Rock n' Roll is from Satan

Hells BellsI remember watching a poorly made video called, They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll with promotion by Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort no less, which decried the evils of rock music. I remember feeling pretty manipulated by the video that seemed to take quotes out of context and twist the intention of some of the artists comments. What reminded me is a post over at that mentions another video about the ‘evils of rock n’ roll called Hells Bells.

Hells Bells Description:

After opening with an engaging apologetic on the power of music and the nature of man, Hell’s Bells examines the ideas of key satanists and occultists and looks for their parallels within the world of secular rock music. (Surprise, they’re virtually everywhere!) It then contrasts these “vain and evil imaginings” with the teachings of Jesus. By the end of this absolutely captivating video (multitudes of lost people have watched it out of interest, curiosity, even a desire to rip it apart!), the viewer has seen and heard the gospel forwards and backwards and knows that ultimately there are only two types of people (the lost and the redeemed) and two paths to go on (the path of self (satanism) or the way of the cross). Tens of thousands have been saved through this video! Produced in 1989; 185 minutes; VHS (NTSC); English

And here are some comments from Challies:

We learn that the heart of rock-n-roll is rebellion, the sin that is at the heart of every sin, for Satan sinned by rebelling against God and the led humans in the same rebellion. When we sin against God, we make idols of ourselves, displaying the “me-ism” that is at the heart of rebellion. In one particularly noteworthy moment, the host asks many different teens to name three songs that promote sexual purity before marriage. Soon he was asking them for two, and then for one. No one could name a single song. While this is interesting, what is even more important is to ask ourselves why this question seems so absurd. It is absurd to ask about a rock song promoting purity or love for parents because such sentiments are antithetical to the very heart of rock music.

Another interesting observation was that the people at the heart of the music seem to understand what rock music is all about far more clearly than the kids who merely drink it all in. I am reminded of the latest series of American Idol where Gene Simmons (of KISS fame) was a guest judge. When confronted with a talented contestant who was a youth pastor, Simmons said to him, “I think you’re a country artist, and I‚Äôll tell you why. If you sing pop lyrics, you‚Äôre going to have a problem with your ministry. Because rock and roll by definition — and popular music — is about sexuality. The rules are different for country. You can sing Christian oriented lyrics and be acceptable, and you can sell millions of records.” Time and again we see that the people who make and produce this music understand that it is, at heart, Satanic and in direct opposition to God. I was left wondering why it is that others cannot see this. And I came to realize that we cannot examine rock music without beginning with the foundation of the rebellion that is at its core.

One of the sections I found most shocking and convicting was the one dealing with the blasphemy that takes place when artists act out their rebellion and hatred towards God, and then thank him for their success or wear a cross around their neck. The video shows a montage of artists thanking God for their success (Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, Destiny’s Child (who were dressed in very-nearly nothing), Sisqo (who subsequently thanked a thong for its part in his success)) and praying before their shows (Limp Bizkit, Christina Aguilera (immediately before performing the song “Dirty” which is true to its name)). I was forced to wrestle with the anger that must burn in God as he looks at these people acting out their hatred towards Him, and then ascribing this “success” to Him – to a God who is infinitely holy and infinitely pure, incapable of committing or condoning sin.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on all this…is rock and roll an evil (burn our cd’s) or how should we as Christians listen/participate in these things?

  • Bruce Chant

    February 28, 2005, 9:00 pm

    I’m really surprised Challies posted that – generally his posts are pretty well thought out. He’s a classical calvinist though in that he takes his antitheology leanings to the extreme. This is one of those.

    The major problem with this Hells Bells thing is – what is “rock ‘n’ roll”? Apart from being an outmoded term, having a blanket statement about the genre of popular music is ridiculous – as though all artists and songs are affected by this unseen “spirit” or somehow otherwise possessed. Some bands are no doubt demonised. But ALL within the undefined ‘popular’ music category? No that is stupidity. What about “cross over” artists? What about indie artists without any “popular” appeal? What about alt-country artists? Where does the line get drawn?

