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the Indian religion is spelled "Hindu". "Hindoo" is a somewhat derogatory term for Regency-era Orientalism, as exemplified by Brighton Pavilion. Also, Stairway to Heaven (I assume we're talking Led Zeppelin here) is hardly heavy metal, even by the standards of its time... it's just a rock song. In its time, bands like Budgie, Black Sabbath and, not long after, Motorhead, were much more heavy metal.
"one will always be villified, for the sake of it"
Clergy, traditionally, are taught, probably rightly so, that the devil has but two methods of entering a church. The first is by sliding down the bell ropes. The second is by crawling out of the organ pipes.
HiYou may not find contemporary Christian music helpful - that's fine - but please remember that thousands of others do. It can't be judged by the "standards" of Western classical music - and, for instance, nor can Indian classical music. Conversely, classical music can't be judged by the "standards" of pop, rock or indeed any other genre. This is exactly what I was saying earlier - there is a need to realise that just because "I" don't like something that doesn't mean that it's bad! Personally I dislike Grand Opera & Classical song - but I wouldn't want to ban - or even criticize - them, nor those who do like such things.There are plenty of traditional hymns where the words leave a lot to be desired - but most of them have fallen by the wayside, as is already happening with CCM songs from the 1960's - and even more recent ones (and in some cases I say "good riddance"). There are also some CCM songs that I won't use because the theology is poor - but then, the same can be said for at least one hymn in the most recent Baptist church hymnbook "Baptist Praise and Worship"!
And as for your last statement - I suppose that's the traditional Catholic influence - but consider what the Bible says:- "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—" (Ephesians 2: - and also take a close look at the Epistle of James. We cannot work out our salvation - Christ has done all that's required on the cross. We have to accept His free gift - and then, and this is where the real work starts, follow His example and study the Bible - and good works should then follow.Every BlessingTony
However, I have noted a tendency of the type of person who does like this kind of music, to 'lecture' me on why I should like it, in preference to this old 'boring cathedral-style stuff.' This I find both ignorant and equally offensive. This is an observation - not simply my opinion.]HiSadly, the converse applies n the attitude of many who prefer "traditional" church music.Every BlessingTony
this bands music , just by far and away speaks to me more than anything i've ever heard in my life. I feel communion in this song, although i'm in no way religious.
I love the organ!
Having said that, I am sure that if the pipe organ were presented in a way that could excite and enthuse the younger generation of new churchgoers, especially in churches where pipe organs have been rejected, then this would help readjust things and cement both types of music.