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The Danger of “Adapting” CCM – Garlock’s Warning


THE DANGER OF ADAPTING CCM – GARLOCK’S WARNING (Friday Church News Notes, April 15, 2011, www.wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) -

Many independent Baptist churches that still have any sort of conviction against CCM are adapting it by using the words while toning down the rhythm. They are trying to take the rock out of Christian rock. They think they can tame the beast and turn Charismatic praise music into fundamentalist praise music. This results in the gradual acceptance of and increasing use of CCM, the gradual allowance for sensual rhythms, a continual pushing of the boundaries.

Many discerning men have issued warnings about this slippery slope, including Frank Garlock. IF A CHURCH STARTS USING CCM IT WILL EVENTUALLY LOSE ALL OTHER STANDARDS. You need to draw a line concerning your music (Garlock, Bob Jones University chapel, March 12, 2001).

Dr. Garlock has been instructing churches about the danger of using the world’s music for many decades. He has a doctorate from BJU and has taken every graduate course in music offered by the celebrated Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, sitting under Howard Hanson.

Garloc’s first book was The Big Beat in 1971, which warned about the danger of rock & roll at a time when I was living the rock & roll lifestyle to the hilt. In 1973, Dr. Garlock published the Symphony of Life seminar on video, and it had a wide and godly influence. That was the year that God in His great mercy saved me and changed my taste both in lifestyle and music. I turned 24 that year, and a few months later I published the first of my own books warning of the dangers of rock. It was titled Mom and Dad Sleep While the Children Rock in Satan’s Cradle.

Notice in the previous quote that Dr. Garlock is dogmatic, saying that if a church starts using CCM it will eventually lose all other standards, and he doesn’t allow for any exceptions. He doesn’t say that there is a way to adapt CCM to avoid this slide.

3 Responses to “The Danger of “Adapting” CCM – Garlock’s Warning”

  • Edie Hough » Thank you for your comments. I completely agree, and saw the same thing over and over in churches we used to attend years ago. The used adapted CCM and now are completely wordly, with full blown CCM being used. It is indeed heartbreaking.

    CCM stands for “Contemporary Christian Music”, but for more information on CCM, please visit this website: http://wayoflife.org/

    David Cloud has huge ressources explaining it thoroughly.

  • Edie Hough:

    Dear Mr. Garlock,

    I have just found your site and how you believe about the music which is being played in many churches. I have been alarmed for the last 10 to 12 years it. I thought way back, God didn’t approve of it.
    When it is played, it seems like the Holy Spirit flees from the service.

    What does CCM stand for or what is it?

  • A. M.:

    Glad to have found your site. I couldn’t agree more regarding music changing churches. I’ve watched it first-hand for 30 years. It seems to hypnotize people to where they then don’t even hear the Word as it is being preached – IF it is even being preached. They can go to church; have their “worship time;” hear a [usually short] sermon; and then go out into the world as if they’ve just experienced a party-so full of themselves, and with no apparent change to the heart, and no ability to speak the truth in love to others who are in jeopardy of spending eternity in the lake of fire. Music is a very clever vehicle for the Enemy to use.

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