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Lucifer is a fallen angel who was the head of the ministry of music in Heaven when he was in heaven. It has been said of him he was the most beautiful of ALL angels and he was the director of the flow of music there (Praise and Worship).

Of course, now he no longer is….. but there are several scriptural references throughout the bible the denote his previous authority over music when he was in heaven. One is Isa.14:11 – "Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee."
This verse right here is speaking of his fall from heaven, and how all of the glory he had, and the gifts he had fell with him. The noise of thy viols indicates the stringed instruments he had charge over. But yes, actually throughout the bible in passages in the books of Ezekiel, Job, Isaiah, even Psalms upon speaking of his past life…it tells us he was the minister of music there. Of course he no longer is now though.
Lucifer means morning star.

Job 38:7 – When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy

Lucifer was basically a walking talking musical instrument.

Ezekiel 28:13 - Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: THE WORKMANSHIP OF THY TIMBRELS AND OF THY PIPES WAS PREPARED IN THE DAY THAT THOU WAST CREATED.

King James Version

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering CHERUB, from the midst of the stones of fire.

These were the same words that were spoken of lucifer in Isaiah 14:11-14 (11 All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the NOISE OF YOUR HARPS; maggots are spread out beneath you and worms cover you.)-(New International Version)

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee


The Seraphim (singular "Seraph"), mentioned in Isaiah 6:1-7 , serve as the caretakers of God's throne and continuously singing his praises: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. All the earth is filled with His Glory." It is said that they surround the throne of God, singing the music of the spheres and regulating the movement of the heavens as it emanates from God. It is also said that such a bright light emanates from them that nothing, not even other divine beings, can look upon them. It is said that there are four of them surrounding God's throne, where they burn eternally from love and zeal for God.
The Seraphim have six wings; two covering their face, two covering their feet, and two that they fly with.
Unlike other Seraphim who had six wings, Lucifer was featured to have twelve wings.


The Cherubim (singular "Cherub") are beyond the throne of God; they are the guardians of light and of the stars. It is believed that, although they are removed from man's plane of reality, the divine light that they filter down from Heaven still touches the lives of living things.
They have four faces: one of a man, ox, lion, and eagle. The ox-face is considered the "true face", as later on in Ezekiel the ox's face is called a cherub's face (Chapter 10). They have eight conjoined wings covered with eyes, and they have ox's feet.
Cherubim are considered the elect beings for the purpose of protection. Cherubim guard Eden and the throne of God.
Their rank among angels is uncertain but they are always categorized in the First Sphere. Some believe them to be an order or class of angels; others hold them to be a class of heavenly beings higher than angels. Cherubim are said to have perfect knowledge of God, surpassed only by the love of the Seraphim.
The Cherubim are mentioned in Genesis 3:24 ; Ezekiel 10:17-20 ; and 1 Kings 6:23-28.
Since Lucifer/beelzebub seemed to have been greater than the other beings, he is thought to be the chief of music.


So it is obvious that Lucifer, at the very least, contained something akin to musical instruments – the tambourine, the flute, and the harp all within the confines of his own body. Since Lucifer is a created being, he was originally created with instruments to provide beautiful music for none other than the glorification of God. Lucifer, being the most authoritative and superior angel that he was, at best, was also probably the angel of music.
The point of this study is to see, purely from a theological view, if in fact Satan has a connection with and a direct influence on music, which has become undoubtedly clear that he does. We must remember that some, not all music, can come from evil sources no matter how lovely, beautiful or pleasing it may sound to the ears. For we know that the devil can masquerade as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11:14). Music, I believe, has a twofold purpose. To glorify God or not, it's as simple as that. As we have seen, music was initially created for that purpose up until Satan's rebellion. What he has done with music from that point on becomes a whole other issue.

