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Domino Effect not just in the Power Grid

Discussion in 'Music Ministry' started by Dr. Bob, Aug 15, 2003.

  1. Eric B

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    OK, great observations, but this still does not prove which style is right or wrong, or which are conducive to sensuality. As Scott showed, self can get in the way with hymns as well.
    Those aren't "styles" as we refer them today. Many of the hymns we sing today are "paeans". Some may even be considered "dithyrambs". (Many certainly sound like "lamentations" the way some churches play them! :eek: ) "Spiritual", while not refering to "any kind", it can encompass various styles and categories.
    What do you mean "wild and uninhibited"? Because it is not some marching rhythm, or something that leads you to sit there stiffly and almost emotionless? While harder forms of rock I would agree are wild and uninhibited, most so-called "rock" is very orderly, as is most jazz. Classic jazz shares a lot in common with classical (Beethoven symphonies, etc), and differs maainly in harmony and bass.
     
  2. Travelsong

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    I'm not ignoring you Aaron, I haven't had much time lately to reply. I'll see if I can scrape together a few minutes tomorrow.
     
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    (forgot to add: if people are acting wild and uninhibited to it, it is once again, impure to the impure)
     
  4. Aaron

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    I knew that you would scoff at the idea of sex as a spiritual act. I'm not sure what you are trying to say by citing that verse, but the only way it could disagree with anything I posted on the subject is if you meant it in the sense I've seen it cited many times before, to support the idea that in marriage "anything goes" from lewdness to sodomy.

    But the true sense of the verse is quite the opposite. We are to esteem marriage as precious and maintain the undefiled state of the marriage bed. It cannot be taken to mean that lewdness between a married couple is now sanctified by the state of marriage.

    Sex is a holy act and should only be engaged in with the Kingdom of God and His righteousness in view. When one begins to think about what pleases God in sex, it rules out a lot of the lewdness many want to bring to it.

    No doubt this is shocking to a lot of people these days who've grown up immersed in worldly thinking about sex and marriage. But as I said before, God did not give any man a woman to consume upon his lusts. He gave the woman to the man for the sake of His Kingdom.

    Part of the problem is that many people are thinking with a carnal mind, not understanding that the spiritual mind finds a holy and temperate act full of love and joy and pleasure. The spiritual mind finds it's fulfillment in doing God's will. I cited this verse last time, but I think it needs to be repeated:

    It is meat and drink for me to do the will of him who sent me until I have finished his work. John 4:34.

    Christ found satisfaction and fulfillment in doing God's will.

    The carnal mind is at enmity with God, therefore it cannot find even simple pleasure to be satisfactory unless it is embellished with a host of sensual delights. The "bumping and grinding" terminology which you so loosely tossed about in a previous post is a profane term despite your insistance to the contrary. It describes a hard act, the end of which is only to feed one's lust more than modesty can do.

    Quite the opposite. You haven't understood a word I've said. I didn't say everything we do is sinful, I said it was impossible for you to do anything without sinning. There's a big difference, and it was in reply to your absurd question about being able to do anything without sinning. I have maintained that certain styles are sensual in and of themselves, not because of the sin that is present with us when we would do well.

    If this is your understanding, then you've missed Christianity altogether, and that's tragic. I have receive true blessing and true joy, not blessing and joy as the world gives. The world gives blessing and joy by manipulating one's outward circumstances or by calling evil good. Jesus said, "Blessed are they that mourn." He is not describing natural or worldly sorrow which leads to death, but hallowed, spiritual mourning. Those who are partakers of Christ's Spirit mourn (continuously) because of the sin that reigns in their mortal bodies, and that will reign until this body dies or is changed in the Last Day. The promise is that they "shall be comforted (continuously)."

    You can't understand the comfort I feel. The world looked a Jesus and saw a man despised, smitten of God and afflicted. Yet Christ said He gives us His peace and His joy. It doesn't look like peace and joy to the world, because it is not peace and joy as the world gives. The peace and joy you are describing is worldly. It is that springs from calling all kinds of evil from making close friendships with pagans to sensuality in worship to inordinate affection in the marriage bed, good. "It's all good now because I'm a Christian and I'm married!"

