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Prayer need here: We have spoken previously of how the devil infiltrated music -- particularly in the Sixties.

Some believe that before his fall, Satan was the high archangel of music (they draw this from Ezekiel 28:13, where it says, "The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created").

Whatever the case, we know the devil will give you all the wealth and prestige and power of the world, if you sign over to him. He tried this even with Our Lord (in the desert).

It seems he has also tried -- and often succeeded with -- this in the modern music industry.

In our time, the effects continue to wash ashore in the way of severe cultural degradation. And music has continued an attachment with the occult that was so pronounced in the Sixties. In fact, the effect has been magnified.

It's a bit unnerving:

-- There was Jim Morrison (of "The Doors"): He did ritual dances with a witch he married. He also owned a bust of Aleister ("The Beast") Crowley, an English occultist who was born in 1900, said he had come to end the age of Jesus (replacing it with a new period, the Age of Horus) and is considered by many to be the father of both the Sixties and the New Age Movement. Crowley is also considered to be the founder of modern Satanism. Morrison, like so many rockers, died in his twenties.

-- There was Jimmy Page. This man, a guitarist, was with the band called Led Zeppelin. So devoted was he to the occultist that he purchased Crowley's old cottage on Loch Ness in Scotland and has said that his greatest hit, "Stairway to Heaven," came to him as if by magic as the music and lyrics flowed out of him and a co-writer at that cottage. (His band was later said to be under a "curse," with accidents and death. A stairway, perhaps, but in which direction?)

-- There were the Beatles. On their landmark album, Sergeant Pepper, which features little images of pop icons and those they admired, is a little picture of Crowley with a slew of other celebrities. The title song on that album starts with the lyrics, "It was twenty years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play." (Crowley died in 1947 -- twenty years before release, in 1967, of that hit record, which is said to have transformed music. As Beatles fans in our youth, we find this unnerving.)

-- There were the Rolling Stones. That same year of 1967 they released an album called His Satanic Majesty, with the famed song, "Sympathy For the Devil" on it. The Stones' superstar, Mick Jagger, joined Jimmy Paige in scoring songs for a film about Crowley. The connections can be astonishing: On that cover were hidden images of John Lennon and George Harrison.

-- There was Ozzie Osbourne (of the heavy-metal occult group, Black Sabbath): One of his most famous songs is an ode to the dark occultist titled, simply, "Mr. Crowley." Crowley was accused of everything from drug use and pedophilia to death rituals. His motto (which became the modern philosophy): "Do what thou whilst shall be the whole of the law"). David Bowie referred to Crowley in a song on an album called, "The Man Who Sold the World." Says an online source: "the motif of selling one's soul for guitar power has become a staple of both rock and metal guitarists."

When we think of the Sixties it was like one huge ritual. Pharmaceia (drugs). Saturnalia (free sex). Rebellion -- which Scripture says is "like witchcraft" (1 Samuel 15:23).

There was a blues guitarist named Robert Johnson, who many consider a founder of blues-rock music and who reportedly went to the intersection of two rural roads in Mississippi to sell his soul to the devil (in occult circles, intersections have spiritual significance), afterward and suddenly becoming proficient on the guitar.

Many musicians have journeyed to that crossroads -- or to Johnson's gravesite -- to pay their own homage, including John Fogerty of Credence Clearwater Revival and folk singer Bob Dylan, and claim the effect was magical.  (Said Bob Dylan in an interview, "I also went to the 'crossroads' to make a big deal like [whistles] one night and then went back to Minneapolis, and like, hey..." Success. (Fortunately, Dylan has since embraced Jesus.)

Others -- far too many others -- never have. And the occultism sparked by men like Crowley continues unabated. There is "Jay Z." When played backwards on one of his songs are the words, "666. Murder Jesus." (Crowley encouraged people to spread the word in words spoken forward and backward.) There is his wife Beyonce, who gives the finger salute of the devil's horns (and "channels" an alter-ego named Sasha Fierce -- when she goes into that personality her eyes turn pitch black). There is "Rihanna" -- who salaciously poses wearing horns. There is Madonna. There is Lady Gaga. Eminem. Maybe it's not the game they think, in their clever rhymes, in their intonations.

The words of baptism come back, when the Church so wisely asks us a crucial question:

Do we renounce Satan?

Do we renounce the "glamour of evil"?

Elvis Presley had an extensive collection of occult literature. He was obsessed with UFOs. His friends said there was a power around him. Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys said he heard voices that directed his music (when they stopped, so did his hits).

Can it be good? Perhaps. There is good inspiration. But beware of the "wrong anointing." Go to no crossroads. Go to the Cross. The true path has no turns (it is straight: upwards). As the Pope recently said, "There are risky treasures that threaten to seduce us, but must be left behind, treasures gathered in life that are destroyed by death. I have never seen a moving van following a funeral procession."

"It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke than to listen to the song of fools," says Ecclesiastes 7: 5-6.

[see also: Dylan interview; When asked on 60 Minutes about his success, he said: "It goes back to that destiny thing. I mean, I made a bargain with it, you know, long time ago. And I'm holding up my end to get where I am now." And with whom -- he was asked -- did he make the bargain? "With the chief commander," says Dylan, laughing. "In this earth and in the world we can't see." The mystery: which invisible commander?]

[resources: Prayer of the Warrior]

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