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There is no such thing as "Sacred Music", only music which can be used for sacred purposes dependent on elements such as culture, preference and assumed association.

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Sacred means dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of God,hence doxology or invocation music, aren't they sacred?

I don't understand "sacred purposes dependent on elements such as culture, preference and assumed association.".. Can someone explain...
Each culture has it's own definition of how to respect or greet somebody, for instance: handshake, hug, bow, rub noses etc. And so each culture also has it's own cultural sacred music (styles). So each culture will select the music style that suits there cultural bias. Some forms of music have associations which maybe negative in one culture but positive in another, so the associations have an impact on the choice of music.

This is why the GC guidlelines DO NOT EXCLUDE choices made on cultural terms even though another culture does not understand that choice. I hope this is clearer.

Check out the wording in the GC Philosophy of Music:

"We should recognize and acknowledge the contribution of different cultures in worshiping God. Musical forms and instruments vary greatly in the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist family, and music drawn from one culture may sound strange to someone from a different culture."

Music is there for ALL, it is how we value it that makes it sacred, it is not sacred in itself and those values are derived from our cultures, preferences and what we think the music represents.

Please ask again if further clarification is required.
Music at sacred places should be so.
Satan Attacks the Remnant Church through Music

2 Cor. 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Deut. 14:2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto Himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.
A Prophecy for Today
“It is impossible to estimate too largely the work that the Lord will accomplish through His proposed vessels in carrying out His mind and purpose. The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit”. {2SM 36.2}
You may search the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and you will never find a reference to drums, except for the timbrel, a hand drum, and it was never used for worship in the sanctuary Drums have always existed. The problem is that drums are too easily used to create a hypnotic, rhythmic beat that has been used by the practitioner to induce demonic spirits into the supplicant, for thousands of years in pagan cultures.
Drums are "played to summon up magic powers" (The Illustrated Book of Signs & Symbols)... and are "used in shamanic rituals to heal people. It is believed that the shaman can communicate with the spirit world THROUGH DRUMMING." (Musical Instruments). "Pagan dances and rituals are always accompanied by the incessant BEAT of DRUMS." (Satan's Music Exposed)
Robert Palmer, contributing editor to Rolling Stone... advocate and lover of rock music, writes, in Rock & Roll An Unruly History: "Bata drums [drums used in voodoo], sacred to the Yoruba people of Nigeria and Cuba... provided a template for the inner rhythms of rock and roll... serve as conduits for spiritual energies, linking individual human consciousness with the gods... the drum rhythms that make rock and roll can ultimately be traced back to African music of a primarily spiritual or ritual nature. In a sense, rock and roll is a kind of 'voodoo'... Drums are used in "voodoo" possession... drummers tap out their rhythm patterns like signals to the realm of the gods, inviting and enticing them to come and POSSESS their devotees."
Little Richard, the self-professed "architect of rock 'n roll", readily admits Satan's control and influence in his life and rock music: "My true belief about Rock 'n' Roll - is this: "I believe this kind of music is demonic.... A lot of the BEATS in music today are taken from voodoo, from the voodoo DRUMS." (The Life and Times of Little Richard)

