I recently finished reading “Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion” by Mickey Hart with Jay Stevens (1990). This book is a key resource about occult music that consecrated Christians need to profit from so that their beliefs and practices about music are what God wants them to be.
Based on my reading of this book and much other research that I have done over the past eleven years, I believe that the following 15 observations are warranted.
- This book is essential reading for any mature believer who is in a leadership position and wants to understand what he needs to understand about the battle that we are in for godly music in Christian worship.
- The mature, responsible, and consecrated believer who is in a leadership position who has not read this book does not have vital information that is available to us that conclusively provides us with more than enough information about occult music so that we can factually demand that all our people reject all occult music categorically.
- In this book, there is only one very brief section that has some objectionable content in it.
- For various reasons, I would not recommend that this book be read by immature believers or even those who may be mature but just have a passing interest in music issues.
- This book (as well other sources) provides us with sufficient evidence about occult percussive techniques in 6 of the 7 continents of the world. Such evidence is very important for us to address properly the music issues that we face concerning Christian music.
- I highly recommend this book because it provides extensive insight and information about the use of percussion in occult music. It also provides a vast amount of information that by way of implication underscores the vital necessity for Christian leaders to speak out against the use of occult music in our churches.
- The book is not a Christian book at all, and it is not written to oppose any kind of music. The author of the book was the drummer of a rock band who spent many years very extensively compiling information about occult drumming practices from all over the world. He personally experienced and played the occult music himself from a large number of those countries.
- The author never says that he is writing as a Christian, and he is not writing to say that all (or even any) drumming is evil, etc.
- Without knowing what he has done, this author has provided God’s people with crucial, factual information about occult musical practices from all over the world.
- Any music, whether “Christian” or not, that uses any of those occult drumming practices from anywhere in the world is occult music that God’s people all over the world must reject.
- It is vital that we not get specific at all in what we say; rather, we must oppose any Christian use of any occult music anywhere in the world.
- From this book (and other sources), we have more than enough evidence that we must not use any rock, rock-based, rock-influenced, or rock-like music in any aspect of our lives.
- We must reject any CCM that uses any kind of rock, rock-based, rock-influenced, or rock-like music.
- So much of the church all over the world has been greatly deceived about rock music. This book provides vital information and understanding that the leaders of consecrated believers must have.
- God warns us not to be deceived, and we need to help as many people as we can to come to know the truth.
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