine more shallow, confusing nonsense.

The lyrics of ‘Go and Be’ on the album ‘Worldwide’ are more than offset by others on the same CD. ‘Church Punks’ contain these words.

     “...ay hey, now, now - we're callin' you out
    ever back down - no fear, no doubt
    hey now, now - you can show us how
    you better get up 'cause we're callin' all church punks...”

And ‘Dirty’ on the same CD.

    “...you might get a bruise or some blisters on your fingers
    you might start a question and wonder what it’s worth
    you may slip and fall from the burdens that you carry
    but you can’t have this treasure
    'til you dig it from the dirt...”

The lyrics of “Some Kind of Zombie’ are eons away from any kind of Christian theology. 

    “...Oh here they come
    But I'm not afraid
    There's no temptation I can't evade
    Stand up straight
    Look through the haze
    I begin to walk through the maze
    Here they come
    They're all up on me
    But I'm dead to sin like
    Some kind of zombie

If you ask 95% of the population what a zombie is, you are going to get something akin to the standard definition, which according to The Oxford Dictionary is …

    a corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, especially in certain African and Caribbean religions. 

    Informal: a person who is or appears lifeless, apathetic, or completely unresponsive to their surroundings.. 

MSN Encarta’s first four definitions are..

    1. offensive term: an offensive term for a person considered to lack energy, enthusiasm, or the ability to think independently ( insult )

    2. dead body given life by voodoo: in voodoo, a dead body supposedly brought back to life again without a soul

    3. voodoo spirit reviving dead body: in voodoo, a spirit that supposedly brings a dead body back to life again.

    4. religion snake god of voodoo: in Caribbean, Brazilian, and West African voodoo religions, a snake god

And to further make the point, try Googling the word Zombie.

Zombies are associated with a very very dark side of the occult. To describe a Christian using this term is not only spiritually naïve, it shows a complete lack of intelligence.

Another of Audio Adrenaline’s songs "Never Gonna Be As Big As Jesus" is as close as one can get to trivializing who the Lord Jesus is.

    “... I could move to Hollywood (yeah)
    Get my teeth capped I know I could
    Be a big star on the silver screen
    Just like James dean, I could be a star
    I could climb the corporate ladder, buy, sell, and liquidate
    Maybe be just like the Beatles, melodic rocking heavyweights
    I could learn to sing and dance
    If I only had a chance
    I could be a big rock star
    I could be anything I wanted to
    I could be anything but one thing's true
    Never gonna be as big as Jesus
    Never gonna hold the world in my hand
    Never gonna be as big as Jesus
    Never gonna build a Promised Land...”

The lyrics of ‘Good People’ is an excellent example of compromising the truth of the Gospel.

    “...I grew up impressed by the people I knew in the buckle of the Bible belt
    Hopped in a van with a band, now I've been just about everywhere else
    Met a soldier from Seattle, and a lawyer from the east
    A Texas oil baron and a Roman Catholic priest...

    Been on the road, been far from home, but I found me a friend or two
    Time has taught me well and I can tell you the good things people do
    They really care and I've been there, I've seen it with my eyes
    I can tell they're God's people by the goodness in their lives...”

Miracle’ is supposed to be about the work Christ does in us yet it says.

    “everything's different now / now that You've ruined my life
     You took my dreams and stole my schemes
     and turned my life upside down
     You took my heart / stole every part and made a miracle”

How can any so-called Christian dare to describe the work of Christ.. the only hope of mankind.. as Him  ‘ruining’ our lives’ and made a miracle.. One more of their numbers is entitled "My Scum Sweetheart", supposed to be about the relationship of the world and the Christian.  [INDEX]

Bearing in mind that the dictionary defines Blasphemy as “a contemptuous or profane act, utterance, or writing concerning God or a sacred entity”, what is one to make of …The Holy Ghost Hop by Carmen

    “...Everybody used to do the twist
    The mashed potato and it goes like this
    The funky chicken, monkey too
    There wasn’t nothin’ they would not do
    But there’s a new dance no one can stop
    A leap for joy we call the Holy Ghost hop.
    Now get ready, hold steady
    Don’t deny it, just try it
    Be bold now, let it go now
    Give the Holy Ghost control now.
    Hey all you brothers and you sisters too
    Don’t let tradition tell you what to do
    Release your worries and your fears
    ‘Cause we’ve been hopping in the church for years
    If King David was here I know that he
    Would do the Holy Ghost Hop with me....”

    On "Who's in the House"  ("The Standard" album) Carman crudely refers to the Lord Jesus Christ as "J.C.":

    “You take Him high
    You take Him low
    You take J.C. wherever you go
    Now tell me, who...who...who...who...who...who?
    Tell me who's in the house? J.C.
    Tell me who's in the house? J.C.
    Tell me who's in the house? J.C.
    Tell me who's in the house? J.C.
    Jesus Christ is in the house today”

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; Philippians 2:9,10.

