There are a lot of threads asking about the licitness of listening to Contemporary Christian Music. Generally, it gets the same replies, “as long as it isn’t heretical…” So, rather than derailing another thread, I figured I’d start a new thread where we can charitably list certain popular CCM songs, that Catholics should AVOID, and why. So, here goes…
“Fly Away” by FFH, “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” by DC Talk(originally by Larry Norman), “Crack The Sky” by Mylon & Brokenheart, “Heavenbound” by DC Talk, “People Get Ready, Jesus is Coming” by Crytal Lewis. (The aformentioned songs all either explicitily or implicitly make a reference to John Darby’s pretribulational rapture which is heresy.)
“He Is” by Aaron and Jeoffrey (This song lists the books of the Bible, leaving out the Deuterocanonicals.)
“Between You and Me,” by DC Talk (Seems to indirectly attack the Sacrament of Reconciliation.)
“Blessed Assurance” by Third Day, among others (Seems to propogate the false "once saved always saved theology.)
“You Alone” by David Crowder Band among others (Includes the lyrics, “You alone are Father,” which could be construed as subtle anti-Catholicism.)
“Touch?” by Delirious?, “Reborn” by Rebecca St. James, “Rebirthing” by Skillet, “Easter Song” by 2nd Chapter of Acts. (Songs, that use the words, “Born Again,” or derivatives of such words, as found in John 3:5, but not within the context of the Sacrament of Baptism are extremely dangerous, in that when the Protestant hijacking of the meaning of “Born Again” is juxtaposed with the proper Catholic teaching of John 3:5, it can create the illusion that the Catholic Church is denying the reality of what some people may consider to be their most miraculous personal experience with God, while furthermore making Protestants falsely believe that the Catholic Church teaches that infant Baptism = automatic Heaven, which the Catholic Church has NEVER taught, yet would appear to teach when the term “Born Again” is given its faulty Protestant definition, and then the Protestant OSAS heresy is applied on top of that. This misunderstanding ALONE could cause people to either leave the Catholic Church, or not enter.)
“Empty Me Out” - Telecast (Seems to indirectly reference Romans 6:1-8, but leaving out the Baptism element, and saying, “I died with you was buried with you, the moment I believed.”)
“That’s All The Lumber” - Ceili Rain (implies that after death, we get a second chance to go back to Earth and do things over again to get a better status in Heaven.)
All songs by Iconoclast, on the grounds that they were named after a heretical group.
“You are the Answer” by Point of Grace (This song is overtly anti-Catholic, stongly implying that those who go to Confession don’t know God. That’s my take on it, anyway.)
There are numerous heretical songs by the parody band Apologetix, and they even have(or had) a link to anti-Catholic hate literature on their website. Since they have a total of NO big hits, I won’t even mention specific songs.
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” (The lyrics, “if the fates allow,” show a denial of acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty, and become idolatrous.)
“New World” - Tobymac (This song is inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia. In that movie, the lion is portrayed as a Christlike figure. C.S. Lewis seems to have intended that. Nevertheless, that lion is NOT Jesus, as the golden calf was not God, and a song which praises that lion is therefore, in my view, idolatrous.)
Finally, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” (also overtly anti-Catholic as it was written by Martin Luther.)
So, please add any to the list. This is not intended to be a witchhunt against Protestant music, but a warning to Catholics about certain songs to avoid. If anyone disagrees with my take on any of the above songs, well, obviously you’ll let me know.