Another installment of giving better answers to the questions asked at Debi Pearl’s site message board for the book ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’. Many young ladies ask questions on all sorts of different subjects brought up by the book. There was just one big problem, many of the answers stray into either the outright bad and emotionally unhealthy to dangerous. Yes, typical Debi Pearl borderline abusive. Here’s what we’re going to be doing here at NLQ. Every week, once or twice a week, I’ll be posting up one of the questions from the message board and ask you, our readers, to answer that poor soul’s question in a way that is logical, rational and the best possible solution, in other words 180 degree turn from Debi and friends always all spelling and grammar in the posting is unchanged from the original author.
What are you guy’s opinions on Christian Music?
Examples: Casting Crowns, Mercy Me, Matthew West, Brandon Heath, Britt Nicole, Francesca Battistelli
Alright so today’s question is short and offers very little information on what the questioner thinks. But this is one of those crazy hot-button issues in all branches of Christianity, even former Christians like our own Bruce Gerencser have strong opinions on the appropriateness and place of music in faith. I’m going to throw the question out there to you guys for your opinion while quoting some of the answers given to this girl below.
This lady thinks syncopated rhythm is, uh, worldly?
I think we should be very careful with what we listen. We are christian, we are His saints, we are set apart for God. As the tabernacle meant to be holy (without any wordly influence or the priest would die) we, as the temple of God, are meant to be holy. I am going to be honest, I had never heard the examples that you wrote, so I went to Grooveshark to see what you were talking about, and… I was scared. You know, I don´t mean to be legalistic, but some of this really sounds like the music that I listened to when I was not a Christian, and some sounds like the music you can listen to in a wordly party or something like that.
Another one ignoring the fact that these hymns they are touting are merely lyrics set to the barroom songs of the time they were written.
What do you think?
Definitely listen to what Frank Garlock has to say about it. I find it difficult myslef to explain the technical aspects of why rock music is harmful to us, please believe me, it is. Besides being harmful to our body, it is wrong for Christians to try to make their music match that of the world. These truths are both repeated several times in Scripture.
My criteria for what music I listen to is this:
1) Does it edify and encourage me?
2) What kind of thoughts does this music evoke? (praise, joy and gratefulness…or lust, discontent and envy?)
3) Is it doctrinally sound? (is it Biblically accurate…or does it promote the idea that God is a cosmic genie, that sin is no big deal, or that Christians must fit in with the world?)
This entire discussion reminds me of this song by Audio Adrenaline – The Houseplant Song
Last week’s Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’
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