Jesus’ name is exalted, above every other and bowed to by every living creature…. His Name is NOT J.C.

Rock-Carman-CrucifiedCarman's ‘Resurrection Rap’ video portrays the Lord Jesus Christ as a confused Rock-Carman-Dumpsterstreet hippie, and the Pharisees and apostles are black street gang members! The crucifixion takes place in a back alley gang fight! The Lord Jesus Christ is buried in a garbage dumpster.  

The video  ‘Live. . . Radically Saved’ depicts a dialogue between John the Baptist and Jesus Christ as teenagers

    John: "hey man, hey cuz, whatchoo doin man? I ain't seen you in a long time. Hey, baby." (John calling Jesus baby!)
    Jesus turns and says, "hey, what's up, John?"
    John: "this is wild, brother, now I don't know. man, I never had anybody in my family make it big.

At one point Carman blasphemously imitates the lord Jesus Christ walking hip-jive doing what Carman calls "the messiah walk". [INDEX]

Amy Grant:
I am not sure whether to consider Amy Grant a Christian artist or not. In 1997 the release of Amy’s album Behind the Eyes caused a fair amount of consternation in the Christian music world renewing a debate in the CCM industry about what constitutes Christian music. Her  ‘Simple Things’ released in 2003 has one song (Innocence Lost) that has any reference to God at all on it. However Legacy... Hymns & Faith is all Gospel including ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ and ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’.

 ‘Christianity Today’ commented

    "The Christian music industry has been unsure how to categorize Grant's latest offering, so much so, in fact, that the GMA and Christian Music Trade Association (CMTA) initiated a re-evaluation of existing guidelines for GMA Dove Award eligibility and sales chart placement." (See Details)

She did make some comments about her beliefs but this was a long time ago. Hopefully she thinks differently today.

    "I'm trying to look sexy to sell a record . . ." (Rolling Stone, June 6, 1985 p. 10).

    In didn’t want to impose my religion on anyone. This way the audience can sit back and draw its own conclusions…My art and the feeling I am trying to communicate through the songs, it would be silly for me to say, this is who God is; I don’t have any answers." (Amy Grant, interview in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 21, 1984.)

    What we're trying to do is take Christian principles and make them understandable. Even if it doesn't say Jesus, it doesn't matter. . ." (Rolling Stone, June 6, 1985 p 10)

    "I have a healthy sense of right and wrong, but sometimes, for example, using foul, exclamation-point words among friends can be good for a laugh." (Ladies Home Journal, December 1985, p. 100).

    "I want to play hardball in this business. I want to be on the same level professionally with performers in all areas of music. I love to hear Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, and the Doobie Brothers. Why not? I aim to bridge the gap between Christian and pop." (Time Mar/85)

    "Why isolate yourself? Your life isolates you enough. I'm isolated when I walk into a room and somebody says, She's a Christian and nobody offers me a joint and all the coke (cocaine) disappears. . ." (Bob Millard, Amy Grant, (New York, 1986), p. 169).

    "I remember years ago — the first time I smelled anybody smoking a joint at a concert, I was thrilled . . . it meant to me that obviously this person is not affected by the church peer pressure." (Bob Millard, Amy Grant, (New York, 1986), p. 30).

    "I want to be at the same level as Billy Joel, the Doobie brothers" (Time magazine, New Lyrics for the Devil's Music, 3/11/85, p. 60).

One would also hope that she has also learned not to use the "Il Cornuto" that is integral to satanic religion and is the hand gesture that represents the devil himself. Anton LaVey is pictured flashing this sign on the back of the ‘Satanic Bible’. [INDEX]

Michael W. Smith
"His concerts draw hundreds of thousands of fans each year, mostly teenage girls who scream out their affection for him non-stop throughout. . . . To his fans, Smith is the absolute greatest there is, bar none . . ." (Inside Music, Jan/Feb 91).

    ". . .you’re always going to have those very very conservative people. They say you can’t do this; you can’t do that, . . . you can’t drink; you can’t smoke; . . . It’s a pretty bizarre way of thinking." Michael W. Smith (The Birmingham News, Feb. 1993, p.1B).

Rock_Smith_Backwards_CuIn the light of backwards writing being a common satanic practice endorsed by Aleister Crowley in his book Magick In Theory And Practice, in which he instructs the would be Satanist to learn how to read, speak, walk, write and listen to music backwards, perhaps Michael Smith should avoid having his name written backwards as it was on the album ‘The Big Picture’. (See Backmasking in Rock Music). [INDEX]

Jars of Clay
Jars of Clay sang "crazy train" by Ozzy Osbourne during one of their "Christian" concerts prompting one journalist to remark…

You've got to give Jars of Clay credit for a wicked sense of humor. Why else would they do a languorous, offbeat treatment of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train”… the former lead singer of Black Sabbath and a man noted for his interest in the occult." (The Birmingham Post-Herald Aug. 31, 1996, p.2A). (See Lyrics from various Ozzy songs).

    “Crazy, but that's how it goes. . .
    I'm going off the rails on a crazy train
    I've listened to preachers
    I've listened to fools. . .
    Crazy, I just cannot bear
    I'm living with something that just isn't fair
    Mental wounds not healing
    Who and what's to blame
    I'm going off the rails on a crazy train”.

The lyrics of their ‘Lonely People’ on the album ‘Who We Are Instead’ released late 2003, has me wondering what ‘Silver Cup’ they happen to be singing about.

    “..this is for all the lonely people thinkin' that life has passed them by
    don't give up until you drink from the silver cup
    ride that highway in the sky”

I also fail to see what the Christian message is in  “Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet”. It is mindless and doctrinally unsound repetiton. Jesus’ blood cannot ‘fail’ someone... He shed it on the cross in payments for our sins and it is up to us to accept this gift or not..

More drivel from the same album...

    my wings don't sail me to the sky on my own
    these wings won't fly Jesus told me so still, i'm not so sure that i know” (from ‘Trouble Is’)

    “one hundred other lovers, more, one hundred other altars if i should slow my pace
    and finally subject me to grace and love that shames the wise betrays the hearts deceit and lies
    and breaks the back of foolish pride” (from ‘Jealous Kind’)

And what was that about ‘giving up the Holy Ghost that rattles throught the night’? on ‘The Edge of Water’.  Forgive me but I had no idea the Holy Ghost did any such thing.

Jars of Clay have also done Rod Stewart's "If You Think I'm Sexy".

    “If you want my body
    And you think I'm sexy come on sugar let me know
    If you really need me just reach out
    And touch me come on honey tell me so. . . “  

Sometimes called ‘the best Christian punk rock band around’ has a song called ‘Tiramisu’ on their album Good Ol’ Daze, which has an interesting last line..

    “You could have stopped, but now you've sinned.
    Remember to repent you won't regret it.
    He died for you, don't forget it.
    Life is short, Christ's love, forever.
    Christians perfect? I say never.
    We aren't perfect, just forgiven.
    Can't you see that He's so clever”

And the lyrics of ‘What I Should Have Said’ are more than a little confusing.. Does this song have anything to do with Christianity?... in fact it doesn’t  make any sense.. period.

    Let someone else get into your head,
    Let your mind be free,
    Open up to me.
    Paint the picture memory takes.
    Share your burden with your loved ones.
    Categorized emotions kept on the shelf
    that's buckling under alcoholic pressure. 

When Stryper hit the Christian music scene a few years ago, cultural trappings like earrings, makeup, Rock-stryperspandex, and head banging came with them. In the same way, bands like Vengeance and Deliverance bring with them torn jeans, ratty T-shirts and ‘moshing.’" (CCM Magazine, Feb. 1989, p. 20)

While Stryper disbanded several years ago their music is still popular and it is a matter of considerable concern as to how they ever came to be known as a Christian’ group in the first place. Consider the following comments…

    " . . . we never wanted to get caught up in the whole Christian music scene in the first place. . ." (Bass player Steve Gaines. Inside Music, Oct/Nov 90 p.16)

    " . . . We're about the most unreligious Christian band you could imagine. . ."(Hit Parader, Nov. 1986, p.21) And according to lead singer, Michael Sweet, "We don't consider ourselves to be overly religious. . .In fact, religion has nothing to do with what Stryper's all about."(Robert Sweet. Hit Parader, Feb. 1987, p.41).

    "You won’t pick up this record [Against the Law] and hear anything that says ‘God’ or ‘Christ.’ That was intentionally done. We were tired of people coming back with excuses, saying, ‘Sorry we can’t play this.’ MTV’s got to play this and the radio’s got to play it or it doesn’t serve the purpose." (Robert Sweet of Stryper, CCM Magazine, Aug. 1990, p. 10) 

    "…As a matter of fact, the band was one thing that was making us turn and walk the opposite direction from Christianity, because, let's face it, when you're out there playing rock 'n' roll, and you're having a real good time doing your own thing it's not that you hate God or anything — you just don't want to think about Christ, because what he does is he exposes a lifestyle. If you're doing something you like doing, and God says not to do it then you're not going to pay attention." (Robert Sweet. RIP, April 1987 p. 49)

    "…To be honest, Stryper wasn't what we should have been spiritually speaking… I don't believe that the band as a whole was rooted like we should have been, . . . To me, there was sin happening in the band, and it shouldn't have been happening. And the reason why it was happening is because we didn't know the Lord like we should have." (Oz Fox, HM, Mar/Apr 97 #64, p.49).

