Music Is For Devil Worshippers!

Proof that Rock and Roll is older than the 50’s. Saten now and forever will use the siren’s song to seduce youngsters around the world.

In 1648 Tsar Alexis I of Russia under the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church banned the use of all musical instruments. Orthodox leaders claimed that musical instruments were from the devil! As a result, no musical instruments exist in Russian churches.

That’s what I get for making guitars- straight to hell!

Imagine what the Russian Othodoxy would think of modern Christian rock stars. Wait, that’s not too hard. It’s probably the same thing I think of them.

Rock and Roll never dies!

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8 Comments

  1. But Allen syncopated rythms open up your soul’s door to the subliminal messages that Satan is whispering behind the lyrics of your favorite rock songs. Just listen to those songs BACKWARDS! Its scary…..

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  2. I love the old “devil’s music” argument.

    How many times have I been confronted with that only to point out that, depending on which hymnal your old school church uses, up to 60% of those songs were originally completely secular folk songs with Christian lyrics added later. Some (like our national anthem) were even old drinking songs.

    Take that, Conservatives!

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  3. This is exactly the kind of stuff I should probably blog more about. Does anyone even care about the tomes I always post on this thing?

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  4. You didn’t mention where you’re getting the information you cite, but it is not accurate. While it is true that the Liturgy of the Orthodox Church is celebrated “a capella”, this has nothing to do with Russia, the year 1648, Tsar Alexis I, or a condemnation of musical instruments.

    The basis for the “a capella” tradition (which goes back to the beginning, almost 2000 years) is simply the understanding that the human voice is the most beautiful instrument with which to offer worship to God, and that worship is to be an active, participatory experience as opposed to a more passive experience of “entertainment”, which musical instruments can sometimes create. Having said that, there are some Orthodox Churches with musical instruments, so this is not a matter of strict dogma. (e.g. the Ethiopian Orthodox Chuch has instruments, as do many parishes in America and parts of Western Eurpoe)

    As reference, I would point you to St. John Chrysostom (bishop in Asia Minor in the 4th century) who gave homilies along the lines of what I’ve said.

    I also find it impossible to believe that the Russian Orthodox Church has ever had a policy condemning musical instruments as being “from the devil”. That certainly does not agree with the widely respected and accomplished modern-day composer and Russian Orthodox bishop Hilarion Alfeyev. His recently composed “Christmas Oratorio” was well received by the musical world last month. See: http://www.sjbrcc.net/oratorio.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilarion_Alfeyev. As a bishop of the Church, he obviously would not be composing music for symphony orchestras if their instruments were “from the devil”.

    Finally, I would point out the great tradition of Russian musical composers and orchestras over the centuries (Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, etc.) to show that there is no condemnation of musical instruments in the Russian culture.

    -Willam Leara

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  5. First of all, I was refering to the Orthodox church in Russia not the whole of the church. I never mentioned anything about a ban of music, simply the condemnation of Russian cultural musical instruments in the church. It is an accepted fact that Tsar Alexis I did indeed order the burning of Russian musical instruments. Read http://www.barynya.com/balalaika_duo/balalaika.stm as well as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_Russian_music (admitedly, this article is missing some evidence, and it seems more likely to me that Alexis was the driving force rather than the church). Alexis the First had a distain for Russian culture and possibly used the Russian church as a vehicle for his agenda, as was within his power. As it appears, ever since Vladamir the Great, the Tsars of Russia and the Russian Othordox Church had had close ties (I see little reason to cite that, so there :P).

    As for Hilarion Alfeyev I could find little information stating that any of his work has ever been preformed in the church during service. Which of course makes sense, because, as you said,”worship is to be an active, participatory experience as opposed to a more passive experience of ‘entertainment'”. Also, Hilarion is far removed from the 1600’s.

    With that said, I think you take me far too seriously. I truly meant my post in jest. My title “Music is for Devil worshippers” was referring to the general dogma of rock and roll music not the Othodox church.

    Over all, I actually agree with you. Music is a worshipful practice, and will always have a place in the modern church.

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  6. Is that Darth Vader riding a rearing stallion? Quite Napoleonic.

    James should probably change his profile picture to that Phoenix one I found.

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