I had myself quite an impressive CD collection of music ranging from punk rock to disco, alternative music to mainstream pop, new wave to industrial techno music. Often times, I provided my music to local nightclubs and often DJ'd at parties and get-togethers. This was music that I believe was heavily influenced by Satan. The lyrics to most of these songs are not worth repeating. Some of which spoke of and glorified violence, sex, drunkenness, drugs, etc. Then one day I came across an intriguing believer video speaking out about the Satanic influences of music in our pop-culture today. The video spoke about how today's ungodly music, worms it's way into our homes, our cars, and ultimately influencing our hearts and minds. There have even been scientific studies proving the fact that music severely influences our psyche and the outcome of our behavior is contingent upon the type of music we choose to listen to. It was shortly after this discovery that I was led to rid myself of this music that I had in my possession. Imagine burning over 200 CD's!!!

On the other side of this issue, I wish to clarify that there is plenty of godly and praiseworthy music worth mentioning that exists within our society, music from artists whose sole purpose is to honor and glorify God with talent that the Lord has endowed them with. Not all music, secular or not, is inherently evil. Just as Satan has an influence on music, so God has His influence on music as well, and even more so. It has been a historically proven fact that Christ has been the subject of more songs, music, stories, poetry, prose, screenplays, literature, art, etc. than any other subject in the history of mankind.

Christ has been the influencing source behind such famous and talented musical artists as: Michael W. Smith, Don Moen, Chris Tomlin, Twila Paris, Handel, Bach, Pachelbel, John and Charles Wesley, Rich Mullins, and many others, not to mention the many talented worship teams that exist within the Body of Christ. As with anything in life, it is up to our own discretion and spiritual discernment to decide what is and is not appropriate for our listening pleasure. It is also up to us as parents to set standards and to monitor what our kids are listening to. What goes in the body is what comes out through the way in which we live our lives.
He went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him `unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery. – (Mark 7:20-21)

So ask yourself, "Do I know what kind of music I'm listening to?"
Better yet, "Do I know what kind of music my kids are listening to?"

Music: Gift of God or Tool of the Devil

GIFTS ARE USUALLY MEANT FOR THE GOOD OF THE RECEIVER. The child of God is baptized into a beautifully manifold plan of gifts, and there is no reason to doubt the intention or result of those gifts. But these are not the only gifts that are offered in life. The subject of gifts would be simple if it were not for another plan devised and skillfully implemented by an enemy of God's children-the great deceiver. He purposely twists everything in the world and in the church to his evil end. His twisted gifts promise delight, but bring anguish; they appear to be innocent, but are masterpieces of deception; they claim to be true, but are lies. The children of God are surrounded by two opposing plans. Nothing is as easy or simple as it may at first appear. Good gifts can become harmful tools.

But let us look first at God's plan, within which he gives the sublime gift of music to his children and church. His plan is found throughout his Word. Robin Leaver writes:
Although there is no specific chapter and verse in which is to be found a clear theological statement concerning the nature and function of music, there is nevertheless hardly a page of the Bible from which some musical inference cannot be drawn. Music is the accompanying counterpoint to the divine message and in all the mighty acts of God music is never very far away. From eternity to eternity, from creation to judgment, from Genesis to Revelation, the sound of music is to be heard.1

The scriptural theology of music may be summarized under the following ten points:

(1) Music is a divine gift. It accompanies creation ("and the morning stars sang together," Job 38:7) and is given to man in the calling of Jubal to be father of all who play the flute and harp (Gn 4:21). This gift of music accompanies the highest divine gift, faith. The Psalmist sings: "While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being" (Ps 146:2). These are words that can only be sung by faith.

(2) Music is a gift in which all angels and heavenly hosts join mortals without ceasing. "Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his hosts!" (Ps 148:1, 2). The book of Revelation describes the activity of those in the presence of the Lamb. "They do not rest day or night, saying: 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!" (4:8). This heavenly anthem is the joyful future of all saints.

(3) Music is ordained for use by the church. "Sing to the Loan a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints" (Ps 149:1). "When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals to praise the Lord, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord" (Err 3ao, ii).

(4) Music teaches doctrine to the church. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hen to the Lord" (Col 3:16). And the Lord said to Moses: "Now therefore, write down this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel" (Dt 31:19). The practice of the church teaches the church.

