Like most kids, I grew up listening to popular music. Del Shannon, Dion, The Four Seasons, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Beach Boys, Bobby Dylan, The Supremes, and others were my favorites. I purchased their albums and turned the radio up to full blast to hear their sounds. I seldom did any work on Dad’s farm without a nearby radio dialed to the top-40 hits.
Even today, when I hear old songs, like Runaway or Pretty Woman, memories flood my thoughts from that era. I don’t have to stir up anything because the music has a hook in it which draws me back to that day. That is the power of popular music.
Contemporary Christian music has much the same type of hook and power in it.
If I hear the opening notes to David Ruiz’s We Will Dance, I am instantly transported back to 1995 and a Vineyard Church in Iowa. I want to raise my hands and move my feet to the song. It still has its hooks in me.
Now, there will be many believers who will say that contemporary Christian music has a heavenly anointing upon it. To which, I will answer: “Maybe.”
For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24 NLT)
I attended a crowded assembly in late 1995 when the worship team began playing a contemporary worship song, one loved by all. The opening notes stirred us to stand and ready ourselves to worship God.
As I stood there, I looked into the heavenly realms. There I saw a beautiful creature sitting on a glorious throne heading our direction at thousands of miles per hour. I assumed at first that it was the Lord hurrying to be in the midst of our worship.
But as the creature approached, I realized it was an angel of light, posing as the presence of the Lord. The crowd around me continued to sing and raise their hands in worship.
“Go in Jesus name,” I said to the fast approaching creature and it left.
We believers need spiritual discernment. We cannot go into spiritual battles with hooks in us pulling us back to 1995 or 2004 or even last year.
Ask the Lord if music – of any type – has any hooks in you. If it does, don’t listen to it anymore. We need to train like we are going to fight.
What else can we do to prepare ourselves?
(Continued in Part 5)