The Beatles and Contemporary Christian Music
Enlarged August 5, 2014 (first published April 12, 2006) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org)
When I was saved by God’s grace in 1973, I was saved out of a hippie-druggie background. Rock & roll was my lifestyle and Self was my god.
I was a teenager when the Beatles burst onto the American scene in 1964. When I came back to the States from Vietnam and was discharged from the Army, I was so full of the rock & roll philosophy that I determined that no one was ever again going to tell me what to do. I grew my hair long to let my “freak flag” fly; I used drugs and sold them for an “easy” income; I determined to ride a bicycle to South America but when I had ridden about 20 miles down the road I decided that I needed a better plan! I sold the bicycle and hitchhiked across America and back again, working all sorts of day jobs, such as washing syrup off of barges in New Orleans. I stayed at rescue missions and slept by the highways in a pop-up tent. I attended the Mardi Gras twice, joined a Hindu meditation society, played the slot machines in Las Vegas, and I went to jail.
All of that was “the bad old days,” to say the least. I look back on my life before Christ as foolishness and waste and shame, and I thank the Lord that He gave me a new life.
He also gave me a new song. “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 40:3).
A couple of months after I was saved the Lord began dealing with me about rock & roll. It was a real struggle, because I absolutely loved rock and had listened to it practically every waking moment for many years. I had begun to study the Bible zealously as soon as I was saved. Each day I would find a private place away from distraction and would read and meditate upon the Word of God. I had been deceived and in bondage to Satan for many years; and now that I had received the truth, I never wanted to be deceived again. I held on to Christ’s promise in John 8:31-32. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” And in John 7:17: “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”