(5) Musk carries the confession of the faithful "They shall utter the memory of your great goodness, and shall sing of your righteousness" (Ps 145:7). "One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts" (Ps 145:4). Music helps the memory of the church in rehearsing what God has done. It is an integral, powerful part of the church's proclamation to young and old.

(6) Music is to be a full-throated response of praise and thanks-giving to God. "Let the saints be joyful in glory... Let the high praises of God be in their throats" (Ps 149: 5, 6). "Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth: break forth in song, rejoice and sing praises!" (Ps 98:4). "Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving: sing praises on the harp to our God" (Ps 147:7). The object of this praise and thanksgiving is always God.

(7) Music heals, soothes, and drives away the devil "And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him" (1 Sm 16: 23). Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs comfort and strengthen the saints in times of trial. Paul and Silas sang praises to God as they sat in a dark dungeon (Acts 16: 25).

(8) Music is powerful. The power of music can be used to point to God: "When the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: 'For he is good, for his mercy endures forever,' the house, the house of the LORD was ailed with a cloud, so that the priests could not con-tinue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord) filled the house of God" (2 Chr 5: 13:14). But the power of music can also point to other gods: "So at the time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music, all the people, nations and languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up" (Dn 3:7).

(9) Music in the church requires understanding and a proper spirit: "I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding" (1 Cor 14:15). Music serves the word. It is to be disciplined in the church by an appropriate reverence for and interpretation of the divine message it carries.

(10) Music in the church is led by those who are skilled. Chenaniah was chosen by David as chief musician of the Levites because "he was instructed about the song, and was skillful" (1 Chr 15:22).

Martin Luther and his Cantor, Johann Walter, addressed this very subject in a poem, In Praise of the Noble Art of Music. The poem of 332 lines was written in Wittenberg in 1538 by Cantor Walter as a compilation of Luther's thought on the subject of music. The introduction concludes:

I have just named two reasons why
God gave us music from on high.
Those reasons teach us we must use
The gift from heaven as God would choose:
By it let God be glorified;
Then let it be our help and guide.
Since this high art most certainly
Was given by God, as all can see,
It outshines other arts in name,
Nobility, and lasting fame.
For music and theology
Were given by God concurrently.
No other arts with it compare
For it breathes purest Gospel air,
Exalting Holy Writing on high
And earning highest praise thereby.

The scriptural theology of music does not present music as a capricious art. Though the world might be free to use music without discipline, the church is not. God's plan for music in the service of his church requires skill, understanding, a proper spirit, attention to what is being taught, a careful vigilance over a power that could harm souls, and the high purpose of serving the gospel of Christ. The world's tendency to do as it wishes with music must never be envied by the church. For when the church follows the guidelines from her Lord she has all the freedom she needs for a satisfying and glorious church music practice.

We should also now consider the Lutheran theology of worship, which is the context for church music. For the Lutheran theology of worship is surprisingly unique in the whole picture of Christendom. And in these complex end times, when the devil is working with great energy also within the church, it is crucial for Lutherans to understand who they are, what they believe, and why they worship as they do, especially since they are surrounded by very different notions of worship and the church.

The Lutheran theology of worship is uniquely based on grace. Thus the name given to worship: the divine service. These simple words say it all. God here serves his gifts to his children. He is the gracious giver in the divine service who gives gifts through his means of grace. As the saints are gathered around word and sacrament they receive exactly what they need most: forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of faith. God has set the agenda, namely, his feeding his children. Our agenda, whatever it may be, must be subsumed in his.

What is the role of the saints in this theology? Reception. The saints must first receive before they can give. Every word of their response comes from the divine gift of faith. In the divine service they confess to each other and to God what they have received by faith as God puts the words in their mouths. "If anyone speak, let him speak as the oracle of God" (1 Pt 4:11). As the Book of Concord states: "Faith is that worship which receives God's offered blessings.... It is by faith that God wants to be worshiped, namely, that we receive from him what he promises and offers" (Ap IV, 49). The Lutheran Church is a liturgical church because in the liturgy the saints hear, say, and sing Scripture. The readings, Psalms, responses, canticles, and prayers from the Word say back to God exactly what needs to be said. Such scriptural, liturgical worship, centered around receiving the means of grace, will naturally have the proper balance of law and gospel.

