Friday, January 27, 2012

Distortion: Part 2

The last C4 message Tyson gave was about how distorted the television programs in America have become. This time we took a look at my personal favorite form of entertainment, the music industry. He started off with a startling "coincidence". Ephesians 2 talks about Satan being the Prince of the power of the air. So, it's interesting that radio broadcasts are always said to be "on air". (just something to wonder about as we head into this).

There is a spirit behind every kind of music that we listen to. We don't even really stop to consider it.  Lyrics and melodies give off specific energies depending on their genres. Music makes you feel something. That's what Tyson meant by spirits behind music. I mean, think about the common reason why people listen to or have certain musical tastes. Is it because the music is calming? Is it catchy? Can you relate to the lyrics? Personally, I've always chosen music that fits whatever mood I happen to be in because I can have something to relate to. While that's great and that's what music is designed to do, it's not always going to be what's best for my spiritual health. For example, if I'm angry and I just listen to angry music because it matches my thought process, how is that going to help me be less angry? It's really not. How does what you've been listening to today (or maybe even right now) make you feel?

Music is the original playground for the devil. Now, before you decide that statement is a little too hell-fire and brimstone for you, consider what Lucifer was made to do. When God created Lucifer, he was the most beautiful of all the angels, but he was also created to be the worship leader of Heaven. Worship leader! You know, music, choirs, trumpets, little angels playing harps on a cloud; yeah, Lucifer ran that. So, don't be confused that the venue where he would chose to influence you the most would be music.

In 1962, the number 1 song in the U.S. was "Something About Love", by Ray Charles. Today we have songs like "Have a Baby by Me", "Circus", "So What We Get High". and anything by Lady Gaga. But no, Satan has nothing to do with changing the music industry [insert nervous laughter from the audience].

Going back all the way to last march, Tyson reiterated an important thing about Acts 16:16-18.
 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
Another translation says that she was possessed by a spirit of divination. In the original Greek, it's the spirit of Python. Now think about what a python does. It disguises itself and suffocates it's prey. It's a sinful nature kind of thing that is sly to the point that you don't notice it, but grips you until you don't care about God anymore. Pythons take away the breath of their prey. The spirit of python makes us give up what's inside of us, it takes away everything that we are.

To put it in a musical sense: we listen to certain songs just because it's what everyone's listening to, so we don't really pay attention. We like songs because they're catchy and we say we don't really listen to the lyrics anyway, but the truth is that we do. Songs get stuck in our heads and like Tyson said at the beginning, the music makes your heart feel something whether you admit to it or not.

This is the problem. The music that we allow ourselves to listen to gets into our heads and, eventually, into the core of who we are. That's also where sin starts, in our heads. The world is telling us that it's perfectly normal for people our age to party, sleep around, and get drunk because we're young and that's what we do. It appeals to our desire for freedom. And, as Tyson says, it's a lie from Hell.

This isn't intended to be a legalistic gospel. All I'm saying and all Tyson was saying is to be careful what you let into your life. The lyrics in music are there for a reason.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 talked about a coming generation that would hold nothing sacred.
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
The thing about the devil is that he doesn't necessarily want to destroy you. He would much rather lure you into destroying yourself and plunging yourself into the same fate that he is destined for. Anything that elevates itself over God will be shut down into a lake of fire, my prayer is that we don't go with it.

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