    Without having seen the updated version and only getting snippets it’s hard to say too much but it seems the assumption that: “rock” = rebellion, therefore ‘it’s all evil’ is a simplistic, holiness by abstinence, approach to what really is an artistic voice for the hearts of those within the world around us. I’d say on that count we’d do well to listen a little harder and stop this resurrected ‘culture war’.

  • Tim

    March 7, 2005, 1:05 pm

    “He‚Äôs a classical calvinist though in that he takes his antitheology leanings to the extreme.”

    I’d love to know what that mean. Antitheology?

    I stand by my comments that the heart and soul of rock-n-roll is rebellion. While it is, indeed, an outdated term, it still nicely summarizes a whole genre of music and a whole culture. This does not mean that every song is inherently evil or rebellious, but that rebellion is the foundation of the whole rock culture.

    The question in my mind, is whether this type of music can be redeemed. I think even the producers of the video would have no trouble with listening to Christian rock music, which I suppose shows that they take issue more with the rock culture than with the actual music.

    And finally, I do think this is a video you need to see to properly critique. A short review cannot adequately summarize six and a half hours of very dense information.

  • Bruce Chant

    March 18, 2005, 11:46 pm

    Antitheology – meaning early reformer thought was a reaction against or critique of the prevailing est. (catholic) church doctrines, and so my point is that a lot of calvinist thought is very strong in the area of critique and is historically reactionary.

    I guess Tim my point is that “the world” is entirely rebellious. That is it’s nature and because of that it’s expression (thru music in this case) will reflect that. But because of that I find difficulty in the neat packaging of this thought in order to say this part of culture is bad (“rock and roll”), this part is ok (insert here). I guess any activity in culture can be abused and thus expresses itself rebelliously. But I think it requires a more discerning ear and mind to be able to ascertain what our cultures are saying. If they are not regenerate, they are most certainly in rebellion: but I’m not sure if this is reason enough for me to stop listening them.

    I have seen the 1980s version of the video. At the time it scared me, got me thinking, not sure how much of the detail though I recall. Would love to get a hold of the current version and watch it myself.

    BTW Thanks for the response.

  • Kevin Cawley

    March 20, 2005, 3:35 pm

    Here is all you need to know about “christian” rock music:

  • Tim

    March 21, 2005, 10:10 am

    I think Amy Grant is just a Longhorn’s fan…

  • Alex

    May 30, 2005, 4:45 am

    Bah. Christian Rock is for fuckin’ losers. UNHOLY KVLT BLAKK METAL SUPREMACY!

  • theonlyonetothink

    June 13, 2005, 3:22 pm

    hi id just like to say that both these videos of ludicrius. Ive seen both and they seem to be made by and for a primarily ignorant crowd. First off id like to inform that religion was created by catholic rome as an institution of control, not outta a belief. This means that rockers cant be satanists as there is no god or satan. Dont believe me? go home and drop a ball. No matter how much u pray itll still fall.

  • AnyJive

    June 15, 2005, 3:14 pm

    I agree with theonlyonetothink, but he managed to moot himself in his agression to the topic.

    Rebellion is the foundation of rock music, because that’s what sells…
    many countries are capitalist, believing in this way of life over any form of god.

    I think many people have given up on god in the public eye because in our technological age more and more scientific facts are becoming commonplace, allowing people to think for themselves, rather than out of “God Fearing”.

    People still use the phrase “thank god”…because it easily rolls off the tongue,
    and perhaps there’s still a little remorse in their subconcious for their actions.

    Nobody knows for sure if there is a god…
    but EVERYONE knows that they don’t know for sure.

    So while they live THEIR lives, THEIR way…
    they still give props to the man above now and then…
    just in case he actually IS watching!

    The problem with people these days,
    they take life to seriously.