Music fits into the divine service as servant of the means of grace. Music in the world serves the pleasure of man, but in the church music serves the purpose of God. Since the plan of God is very different from that of man, the One whose will is being served must be made clear. The desires of the individual regarding the gift of music must conform to God's plan. If music takes on a free or undisciplined, perhaps even a rebellious spirit, it is no longer a proper servant of the means of grace and therefore has no place in the divine service of the church.

The theology of music as articulated in Scripture, Luther, and the Confessions is surprisingly simple. But in reality, church music practice today is anything but simple. Those responsible for music in the church often find themselves in a veritable hornet's nest concerning the appropriateness, choice, influence, and role of music in their parish. Such tension and controversy are not God's plan for his gift, and are thus the result of another plan. too often, music is used as a tool in the service of the great deceiver.

In the Old Testament God speaks through the prophet Amos against offerings of music that lack a proper spirit and understanding: "Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen" (Amos 5:23). "Woe to them that are at ease in Zion . . . that chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David" (Amos 6: 1, 5). Isaiah speaks negatively of music as a worldly excess of the rich in Israel: "The harp and the strings, the -tambourine and the flute, and wine are in their feasts; but they do not regard the work of the Lord, nor consider the operation of his hands" (Is 5:12). Clearly, music can be used to serve a master other than God, and if so, God does not wish to hear it.

While Old Testament references to musical instruments abound, New Testament references are limited to a few that describe the trumpets and harps of heaven. In other words, the New Testament says nothing about the instruments of worship here on earth. Something has changed to quiet the trumpets, lutes, harps, strings, pipes, and loud clashing cymbals of Old Testament worship.

By the time of the New Testament, instrumental music had become closely associated with the life, games, rites, and worship practices of pagan religions. These influences surrounded believers in their daily life. "There is hardly a church father from the fourth century who does not speak against pagan musical practice using the strongest language."3 Novatian says: "By a trick of the devil sacred things have been transferred into illicit ones."4 Chrysostom refers to musical instruments along with obscene songs as "rubbish of the devil."5

The fathers recognized that instruments had been used for the service of pagan gods, the lust of the flesh, and the ways of the world. These dangerous associations had consequences that the fathers did not ignore. They stated emphatically that instruments were no longer suitable for expressing the sacred in the church. A good thing had been twisted to the point that it had to be expelled from the divine service.

As a result of the fathers' counsel, the human voice became the instrument of the young church.6 The "new song" was now the unaccompanied vocal (solo, choral, and congregational) offered in a proper spirit Clement of Alexandria said: "The Lord made man a beautiful breathing instrument after his own image; certainly he is himself an all harmonious instrument of God."7 The silence of the New Testament and the protest of the fathers concurred. Something had happened to a practice of the church that needed to be addressed by the church for the sake of the church. A good gift had become a harmful tool. Paul Henry Lang writes:
The task of the young church was made difficult by the hostile atmosphere in which it lived, an atmos-phere opposed to believer conceptions of the pur-pose of life and the vocation of man, and one in which music had sunk to the lowest regions of lascivious amusement. Indeed, it is surprising that music found entrance into the severe young church at all. The admission was assured in principle because of Scrip-ture, but the extent of its use and its character and nature gave rise to grave problems.8

The early church approached the use of music with caution, aware of both its dangers and its potential. Their attitude may be summarized as follows:

Music was respected as a power (even without a text).

Music was regarded as one of the best teachers available for both good and bad.

Music was expected to serve the glorification of God and edification of man.

Music was feared as a carrier of pagan influences to young and old.

Music required and received vigilance by church authorities, and concerns were addressed decisively by modifying the practice of the church. (Unaccompanied vocal music became the practice while instruments had to wait for a time when they no longer carried the message and the baggage of the world.)9

These concerns have much to say also about church music practice today.


