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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,  In the February 2023 issue, Onderwijzer was asked whether music’s rhythm or beat have “an inherent morality.” I appreciated his emphasis that music’s lyrics can be immoral. I am concerned with his view of music’s rhythm and beat as being amoral. He said, “Much of modern popular music is out of bounds for […]

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Music and Morality

Is there an inherent morality to the rhythm or beat of music, or is its morality simply tied to the culture it is associated with? In other words, are there some sorts of music that are simply “out of bounds” for Christians because of the musical style, or is it only a matter of the […]

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The Devil’s Influence in Music

Rock-N-Roll evolved greatly since the time of the 50’s when it originated.  Adults back then were upset because they couldn’t and didn’t understand the music and lyrics.  Today rock has created more opposition than that against music back then.  Now the lyrics are clearer.  The issue concerning them today is whether they influence kids’ actions.  […]

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Christian Rock

Facts: 1. Very big – very many young people are involved.  Stryper alone gets 2000 to 3000 letters each week. 2. Big finance, world tours, elaborate sets, lighting, costumes. 3. Some hits are crossover hits in secular field.  Amy Grant sings with secular stars. 4. The music varies from contemporary to rock to heavy metal. […]

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Pop Goes the Gospel

Welcome again, young people, to the world of books!  I would like to review another book with you, but before we get to that, let me again encourage you to respond to these book reviews, either by telling me what you thought of the book(s) which was (were) reviewed on these pages, or by submitting […]

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What’s Wrong With Rock? (7): Conclusion

What we set out to do in this series of articles was to answer the question, what is wrong with rock music? You young people have heard rock and roll blasted from various sources — your parents, the pulpit, your teachers; the more well-informed and well-read among you are aware that even many non-Christian sources […]

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What’s Wrong With Rock? (6): Performers

The following is the full correct sentence of an erroneously abbreviated one in the February issue. The typesetter regrets the omission and bears full responsibility. The sentence was on page 11, 9th paragraph 8th line: “Parents should know that the examples in this book aren’t the worst ones. Some top hits are so lewd that […]

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What is Wrong with Rock? (5): Lyrics

“Rock … is an open endorsement of sex permissiveness, perversion, drugs, disobedience to parents, hostility to society.”  David Ewen, “All the Years of American Popular Music” “From its beginning rock ‘n’ roll has been characterized by an almost antiliterate lyric style which at first developed organically from teenage slang (Crazy, man, crazy) and black idiom […]

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What’s Wrong with Rock? (5): Christian Rock

“Holy is rolling.” With diversity and steadily increasing frequency, it’s rocking. … behold, all things are being made new, or rather, contemporary. … holy is as holy does. A recent national report shows gospel outselling jazz and classical music …, and joining country music as the only recording category to turn a healthy profit.” l) […]

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What’s Wrong with Rock? (3): The Beat

In previous articles on rock music we have learned the meaning of the term rock ‘n’ roll, namely fornication; we have learned something of the roots of rock: jazz – in particular the blues, swing, boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues – and country. We have seen that it was largely the secular music of the […]

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What’s Wrong with Rock? (2): The Negro Influence

It was the music of the American Negro which brought about rock ‘n’ roll! This fact becomes very clear as we trace the origin of rock music. But in addition to the evidence presented to you in our consideration of this subject in the two previous installments of “What’s Wrong with Rock? ‘ ‘ we […]

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What’s Wrong with Rock? (1): Origin (Concluded)

As we noted in the first installment on the origin of rock music in the May issue of the “Beacon Lights”, jazz had its origins primarily in the whorehouses of New Orleans, although it was also played in the saloons, dance halls, juke-joints and cabarets surrounding the ” red-light ” district. The two main elements […]

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What’s Wrong with Rock? (1) Term and Origin

In our introduction to the subject of rock music in the April issue of the Beacon Lights, we mentioned that rock ‘n’ roll was born out of the union of black and white popular music: rhythm and blues – the predominant influence – and country and pop. In this article, we hope to explore this […]

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What’s Wrong with Rock?

“Little children, it is the last time; and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” (I John 2:18). We as Christians cannot help but stand aghast at, the culmination of evil we are witnessing in the last several decades. […]

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A Dream-y Pistle to my Grandchildren

Dear Grandchildren: Must write to you about an experi­ence I had when most of you were at our house last Mother’s Day. After that heavy Sunday dinner you must have noticed that I went to relax in my rocking chair in the corner of the family room. I closed my eyes in order to listen […]

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Modern Entertainment and the Christian

“Naw, man, this place will blow your mind!” “Well … I don’t know, ya see my parents would get uptight, and if any­body from church found out, it’d be a bummer.” “Aw, you gonna let them spoil your fun? Besides, who needs to know any­way? What do ya say?” “Yeah … if nobody finds out […]

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