Many Christians believe rock music renders the listener helpless to the temptation of evil.

The Subject of rock music is highly controversial in some evangelical Christian circles. Christians whose musical tastes were formed before rock music became popular, or who were raised in environments where it was not heard, often voice their displeasure at the loud, raucous music. Some even feel that rock music is infused with satanic powers. On the other hand, young Christians who listen to rock music protest this position by pointing out that they have maintained their Christian commitment even while listening to this music. To compound the issue, many of the Christian musicals now being sung by teenagers in the church have quasi-rock music backgrounds. While the argument continues, some pastors have taken decisive action.

During the winter of 1977, a syndicated story with an accompanying photo appeared in our local newspaper. The photo showed a pastor and some of the young people from his church standing before a large bonfire. The young people were throwing their rock records into the fire. The reason given for the burning of the records was that young people so often commit the sin of fornication to a background of rock music that these young people wanted to rid themselves of this influence. The rather clear implication of the story was that “the music made them do it.”

Although there are many different sub-styles of music suggested by the term rock music, the picture of guitar-playing young people dressed in gaudy outfits yelling into a microphone with the volume of the music so high that only noise is perceptible, has caused many Christians to believe that all rock music has the power to render the listener helpless to the ...

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