Music was respected as a power. The power was not questioned until the 1960s, when it was first argued that music is neutral. The argument was raised, not on the basis of any new findings, but in order to remove the fear of music so that it could be used with complete freedom. The argument could be defined as a battle of the ancients and traditionalists on one side and the materialists on the other. The ancients and traditionalists believe that music affects character and society, and therefore artists are to be responsibly moral and constructive, not immoral and destructive. The materialists disclaim responsibility and the need for value judgments, and therefore pay no heed to the outcome of their sounds. The materialists want to sell a product at any cost, and so they play with fire. But they must first convince their audience that playing with fire is harmless.

One example of the materialists' campaign is to make MW (Music Television) appear as a harmless, normal, accepted part of our modem culture. They would have us believe that MW is simply the normal progression of popular music history, acceptable enough to be a standard offering in the family cable TV package. Before the 1960s such a notion would have been decried from every quarter. But a multi-billion dollar industry has developed, and it must sell itself by breaking down the paradigms of responsibility and values. So music is said to be neutral, meaning that it has no power, message, or baggage of its own. Yet MTV itself masterfully depicts the images behind its music for all to see and feel.

The campaign of the materialists is brought into the church in the form of marketing. Churches are compared to businesses, where success is measured by numbers and response. Old paradigms must make way for whatever works now. One of the old paradigms said that music is potentially a harmful power. In the name of successful marketing it is argued that any music may carry a sacred text because the power is contained only in the text. Thus whatever music is able to attract people's interest may be employed for the sake of mar-keting the church.10

Apart from denying the directives of God and the salutary advice of the church fathers concerning the power of music, church marketers have also developed their own "incarnational" theology. They are led by their agenda to say that all things are made new by service in the church. But neither sinners nor music are made new by their service! Service in the church requires coming under the cross and being changed by it! The "all things have become new" passage is followed by an extensive (and often ignored) admonition about what it means to be holy, separate, and forgiven (2 Cor 5:17, 2 Cor 6 and 7). Adding sacred words to music from the secular realm does not automatically make that music "new." To believe otherwise requires that music be neutral. But music is a power, and any agenda to convince the church otherwise should be exposed for what it is part of the great deceiver's plan to harm the church.


Music was regarded as one of the best teachers available for both good and bad. As a servant of the church, music helps teach the timeless and universal truths of the faith. The problem in the church today is that music is seldom seen as a teacher of anything, good or bad. But whether the teacher is recognized or not, the teaching does go on; something is being taught. When church music serves the will of man, emphasis is placed on how the music is received instead of what is being taught. However, if the music of the church is seen as a divine method of catechizing the faithful, then saving truths are easily given to even the youngest saints. Then the difference between music as a slave of the flesh and music as a servant of the Spirit becomes evident to young and old by witness of the church's practice.

Sunday schools, Vacation Bible Schools, and Lutheran elementary schools each have excellent opportunities to use music to teach the faith. Unfortunately, these are the very agencies that often trivialize the faith through music. Music is indeed "used," but often in ways contrary to a proper theology of music. The title "fun songs" has fur many years described the music given to children in the church setting. That practice has been bad enough, but now the marketing campaign from within the church has extended the use of "fun songs" to include adults and the divine service. Something is very wrong when the word most commonly associated with children's singing and so-called "effective worship" is fun. Fun is a man-centered goal and must not be confused with true believer joy, which is a Christ-centered result of faith. Every trend that seeks to satisfy the individual rather than to feed the faithful should be exposed for what it is-the work of the great deceiver.11


Music was expected to serve the glorification of God and edification of man. Even though the whole spectrum of music fills our lives, the spectrum must narrow when music serves the church. Here it must glorify God and edify man. But much of the music that surrounds us cannot serve this high purpose, for it already serves and glorifies man and his world. By contrast, the worship of the saints points heavenward and seeks to separate itself from worldly associations. Athanasius says:
That is the true life, which a man lives in Christ; for although they are dead to the world, yet they dwell as it were in heaven, minding those things which are above. .. While we walk on earth, our dwelling is in heaven. Now those who thus live, and are partakers in such virtue, are alone able to give glory to God.12
Martin Luther is one of the most misunderstood church fathers with respect to the use of music in the church. Claims that he used tavern tunes for his hymns are used in defense of a music practice that freely accepts worldly associations. Such conclusions bear no resemblance to Luther's writings on the subjects of worship and music. In fact, Luther's actions teach us quite a different lesson. In his search for the right tune for his text Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her, Luther learned about the power of worldly associations. According to the Luther scholar Markus Jenny, Luther's first wedding of this text with a tune was "a classic example of the failure of a contrafacta." He set it to a secular dance song that begins, "I step eagerly to this dance." The dance and tune were closely associated with a Christmas wreath ceremony that was often held in taverns. Luther found the secular associations to be so strong that he eventually wrote a fresh tune that was free of worldly associations. He then indicated on the manuscript that this new melody was to be used in the Sunday service and with children. Luther's modification of this beloved hymn is indication of his sensitivity to the harmful power of worldly associations in the worship practice of the church.13

