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Not so long ago, I did an article on the effects of beats on the brain. It reviewed the nature of syncopated beats as a means to examine the type of music God inspires versus the type of music Satan inspires.
A few fought tooth & nail on the entire idea of such a thing. That music – apart from the lyrics – can be against God all by itself.
In spite of the numerous scientific reports which show that music (not lyrics) can impact mood, behavior, thought patterns, and physiological development, many still refused to believe that the beats in music can determine the nature of a song. They insisted that music being good or bad can only be defined by the lyrics, and not by the music itself. Entire genres of music could not be considered unGodly just because of the beats. Well, apparently one company knows such claims to be false.
I-Doser is marketing what is being referred to as “digital drugs” which can be purchased for a few dollars over the internet. Being marketed as something that will “powerfully alter your mood” or give you the “highest quality exotic bud, mood enhancement pills, and legal hashish”, this company is selling beats that give the effect of making you feel high…hence the name digital drugs.
In describing their product, I-Doser says, “I-Doser for the PC is the most advanced computer application available to achieve a simulated mood or experience through the use of binaural beats. Use I-Doser to play doses purchased through the I-Doser Store. Each dose is scientifically designed to give you the optimal measure of pure beats safely and effectively to induce state.”
What are some of the drugged states which can be simulated with these beats? Ecstasy, Marijuana, LSD, and Peyote just to name a few. Got a particular drug of choice? I-Doser can give you the right sounds to replicate that high. How long does the high last? According to their website, “It seems to be dependent on how quickly you return to normal brain activity.” Again, for those who simply cannot accept that certain beats do have a negative impact on the body, please notice that these beats alter your normal brain activity!
So what is the fate of those young people (and not so young people) who continually listen to mind-altering beats? That’s right. They are increasingly training their brains to run abnormally.
The point of this article is not to address the binaural beats used by I-Doser specifically, but to examine again the question of beats in music and its spiritual applications. (You can find a review of the binaural beats being sold by I-Doser here).
Using beats in music to hypnotize listeners and alter their normal brain activity is not solely a practice in the secular world. Such practices are also being adopted by so-called ministers in Christianity.
Patrica King – who calls herself a prophetess – is using these same mind-altering techniques in her ministry called “Club Mysterio”. In describing this “ministry” she says:
“Through the vehicle of DJ led, electronic worship music, Caleb trains the body in how to become free in worship and praise and to express adoration for Jesus through flag, song, and dance. He also teaches how to cry out to God through prayer, intercession and travail using the whole body.”
Examine a clip from this “club” ministry below:
Notice the strobe lights and off-beat syncopations used to alter one’s mental balance. It is a known occult practice used in much of the music industry and in the club scene.
In this video clip, Caleb Brundidge – the head and DJ of this ministry – says the following:
“This generation longs to experience God in a way, in an abandoned way like never before…The music as you are jumping and dancing and moving around, well the words we are speaking become one at a cellular level in your body.
And it is not like you’re learning it, it’s part of who you are. It’s no longer that you have to study the word, but when you are inside of an infused atmosphere with dancing and your body is moving and the word is coming and the music, it becomes part of you…
With the rhythm, the sound, and the repetitiveness of the music the word is driven into your body, not just your mind, not just your soul, but the whole mind, body and soul. Ekstasis Worship is worship that you go outside of your mind and just release yourself into the abandoned worship of God.”
He is telling you the truth and this is called mesmerization!!! He is using the club environment to put you in a trance so that you will become susceptible to control (Read up on Franz Anton Mesmer and how his practices were used to hypnotize his followers).
Notice that according to Patricia King and her ministers, “abandonment” to God is synonymous with not using your mind. You are not learning, you do not need to study, just go outside of your mind and let the rhythm, sound, and repetitiveness of the music bring you into an altered state.
This is the same thing that I-Doser is doing; using beats to drive people into an abnormal brain activity so that their moods can be altered. It is all witchcraft. God never calls us to let go of our minds in order to be closer to Him. In fact, he commands us to be watchful and to be sober minded. To gird up the loins of our minds, not discard them. He has given us a sound mind (self-control, moderation).
The “Ekstasis Worship” being promoted in Patricia King’s ministry is a pagan practice and is further described below as drawing on the process of Kundalini as they use music to draw people into altered states.
Why is it that everyone BUT those in the church knows that musical beats (apart from lyrics) can alter the human psyche and the human body?
