[This is an excerpt from the article If the Devil Were a Musician...by Curtis Hollembeak co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. - DM]
In our present culture great derision is attached to the idea that a certain type of music could be labeled the Devil’s music, but let’s consider what kind of music the Devil would produce if he were a musician. His music would be characterized by:
- Rebellion against authority, specifically God’s authority (Gen. 3:1, Is. 14:14, Matt. 4:9, Luke 4:6, 7)
- Questioning God’s love (Gen. 3:4, 5; Job 1:9-11)
- Emphasis on the material and physical instead of the spiritual (Matt. 4:3, Luke 4:3)
- Emphasis on man instead of God (Mark 8:33, Matt. 16:23)
- Violence (Ez. 28:16)
- Promotion of the breaking of God’s moral law (1 Cor. 7:5)
- Selfishness and pride (Isa. 14:13, 14; Ez. 28:17)
So, the Devil’s music would be characterized by rebellion against authority, loud and violent sounds that appeal to the physical (the element of music that appeals to the body is the rhythm, or beat), immoral behaviors, selfishness and pride.
As a side note, it is interesting that in Exodus 32:16, 17, when Moses and Joshua came down from Mt. Sinai after receiving the Law, they mistook the sound of idolatrous music coming from the Israelite camp for the “noise of war.” The music was, presumably, loud, percussive and violent. You will, of course, remember the great rebellion and immorality that also accompanied the idolatry.
Do you know of any musical forms or styles that fit the description of the Devil’s music? You make the call.