Has anyone ever asked you about CCM and
you didn't know how to respond? Do you believe in your heart that it is
what the Lord wants you to listen to, but others voice their opinion or
dislike of it and perhaps took some scripture out of context to try to
steer you to their side of the fence?
Here is a Site that has a very rational
and Christ like defense of ministry through modern Christian music. It
also contains some fun satire, great testimonies, and links to many Christian
music sites. Most of the following was from Atom Bigg's Site and used by
permission on here to help shed some more light on Contemporary Christian
Music....What is it?
Atom's "Contemporary Christian Music: What
is it?" Site can be found at: http://ccmwhatisit.bizland.com/
What is Contemporary
Contemporary Christian Music refers to
several styles of Christian music
that appeal to people who live in today's
generation. Praise and Worship
music is written for use in church.
Christian Adult Contemporary music is
written for inspiration and edification
of Christian adults. Christian
Rock music is written primarily to inspire,
encourage, and challenge
churched youth. Crossover music
describes music written by Christian
musicians with the intent of receiving
airplay on mainstream radio
stations. Crossover music may or
may not always be intended to relay an
obvious Christian message but the lyrics
are still consistent with a
Christian point of view.
Pop Christian Music?
Should Christian Music be popular?
It is true that CCM is the fastest growing
form of music in the country.
In the past 5 years Christian radio stations
have multiplied faster than
any other format. Christian music
now accounts for one out of every 20
albums sold in this country (more than
jazz, classical, and New Age
combined). The assumption is that
“if its popular it must be wrong." Was
Jesus wrong when He was popular?
His miracles drew the crowds; His message
changed their hearts. He was popular
but He never sacrificed moral
principle to get there. In the past,
Christian musicians have produced
music more than 5 to 10 years behind the
current style trends. Today they
are not only keeping pace with the styles
but even creating new trends!
Because of the greater variety of music
now available many Christians are
setting aside their secular tunes and
checking out Christian alternatives.
Even some non Christians are now willing
to give Christian music a chance.
But as long as the message in the music
remains the same CCM will probably
never make it to the top of the popularity
poles. Nevertheless, many are
listening. What an awesome opportunity
now exists to not only minister to
our own people, but to present the everlasting
gospel to a world that is
lost. Let us make the most of it!
Christian Music worldly?Shouldn't we abstain from the world?
In referring to the evil in this world,
we most certainly must abstain
from it. The Bible clearly forbids
us from sexual immorality, greed,
gossip, stealing, lying, murdering, pride,
prejudice, etc. CCM preaches
inexorably against all of these kinds
of vises. However, the Bible does
not condemn culture. Jesus, our
example, identified with the culture of
the common people of the day. He
spoke the same language, wore the same
clothing, celebrated the same customs,
ate the same food, and probably sang
in the same music styles as those around
Him. “The Word became flesh and
dwelt among us” (John 1:14).
From a historical standpoint it is well
known that the Christian church had often
been reluctant to accept organ,
violin, and piano music into its worship
because 1) these instruments
produced “worldly” sounds and 2) they
were not mentioned specifically in
the Bible. Years ago, in their zeal,
members from one Southern Baptist
church broke into the sanctuary late at
night, removed the brand new
“devil inspired” organ, and threw it into
the bayou! Well, today its the
________. May we learn from our
past. Meanwhile, let us seize the
opportunity to transform today's
world. We can deliver messages of truth
to them through the music they are used
to, will listen to, and can
Aren't the lyrics
of CCM generally shallow?
The answer to this is “no.” Just
like the Bible CCM often speaks to
real life situations, and does so from
a God centered perspective. Also,
like much of the Bible, CCM may , or may
not, mention the actual name of
God or Christ. CCM may speak
of love, adoration, faith, anger, fear, and
doubt. CCM is often very relevant
to what your teen may be going through
in his or her spiritual journey and most
teens can easily identify with it.
The artists teens listen to are often
young people close to their own age.
Plus, the message spoken through music
grabs the attention of the youth
like nothing else will. Lets ask
this question: How many sermons do you
know of that youth are dying to get their
hands on so they can listen to
them over and over and over? Welcome
Contemporary Christian Music!
Here are some examples of so-called “shallow”
lyrics to some of today's top
"You'll never find peace of mind in your
pool of self. You'll never find
peace of mind in your sea of wealth.