    No doubt there are some who want to argue with this view, but let's get back on track with the discussion of music.
     
  5. ScottEmerson

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    And this is your whole philosophy. It's wrong, and abhorrent to the gospel of Jesus Christ, but it's still your philosophy. You're trying to make it a semantics thing, but "a rose is a rose is a rose".

    By a logical extension, if we cannot do anything without sinning, then it is impossible for us to please God, since we are in constant states of sinning. Sleeping? We're sinning. Eating? We're sinning. Worship? We're sinning. Loving God? We're sinning.

    In fact, by your definition, it is impossible for anyone to continue being saved, according to Hebrews 10:26!

    Again, you're missing true joy with this view. And let's not pretend that the joy that I am talking about is some earthly joy - indeed, it is given from the Father, when I realize that I have been liberated from bondage, when I can worship with hands raised praising my Saviour and my God! There is much more to life than mourning - there is a time for that and a time to dance. As for me, Christ has turned my mourning into dancing!

    I may also add that it is sad (as I've said before) that you don't want to make friends with non-Christian believers. I am thankful that I have had friends who were not saved - through witnessing and through the conviction of the HOly Spirit, they are not my friends who are saved. Had I shunned them away, I do not know if they would have ever decided to follow Christ. We had a seventh-grader who was saved, because a Christian friend of hers reached out to her when she was hurting.

    Of course, if you're sinning by making Christian friends, and you're sinning by making non-Christian friends - what difference does it make?
     
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    Here's another passage about the role on sin in the believer:

    Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free...."I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:32-36 [NIV]

    There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for the law of the Spirit of life has set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1
     
  7. Aaron

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    1John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

    If you want to discuss the issue of your sinlessness further, I'll be happy to indulge you in another forum. But here, we'll get back to the issue of music.

    The discussion of the nature of sin in a believer was a natural outgrowth of this discussion of music and its nature. Generally speaking, there are fundamental doctrinal differences between the CCM camp and others, differences even in the view of man, good, evil and God's redemptive plan.

    As Dr. Bob said in the very first post of this thread:

    I'll post more later. I'm out of time today. [​IMG]
     
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    And keep reading - I John 2:1 - "My dead children, I write this to you so that you will not sin." In fact, read the whole book of I John. Your doctrine is based upon a series of prooftexts! Do we sin? Yep. Do I sin? Everyday, I do things that I want to do that I know that God doesn't do. I never said that I didn't sin, so you're making a straw man argument there.

    Do we always sin, even when we worship? God forbid!

    There are no real doctrinal issues between the CCM camp and others. The doctrinal issues are between those who are combatitive towards CCM music and everyone else. I believe that the Bible - the whole of it - is squarely on my side. God desires to have His children worship Him. God saves us from our sin, setting us free from the law of sin and death. It is because of this that we can rejoice in the death and resurrection of Christ.
     
  9. Dr. Bob

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    Scott - Had to chuckle at your freudian typo! But agree that this describes most of the CCM crowd for certain sure!

    And no "doctrinal issues"? That is patently absurd. The biggest problem I have with 95% of CCM and 50% of other so-called Christian music is purely doctrinal.

    Or lack or misuse thereof.
     
  10. ScottEmerson

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    Scott - Had to chuckle at your freudian typo! But agree that this describes most of the CCM crowd for certain sure!

    And no "doctrinal issues"? That is patently absurd. The biggest problem I have with 95% of CCM and 50% of other so-called Christian music is purely doctrinal.

    Or lack or misuse thereof.
    </font>[/QUOTE]I assure you, those who worship using praise and worship music truly know what it is like to be alive in Christ! I've been to WAY too many churches who look quite dead when singing hymns. There is no joy in their faces, and merely rote singing. They've missed what it means to be alive in Christ!
     
  11. Travelsong

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    I have been busy as of late and haven't had the time to offer a response, so let's get this in now as quickly and coherently as I can. I am not responsible for miscommunication or Freudian slips [​IMG]

    Now we're getting somewhere. Sort of. Let's start with riotous. Can music be a riotous thought, feeling or act independant of a communicator? In other words, I might say "That music sounds riotous", but what does that mean exactly? Am I saying that the music is of itself a state of rebellion? How is such a thing possible? If I understand how communication works, I know that music can't be a thought, feeling or act all by itself, these things are tied to the man. Let's say that both of us hear a piece of music that we agree sounds riotous. What about that music are you trying to convince me is evil? Is it compelling the listener to rebel against God? How can you tell? I could score a piece of music to accompany a scene depicting the riots in Los Angeles in 1992. Would you assume that the music is condoning the acts of the rioters, or would you understand that the music is setting the mood and directing the listener to 'feel' the levity of those events? I admit that the practical application for rioutous music is rather limited, but you have quite a long way to go in demonstrating that music can be a state of rebellion all by itself. As for uninhibited, this word, is far too vague to work with. I can feel uninhibited in sharing the Gospel with everyone I meet. I can feel uninhibited in my efforts to help a loved one. Losing inhibition isn't always sinful, so how do you determine the difference between music that might reflect a sinful state of inhibition or a righteous one? Do you understand what I mean when I say that music is incapable of reflecting, or being an expression of explicit thought or intent?


    Absolutely, and joy as Scott added. I never argued that all types of music are appropriate for worship. You're preaching to the choir on this one.

    But only the person can be in a mood that is destructive as you say "toward these ends". How can music be a mood all by itslef? The very idea is ludicrous.


    What do you mean? Can you give me a specific example of a piece of music that you characterize as wild or uninhibited and explain exactly how it is destructive towards our goals of being virtuous, patient etc. etc?

    All music (the way we would define music anyway) is orderly, regardless of what instruments are used.

    How can music be sober or drunken?

    I have many, many times. As I've stated, one of my very few hobbies, is going to live shows. I can't even think of the last show I went to where there was lude crude or sinful behaviour in direct response to the music being performed. It's about time for you to abandon this argument. People are not necessarily compelled to respond to rock music in a sinful manner, and you need to get that through your head. If my own experience can't convince you of this, I'll be more than glad to recommend you to a good show where you will be forced to finally admit that I speak the truth.

    You've been saying this for far too long, and it has never at any point made sense. Communication works like this: I have a thought, intent, or emotion I wish (or may not wish if it is subconcious) to convey to you. I cannot make you understand anything about my thought, intent, or emotion without employing the use of some kind of language as a medium. It simply cannot be done. Now no matter what the medium I choose to communicate my thought, intent, or emotion to you, it HAS to be something external to my being. This is a simple, plain fact of life. Every gesture, facial expression, audible or written word, scent, taste, the whole shabang is external to the man. None of these things are the thought, intent, or emotion in themselves, they can only serve to represent or stand for our thoughts, intents or desires. Music is not some magical noise that becomes a thought, intent, or desire all on it's own, again, the idea is simply ludicrous.

    Yes, it is true, and language is the basis for communication.

    To some extent yes, but we would still have to employ the use of some kind of language external to our being. There is no possible way for me to express anger and make you know that I am angry or might be ready to attack by standing in front of you motionless, expressionless, and silent. I would have to grimace, growl, charge, etc. etc. in order to get that message across. Certainly our like natures would aid in your successful reception of the message, and you would be able to react accordingly without the two of us ever having to agree that growling or adopting an aggressive stance meant that I was angry, but the fact remains that (1) I must use an external medium to communicate that anger and (2) the medium isn't in and of itself the anger, only a communication of it.

    You prove my point. Jesus came among us, and related to men as a man. But Jesus is the only man who does not need to employ the use of an external medium to communicate with us. He knows our hearts inside and out without us ever having to say thing. We can pray to Jesus without ever saying a thing and be certain that He understandes us better than we understand ourselves. We cannot do this with each other.

    If after reading, everything I just said, you still hold to this silly notion, please reread it. If that doesn't work, you've got some serious studying to do. I thought you held a degree in something related to this field? This is kind of a 101 general knowledge principle of commmunication, and it's odd that you haven't yet grasped it.


