|Didnít Martin Luther use drinking and bar tunes in his music?|
Another excuse the CCMer use to justify their "rock" is: "Hey, Martin Luther used drinking and bar tunes in his music"?
There are two major problems with this "justification":
It is a LIE!
Itís amazing how many times (at least a hundred) Iíve had CCMers tell me "Martin Luther used drinking and bar tunes in his music". And itís even more amazing what happens when asked to provide documented evidence to their accusation ó it cannot be found! In the many, many times I have asked for documentation to their claim, do you know how many produced any evidence? Exactly ZERO! Why? Because it is simply not true.
Here are the documented FACTS:
"Of the melodies to Lutherís 37 chorales, 15 were composed by Luther himself, 13 came from Latin hymns of Latin service music, 4 were derived from German religious folk songs, 2 had originally been religious pilgrimsí songs, 2 are of unknown origin, and one came directly from a secular folk song." (Data compiled from Squire, pp. 446-447; Leupold, ed., Liturgy and Hymns; and Strodach, ed., Works of Martin Luther, VI)
NOTE: The one secular song was from a popular pre-Reformation (not a drinking tune!) secular song, "I Arrived from an Alien Country," and was used as the melody for the Christmas hymn, "From Heaven on High I Come to You", the first stanza Luther patterned after the folk song.
And here's an interesting FACT ó not only that, because of itís worldly association, Luther later changed the tune!
According to historian Paul Nettl, Luther changed the tune because:
"Luther was embarrassed to hear the tune of his Christmas hymn sung in inns and dance halls." (Paul Nettl, Luther and Music, p. 48)
After researching every published work dealing with Lutherís music, Robert Harrell says point-blank:
"None of the works dealing with Lutherís music can trace a single melody of his back to a drinking song." (Robert D. Harrell, Martin Luther, His Music, His Message, p. 34)
Harrell also says:
It seems obvious to this writer that using Lutherís music as an historical precedent for using rock and other worldly music in our churches today is completely incongruous with the facts of history.
Furthermore, Martin Luther was very concerned over the words and tunes of his music.
"But I would like to avoid any new words or the language used at court. [DTM Ė Is that ever contrary to the CCMers who imitate the rock worldís slang and lingo; like dcTalkís "Jesus Freak"] In order to be understood by the people, only the simplest and the most common words should be used for singing; at the same time, however, they should be pure and apt; and further, the sense should be clear and as close as possible to the psalm."
Some of Lutherís most famous chorales are paraphrases of the Psalms, such as "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" (Psalm 46), "From Deep Distress I Cry to Thee" (Psalm 130), and "Ah, God, from Heaven Look Down" (Psalm 12).
Isnít it amazing how TOTALLY different the TRUTH is from the CCMers LIE!
"Who changed the TRUTH of God into a LIE, . . ." (Romans 1:25)
Another person CCMer's foolishly try to "recruit" to their "wordly" side is General William Booth. To anyone familiar with the ministry and message of General William Booth, the comparison of Christian Rock to General William Booth is too funny for words. General William Booth and the "old-time" Salvation Army [not to be confused with todays' Salvation Army] carried the message of the blood of Jesus Christ through "the dangers, toils and snares". Booth and his army marched against the "wiles of the wicked one". Here's how the book Born to Battle: The Salvation Army in America begins:
"The mob numbered thousands. They hooted, screamed, spit, cursed, threw refuse and brickbats, and charged with what the press described as 'savage ferocity'."
Only a CCMer could compare the "wordly-carnal-men-pleasing-compromising-positive-feel-good" CCM to the "street-preaching-hated-gospel-bearer-at-any-cost" General William Booth. To show how COMPLETELY opposite from the "watered-down-partying-feel-good-positive-self-esteem" message of CCM ó here's a few quotes by General Booth:
When someone told Booth to "talk about peace".
One quote of General Booths that CCMers "use" to justify their carnal-love for rock music is Booth's "If standing on my head and beating a tamborine with my toes will win a soul for Jesus, I will do it." The BIG difference between Booth and CCM is ó General Booth meant it! CCMers just quote it to justify their "love" for rock music. As we have documented in several articles most CCMer's hide, disguise or refuse to even name the name of Jesus!
Would General William Booth agree with the CCMer's use of worldy rock music? Not on your life! Here's a quote from General Booth:
"May none of our musicians ever ape [copy] the skill of the world in the production of merely pretty sounds, not only disconnected with the quickening truth of God but often almost inaudible [perfect description of CCM rock] to those whose hearts they ought to stir. (Ibid, p. 188)"
Fanny Crosby, the greatest hymn writer that ever lived, would not make a very good CCMer: Here's what the greatest hymn writer that ever lived said about mixing Christian with worldy music:
"Sometimes I need to reject the music propsed 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")The following is another excellent answer to the falsehood that Martin Luther used "bar" tunes in his music. (from rpcbmt.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_rpcbmt_archive.html bold emphasis added)
Besides being a flat-out LIE ó the second problem with the "Hey, Martin Luther used drinking and bar tunes in his music" reasoning is even more serious ó It goes completely against the clear teaching of the Word of God: (as does most of CCM)
One way the world justifies their "sin" is: "well, everyone else does it" or "so and so does it, so it must be alright".
Hey ó "if he can do it Ė I can do it!"
But the Bible clearly teaches us NOT to compare "ourselves one with another".
"For we dare NOT make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise."
After the resurrection, in John 21, Peter looked at John and asked the Lord Jesus:
"Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?"
Notice what the Lord Jesus told Peter:
"Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me."
The Lord Jesus told Peter, donít worry about John ó you just "follow thou me". Get your eyes off of other men ó "follow thou me".
While we think a lot of Martin Luther and his role in church history, we would never "follow" Martin Luther ó except where Martin followed the Lord Jesus Christ. Either for good or bad. Martin Luther is just another man, an unrighteous sinner.
Again it should be emphasized ó Martin Luther did NOT use bar tunes in his music ó but even if he did, that would not make it RIGHT!
We are to follow ONLY the Lord Jesus Christ.
"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow ME." Matthew 16:24: