“Dear Way of Life, I recently read a publication of some sort on your website, on the subject of the Beatles. I was struck by the extreme view it presented--that the Beatles were blasphemous, heretic, immoral, and corrupt. I was also struck by the hatred the author seemed feel not only for the Beatles, but also for all other religions. I am, of course, completely open to other people's views, and have nothing against the Baptist church. I am myself Christian, although not by baptism. However, I have to object to the way in which the article reviled other religions, as well as presenting an incredibly biased view of its subject material. It actually suggested that those associated with the Beatles died early as a result of their association. Not only that, but it compares the Beatles to Hitler--a claim that crosses the line from bias to offensiveness. I wouldn’t say that the Beatles were completely morally innocent, but this article attacks them from every angle so viciously, it comes across not as a reasoned argument, but as a piece of fundamentalist propaganda. I think what the world needs right know is more open-mindedness. This article actually does your religion a disservice, presenting it as intimidating, single-minded, and unaccepting of other's opinions. The Beatles were about love and peace, two values which should be promoted, regardless of race or religious background.”
BROTHER CLOUD’S REPLY
The article doubtless does seem to be extreme from your perspective, but I am writing from the perspective of a person who believes the Bible is the infallible Word of God. I do believe the Beatles were blasphemous, heretical, immoral, and corrupt, and I have documented that plainly. I don't believe that they would dispute it.
As for hatred toward other religions, though, I have none of that. Speaking the truth is not hatred. It is an act of love. If the Bible is true, then all men are sinners and if they die without saving faith in Jesus Christ they will spend eternity in a fiery hell. That is not a pleasant thought, but according to the Bible it is truth. That is what Jesus preached. I want to warn men before it is too late. This is definitely not an act of hatred. For my compassionate warnings, I get mocked and slandered mercilessly by a wide variety of people, but I continue to speak out because God has told me to do so and I care about people and want to see them saved.
As for comparing the Beatles to Hitler, I simply quoted the following statement from Time magazine:
“Sid Bernstein observed, ‘Only Hitler ever duplicated [the Beatles’] power over crowds. … when the Beatles talk-about drugs, the war in Vietnam, religion--millions listen, and this is the new situation in the pop music world’ (Time, Sept. 22, 1967, p. 60).”
I think it is obvious that the Beatles wielded a supernatural power and influence. That is the only comparison to Hitler, and it is a fair one and not the least bit slanderous.
Sincerely, D. Cloud
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:36).
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