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How is the following text contradicted by popular rock songs?

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

- Philippians 4:8

  • Predominance - Superiority; priority; of greatest importance

  • Is it proper to use sinful means for a good purpose? Why not?

    • Is "Christian" rock acceptable?
    • Is it proper to attend a rock concert if all the proceeds are being donated to charity?

      Mr. Wilson examined the following topics and questions regarding rock music with his eleventh grade class. Can you explain how each of the following items represents a practical application of one or more of the truths regarding rock music from the previous page?

    • They obtained an up-to-date copy of a rock music magazine and discussed the words found in the top ten songs. Not one promoted a God-honoring theme! Most referred to an "I need you," "I saw you - I love you," "I cannot go on without you" type of lustful theme, with predominance given to the physical aspect of the relationship. Why?

    • Rock singers whose lifestyle, lyrics, stage behavior, and overall appearance are not as openly sinful as others are generally more dangerous for Christian young people. Why?

    • A large crowd attended a choir and orchestra performance of Handel's Messiah. The atmosphere, control, and cleanup after the concert provided a remarkable contrast to a large rock concert held in the same city. Why?

    • The class examined the record jackets of ten rock albums and ten church choir albums, and a great contrast was immediately noticed. Why?

    • After examining the lyrics to several songs he listened to, Mike claimed that he only heard the music and not the words. After their class discussion on rock music, however, he understood that


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