The music of the world serves the likes and dislikes of man. That is why a separate music expression for the church is so important. For music that carries the agenda of the world throughout the week cannot then serve the church on Sunday. Yet given the choice, man will choose the music of the world. From the earliest days of the church God has given his church a wealth of music that is separate and able to serve worthily his glorification and our edification. He has in every century contributed to this body of musical expression. Athanasius describes the context for such music: "Let us not celebrate the feast after an earthly manner, but as keeping festival in heaven with the angels. And let us rejoice, not in ourselves, hut in the Lord, that we may be inheritors with the saints."14


Music was feared as a carrier of pagan influences to young and old. The campaign of the materialists in the secular realm has been extraordinarily successful.15 Due to masterful desensitizing by the materialists' campaign, there is no limit to what the worldly music of today can say. The texts that outraged the church fathers were tame compared to the musical influence surrounding youth today.

The undisciplined music of today is problematic for more than textual reasons. Steve Lawhead observes in his book Rock Reconsidered:
As rhythmic creatures, we cannot help but be affected by the powerful, overbearing rhythms of rock music. These rhythms short-circuit centuries of refinement and sophistication, exciting our baser primitive instincts. Subjection to rock's beat can cause harm mentally, physically and emotionally. It is a rough music, dealing with the lower side of human nature. It creates an unhealthy mental environment for its listeners through suggestive lyrics and obscene connotations. Rock excites a person's sexual drives, and projects an atmosphere where immorality is acceptable.16
Pagan influences are alive, well, and readily available to young saints in concerts, cassettes and compact discs, videos, radio, and cable television. Anyone with any agenda can reach the young by writing a song. The early church feared and preached against such influences. But the church today does not fear the powerful influence of music. as is evidenced by her amazing silence.


Music required and received vigilance by church authorities, and concerns were addressed decisively by modifying the practice of the church. Because the fathers fervently believed in music as a power to be feared, respected, and carefully directed for use by the church, they addressed music as a major issue in the life of the church. I believe there are four underlying reasons why today's bishops and pastors are for the most part silent on church music issues: (1) The marketers of the church have successfully confused the subject, (2) the reign of individualism has forced music from the realm of substance to the man-centered role of appeasement, (3) most pastors do not feel equipped to speak about musical matters, and (4) too often pastors separate theology and practice and therefore see no problem.

The Confusion Wrought by Church Marketers
The confusion wrought by church marketers is the result of music being used as an effective manipulator. When pastors are surrounded in their circuit, district, and synod by suggestions for how music can and should he used for bigger numbers and "effective ministry," they either follow this misguided advice or stand firm with an orthodox understanding of the church, ministry, worship, and music. Music as manipulator may fit Protestant Evangelicalism - it may fit every other church in town - but it does not fit orthodox Lutheran theology. For Lutherans, music has the high purpose of building up the faithful as a part of preaching and teaching. Lutherans are bold to do this because of God's directives concerning his gift. God does not teach that music is a tool of the church to manipulate emotions to increase numbers.

The Man-Centered Role of Appeasement
Pastors are also faced with pressure from members not to take music so seriously. A sample request: "Pastor, I don't know much about music, but I do know what I like. What harm can it do if we sing our favorites and occasionally have some contemporary believer music in the service?" Perhaps such a person cares deeply about music, but he has not been taught music's serious, high, and beautiful work of proclamation in the Lutheran Church. Pastors must remember, perhaps daily, that no one is born with an orthodox view of music. It requires patience and a willingness to impart, through a gentle and consistent pastoral practice, that these are not matters of personal preference for him or anyone else in the church; that music is not a tool for appeasement; and that these matters are not theologically insignificant.

