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American Idol, Marylin Monroe,
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Hollywood, Babylon, Babel
The Bible is very specific with regard to
what we should do with that which emanates from nature worshippers. The CorinthianChurch had a problem. The only place where you
could buy meat in town was from the heathen temple where not only the meat was sacrificed
to idols, but the temple itself served as a house of prostitution. Sex rituals, both
heterosexual and homosexual, were basic to the pagan worship system.
Paul indicated, We know that an idol
is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. (I Cor 8:4b MKJV)
Therefore, it was no big deal for a Christian who understood this fact to buy the meat and
eat it if it did not cause him to stumble.
However, for Christians who did not know
this, because they were so accustom to idol worship, the eating of this meat would defile
them. Therefore the admonishment was, Be careful, however, that the exercise of your
freedom does not become a stumbling block for the weak . . . When you sin against your
brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. (I Cor
8:9, 13 NIV) The problem was that when the weak Christian would see the strong one eating
meat sacrificed to idols, he would do the same, would be defiled and led right back into
idolatry and the resultant prostitution. The guiding principle, therefore, was forwarded
by Paul who stated, You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your
freedom to indulge in the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. (Gal 5:
The lesson in music is this: You are free.
Enjoy God as you bask in the music that He has given. However, if a certain type of music
causes you to stumble, if 60s nostalgic rock, for example, tends to lead you back
into the "drugs sex and rock and roll" mentality, then forsake it. Or if your
attention to certain musical styles causes others to stumble in this fashion, then
dont listen to it in front of them.
And who or what are you worshipping when
you listen to music? Do you fall at the feet of Hollywoods American Idol or our Creator God?
Do you bow to the stone Babylonian image as the band plays? Or do you stand with the
living God? Who is it that you worship?
When you chose who or what you will
worship, is your object of affection mortal or immortal? Millions worshipped Marylin
Monroe for her beauty. And in her personage the sex goddess of Hollywood was born.
Women literally cried at the feet of the
Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll every time he sang. Ted Harrison, described this
fanaticism in his book, Elvis People: the Cult of the King. If you want to
understand what's different about Elvis, go to Graceland and see the people making pilgrimages
there. Go see the shrines in the homes of fans; talk to people who pray for Elvis.
His music has touched so many of
them on a spiritual level, he continued, they cannot think of him as an
ordinary man. They feel they are justified in praying to or through Elvis.
Ever since the advent of Elvis the worship
of idols flows wherever rock performers roam. Young teenyboppers went into swoons of
ecstasy and tears during the Beatles first trip to America. Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis
Joplin received the generous worship of the 60s generation.
All of these American idols died sudden
deaths after barely existing in miserable lives. But God lives forever. Worship God who is
eternal, frees you from your sins and gives eternal life.
All things are lawful for me, but
all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under
the power of any. (I Cor MKJV)
Ultimately God will judge Babylon and take down all of the world systems
that have been associated with it since Babel. This includes the Kingdom of Hollywood. The Bible declares, Thus with
violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be
found anymore. The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be
heard in you anymore. (Rev 18:21b-22a MKJV)
We are called not to be entertainers of
men, but commanded to be worshippers of God. For entertainers seek to be worshipped by
their followers while our charge is to glorify the Lord and call on people to follow Him.
Will it be Hollywood or holiness? Choose to invest yourself in
music that will last. For the praises of the Lord will endure forever.
There will be music created here on earth
that will endure forever. It is the song of praise. It is that which brings glory to the
In heaven they sing the song of
Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: Great and marvelous are
Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who
shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations
shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested.
(Rev 15:3-4 MKJV)
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