You'll never find peace of mind in
your [ungodly] rock n' roll. You'll
never find peace of mind if you sell
your soul.” (DC Talk)
“I hear You speak and I obey, I walked
away from the grave, I will never
be afraid, I gave my life away, I'm obliged
and I obey, I'm enslaved to
what You say.” (Audio Adrenaline)
“If you want to get to heaven, you've
got to count the cost, pick up your
cross. If you want to live forever,
you better check the time, make up
your mind.” (Out Of Eden)
“Today I will make a change, I will make
a change today, purge my mind of
mud and mire, cast all my gods away, and
I am brand new today, I make my
resolution.” (The Supertones)
“I don't deserve this love but, I hear
your voice, Lord, Jesus, ‘Go and sin
no more...’” (Rebecca St James)
“So I promise to be true to You, to live
my life in purity as unto You;
waiting for the day when I hear You say,
‘Here is the one I have created
just for you.’” (Jaci Velasquez)
the difference between Christian Rock Music and Secular Rock Music?
Christian rock and secular rock sound very
much the same. Some stop here
and draw the conclusion that “There's
no difference.” But the difference
is unmistakable. Bible based truth
underlies the message of Christian
rock. Secular rock often revels
in life without morality or God, may
glamorize death and suicide, and often
teaches sex outside of marriage as
the ultimate. Christian rock, on
the other hand, says that God IS life.
It preaches hope through the cross and
heralds a Savior as the fountain
from which all joys find their greatest
fulfillment. In fact, it is for
this reason, the Bible preaching lyrics,
that secular radio stations give
for NOT playing the majority of CCM: its
message is a “turn-off” to the
public. Likewise CCM can be an ultimate
“turn-on” to those who are
hungering and thirsting for spiritual
But I can't
even hear the words!
It is true that in much (but certainly
not all) of modern rock the
instrumentation is the dominant feature.
But let us ask, “What is the
dominant feature in classical music?”
What about any instrumental music?
Clearly any music may be enjoyed just
for the music's sake and this is not
wrong. However, the reality is that
young people can and do listen to the
words of Contemporary Christian Music.
Devoted Christian youth choose this
music primarily because of the godly lyrics,
not just the beat. “There is
no doubt,” states one parent, “that my
little daughter will one day be
singing along to her favorite songs.
I would much prefer they be lyrics
that bring honor to Christ.” May
this be every parents wish for their child.
teen listens to Christian Rock, won't he develop a taste for Secular Rock?
The sad fact is that most teens develop
a strong taste for secular rock
before Christian rock is ever introduced
to them. After that Christian
rock has very little appeal to them.
However, spiritually minded youth who
grow up listening to modern forms of Christian
music will generally hang
onto the music they have grown to enjoy.
The music has fed their spiritual
nature. It has taken them through
some rough times in their lives and has
served to strengthen their walk with God
[see “Testimony Of A Youth” at the
end of this article].
beat of Christian Rock make young people want to sin?
It is well known that the lyrics of secular
rock n’ roll in general reveal
attitudes of acceptance toward sin.
But what about the beat? Many critics
of CCM claim that a heavy, syncopated,
or repetitious beat makes music
innately evil. They say that the
beat gets into a person's body and
arouses thoughts of sex and violence.
However, no research has yet been
found to support this. In
fact, music research does indicate that music's
effect on moods varies greatly from person
to person. Music often simply
reinforces whatever lyrics or picture
theme (in the case of movies) is
built around it. Christian youth
who have grown up on a diet of CCM will
most often associate the sound of the
beat with the lyrics they have become
used to, lyrics of purity, holiness, and
a call to service.
of music really makes me feel uncomfortable.
No doubt, each one of us has experienced
music that makes us feel
“uncomfortable”. Let's not stop
here but ask ourselves the question,
“Why?” Is it because I'm not familiar
with the music style? Why do I feel
suspicious toward it? Let us remember
that our feelings are not usually a
safe guide. Try asking more objective
questions: Are the lyrics
consistent with Bible truth? Do
the musicians honor God? Members of the
early Christian church struggled with
a very similar issue in regard to
food. Many felt very extremely uncomfortable
eating food they knew had
been offered to idols. But the apostle
Paul reassured them that this food
was really ok. A modern rendition
of 1 Corinthians 8:4-9 in the context of
music might read something like this:
“So then, about questions regarding
contemporary music styles: we know
that the world's idols are nothing and
that there is no God but one... But not
everyone knows this. Some people
are still so accustomed to rock music
being ungodly that when they listen
to Christian rock they associate it with
evil, and since their conscience
is weak, it is defiled. But our
choice of music styles does not make us
more holy...” Are you willing to
feel uncomfortable for the sake of the
gospel? What an opportunity we have
to set aside our own personal feelings
and allow others to be blessed!
the Bible condemn Rock Music?
