“Divine guidance is yours when you call on the keys of the Kingdom.”
First published May 1973.
Music can be a blessing, and yet it can also be so dangerous! That's why it is so important to listen to the right kind of music. The Pavlovian Method of conditioning reflexes enables evil men to discover secrets of the hearts and minds of men in order to manipulate them for their own evil purposes. People can be mentally conditioned to respond to a set stimuli like a series of tone signals. It's almost like a telephone: You can dial a certain combination of numbers and that keys the equipment to connect one instrument with another instrument.
Certain kinds of music can also be like a combination of tone signals, almost like dialing a number. If they hit the right combination of notes, the right music can bring a certain response in your own heart and mind. It has a psychological and spiritual effect on you. If you're really spiritually tuned, it has just as direct an effect on you as an electrical current or receiving a radio signal.
Certain kinds of music will turn you on for certain kinds of things.--It's spiritual! It's almost as though it links the heart of the hearer with the heart of the composer. It blends the spirit of the composer into your spirit. It's almost like the composer is a spirit guide and becomes a medium and his music is his crystal ball! When you listen to his music you gaze with him into his crystal ball, and all of a sudden your spirits are united and you both see the same things.--You both see the same pictures. It's just like it sucks your spirit out of your body and transports you into another World. Suddenly you are integrated or revitalized into the World of the Spirit in some other place.
Let me tell you, the spiritual world is far more real than the physical! Music like that is like a vehicle, a crystal ball, like drugs, like electronic keying, tuning into your wavelength, radio tuning. If you're tuned and that's your wavelength and you're supposed to get the message, then you get it!
You know some of those composers were inspired! Wagner was sometimes inspired by the Devil, and others like Handel and Mozart were sometimes inspired by the Lord. It's as though they were really inspired by the Lord or the Devil. Those inspired by the Devil were getting the Devil's message, if they were really tuned in.--And if the hearers are tuned in, they get the message too!
But you see, other composers were inspired by the Lord and were giving God's tune and God's message. If we're the Lord's and we're tuned to His channel and they're on His channel, if it's God's composer and God's music and God's Message, then we who are tuned in and keyed to the Lord get the Message!
The music of such wonderful spiritual men and believers like Handel and some others were definitely inspired by the Lord! But these composers were just like us: It all depends on whose channel they're tuned to and according to their mood, whether they're in a believing and faithful mood, or are doubting, discouraged, despondent, fearful and listening to the Devil! We all go through those experiences where we sometimes listen to the Enemy instead of the Lord. The Lord lets us hear the Devil's tune if we insist on it--even if it's only a test to see if we can tell the difference and to see if we'll receive it or reject it.
There are certain kinds of music that my heart, mind, spirit and even my physical body resist and rebel against! It makes me furious because I know it's diabolical and Satanic! My whole soul just fights it and I hate it because its effect is so fiendish! But other kinds of music just thrill and inspire me and lift me up into the heavenlies and put me into communication with the Lord.
So how do you tell the difference?--Well, does it make you not only feel good, but feel good in the right way? Does it make you want to be good and do good, and love and be loved, and be helpful and constructive? Or does it inspire you to be evil and do evil, and be rebellious and destructive and hate, like some of Wagner's music inspired Hitler to destroy? Does it build or does it destroy? Does it help or does it hinder? Does it lift you up or drag you down?
You can tell about music just like everything else, by its effect on you. Is it beautiful or is it ugly? Is it clean or is it dirty? Is it inspiring or is it oppressive? What effect does it have on your own spirit?
God gives you enough sense by His Spirit to know the difference between what is good and bad, then He gives you a choice between good and evil, Himself and the Devil. He gives you the sense to know the difference between flowers and weeds. If it's ugly, cut it down. If it's pretty or beautiful, leave it.
Does the music inspire you and draw you closer to the Lord to be good and do good things and have a good effect?--Or does it destroy you, shatter you, oppress you, make you feel rebellious, hateful, angry and destructive and want to hurt and destroy and do evil things? Does it make you want to seduce, violate and rape, kill and do violence and make war?
The Devil's music is deafening and noisy and confusing--like the roar of a satanic beast or diabolical monster that wants to destroy! It has both a physical and a spiritual effect. It will literally destroy your eardrums and your hearing and deafen you physically. Its pulsating beats will cause your very body to throb with evil instincts and evil desires, evil reactions, as well as to get your spirit right on the Devil's channel! It will put you in tune with Satan, where you get his message and you carry out the Devil's will--his diabolical designs!
God's music makes you want to do the Will of God and love Him and love the children of God! The Devil's music makes you want to do the will of Satan and love Satan and the children of the Devil and do evil. So how do you tell the difference?--What music should you listen to?
I've turned on the radio or TV sometimes and heard music which I knew was inspired but it had an evil fascination for me! It was gripping, like the tentacles of an octopus, and you felt like you were being sucked into a vortex or maelstrom, almost irresistible! But it was evil and you could tell it was the voice of Satan--the sirens of Satan--and it can get you in the spirit all right, the Devil's spirit!
If it's really effective music, whether good or bad, it will inspire you to action! It will move you! It will cause you to emote, create emotions which put you in motion to do good or evil. How does it make you feel?--Good or bad, Godly or fiendish? What does it provoke you to do? What kind of action does it inspire you to? Acts of love, kindness, mercy, compassion and helpfulness?--Or thoughts of hate, cruelty, vengeance, violence, destructiveness, vandalism, wastefulness, rape, murder and war!
Another kind of evil is just as bad: Does it lull you to sleep, indifference, inaction, carelessness, indolence, negligence and zombic stupor? If the Devil can't inspire you to take actual negative action and do his VIOLENT will, he'll try to put you to sleep and put you out of action like he has much of the church, so you at least won't get in his way!
What kind of music are you listening to? Whose voice are you hearing? What does it do for you? What does it do to you? What does it do with you and what do you do because of it? What does it make you want to do and be, if anything? Does it bring life or death?--Good or evil? Does it make you want to live or die? Is it sad and depressing and does it make you want to quit, or is it happy and inspiring and make you want to live for the sake of others, to serve God and your fellowman?
You know the difference by the end result and the final fruits. That's how you know whether our words and music are of the Lord: It's had good results, good fruit, so the tree cannot be evil.--Mat.7:18a. It has to be good! It has to be God! Listen and see if you can tell the difference. Watch and see if you can see it. How does it make you feel?
David Brandt Berg
Edited by Almondtree Productions