One reason why contemporary Christian music has such powerful transformative power, so much so that it is at the heart and soul of transforming hundreds of formerly fundamentalist churches to contemporary ones, is its worldliness. From its inception in the Jesus People movement of the 1970s, Christian rock has been a bold renunciation of the Bible doctrine of separation from the world. Marc Martel, lead singer for Downhere, recently exhibited his love for the world by entering the Queen Extravaganza, a contest that honors a filthy rock band. In an attempt to join Queen drummer Roger Taylor onstage for the Extravaganza live tour, Martel submitted his rendition of Queen’s sensual rock song “Somebody to Love.” He emulated lead singer Freddie Mercury, who flaunted his homosexuality, pushed for homosexual rights, said he “felt like a devil on stage,” and died of AIDS in 1991. Martel’s rendition on YouTube received millions of views and thus encouraged multitudes of young people to listen to vile rock groups like Queen and to emulate the Freddie Mercury’s of the rock world. Martel has also appeared on the talk show of lesbian entertainer Ellen Degeneres. Martel says that he has often been told that he sounds just like Freddie Mercury and his reply is that “it’s always just a huge compliment when people tell that to me.” Christian rockers think of all of this as “innocent fun” and “mere entertainment” but they will be held accountable before God for their influence, and for brazenly disobeying such Scriptures as Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 15:33; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:11; James 4:4; and 1 John 2:15-16, and for the spiritual and moral shipwrecks that occur in the lives of their fans because of the breakdown of the walls of separation from sin and error.
(Friday Church News Notes, January 27, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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