    Think about what you just said. Is Sensual wisdom just floating around aimlessly all over the place? Where does sensual wisdom exist except within the man? Look out how this sensual wisdom is characterized:

    But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural (or sensual), demonic.

    How can something external to the man be selfish, arrogant or lie against the truth? James is explicitly telling us that this sensual wisdom is in our hearts. It's not some vague, ambiguous sentiment that exists independant of the man.It is not even something that needs to be expressed or communicated.It is the man himself who is sensual or spiritual, period.


    Of course we must include all created sentient beings as either sensual or spiritual. For practical purposes I focus on man, but yes, demons certainly have a sensual wisdom.

    Where? Please don't say demons or I will be forced to laugh heartily at you.

    I don't act like that, and I've never argued that, would you care to show me how I have?
     
  12. Aaron

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    It would appear to be so.

    Note: To save time in typing, the bold print will signify Travelsong's statements. The light print are mine.

    Let's start with riotous. Can music be a riotous thought, feeling or act independant of a communicator?

    Well, of course not. Music doesn't exist where there is no listener.

    In other words, I might say "That music sounds riotous", but what does that mean exactly? Am I saying that the music is of itself a state of rebellion?

    Absolutely

    How is such a thing possible?

    The rock beat rebels against the melody and the natural rhythms of the words. Igor Stravinsky wrote a horrible, dissonant piece of trash in The Rite of Spring. Music which creates tension and leaves it unresolved is like a troublemaker.

    Now, I'm short of time today. Headed to Garden City for choir practice. You have a long post, please give me time to respond. [​IMG]
     
  13. Travelsong

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    TS: Let's start with riotous. Can music be a riotous thought, feeling or act independant of a communicator?

    AARON Well, of course not. Music doesn't exist where there is no listener.

    TS:I press play on my stereo and walk out of the room. Bingo, music without a listener. I also have a music program for my pc that I can set to randomly generate a rhythm and melody.

    TS:In other words, I might say "That music sounds riotous", but what does that mean exactly? Am I saying that the music is of itself a state of rebellion?

    AARON:Absolutely

    TS:A state of rebellion requires intent. Music cannot have intent, only the performer has intent.

    AARON:The rock beat rebels against the melody and the natural rhythms of the words. Igor Stravinsky wrote a horrible, dissonant piece of trash in The Rite of Spring. Music which creates tension and leaves it unresolved is like a troublemaker.

    TS:How does a rock beat rebel against the melody or rhythm of the words? What principle from Scripture are you drawing this conclusion from? I couldn't disagree with you more. Consider Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick blues" which likely spawned more slogans than any other rock song in history. The cadence and rhythm of the music are perfect:

    Johnny's in the basement
    Mixing up the medicine
    I'm on the pavement
    Thinking about the government
    The man in the trench coat
    Badge out, laid off
    Says he's got a bad cough
    Wants to get it paid off
    Look out kid
    It's somethin' you did
    God knows when
    But you're doin' it again
    You better duck down the alley way
    Lookin' for a new friend
    The man in the coon-skin cap
    In the big pen
    Wants eleven dollar bills
    You only got ten

    Maggie comes fleet foot
    Face full of black soot
    Talkin' that the heat put
    Plants in the bed but
    The phone's tapped anyway
    Maggie says that many say
    They must bust in early May
    Orders from the D. A.
    Look out kid
    Don't matter what you did
    Walk on your tip toes
    Don't try "No Doz"
    Better stay away from those
    That carry around a fire hose
    Keep a clean nose
    Watch the plain clothes
    You don't need a weather man
    To know which way the wind blows

    Get sick, get well
    Hang around a ink well
    Ring bell, hard to tell
    If anything is goin' to sell
    Try hard, get barred
    Get back, write braille
    Get jailed, jump bail
    Join the army, if you fail
    Look out kid
    You're gonna get hit
    But users, cheaters
    Six-time losers
    Hang around the theaters
    Girl by the whirlpool
    Lookin' for a new fool
    Don't follow leaders
    Watch the parkin' meters