  • ron sheldon

    March 28, 2006, 12:24 pm

    I believe what we,re seeing played out in this forum is a snapshot of whats plaguing our culture. The things that are socially acceptable today would have been considered abominable forty years ago.How many kids even knew what oral sex was in the sixtys? We live in a fallen world and it seems christians are particularly suseptable to spiritual entropy. We become deluded through incrementalism by the onslaught of a secular media. Consider in your own life the amount of time spent in front of a tv versus the time spent in the word

  • dr arc terror

    April 8, 2006, 5:45 am

    this the best shit i’ve seen in years, it
    sounds like a bed time story to me
    I wish it was true…in simple terms f**k this myth

  • loverogrock

    April 11, 2006, 7:02 am

    i think rock and roll is awesome and you too obssesed over nochalant things

  • DrumminLizard

    April 11, 2006, 7:03 am

    Ya’ll are some retarded people…Rock and roll is not of the devil. I love Rock and Roll, it think it is one of the best types of music. I’m a christian and i think that rock and roll is not of the devil… so u can just get over yourself…..


  • beentheredonethat

    May 26, 2006, 11:34 am

    WOW! I think it’s obvious by the threads.

    I’ve been on both side, and some people drink poinson, assuming it’s Kool-Aid, but die anyway.
    Not all ‘Rock’ musicians are ‘devil worshippers’, not intentionally.

    Love it or hate it, study to know what you know, then you can’t be anybodies fool.

  • Amos

    August 22, 2006, 8:18 pm

    It is interesting how the pendulum of opinion swings. ABC just now showed an expose of “white power” groups, with one of the dangerous components of their outreach being the music they are writing and selling. They are concerned that the music will help spread the message of hate and racism.

    So let me see if I have this straight: If a song is about hedonism, satanism, homosexuality, necrophilia, murder, rape or blasphemy, it is harmless theatre. If the song is about racism against blacks, it is dangerous propaganda. Am I the only one that is seeing something strange here?

  • leece

    August 23, 2006, 12:06 pm

    Amos, I saw that last night, and thought the same sorta thing. I was listening to someone on the program state how you have to be careful what you listen to. How about being careful what you listen to, fill your life with, allow into your mind, and sing along with. Personally, I can say that Christian music doesn’t haunt my mind the same way that rock n’ roll does. How many times have you said, “Man, I just can’t get this song outta my head?” And it seems the more satanic and anti-Christ it is in nature, the harder it is to shake (i.e. “Sympathy for the Devil”). I don’t listen to any of it anymore. Not because I think, as they say, that there’s a demon lurking around every corner, but because I choose wisdom and truth over being partly brainwashed, or at least numbed and lulled, by subliminal lies.


    April 13, 2007, 9:38 am

    Rock music is diabolic and demonic.
    I’ ve been singing in punk bands myself and noticed the destructive influence that music has had on my soul.

    Get rid of all the records. Burn them!

  • kronhole

    April 27, 2007, 7:45 pm

    bullshit rock aint satanic maybe punk, but not rock, do you ever remember learning that jazz was once satanic. its just that every new genera is considerd satanic. plus cristian’s can ruin the world and its joys. the abloish liqure and now blame satan for good music. i have tons of freinds who like rock and a cupple listen to the most crazy ass music ive heard and hes a cristian. religoin ruins things follow darwins theroys, dont wasit you money of church, and get your self a hair cut

  • Ryan

    July 9, 2007, 8:33 pm

    I’m a rock musican and I have studied the history of classical music, because I do like both genres. Even in the early period of Gregorian chant, when composers started to make music that wasn’t monophonic but was polyphonic and started to use harmonic intervals that weren’t perfect fifths it was considered noised and of the devil. Only perfect fifths were the sound that represented the Deity, and everything else was evil. One thousand years into the future if you played the flated fifth you would invoke the devil himself, the same interval that kicks off the intro to Purple Haze. It seems like everything is satanic to the Christians; however, let us not forget that it was the ultra religious that killed Jesus not the sinners. SATAN IS AT THE PULPIT PREPREACHING TO CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE!

  • Tired

    July 12, 2007, 2:25 am

    Most of the music available in christian fellowships are from non-christian sources from the beginning. Why mark only some of it as evil?

