Going Gaga? - A Call to Discipleship and Outreach
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the Will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:15-20
Pop Sensation – Lady Gaga
According to Wikipedia, pop sensation Lady Gaga has sold an estimated 23 million albums and 64 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time and her singles are some of the best-selling worldwide. She has received five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards.
From a glance at the lyrics and music videos of several of Lady Gaga’s songs, it is obvious that they blatantly blaspheme the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the music video of her song, Judas, she is depicted as abandoning her ‘love affair’ with Jesus and instead goes after Judas. The song describes Gaga’s participation in “bringing Jesus down”: “I’ll bring him down, bring him down; A king with no crown, king with no crown.” The “king with no crown” is more than likely Jesus, who is wearing a crown of thorns during the entire video. Gaga, playing Mary Magdalene, is attracted to Judas’ ways. She not only “converts” to his side but also effectively brings Jesus down. This attraction to the “dark side” is summed up in these simple words: “I wanna love you; But something’s pulling me away from you; Jesus is my virtue, Judas is the demon I cling to…”
Her eccentric costumes, dancing and songs are frequently pornographic and immoral.
Gaga receives regular comparisons to pop singer Madonna. In response to the comparisons, Gaga stated, "I've made it my goal to revolutionize pop music. The last revolution was launched by Madonna 25 years ago."
Thirteen-year-old Casey Jones copies Gaga in wearing a blond wig, tattoos and fishnets. "Lady Gaga has empowered us," she says. "To know that you're not the only freak is great. Now the freaks are rising.”
She deliberately uses satanic symbols such as the Eye of Horus, wears horns, and a costume with an inverted cross.
Promotes Drug Abuse
Lady Gaga caused a stir when she admitted to Vanity Fair that she occasionally does cocaine, and now she defends her drug use to Q magazine on the basis that it helped her creatively. “[Using drugs] I really figured out the art I wanted to make and was inspired,” she said. “Some people find inspiration in dark places. I guess I'm one of them. What always made me different is that if I was doing drugs I was also making music. I wasn't just doing drugs.”
A Call to Pastors
The popularity of pop singers such as Lady Gaga and the fact that she can pack out stadiums for her concerts, is testimony to the fact that few pastors and youth groups are warning about the dangers of secular music and discipling their congregations in a Biblical Worldview.
Apparently all 60 000 of the tickets for Cape Town concert have been sold, with tickets costing up to R2995 each.
How many church-goers are amongst those who will be attending the Lady Gaga concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town?
No Christian should attend the concert, or listen to Lady Gaga’s noise-masquerading-as-music!
Frequently one hears the opinion: The Bible doesn’t give any guidelines for music. It is all a matter of taste and preference. However, the Bible speaks to all areas of life and music is no exception. Just as ethical relativism is immoral, so too is artistic relativism. Whether we are talking about music, art, architecture, literature, or economics, God’s Word is our standard of right and wrong.
Instead of focusing on attractive, uplifting and beautiful sounds and themes, much of modern music celebrates ugliness and sin.
Biblical Principles for Music
Ephesians 5:15-20 makes it clear that music is to be melodious. We are to sing as unto the Lord. It is to be wholehearted. The content is to be Scriptural, with the Psalms predominating. Music is to be in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and thanksgiving for all things to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ is to characterise it.
“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
How does your music measure up to the Word of God?
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect Will of God.” Romans 12:2
Please pray that Lady Gaga would come to repentance or that she would be removed from her position of influence.
Cape Town Concert Outreach – Monday, 3 December
On Monday, 3 December Africa Christian Action will be sharing the Gospel with concert-goers outside the Green Point stadium from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. If you are trained in either Evangelism Explosion or Way of the Master, then please join us. Contact us for Meeting points of different teams.
Please pray that we would reach many Gaga fans with the Gospel.
Join the event on Facebook and invite your friends.
“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud.” Proverbs 8:1-3
An audio CD of the presentation (including Powerpoint), Reforming Music by Dr. Peter Hammond is available from:
Christian Liberty Books