    Ah get born, keep warm
    Short pants, romance, learn to dance
    Get dressed, get blessed
    Try to be a success
    Please her, please him, buy gifts
    Don't steal, don't lift
    Twenty years of schoolin'
    And they put you on the day shift
    Look out kid
    They keep it all hid
    Better jump down a manhole
    Light yourself a candle
    Don't wear sandals
    Try to avoid the scandals
    Don't wanna be a bum
    You better chew gum
    The pump don't work
    'Cause the vandals took the handles

    What about music that only offers tension without release is sinful? So you dislike "The Rite of Spring" because it is dissonant, and generally sounds awful. What exactly do you infer by listening to it that it is sinful?

    AARON: Now, I'm short of time today. Headed to Garden City for choir practice. You have a long post, please give me time to respond.


    TS: Don't feel rushed, life is far more important than message boards.

    [ September 29, 2003, 07:29 PM: Message edited by: Travelsong ]
     
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    Reply forthcoming. ;)
     
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    Refutation to follow. ;)
     
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    *Taps foot impatiently*
     
  17. Molly

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    Scott - Had to chuckle at your freudian typo! But agree that this describes most of the CCM crowd for certain sure!

    And no "doctrinal issues"? That is patently absurd. The biggest problem I have with 95% of CCM and 50% of other so-called Christian music is purely doctrinal.

    Or lack or misuse thereof.
    </font>[/QUOTE]I assure you, those who worship using praise and worship music truly know what it is like to be alive in Christ! I've been to WAY too many churches who look quite dead when singing hymns. There is no joy in their faces, and merely rote singing. They've missed what it means to be alive in Christ!
    </font>[/QUOTE]The answer is not change the style,make the worship more upbeat...that just superficially covers up the problem. The problem is the heart of the people...if they are not truly worshipping then that is a heart problem...A new shallow upbeat song may *seem* to help the problem,but the heart is STILL the problem....too many churches seem to not want to really deal with the heart. Making the style more *pleasing* is much easier.

    Molly
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    "IF I am inundated (car, work, home) with Country Western music, it will NOT "make me" dip Skoal, buy a pickup, divorce my wife and put on cowboy boots.

    But it will affect my mind, my spirit, my thinking, my whole way of life. IF I have given thought to any (of the above), it will seem to be the "norm" or normal thing to do."

    So if a guy does dip Skoal, drives a pickup, wears cowboy boots and has divorced his wife does that make him me likely to listen to country music?

    No I know where you are going but do disagree with labeling a whole style of music or type, all together. In every sector of music you will find good and bad.

    I listen to music which I find comforting or interesting. I listen more for the lyrical content than for the rythm of the song. If you listen to the lyrics to some "country" songs you will find some very insperational and yes scriptual music. Not saying all of it is good, saying that you as an individual must discern the words and yes to some point the intent of the song.
     
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    If you an I were mere chemical reactions as the evolutionists say, then you would be correct. But communication employs much more than abstract symbols. We rely on our like natures. How you communicate depends more on your nature than what is available to you outside. Otherwise, we could not correctly interpret the host of non-verbal signals that we constantly send conciously or not, and these signals are universal.

    Until you concede this point, there's no need to go on with this discussion. [​IMG]
     
  20. Travelsong

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    How do you know when your cat is hungry?
    How do you know when your cat wants to go outside?
    How does your cat know when you are angry?
    How does your cat know when you are willing to be affectionate?

    Apply these and many other examples of communication to the entire animal kingdom. It doesn't matter that a particular growl is a universal symbol of aggression in tigers, a growl is not agression, or anger or anything of the sort all by itself, it is only a symbol, a representation, or an indicator of intent.

    On the limited scope that humans and animals can communicate, are you saying we have like natures?

    In humans, any indicator or symbol or representation of emotion or intent can be reproduced without feeling the emotion or intent. Why? because the emotion is not the symbol itself. Evolution has nothing to do with the discussion. Sin has it's origin in the heart, and nowhere else.
     
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