Or this write up in Time magazine..

    "If you had to guess their name, you might think of the Devil's Disciples or the Beelzebubs. Or perhaps the Killer Bees, which is what the four young men on stage look like in their tight leather-and spandex costumes crisscrossed with garish black and yellow stripes. Piles of makeup, spikey hair, and enough dangling chains to tie up half the elephants in Africa complete the picture of the up-to-date heavy metal rock group. Even the music, the sound of a swarm of angry insects electronically amplified several thousand times, fits the image." (Time Mar/85).

However Stryper’s actions are even more damning than their words.

Rock-Stryper-WaspStryper toured with the perverted secular group WASP (We Are Sex Perverts) in the concert tour ‘Heaven and Hell’. WASP singer Blackie Lawless drinks blood on stage from a human skull. And consider the lyrics of WASP’s "Sleeping in the Fire":

"Taste the LOVE,
The Lucifer’s magic
That makes you numb
You feel what it does and you're drunk on LOVE
You’re sleeping in the fire"

The back of WASP's album reads, "The gods you worship are steel, at the altar of rock and roll you kneel”.


In 1989 Stryper toured with secular rockers ‘White Lion’. Drummer, Greg D Angelo, says,

    "We threw a party . . . About two in the morning Robert Sweet was whacked! Drunk! He was being dragged around on his tiptoes by two women holding him up!" (RIP, June, 1989, p.41).

During one of Stryper's "Christian" concert tours, they hired the "secular" group White Lion as the opening act who frequently used profanity onstage and even threw pornographic magazines into the "Christian" audience. When the interviewer asked Michael Sweet [link obsolete] how "did you guys deal with those things when it happened" — Sweet’s unbelievable reply was...

    "We felt that we couldn't judge any other group. If we told them hey, you can't do this you can't do that, we would be judging them."

Michael goes on to say they took out secular, mainstream groups and not Christian groups, because they wanted to be an example and a witness to those groups. He added that they always prayed at dinner and anyone who wanted to join in, prayed. This may be an admirable sentiment on the surface but the fact remains that White Lion still threw out pornographic material at a Stryper concert and was not condemned or rebuked for doing so..  As far as ‘judging’ someone is concerned please read this section of the site. [INDEX]

Is another professed Christian group that has included a cover song (‘After Forever’) by Black Sabbath on their album "What A Joke".  

    2 Corinthians 6:17 tells us to… “…come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” [INDEX]

Bride is one of the top bands in CCM and the winner of several Dove awards.

Bride’s "I'm the Devil".

“I’m the Devil, If you want to lose your freedom,
I’m the Devil, If you have nothing to lose
I’m the Devil, If you want it all now
I’m the Devil, come here and take it. . .”

Then come these unbelievable lyrics!

“Come and take my hand everybody can
Come and take my hand everybody can’

At the end of the song, they go into a "voodoo-drum" chanting and you can clearly hear them say, "in the name of the devil, in the name of the lord"

Here are some of the lyrics to ‘Cosmic Christ’

Religious fanatics and their cosmic christ
Spin doctors liberating giving life
Authenticity judges the politically correct
Denominational axe grinds the spirit from the flesh

Lost divinity in disguise
Goddess in embryo to materialize.

And “ Jesus In Me” from the album Fist Full Of Bees

“Can’t take another dusting cause the egg is going to crack
Devil's got dandruff got her nose to the grind
She’s in the boneyard with the dead presidents
Somebody get a shovel and find out where she went
If she’s with the funky drummer we need an exorcist.”

 “psychedelic super jesus” starts with these words..

“you say he's weak, he's a super freak”

And the chorus

that's the way you see him
that's the way you see him
that's the way
psychedelic super jesus”


FootNote: Time and space do not permit going into details of every ‘Christian’ Rock Group or artist that does ‘Christian’ songs which have lyrics that are either shallow, confusing, doctrinally errant, or even blatantly unbiblical... On the other hand there are Christian bands and musicians who are well worth listening to. One of the names that comes to mind is Don Francisco. Although this is not rock, his lyrics often touch a person very deeply.

The guidelines for any type of Christian music are clear...
Christian music should be dedicated to the Lord, not the world. It should praise the Lord Jesus Christ, not man. Its message should be clear, not vague nor deceptive and should feed the spirit not the flesh. Christian music should emphasize the message, not the music nor the musician.


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