The music we listen to

Sticking my nose in again, but please be careful of the music you listen to. As I walk city streets, it is heartbreaking the confusion, chaos and unhappiness in which so many people are living. Always music is an obvious and integral part of their lives. Even Christians that I have observed who are living in unhappiness and discouragement seem to have the common denominator of the world’s music. I observe and counsel Christians who are struggling and some who have fallen into sin and always music is involved.

By music, I mean music with a rhythmic beat. It does not matter what the category or name it has. It begins with the subtle soft beat that stimulates the body and creates sensuality. It progresses to more addictive and dynamic styles, but always leads to sensuality, and inevitably is a direct contradiction of Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Sensual music led them to wrong thinking and eventually, illicit thoughts and actions. Honestly, I cannot tell you music is the initial cause of those who have fallen into sin or if in they did not handle some other temptation right , but I can tell you that music is part the process of decline, even some so-called “Christian music.” I love all of you and this is not pointed toward anyone, but simply what I am observing and what God put on my heart tonight. Please be careful, for the attack of Satan is great against us and it seems that music is the great tool in his arsenal. Many feel music is amoral but if you truly observe the modus operandi of Satan you have to see the common denominator of music and it makes sense, since he was created a musical being. Music that feeds the flesh and not the spirit is diametrically opposed to God. Making the words of a song “Christian” words does not take away the effect of sensual instrumentation. Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Notice, Melody, not antithetic beat.

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By Bob Hooker

On November 8, 1975, while sitting in his dorm room at Memphis State University, Robert Hooker realized he was miserable deep inside. He really didn’t have anything to live for. He had seen several of his friends die while in high school and college and knew that he too would face death someday. Robert’s heart was in turmoil as he picked up a small Bible and started to read. God’s Word was foreign to Robert and it was hard for him to understand; just as he was about to close the Bible he spotted some verses in the back of the Book. After reading these verses he understood that he was a sinner, and deserved to go to a place called Hell. Robert knelt beside his bed and asked Jesus Christ to save him and give him eternal life. Robert realized for the first time that Jesus Christ was truly the Son of God, and had lived a spotless life. He realized Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and rose from the grave, just so he could have eternal life. Robert graduated from Memphis State and went on to work at Trinity Baptist Church in Collierville, Tennessee as the Youth Pastor. While attending this church, God called Robert to preach and he, his wife and two daughters moved to Indiana to attend Hyles-Anderson College in January of 1982. Robert graduated from Hyles-Anderson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Theology in May of 1985. Later, Robert received his Masters in Pastoral Theology. Bro. Hooker has been working at Hyles-Anderson College and in the ministries of First Baptist Church since 1985. In 2005 Bro. Hooker was given a Doctorate of Divinity by Dr. Jack Schaap. Dr. Hooker is the Sr. Vice President and a Professor at Hyles-Anderson College. Dr. Hooker teaches the Faith and Family Sunday school class at the First Baptist Church of Hammond. 1985 - Demerit Counselor 1986 - Part-time staff member at the church and director of the Sailor Ministry 1990 - Athletic Director and part-time faculty 1996 - Full-time faculty 2001 - Dean of Married Students 2003 - Dean of Student Counseling 2006 - Sr. Vice President

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