Though this is not always the case, drums have been used prolifically for sensual kinds of music that focuses the mind upon lustful avenues that Satan uses to destroy the soul. Rock and roll, jazz, blues, hip-hop, and all the hybrids, are modern examples of these kinds of music. In contemporary times, these music styles are used in the dance clubs, the taverns, and other venues where sin and debauchery are present. More explicitly, rock-n-roll and its variants may be more specifically applied to the drug and alcohol scene.
It is also true any kind of instrument can be used to produce these kinds of sensual rhythms. I recently bought an Accapella album at a thrift store recently, (voices only) not knowing what it was, after playing it, it was all jazz style so I threw it in the trash. But drums are the worst offender by far. It is significant that other instruments can be used for sacred music that is spiritually uplifting, but this appears to be quite problematic for drums.
Deviant Music Styles in the Church
In the 1970’s, there started in America a fusion of different music styles together with Christian lyrics. More popularly called Christian Contemporary Music. It is actually a marriage of the Holy and the profane. It is a misguided attempt to attract the youth into the church that appeals to the unrenewed hearts of many. Rick Warren describes his Saddleback Church as the church “that rocks.” But the problem is, if one uses questionable music styles to attract the youth, what happens when the music is not there? They leave. This also creates a desire for more of the same among some who find pleasure in it. Deviant music styles focus the mind upon sensual things, and the Lord is forgotten!
It really is just a party without the alcohol and drugs in some regards. Many seekers come to get a uplifting, spiritual experience in which moving and dancing to the music is common. The worldly, sensual music creates an excitement, a euphoria that is intoxicating. This is the satanic delusion, as the emotional stimulation is mistaken for the moving of the Holy Spirit. The presence of the Holy Spirit, along with the experience of salvation, is not based on “feelings” but is based upon God’s truth, and obedience to that truth. We will experience joy and happiness as we serve and worship the Lord in spirit and truth, but this experience cannot be wholly based upon the euphoria and good feelings produced by a particular music that is deviant in nature.
Pastors and church youth leaders get caught up in this delusion. They see the youth attendance increasing; the excitement that accompanies the music in church is similar to the same excitement exhibited at rock concerts. All may say they received a blessing, but little do they know where the “blessing” came from. Satan is there to impress the mind that this music is part of a true religious experience, and blessed by God.
Satan is focusing his attacks more specifically on the SDA church, than ever before. Bible principles are falling by the wayside as ill-advised attempts at increased church growth are made at the expense of Bible truth. What is the answer? Do we stand idly by and let Satan attack our youth and members? It is long past time for Godly pastors, leaders, and members to take a strong Bible stand for sacred music irregardless of what the world does and says. There is no reason to be misled upon these matters. The eternal lives of the congregants are at stake, music is a powerful influence for good, or for evil.
Fanny Crosby
Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a FRIEND of the world is the ENEMY of God." James 4:4
Fanny Crosby is the greatest hymn writer that ever lived, writing over 9,000 songs! Before Fanny experienced salvation and her heart was changed, at 45 years old, she wrote many secular songs. But after she got saved — things were different. . . Here is what Fanny said about mixing Christian and worldly music:
"Sometimes I need to reject the music proposed for my songs because the musicians misunderstand that the Fanny Crosby who once wrote for the people in the saloons has merely changed the lyrics. Oh my no. The church must never sing it's songs to the melodies of the world." (Danny Castle, video "What's wrong with Christian Rock")
LET US Sing a New Song, not the ones We sang in the World!
When we come to Jesus He will put a new song in our hearts! We should develop distaste for the rhythms and styles the world uses. I was a rock guitarist in the world for many years, playing and singing all of the worldly styles listed above, to include barbershop singing. Even after salvation came, I still tried to cling to the deviant music styles with “good lyrics” thinking it was OK. After extensive study and prayer, I came to a better understanding of music that leads to God, and is acceptable for reverence given to Him, and that, which leads away from God and is unacceptable to Him for worship purposes.
And he hath put a NEW SONG in my mouth, even PRAISE unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3
I will sing a NEW SONG unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee. Psalm 144:9
Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a NEW SONG, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Psalm 149:1
The Power of Song

“The history of the songs of the Bible is full of suggestion as to the uses and benefits of music and song. Music is often perverted to serve purposes of evil, and it thus becomes one of the most alluring agencies of temptation. But, rightly employed, it is a precious gift of God, designed to uplift the thoughts to high and noble themes, to inspire and elevate the soul. {Ed 167.3}
As the children of Israel, journeying through the wilderness, cheered their way by the music of sacred song, so God bids His children today gladden their pilgrim life. There are few means more effective for fixing His words in the memory than repeating them in song. And such
song has wonderful power. It has power to subdue rude and uncultivated natures; power to quicken thought and to awaken sympathy, to promote harmony of action, and to banish the gloom and foreboding that destroy courage and weaken effort. {Ed 167.4}
It is one of the most effective means of impressing the heart with spiritual truth. How often to the soul hard-pressed and ready to despair, memory recalls some word of God's--the long-forgotten burden of a childhood song, --and temptations lose their power, life takes on new meaning and new purpose, and courage and gladness are imparted to other souls! {Ed 168.1}
The value of song as a means of education should never be lost sight of. Let there be singing in the home, of songs that are sweet and pure, and there will be fewer words of censure and more of cheerfulness and hope and joy. Let there be singing in the school, and the pupils will be drawn closer to God, to their teachers, and to one another. {Ed 168.2}
As a part of religious service, singing is as much an act of worship as is prayer. Indeed, many a song is prayer. If the child is taught to realize this, he will think more of the meaning of the words he sings and will be more susceptible to their power. {Ed 168.3}
As our Redeemer leads us to the threshold of the Infinite, flushed with the glory of God, we may catch the themes of praise and thanksgiving from the heavenly choir round about the throne; and as the echo of the angels' song is awakened in our earthly homes, hearts will be drawn closer to the heavenly singers. Heaven's communion begins on earth. We learn here the keynote of its praise. {Ed 168.4}
Here is the link to SDA music guidelines adopted by the church in 1972.
Another helpful site:

