Yesterday I attended an art class at St. Helena Hospital (which is the original site of the Sanitarium that SDA started) at the church. The Art class was fun. I had to use the men’s room and I looked into the sanctuary on the way back to the art class and due to the discussions like here about drums I was surprised to see on stage a set of drums.
I have been playing drums since about 1966. Drums are inaniimate objects and are not evil themselves. It depends on the heart and motives of the person playing an instrument. I have to my knowledge never been ”taken over by demons playing music.”
The late Louie Bellson, one of if not the greatest drummers in the world was also a wonderful Christian and a great witness by not only his musicianship, but also by his fine character and smiles as he played. He also composed and recorded very excellent sacred music that included drums by him and some of the finest musicians.
I have played drums for two different Christian organizations over many years. We played beautiful edifying music that harmed no one. I have been deeply involved in culture, being also a fine artist, art conservator and art dealer.
Drums should be used only when appropriate and dynamics is very important. I avoid heavy metal, punk, hip hop and rap, Satanic bands such as Black Sabbath.
But not all rock, blues, or jazz is evil. Some of the most beautiful music has been done in jazz etc.
Making blanket statements about music is painting with a broad brush. God gave us art and music for us, as he invented the eye and the ear.
Finally, regarding the Adventist Health System. It is a wonderful, loving and excellent system. I have received excellent care and the staff are wonderful. It is the finest witness for Christ founded by the SDA. Some of the finest people I know are SDA members. My intent is to express my experience and point of view. I am not here to argue. If someone dislikes drums, that's fine, stay away from drums. I can’t speak for others but I have never been used in an evil way in playing drums or been harmed. Some famous musicians are sold out to Lucifer and are routinely taken over, demons playing the instrument by controlling the person.
Sometimes there are more demons in churches and religious people than in bars and night clubs. The spirits of religion, bondage and Kundalini being manifested.
Every situation must be judged as situations are unique. I have also heard excellent music in my several years attendance at an SDA church where I made a lot of friends. I have fond memories of my attendance there and learned and shared a lot.
What ever we do should be to the glory of God.
Psalm 100 ”1. A Psalm of praise.Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endure to all generations.”