    Music Hall for instance is also devilish and demonic, look to its origins, but still it’s very acceptable in some self-styled “holiness” christian circles who gladly cherish commandments of men and self righteousness.

    On the other hand however music of different kinds may be used to bring out the gospel.

  • Spirit

    July 29, 2007, 11:16 am

    I have heard a lot of comments from people about Rock and Roll, it’s origins, and how the consistent theme that it is from Satan rises it’s ugly head over and over. Here is my response to these allegations;

    First of all, I believe that music genres are simply a way for humans to categorize something they don’t know what to do with. But if these people would actually believe the Bible they say they represent, they would be aware of a simple fact.

    Music of all forms originated in Heaven, not on earth. And since Lucifer stole the idea from where he originated, then by all reason Music of all forms came from heaven. So to give the devil credit for something he stole is like blaming a White Witch for what a Satanist has done. The ignorance of such people is staggering to say the least.

    Music in general has no borders, and has no genres that haven’t been applied by human reasoning. So, we have to be clear on one thing. Music, regardless of its genre, by itself and without lyrics is a simple independant non-partisan medium used to carry something else on it’s back. That something is the lyrical content! Now you have the message that is promoted within the songs that will give it it’s value of “good” or “evil”. This is the only thing to hang any accusation upon. And this would be the only thing that a court in heaven would use to judge. So any judgement by society is irrelivent. Perhaps the Bible would make a good foundation to take a stance on “good” and “evil” as long as it was taken in it’s entirety, rather that taking it out of context to justify a pre-conceived notion.

    Now also let me state that one of the names for Lucifer, in the Bible is “The Accuser”. And many of these advocates of hatred towards genres of musica are doing the devils work as they accuse. No Satanist would deny that they are singing a satanic message. So to accuse them really has no value. Yet, not all rock and roll musicians are singing about that message. And there are many rock and roll musicians out there who have positive things to say. And what’s so wrong with singing about “sex”? After all it is how we came into this world, right? Rockers only sing about what the conservatives dream about night and day. They just have no inhibitions to singing about it. Perhaps, some may have aproblem with this, but it is not going to go away. So face it, this is the world we live in. It is our reality!

    And in our reality, the youth are not stupid. They see the reality of the world in which we live. They have eyes, ears, and a brain to reason on an intellectual level. Educated by society or not, they can see the hypocricy of so called Christians and Clergy. And this is not to mention government officials as they lie to us about the truth.

    They can see through the lies of their parents, and the lies of Church leaders. They see the reality of the so called Church clergy who molest young boys. And that is not to mention the young girl molested by nuns, or even parents. This is a sick society, and can not be trusted! Our world is really messed up and we are simply pawns in a larger scheme of world slavery. So it is survival mode at this point.

    They hear the words and see the actions of the closed minded people who would throw them out of their Church for wearing something that isn’t accepted as the norm. But in reality they are not so blind as to not be able to see past all the outward trappings and look into someones heart.

    Rock & Roll gives them an escape from all the stupidity in the world. It gives them a place to gather with all the others in society who have been tossed aside. And now this number is growing. And this scares society because it threatens their safe little plastic bubble of preconceived notions and brainwashing philosophies.

    If they were really smart, they would get rid of the notion that they could ever stop rock and roll. And start supporting the rock artists that promote healing, love, and positive messages by buying their albums. Many of those in the music business that started out as “evil” have moved on in their lives. They are growing up and now becoming part of Society. They have families, children, and responsibilities in life, so it is no longer condusive to tear down Society. But rather, to change it into a viable place for everyone to co-exist in some form of harmony.

    And if the “accusers” would listen to the newer songs from these artists, they would find that they aren’t the ememy. The enemy is “the accuser” who does so without knowing the full picture. Rock & Roll will never die, so perhaps it would be wiser to join it! If you want us to listen to you, start up a band! Sing us your message! Or if you can’t play, support those who can! And if you don’t do this, you will soon die off, and the new generation will be all that remains when the dust settles.