Requests for contemporary believer music (CCM) in the divine service are on the increase, especially for weddings. According to the rock band Petra, CCM is "a blend of ministry and entertainment."17 No doubt their assessment is correct, which is precisely why CCM is not suitable for the divine service. CCM has its source, its vocabulary, and at least one-half of its message in the popular music of today's culture. While the music may at times be beautiful and appealing, it carries an underlying message - the world's message. Because much of CCM's purpose is to entertain the masses, it is by definition an informal, popular, man-centered expression with immediate appeal. It should be obvious that such music cannot faithfully serve the church, for it already has two other masters: man and this world. By its very nature, CCM is in rebellion against the sanctified and heavenly. Its proclamation is a confused attempt to blend the sacred and the secular. The church should beware when the great deceiver tells her that the music of Saturday night and that of Sunday morning should be the same.

The Silence of Pastors
Pastors are often silent on these issues simply because they have not been trained in music. The church fathers spoke even when they were not musicians because of their respect for and fear of music's power. Today's silence is not healthy for the church. Music issues need to be addressed in seminary education. Because the message and function of music is integral to both the gathering of saints around the means of grace in worship and the life of those saints in this world, it warrants the time and study necessary to equip pastors to speak in an informed and pastoral way about this gift.

The Separation of Theology and Practice
Other pastors are silent because they separate theology and practice. They preach and teach orthodoxy from the pulpit and in the classroom, but they do not see the connection between doctrine and worship life. There is therefore an inconsistency that cannot help but confuse the flock. Worship practice teaches the faith. Pastors who are consistent in theology and practice have the significant aid of liturgy, hymnody, and church music as a reinforcement of their proclamation. When attention to the union of word and music is not regarded as important, it is the word that suffers. Peter Brunner says:
Music which lays hold of the word, and the word, which is clad in the music, become a sign of that peculiarly uncommon, unworldly, exuberant, overflowing element of believer worship, which is something stupendous and something extremely lovely at the same time.


The fathers modified the church music practice of their day. Instruments were put away until they could again worthily carry the holy. What now needs to be removed from church music practice in our time?

o All music that serves other gods.

o All music that has the goal of pleasing men rather than God.

o All manipulative uses of music.

o All that regards the church as a business and thus exalts the methods and ingenuity of man.

o All that brings the world's influence into the gathering of saints around the means of grace. All inconsistency in doctrine and practice.

o All that refuses to point heavenward.

How often we hear today that the church must change to meet the changing times. The true church will beware of such advice. For the needs of man have not changed since the Garden of Eden; nor has the cunning of Satan. And thus the church must ever guard against his deceptive advice. As our Lord once said even to Peter: "Get behind me, Satan! You have not in mind the things of God, but the things of men" (Mt 16:23). In truth, the faith once delivered has not changed. The need for God's gifts in his means of grace has not changed. And the need for a stable worship life that points heavenward has not changed.

The music of the church serves the needs of men, in the con-text of changing times, when it directs the hearts and minds of men to the unchanging things of God. In so doing, the music of the church - as with all the gifts of God to his church-preserves the church upon the rock of Christ, "even when steeples are falling." In the words of Johann Gerhard:

Beautiful as a lily is the church, but it is as a lily among thorns. She is the daughter of God, but she is greatly despised by the world and looks expectantly to her heavenly inheritance. She is as a chaste virgin and those who are true to her abstain from the embraces of the world. They belong to her and do not wish to dishonor themselves or her by an unholy alliance with the devil. Let her children beware that they not cling to Satan in an unholy union.19
Thanks be to God for his good gift of music! The true church delights and rejoices in the use of this gift as God intended, even as she surely will in heaven.