The Bible contains “everything we need
for life and godliness” (2
Peter 1:3). However, even
Christian rock's most animate critics admit
that the Bible contains no mention of
a single evil music style or sound.
Music was certainly around from the beginning
of time. But although it was
used to promote both good and evil, by
themselves the sounds of the music
are and have always been entirely neutral.
In spite of this, more rules
defining which music is acceptable and
unacceptable have been contrived
than there are music styles (see p. 8).
Shouldn't we use the same
criterion for judging music that we use
for everything else: “To the law
and to the testimony”? The Bible
presents some descriptions of music that
are, surprisingly, somewhat similar to
today's rock music: loud, lively,
and intense. Here is what the Bible
says about music:
“Sing unto Him a new song, play skillfully
with a loud noise.” Psalms 33:3
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all
the earth; make a loud noise, and
rejoice, and sing praise.” Psalms 98:4
“Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
praise him with stringed
instruments and organs. Praise Him
upon the loud cymbals; praise Him upon
the high sounding cymbals. Let everything
that hath breath praise the
LORD, Praise ye the LORD.” Psalms
“David and all the Israelites were celebrating
with all their might before
God, with songs and with harps, lyres,
tambourines, cymbals and trumpets.”
1 Chronicles 13:8.
It is so loud,
obnoxious, & abrasive.
It really grates on my nerves!
Statements like this are made about organ
music, band music and classical
music, as well as the sounds of rock.
Music is a very subjective
experience. We generally like what
we condition ourselves to like. The
Bible speaks about praising God with “loud”
music (Rev 5:9), “shouting” (1
Chron 15:28), “crashing cymbals” (Psalm
150:5), and “dancing and
celebration” (1 Chron 15:29). Every
person is certainly entitled to their
own preference in the area of music styles
but they ought never to be
presented as if they were God’s standards.
just rather that my teens not know about Christian rock at all.
Some well-meaning Christian parents, in
their effort to guard their young
people from the influences of this world,
have felt it best to shield their
kids from Christian rock music.
Unfortunately, hiding Christian rock from
your teens will often guarantee their
gravitation toward secular rock which
is readily available to them. In
fact, most kids are already establishing
their musical preferences between the
ages of 10 to 13. If your child has
any spiritual interest at all then Christian
rock will serve to reinforce
the Biblical values you have taught him
or her. Testimonies of youth who
listen routinely to Christian rock will
assure even the most doubtful about
the merits of this music. It is
time for our youth to mobilize, as in the
days of the Great Reformation, combining
enduring truth with the music of
the times. This music gives them
courage, makes them strong in the Lord,
and gives them a voice by which they can
speak to the world!
There was a time in my life when I was
not a happy person. I had a bad
attitude towards life and my actions and
words began to reflect that. I
know that some of it was just a part of
growing up, but I also know that
the secular music I was choosing to listen
to was negatively effecting me.
I got into Christian music after I attended
one of my first Christian
concerts. I was blown away by the
energy and excitement of it all. I
never knew how much fun being a Christian
could be. I began to buy
Christian CD's, listen to Christian radio
and of course attend more
concerts. I'm so happy now and excited
about being a Christian.
I look back on it all and I realize that
secular music is filled with all
of the stuff that I have chosen to stay
away from like partying, sex, and
drugs. So why should I be filling
my head with that stuff? I get so much
more out of Christian music. I listen
to the lyrics and I think, "Wow!
That is so my life!" I can relate to what
the musicians sing about and I
can apply it to my life. And it
has helped me become a better person and
encouraged me in my daily walk.
Stephanie, age 17
Ten man made Commandments On Christian Music
(Please Note: The following 10 assumptions
are satirical only)
I. The beat must not be dominant or be
too fast (cuz the devil liveth in
the heavy beat).
II. It must not have too much syncopation
(cuz the devil hideth in the
III. It must not be “rap” or “rock n’ roll”
(or whatever is
new and popular).
IV. The music must contain no distortions
and the electric guitars must not
V. It should not make me want to dance
like david; if it does then it's
VI. The music must not be more dominant
than the words (but if it's
classical then it's ok).
VII. You must be able to identify every
word the first time through.
VIII. The words must be straight from the
dictionary (i.e. no “ooh”s,
“ah”s, “la la”s, “sha na na”s, or “oh
IX. You must not put religious words to
a secular tune as did that man
X. It must sound “Christian” (to me that
“Their worship is worthless,
for they teach their man-made laws instead
of those from God.”
(A condemnation of music style is found
nowhere in the Bible.
Whenever it is presented from a heart
that honors God it is very good.)
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