God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Please exercise discernment, Satan is deceptive and he doesn’t come into the Church with a pitch fork and a red suit with horns and a tail, he comes in as an angel of light, he is crafty, churches that are no longer churches didn’t die over night but over time because they let their guard down and allowed Satan to bring in his false teachers and prophets to destroy the church from within.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
13 For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
As Christians we must be on our guard against these false teachers who use their music as a way of getting their hooks into churches and church goers using it to bring many under their teachings.
All truth is God's truth and I know that not every song these heretical groups sing are without truth. They do have some songs that are sound and/or convey truth in which we could apply to the one true and living God, however, as already stated Satan uses false teachers to bring in their false teachings masked as truth. Just look at the garden when the serpent deceived Eve to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Was everything the serpent said to Eve a lie? Spurgeon once said something along these lines about discernment, that it is not a matter of knowing right from wrong or truth from error but discerning between truth and almost truth.
Take for instance modalism, which is a heretical teaching that denies the Trinity. Someone like TD Jakes is careful how he says things when it comes to this topic, while Jakes is a heretical word of faith modalist teacher, he never comes right out and says that he denies the Trinity. What he does is make statement about the Godhead in such a way leading you to the conclusion that there is no Trinity and that Jesus is actually the Father and the Holy Spirit. That's modalism!!! That's heresy!!! Now if he just came out and said he denied the Trinity it wouldn't be so deceptive, but since it is concealed in the teaching and very carefully spoken about when teaching on it, unless you are aware of the modalistic teachings and have a firm grasp of the doctrine of the Trinity, well it can be easy to be deceived into heresy.
Which is why this matter is not just about some preference over a style of music or likes and dislikes of certain bands but rather a care and concern for the body of Christ. For those who are being lead astray by these groups and supporting them, by purchasing their music and attending their concerts and yes, even singing them in their churches sadly.
This is not out of hate for these groups or an attempt to be divisive but again out of love for those whom call themselves brothers and sisters in Christ to be aware of these false teachers and artist who promote the false teachings from the churches they are connected to regardless of the fact that some of their songs have good lyrics and may contain some truth.
When it comes to false teachers this is what they Word of God says...
2 Timothy 4:3 - 4:4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1 Timothy 6:3 - 6:5
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 2:1
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
Deuteronomy 13:1 - 13:3
1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].
2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
1 John 4:1-6
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
1 John 2:26-27
26 These [things] have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Why do we think there is a different standard for artists and musical groups who hold to and promote the false teachers mentioned above? There is no difference!!!
Do not be deceived by these false teachers and by they music that comes from their churches. God is serious about how He is to be worshiped, therefore, as believers in Christ we should be also. If you think God is pleased by supporting musical groups of heretics and this article hasn't convinced you to avoid such people, well that will have to be something you will have to give an account of before the Lord. Whether you think I am right or wrong in this the obvious truth is this wouldn't even be a problem if the professing Christians in America were discerning because if they were, these groups would get no air time on Christian radio and in churches.
If you honestly have never heard about these groups and the churches they come from and the false teachings they promote. Well I want to encourage you to look up "Clouds Without Water" by Justin Peters. He lays out the false teaching of these and many others to help inform you of what it is they teach and why it is so dangerous.
I care about the truth and desire to glorify the Lord, while I know I am not perfect, my desire is to give Him glory in every area in my life and when it comes to music, especially music that claims to be Christian, my desire is to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth and I fail to see how music from those who blaspheme the Lord with their false teaching brings Him honor and glory.
Soli Deo Gloria