Freed from Rock Music

Martijn - Australia

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Bands like ‘Sick Of It All’, ‘Suicidal Tendencies’, ‘Pro-Pain’, ‘Slayer’, ‘Metallica’, ‘Congress’, ‘Slipknot’ - they were my heroes. At the age of fourteen, I was not allowed to go to a ‘Metallica’ concert and because of this I messed up a whole year at school and I hated my parents. My rebellion probably started earlier, but after this event it only became worse. I started to hate everybody and everybody was to blame, except for me.

I would ‘bang my head’ to the music for a while

Between the age of seventeen and eighteen I calmed down a bit after realising that my behaviour was not helping me. Slowly I got to know more and more people and thought I was doing quite well. However, when something went wrong or I felt unhappy for whatever reason, I would ‘bang my head’ to the music for a while which made me feel better again. I loved going to metal concerts and festivals: looking for sex, drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll, and got caught up in the socio-political lyrics from bands like ‘SOIA’, ‘Pro-Pain’, or ‘Congress’, thinking we could change the world through this music. I was convinced; I was doing the right thing.

Then, in January 2000, I had the opportunity to go to London for my internship. During the Easter break I decided to head home for a couple of days. At Victoria Coach Station I asked a young man for some help. He was waiting for the same bus as me. We started talking about all sorts of things, the economy, school, Holland and the UK. But spoke intensively about war. He knew a lot about this subject, especially the politics behind it all. In the music I listened to they talked a lot about war; the war inside my head, or mandatory suicide, but that was largely due to frustration and unbelief.

I had a different idea about most Christians

In Holland, we exchanged e-mail addresses, even though I realised that this “crazy” Scotsman was a Christian. At home I asked my mum for her Bible (she must have thought I was mocking her) and I started searching for some of things the Scotsman had mentioned. Back in London, I realised I had somehow lost interest in listening to Ozzy or AC/DC. I got in contact with this Christian guy again and we met a couple of times. Somehow I started asking him questions. It was great to see that he was normal, as I had a different idea about most Christians.

We got along quite well and he invited me to Scotland. Still very sceptical about his Christian life, I thought I’d take advantage of the situation and have him show me around Scotland a bit…

When we visited Edinburgh Castle, he was telling me a bit about history and how Scotland was once a Christian nation. This could be seen inside the castle, especially in the War Memorial Chapel. When we entered the castle, my initial thoughts were “great, but not very special.” But then we walked in to the shrine where a replica of the Ark of the Covenant with the archangel Michael hanging over it can be seen. There, I felt a heavy weight on my shoulders, like I was carrying somebody. I felt dirty and sinful. This feeling had to go!

Later, I decided to go along to one of their meetings. Amazingly, despite my expectations, the people were normal, we were not in a church-like building, just in a big beautiful house, and they did not make me feel pressured in any way (which would otherwise most probably have made me run).

Exposing Satan in my mind and in the Rock Music

The meeting was quite different from anything I could remember from my Catholic childhood. It was full of life. Soon the pastor started talking about a book where Satan is depicted as a sly creature that works in your mind, just like with Eve and the forbidden fruit. This was so real to me. I thought he was talking to me personally. One thing was clear to me, all these years I had allowed Satan in my mind, through the music, through the occult and just by living a rebellious, selfish life.

Later they sang a chorus: “The gates of hell shall not prevail against the army of the Lord” and this stuck with me again. I suddenly realised that everything about God and Satan is real and I was on the wrong track. I almost started crying, something I hadn’t done for many years. On the 28th of May 2000 I repented and decided to give my life to Jesus, just like in ACTS 2:38.

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God…” 1 CORINTHIANS 2:12-14. I can honestly say that the spirit of this world (which is of Satan) is behind this music. Rock ‘n’ Roll and most of the pop music is so dangerous, because it works on a subconscious level, and you cannot spiritually discern what is going on or how it is influencing you. By the grace of God, He saved me from this.


