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Date: Thu, 9 Aug 90 19:46:41 EDT
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Subject: Rock 7-1
Subject: Rock 7-1
This series talked about rock and "the occult".
THIS DOES NOT REPRESENT *ALL* ROCK MUSIC! ALL comments ARE WELCOME!
John Ankerberg - Rock Music - 08/05/90 - #5 - FAM Channel Sun, 10:30PM
Welcome to our program. We're going to continue our analysis of Rock
music. In this portion we're going to be looking at such groups as Huey
Lewis, Van Halen, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and 20 other groups.
Now we're going to focus on probably the most popular message in Rock music
and that is that man should do his own thing. "Do what thou wilt.", be your
own redeemer, and you're the boss, don't let anybody tell you what to do.
And why is this so pervasive in Rock music?
Eric Holmberg: Well that's the philosophy in ourselves, that's what we
want to believe, that we can do what ever we want. What's interesting John
is that this philosophy, that you can do what ever you want, is the most
elementary presupposition of Satanic religion. Anton LaVey, the author of
the Satanic Bible, the founder of the church of Satan in his book, "The
Complete Witch", challenges humanists, people that believe that man is the
measure of all things, essentially the philosophy you just finished
delineating. He says, "Hey don't cop out, don't use euphoniums, Say it like
it is. You're not humanists. You believe in Satanic religion. You're a
Satanist" We'll see that, in fact, this is the prevalent doctrine in Rock
Man at a party, good old boy, "Hey, it's not my fault that some of the
groups I listen to sing about bad things. I mean, I'm only in it for a good
time. You know, blow off a little steam. I'm not worshiping no devil."
Eric: We'll come back to this issue in a moment. When we look at the
bottom line of Satanism and what it really means to "follow the devil". But
first, let's deal with the other excuse, one that is particularly common
with "religious" people, those who in the words of scriptures "...love
feeling good more then they love God; holding to a form of religion but
denying the power of it.(2 Tim 3:4?)". Ironically, it's people in this
group who are often the most resistant to the saving power of God.
Girl at party, good old girl, "I don't like the Satanic stuff, I like
the easy stuff, the neutral stuff, like Whitney Houston, George Michael, I
like the easy stuff like that."
Eric: First off, as we have seen, many of the artist considered
neutral, are not neutral at all when you look beneath the surface. Take for
example, one of the young queens of pop music, Whitney Houston. ("I don't
know why I like him... I just do.." ("So Emotional")) Though probably one
of the nicest individuals within the contemporary music scene, as an
artist, there is no question that she has endorsed, or at least permitted,
a worldly brand of sex and sensuality to be used to sell her music. While
no where near as brazen as Madonna (Clip of Madonna grabbing her crotch in
"Express Yourself" I believe), art poses like this (Whitney in a muscle
shirt, no bra, with her thumb taking the shirt out of her pants and
exposing her belly button. Sort of one of those "See anything you like?")
or videos like "Saving all my love for you", a blatant celebration of
adultery, just another more subtle side of the same coin.
And even more important. Isn't the so called neutral stuff, by the very
reason of its subtlety, potentially more destructive than the overt
wickedness found in hard core rock and roll? Surprised? Well stop and
consider the following fact of life. (Steve Winwood, "Higher Love") For
something to be "true", it has to be completely true. Inject into even the
smallest falsehood, and that truth immediately becomes a lie, a weapon in
the hands of the one whom the scriptures call the "Father of all Lies." And
while there is no doubt that Satan's greatest triumph in this arena is to
see people swallow lies devoid of even the slightest trace of virtue. Cons
like Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll. The fact is, that his most effective
deceptions are those that carry a degree of truth. And that's why the
middle of the road, in music as well as many other areas of life, can
sometimes be the most dangerous place of all.
By way of analogy, take strychnine, (the "demo strychnine" looks like
French's Alum used for pickles), one of the most powerful poisons in the
world. In its raw state it's unattractive and extraordinarily bitter. Left
in a room with young children, (children playing in a room ignoring the
plate of alum, oh yea, strychnine.) it's unlikely they would pay much
attention to it, and more unlikely that they could stand enough of it for
it to be fatal. So it is with some of the more extreme forms of rock, music
that directly glorifies death and Satan. Most people avoid it, although it
must be noted that our society has become so desensitized and perverted
that some are only too happy to take Satan's bitter poison straight.
To the point at hand however, if you were to take the same poison and
sugar coat it and add pretty colors to it, and make it look, for example,
like M&Ms (a bowl of M&Ms is substituted for the plate of alum) and then
leave it with the children, virtually every one of them would eat the
poison without hesitation. If you were the devil, which method would you
find the most reliable, the bitter poison( Megadeth, "Wake Up Dead"),
or the sugar coated candy(Lionel Richie, "Dancing on the Ceiling")?
As the great philosopher and writer, C.S. Lewis noted in his classic,
"The Screwtape Letters", "Indeed, the safest road to Hell is the gradual
one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without
milestones, without signposts." Heavy Metal mocks this, pop music ignores
it. Which is ultimately worse?
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