Following our February 15, 1985, article on the mainstream ministry of heavy metal group Stryper, Christianity Today received several letters with strong opinions on the use of "sheep in wolves clothing" and what many readers considered the emulation of mammon to minister God's Word. The letters reprinted in two following issues are a good example of the controversy Stryper found in the Christian church.

Christians and "heavy metal" (letters printed in the April 5, 1985 Christianity Today issue)

Is not the mixing of Christian and heavy metal a contradiction in contrasting ideologies? It seems Christian warriors are now being armed with leather and chains. If we were to evangelize prostitutes, would we be expected to dress like them also?

Must we act like the stereotyped world in order to win them over to Christianity? Is Jesus Christ reflected in chains, studs, leather, long hair, and skin-tight pants? Is this supposed to make the gospel more appealing and easier to swallow? Apparently music takes priority over theology in the world view of Stryper.
Douglaston, N.Y.

I commend CT for its insightful article on Stryper. I have witnessed firsthand the band's frankness and sincerity in presenting the truth of Jesus Christ. Author Rabey erred in identifying Michael Sweet. Brother Robert is Stryper's drummer and spokesman; Michael is lead singer and a guitarist (Note: The changes have been made in the article posted online).
Martinez, Calif.

You cannot serve God by emulating mammon! As a Christian and ex-rock musician, I must attest to the fact that "Christian rock" or heavy metal is not an acceptable expression, nor is it an honest means of witnessing to the self-possessed ...

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