Steve Billiter
Can we now have an exposition on the piano? I believe that was Little Richards main instrument. Please expand on the facts that it is in every wordly studio and why, it has been and is the main instrument for propagating all manner of music including New Age music where the drums are not the main driving force. Also expound how how the piano was considered a waste of time by Sis White, she actually preferred guitar. Please expound...
Please provide references if you would. I would be greatly interested.
We have Godly principles to guide us in our selection of music for worship, and music to strengthen our bond with Christ. When some try to interject human suppositions into the mix, then we have problems. Racial or cultural distinctions have been used wrongly by some to justify deviant worldly music styles that use "good" lyrics.
So then we have rock, jazz, hip-hop, etc. promoted by those who are either misguided or unknowledgable.
Sensous beats and rhythmns can never be used to lift the mind to heavenly things because the music overpowers the words. Such music excites the senses creating a euphoria that may pass for the Holy Spirit.
Sacred music can also be quite beautiful and will lift the mind towards heaven and give joy to all, while leaving off the drums and sensous styles.
As a musician I see music as a library of styles. In the library you have classical, jazz, blues, rock, country, hymns, spiritual songs etc...

Now each of these styles can be used for secular or sacred purposes.
For instance there is both secular and sacred classical music and if you went to a music shop you could ask to be shown to each section. We have accepted that classical music can have both qualities but when it comes to attributing these same qualities to say rock, some SDA's can only view rock as secular, this I find strange.

Hymns can be used to glorify Satan. When you sing a hymn and it gives you the feeling of being superior to another human being then Satan is glorified not Christ. In South Africa christian church which uses hymns in this way. The members did not want everyone in the country to have an equal vote. The rock and jazz musicians in that country wanted equality in voting. In this case which music style portrays practical christianity as Christ portrayed while on earth?

Fanny Crosby is mentioned above. She wrote the song "Don't Forget the Sabbath". She worshipped on Sunday. Every time we sing this song are we acknowledging Sunday or Sabbath? The SDA church is using hymns which are theologically incorrect but we have openly admitted to changing the words to match our thinking. Should we use music that was intended to support error just because it sounds nice? If so, then I reserve the right to do the same, surely...
The environment where music is performed also gives the music context.
Can anyone here tell the difference between Handels Messiah and Handels secular music of the same era? I think not.
There has NEVER been a time when church and worldly music has been different, Satan is not that stupid. He deals in counterfeits, so whatever Godly music you produce, he will copy it and make it his own.
An example of this happened to some christian musicians of mine. They were at a wedding as the house band. They played one of their instrumental versions to a chorus we used to sing in church for years. When you heard it you knew it was for church and would remind you of church because there was no other ASSOCIATION. A world renowned secular musician was a guest at the wedding, 6 moths later the same tune was on his album. Is the tune now secular?
I can think of three SDA Jazz artistes. Neville Peters, Roland Gresham and Mark Bunney. All world class artistes and can perform Jazz at that level too. I see nothing sensuous in the music in terms of sexual gratification, emotive yes, what is the point of music that does not affect you, it is supposed to affect you, just like a quality sermon. It should arouse you and help to wake you out of spiritual slumber. Rock can do that.
Can anyone suggest a style of music that Satan has not exploited and or a style of music that cannot be misused?


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