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Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

- Psalm 81:1

0 come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation.

- Psalm 95:1

Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept: and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the Mighty One of Israel.

- Isaiah 30:29

What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

- I Corinthians 14:15

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

- Ephesians 5:19

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

- James 5:13

 

    While there were a few parts and conversations in the film with which their consciences did not agree, overall they were not highly offended. They enjoyed the film very much and were impressed when they left. They decided to attend again, but only when morally-decent films were shown.

    Three weeks later, however, they did not have anything special to do, and Roger suggested that they see a movie again. "Well, let's choose the 'best' one," Sally added. Together they scanned the local theaters' advertisements and chose the one which looked the least offensive. While this film had various scenes of violence and some swearing, they enjoyed its exciting plot.

    Theater attendance soon grew into a habit. "Only attending rare, exceptionally good movies" developed into "choosing the best, least-offensive film being shown," which grew into" selecting the most exciting," that led into "going to all types of films," those with restricted ratings as well as not. Their consciences gradually hardened over time to the portrayal of sin and they enjoyed films with which they would have been totally shocked and would have rejected before their attendance became a habit.

    How is this same pattern frequently observed in the lives of those beginning with home entertainment rentals?

As the gift of technology is sinfully misused in the cases of television, theater, and entertainment video, so also God's gift of music can be sinfully misused. Scripture testifies that music is a rich gift of God. The texts quoted in the side column on this page testify of this truth. Biblical examples are also numerous: David with his harp, the singers in the temple, Jesus and His apostles singing a hymn, the angels and saints in heaven, and many others.

However, as with all God's gifts, Satan and sinful man seek to corrupt and use them for destructive rather than healthy purposes. Music has a special ability to touch the emotional aspect of our being; therefore, it is a powerful influence - either good or evil.

Producers and their ungodly forms of music transgress several of God's ten commandments. Rock music is a prime example of this truth - a powerful, but sinful influence in the lives of many teens and young adults today.

The present-day conflict between God-honoring religious music and God-dishonoring rock music is outlined in the chart on the corresponding page.


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