  • Rae Dawn Irene McConill

    September 2, 2007, 3:25 pm

    I have played music for years studied off and on and listened to just about everything under the Sun…….I am also a songwriter I have done a fair bit of socializing in both secular and Christian music circles.A really cool bass player put it to me once and said ‘YOU EITHER PLAY FOR GOD OR THE DEVIL ‘ I see where she is coming from as I tend to agree,but I think you have to remember that Blues had a baby called rock’n roll and gregorian chants did not have much to do with that.Although some of the chants are beautiful they are simplistic and uplifting and meant to generate worship or meditation before mass….Christian Rock is trying to do the same thing in the church ……maybe God wants the youth to know the Devil does not have all the good music ..Larry Norman used to fester about that a lot but his contribution to Christian music is widely known by many musicians and deeply loved.So I like Hendrix too and he was in Berkley California at the same time Larry Norman was maybe they met who knows .History has a tendency to recreate itself with a different expression ,if you think all Rock is a spawn from the Devil you are giving him to much credit.I was at a concert at a local church in my hometown years ago and my friend and I both saw Jesus dancing on the stage through this smoke ice the performer was sitting in……I did not say anything till we left but we both knew that the Lord was there and it was a great witness to a lot of people .
    Now you tell me this was a black dude and really Rocked and put on a good show ……and I saw the Lord Dancing …get it together babies he may come back tomorrow and want to borrow your guitar and amp to show you how good he can play……and I want to see that. God Keep

  • devan

    October 22, 2007, 1:23 am

    I’m a man who is of God and Jesus and I share with you a message. The lyrics of Epica because some of you people are putting the witch hunts on secular music and it makes me laugh .

    People created religious inventions
    To give their lives a glimmer of hope
    And to ease their fear of dying
    And people created religious intentions
    Only to feel superior and to have a license to kill

    Our desire to die is stronger
    Than all your desire for life
    There is no getting away from it now
    Only true faith survives

    People created religious inventions
    To give their lives a glimmer of hope
    And to ease their fear of dying
    And people created religious ascensions
    To subject the others and to enslave, just to further enrich themselves

    It doesn’t matter where we die
    It doesn’t matter that you cry
    We’ll take you with us

    A disgrace on the beyond

    O servator, sempiterne
    Te grati coluimus, Odor atrox quo nons superfundis intolerabilis est

    Deceive yourself by yielding
    to soft words that cause no pain
    Enrich yourself with different views
    Learned without disdain

    A disgrace on the beyond
    That can never be undone
    Who shall rise and unveil
    The Facade of Reality?

    Is there still room for new dents in old wrecks?
    A disgrace on the beyond that can never be undone
    Deceive yourself by yielding to soft words
    Enrich yourself by making up your own mind

  • Ron

    January 10, 2008, 6:40 am

    As a musician/producer and audio engineer for over 35 years, I have seen more people argue about rock music. Christian or non christian, rock is rock. What the listener and probably 80% of the bands who play it don’t know, is that they are addicted to the sound. Infra sound releases endorphines in the body which causes an addiction, And your body seeks it consistantly after it has been exposed to it for long periods of time. And the secular scientists have already brought it forth. Infra sound is found in sub low frequencies from 7 -30 hz which we can’t hear, we can only feel. There are many things that emmit infra sound such as the jet engine. But Rock and hip hop are at the top of the list. In also turns into what is called vibro acoustic disease. Type in infra sound on your browser, it’s all over the internet. Just wanted you to know what the real problem is. GOD BLESS .

  • bob

    April 9, 2009, 3:20 pm

    you are a douchebag the beatles and the stones rule

  • Jason

    October 20, 2009, 9:37 pm

    Here’s a thought. Psalm 150 describes a rock concert man. God created everything and called it Good…including music. An A chord is an A chord wether an musician sings songs the worship God of themselves or encourage rebellion. It’s all about the motivation behind the person playing the music. David from the bible was a skilled musician, if he were alive today, he would probably be a guitar shredder with a marshall stack. But he lived in a time where harps were the thing, so thats what he played.

  • Lynn D.