Again, I am not against music. At the end of the day, I really don’t care what type of music others listen to. The bottom line is that we have to wake-up out of this spiritual stupor in thinking that certain things don’t matter just because we don’t want them to. It is a delusion to believe that whatever we want to call of God is so simply because it makes us feel good or we don’t see anything wrong with it. Don’t be destroyed because of a lack of knowledge. Ask God for spiritual discernment. Seek wisdom from Him in all things…He is faithful to give it.
“…for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” Luke 16:8b
1 Corinthians 10. 20-22 KJV
“But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice , they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 21 Ye cannot * drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot * be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. 22 Do we provoke * the Lord to jealousy ? are we stronger than * he?”
Are we truly worshiping God when we pray and when we are told to visualize Him in our midst as so many churches are teaching their congregations to do? Or are we conjuring up an image that a demon can readily step into? This is important to us if we consider ourselves Christians. Are we worshiping God? Are we praying to Him or are we praying to another?
When Paul uses the word ‘fellowship’, he means this:
- a partner, associate, comrade, companion
- a partner, sharer, in anything
- of the altar in Jerusalem on which the sacrifices are offered
- sharing in the worship of the Jews
- partakers of (or with) demons
- brought into fellowship with them, because they are the authors of heathen worship
- of the altar in Jerusalem on which the sacrifices are offered
This can be easily done considering the definition given. You don’t have to put on a black robe, shave your head and draw pentagrams in the sand to worship a demonic entity. Paul is saying anything that you set up as an idol is a demon in disguise. When you mentally paint a picture of Jesus Christ, or God or even heaven, you are traveling in dangerous territory. You are setting up the opportunity for the enemy to walk in and assume the identity of whomever you are imagining. He will give you the right answers, and say all the right things to convince you that he is in fact who you want him to be in order to fulfill that role you desire to have filled.
There is no Scriptural basis for imagery or visualization, therefore, if it’s not in Scripture, it should be avoided, not dabbled with. The verse that comes to mind in this circumstance is Ephesians 4.27 “Neither give place to the devil.”
Don’t give him a place in anything. Don’t give him an opportunity to take control of any part of your life, whether it be finances, marriage, family, career or even your thought life. This means the things you conjure up in your imagination. The scenarios and fantasies that we so easily fall into while we are idle. The day dreams and thoughts that captivate us on any given day can lead to bondage if we are not careful. Our thoughts have to be on Jesus and His kingdom. This will keep us from danger. A good illustration is a school of fish swimming by being led around by a supposed leader who is teaching them about the dangers of the sea. Here and there are flashy and beautiful floating objects glittering in the sunshine, that most certainly have the ability to catch the eye of the fish who isn’t keeping his focus on what is ahead. He doesn’t know what’s hidden in amongst the flash and glitter, all he knows is it is pretty and attractive, and everything in him wants to investigate. If he doesn’t keep his focus and attention on his leader, he will find himself hooked before he knows what happened.
In closing, here is an excerpt from C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” where a devil is advising Wormwood on how to seduce Christians. Very informative and scary if you are in the habit of using your imagination to “get in touch” with Jesus through your mind.
Whenever they are attending to the Enemy Himself we are defeated, but there are ways of preventing them from doing this. The simplest is to turn their gaze away from Him toward themselves. Keep them watching their own minds and trying to produce feelings there by the action of their own wills…
The humans do not start from that direct perception of Him which we, unhappily, cannot avoid. They have never known that ghastly luminosity, that stabbing and searing glare which is the source of permanent pain in our lives. If you look into your patient’s mind when he is praying, you will not find that image.
If you examine the picture on which he is concentrating, you will find that it is a composite of many quite ridiculous ingredients. There will be images derived from pictures of the Enemy as He appeared during the discreditable episode known as the Incarnation. In addition, there will be more vague and perhaps quite barbaric, images associated with the other two Persons of the Trinity. There will even be some of his own reverence (and of bodily sensations accompanying it) attributed to the beloved image.
I have known cases where what the patient called his “God” was actually located up and to the left at the corner of the bedroom ceiling or inside his own head or in a crucifix on the wall. But whatever the nature of the composite object, you must keep him praying to it–to the thing that he has made, not to the Person who has made him. You may even encourage him to attach great importance to the correction and improvement of his composite object. Suggest that he keep it steadily before his imagination during the whole prayer.
He must never come to make the distinction between the object and the Person. If he ever consciously directs his prayers, “Not to what I think Thou art but to what Thou knowest Thyself to be”, our situation is, for the moment, desperate. If this ever happens, he may cast aside all his thoughts and images. Or, he may retain them with a full recognition of their merely subjective nature. Then the man will trust himself to the completely real, external, invisible Presence, who is with him in the room. This is the worst thing that could happen.”*
*C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters (Spire, 1976), p. 34, 35