How Music Heals the Sick (Oct, 1937)
By E. W. Murtfeldt

BEETHOVEN'S Moonlight Sonataâ€"three times a day. That is how doctors' prescriptions may read in the near future, according to reports from the world's leading medical centers. For in laboratories, hospitals, prisons, and mental clinics, research experts are uncovering strange facts that throw new light on the weird effects of music on our physical and mental health. Just recently, for instance, Prof. S. V.Kravkov, a Russian scientist, discovered that music and similar sounds can even improve a listener's eyesight as much as twenty-five percent. As little as the rhythmic ticking of a clock, experiments showed, served to stimulate the vision. A practical application of the discovery, the Soviet professor points out, is expected to serve as an aid to astronomers, microscopists, engravers, and others whose work depends on the strength and accuracy of the eyes. Even more astonishing, however, are tests being carried on in this country. Not long ago, Moissaye Boguslawski, famous pianist, conducted a series of novel experiments in a Chicago hospital for the insane. Seated before an Italian mother so mentally deranged that she refused to look at her young baby and demanded that she be treated like an animal, Boguslawski played a group of Italian melodies ranging from nursery tunes to folk songs. The woman showed no reaction until he began an aria from the opera "II Trovatore." Before he had finished, the patient began to weep and begged attendants to bring her baby to her.

One authority reports the case of a woman who accidentally discovered that by listening to certain types of music • she could control her periodic spasms of epilepsy. Once, when she felt an attack coming on, a friend started to play the piano. To her amazement the spasm failed to develop. Now, whenever she feels the approach of the telltale symptoms, she takes a "dose" of music, and has never had a serious attack since she made this discovery.

Psychiatrists, surgeons, dentists, and other experts are using music in many odd ways, and with astonishing results. Dr. L. S. Bender, of Bellevue Hospital in New York City, reports cases of mentally deranged children whose fits of violence have been quickly ended by music. Dr. A. F. Erdman of the Brooklyn Eye and Ear Hospital, has quieted patients being operated on under a local anesthetic, by having them wear earphones and listen to the recorded strains of some musical selection. A number of dentists are using this method to drown out the noise of the drill and overcome the tenseness and fear of nervous patients. And in one instance on record, a man rejected a local anesthetic in favor of music played by himself on a harmonica, while surgeons probed for a bullet lodged in his thigh. Students of musical therapy do not agree as to the exact way in which music affects us. Some believe that sound vibrations have a direct physical effect, while others see a connection only through nerves and emotions. Dr. George W. Crile, the great surgeon, attributes music's medical value to the fact that a great many diseases are caused by strained emotionsâ€"worry, fear, or intense excitement. Music, he believes, relieves this nervous tension, and thereby contributes to the patient's recovery.

Few deny the enormous power that music can exert, although certain musical instruments and musical selections may cause different reactions in different people. Thus, while the steady beat of a drum may soothe some people, it excites others. The throaty moan of an oboe has been known to make a person temporarily insane, slow chants often have a hypnotic effect, and a lullaby has more than once quieted a serious heart flutter.

William van de Wall, Holland-born American expert on musical therapy, has for years been demonstrating the beneficial effects of music in the treatment of rebellious prisoners and dangerous maniacs. On one occasion, he walked boldly into the violent ward of a mental hospital, armed only with a small portable organ. One patient, a tall, powerfully built man who had to be constantly watched, proved to have an excellent voice, and began to sing along with the organ. Soon, he was promising to control himself if allowed to sing once a week. Within a few months, he was moved out of the violent ward, and finally he was dismissed from the hospital, a man restored to sanity through music.

Music is even invading industry. Realizing that rhythm and melody can counteract boredom and monotony, many manufacturers have installed sound systems in their plants to keep up the morale, support the vitality, and increase the efficiency of their manual workers. In London, recently, two experimenters discovered that during the time a phonograph played light orchestral music, the output of 355 packers in a cracker factory increased eleven percent.
Thus, music is being used as a practical aid in treatment of mental quirks and physical ailments, and as a potent stimulant to working efficiency. So enthusiastic is one expert over the possibilities of musical cures, that he prophesies the day when the portable phonograph and a kit of selected records may become as indispensable to the family physician as the stethoscope and bag of common medicines.