    June 21, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Jesus said to “love not the world or the things of the world.” WORLDly music is one of those things, and don’t kid yourself that “rock and roll” is the only thing to avoid. Country, classical, jazz, blues……ALL WORLDly music is controlled by Lucifer. Use discernment and wake up. Jesus also said “if the world loves you, you don’t belong to Him” (paraphrased). That’s a good way to “test the spirits to see if they are of God” as we are required if we are serious about taking up our cross and following the Truth (Jesus). Famous musicians are what? LOVED by the world. And that rule can also be applied to famous actors, politicians and theologians such as Billy Graham and Mother Theresa. True followers of Christ speak the truth and Jesus said that they would be “hated by all for My name’s sake” Matt 5:22.

  • Bible Study

    December 19, 2010, 12:55 pm

    I believe Satan likes to take credit for power and control. Rock music is God’s, everything is God’s. With God, nothing is unclean. Without him, everything is of Satan. God gave us all things richly to enjoy according to scripture.

  • Geoff

    January 11, 2011, 10:10 pm

    satan is a complete LOSER, as well as a LIAR and a THIEF
    He does not own anything at all. NO Music is Christian or Satanic. God created ALL Music, and it consists of sound in mathematical intervals of Pitch and Time, Rhythym, Melody
    and Harmorny are important parts of Music. The Message part of any song is in the lyrics. There are NO Evil intervals at all not even Tri Tones (six semi-tones)or maybe a perfect octave would be twice as Evil. Some say that chords are a representation of the Trinity, and that minor chords displace
    the relationship betweenn God the Father and Jesus, but what about the holy spirit. any chord that truely represents the Trinity would have to be Augmented or Diminished, ie. both Major thirds or both minor thirds to hold Father, Son and Holy Spirit at equal distance. some chords have more than three notes so that claim doesn’t work real well either.
    The fact is again that Satan is a LIAR and a THIEF
    so why listen to any claim that He and His (sadly some ‘Christian’ minister/music expert ie Jeff Godwin)have
    to say.
    A Bible Believing Christian
    P.S. For God so loved the world(satanists included)that he
    gave his only begotten son that whosover believes him so not perish but have everlasting Life. John 3:16

  • Chad

    November 22, 2011, 12:39 am

    There is no God. There is no Satan. There is no Heaven. There is no Hell. You are all wasting every ounce of the only lives you have been given. And for the record, the pop trash that permeates the radio is far more evil and poisonous than rock and roll.

  • Gene

    December 6, 2011, 9:06 am

    I am a guitar player, song writer and at one time a recording artist. I know the history ofthe electric guitar and rock music from the inside, and I also know that those deluded religionists who proclaim that all rock music is about rebellion and Satan have no clue what they are talking about.

    I have been in a number of discussions, including one with a pastor named Kent Brumbaugh in which I attempted to name references and present factual histories of the Rock music scene. Since mine were true, fact based and disproved theirs, they resorted to petty name calling, insults and eventually kicking me out of their forums and often deleting my entries, and not one of them bothered to check on anything I said.

    The bottom line is that rock music or any music must be discerned on the basis of who plays and what they play. Some is good, some is not. Letting a church leader do your thinking for you or tell you to destroy your kids record collection is an epic mistake.

  • Johnny B. Goode

    April 17, 2015, 11:15 am

    Rock isn’t satanic or anything that’s got to do with religion. letting this author define your point of view is stupid. you pick your own views but don’t rub it into people’s faces. Any music from any genre would have had at least one song with a reference to Christianity. so what? it’s music, nothing as significant to your lives as the bible or the prayers you’ve sent. is bob Dylan’s music satanic? is elvis’ music satanic? the music that I think is close to satanism is anti-Christ type songs or a whole song deticated to being with Satan. music is what it is. don’t let religion go into the mix because then you’d have a bunch of fools with their religious views fighting over something pointless. go argue about something else, something that’s significant in the bible or the history of Christianity, but not if a style of music was the devil’s way of brainwashing. I respect all of your views, don’t let one person turn you into a complete nuisance.