I cannot understand how the evil is linked to the music style. Are we forgetting to just be logical about these things. Music is a medium. Avoid those songs which are conveying Satan's message and values. There were plenty of those around in the 1950's which are overlooked because their music style wasn't offensive to hymn singers. I grew up in a family that clung to hymns, and "choruses" were okay too. My mum like classical music - that was acceptable. But drums were definitely a sign of the devil - so in approving classical music I guess they chose only to accept the classical without drums? Not that I remember. Did they chose not to listen to the classical music without a strong driving beat? Probably - they would have ignored that it actually existed or it would have ruined the rule of acceptability of classical music. I recently read an article putting down writers of modern worship music as "novice" as opposed to the hymn writers. And stating that people in the congregation that won't sing are a result of becoming an audience rather than a participant (the fault of the music). Have you stood in a public place in Australia and sung the national anthem with pride, only to feel that the only voice audible is your own? I have. Do you expect that all people in churches are going to be THAT different to the general public? It is purely cultural. Singing in schools these days is pretty much for the choir, but it wasn't 50 years ago. I would like to refer people of such thought to the article on this site regarding the singing of Wesley's hymns. He not only had introduced CONTEMPORARY, SECULAR STYLE music, but also had to encourage people to SING AS THOUGH NOT DEAD! What has changed? Not much. The traditionalists in the churches opposed Wesley's music.
I would encourage people to participate in music that they enjoy, and be aware of its message. If you don't like the message, don't listen to it. Be tolerant of those styles of music which others appreciate more than you. Focus on the message and try to not to dismiss it because of the style of music. This may mean that some hymns might get dropped because their message isn't really there (but the style was acceptable). It may mean that some modern "worship" music is used less because it sets our focus on us more than God's goodness. It may be that those terrible hymn tunes or that upbeat repetitive tempo have a message God will use to speak to us if we dare to listen.

Thank you for your post.

The point here is that I was gripped by satanic music, and it pushed me away from my loving parents and God, and I did not even see it.

Regards, Marty

I too was led astray by devilish music. What was most amazing was that most bands popular people found stimulating was not of interest and even distasteful to me. Bands like Bucks Fizz, Abba, Eagles etc were superseded by satanic heathen gruntings which completely wracked my body with ecstatic writhing pleasure . . . bands with evil names such as 'Butthole Surfers' , "Pixies" , "Foetus" etc . . I quickly realised these evil nemeses were evil trying to pervade my life and i embraced Jesus and felt instant physical relief . . . I am forever grateful I found His true path and relented my earlier evil ways . . . I forever now remain absolutely transformed and saved. Craig (previously 'Craig Sludge' . . . )
Long live Jesus

I am having trouble with my son Michael listening to bad music like this.
I would do anything to get him to stop; can you help me please?

Greetings from South Africa. Thanks for your testimony, its been a blessing to me. I've been struggling with porn addiction, drug addiction and electronic music for many years, i dont know how i got so deep into it, maybe as an escape from reality. I've also been listening to trance and house music since i was 13, recently i realised the music is demonic. God has been working with me, and he has delivered me from the pornography and drugs, but sometimes i fall into temptation and listen to the music, recently i notice that something takes control of my mind when i listen to it. I know its demonic but can seem to delete my stash of 100gb. But i'm in two minds. I think i just have to wait the Lord. Thanks again. God Bless. Sunil

Thanks for this testimony, its been a great help. I've been struggling with drugs with electronic music, trance and house, etc. The lord has been working with me, i've been delivered from drugs and sins but sometimes i fall into temptation and listen to the music, i find recently when i listen to it something takes control of my mind, i become angry and lose control. I have over 100gb of music but i cant seem to delete it. Thanks again for the testimony. It has helped me alot.

Hi Martijn, Thanks heaps for your testimony! I too was deeply affected by rock music. By the grace of God I was delivered from suicidal thoughts. If you get time, I would love you read my story, found on the website, I and a friend run. The address of my story is My son’s testimony is at Email me if you get time to do so. Many blessings to you, God is good ... God is grace. Greg

Just a note to say that I came across your website adress and used Google to make contact, I enjoyed reading and listening to several testamonies on board I thank The Lord for the insight and outreach of Christian Assemblies International to provide this ministry. It is our earnest prayer that many will be led to Lord Jesus Christ through this work. I came to the Lord when I was 14 , And He has been my constant guide , for these many years. God willing I will celebrate my 78th birthday July 20th. Waiting and watching for HIS return,yours in CRIST Douglas.

Dear Doug, I hope you had a great birthday, and thank you for your posting. God is still working today, everywhere in the world, with signs and wonders. Thank you for your prayers and I hope you will enjoy many more years on this earth to serve the Lord and reach out to the lost. Greetings in Christ, Martijn