They are not a Christian band. Another revealing testimony to the complete spiritual blindness of Christ Community Music CCM is the unmasking of the gothic metal band Evanescence. Evanescence’s album Fallen was heavily marketed by the mega Christian music distributor Provident and it swiftly climbed to the Number One spot on Billboard’s Christian charts! Virtually overnight, Evanescence was the new “shining star” of the Christian Music world. But there was one little-bitty problem…
Evanescence is not a Christian band!
In Entertainment Weekly (April 18, 2003), Evanescence finally could no longer take it. The spiritual blindness of the Contemporary Christian Music world even baffled Evanescence! Guitarist Ben Moody flatly tells Entertainment Weekly,
“We’re actually high on the Christian charts, and I’m like, What the f*** are we even doing there?” (Entertainment Weekly, April 18, 2003, p. 41)
Yea, what are they doing there?
Here is how spiritually-blind, CCM magazine reviewed Evanescence’s Fallen:
“Evanescence’s unapologetic declaration of faith in songs like ‘Tourniquet’ and ‘Whisper’ have Christian message boards buzzing with commentary about the band’s seemingly brave ‘Jesus’ agenda.” (CCM, May 2003, p. 41)
Their “unapologetic declaration of faith”? Their brave “Jesus agenda”?
Let’s take a look at some of Evanescence’s lyrics. Let us examine their “unapologetic declaration of faith”:
In their song, Breathe No More, they openly sing, "… I’ve come to believe my souls on the other side".
Breathe No More - Evanescence (Fallen)
I’ve been looking in the mirror for so long.
That I’ve come to believe my souls on the other side…
And I bleed, I bleed, …
Convince me that I’ve been sick forever.
Bring Me To Life - Evanescence (Fallen)
How can you see into my eyes…
Without a soul
my spirit’s sleeping somewhere cold …
Call my name and save me from the dark.
Wake me up.
Bid my blood to run…
Everybody’s Fool - Evanescence (Fallen)
Lost in your lies …
I know the truth now
I know who you are…
Never was and never will be
Not for real that you can save me
And somehow now you’re everybody’s fool
In Farther Away, Evanescene sings, “I sold my soul just to hide the light!” To a Christian - the Light is the Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:12). “And now I see what I really am - A thief, A WHORE and a liar”. Is this the kind of music our Christian youth should be listening to? Would anyone, with ANY spiritual discernment, possibly believe this is Bible-Believing Christian music?
Farther Away - Evanescence (Fallen)
I sold my soul just to hide the light.
And now I see what I really am,
A thief a whore, and a liar.
Hello - Evanescence (Fallen)
Don’t try to fix me
I’m not broken
Hello, I’m the lie living for you so you can hide…
In their song Imaginary, even throws in a little wicca, pagan, new-age doctrine with “the goddess of imaginary light”
Imaginary - Evanescence (Fallen)
Oh how I long for the deep sleep dreaming
The goddess of imaginary light
My Last Breath - Evanescence (Fallen)
Closing your eyes
You pray your dreams will leave you here,
But still you wake and know the truth -
No one’s there.
Say goodnight, don’t be afraid
Calling me, holding me, as you fade to black.
In their song Whisper, Evanescence sings the “this truth drives me into madness” and “fallen angels at my feet” who “whisper voices at my ear. Death before my eyes”. Who, with any real Christian spiritual discernment, could honestly recommend and endorse this to our Christian young people?
Whisper - Evanescence (Fallen)
No one’s here and I fall into myself
This truth drive me
I know I can stop the pain…
Fallen angels at my feet
Whispered voices at my ear
Death before my eyes
"truth drive me into madness…"?
How different from the words of the Lord Jesus. Jesus says in John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”
How in the world, can ANYONE possibly believe this is Christian music?
In the song Tourniquet, Evanescence sings a haunting, dark, gothic, blasphemous cry mocking salvation. They even toss in the title “Christ”. Music-Critic.ca says of Tourniquet: "The question of whether God is listening or even there at all is brought up throughout the song,…" (www.music-critic.ca/album-reviews/evanescence_fallen.shtml) And this is a Christian message?
Tourniquet - Evanescence (Fallen)
Am I too lost to be saved ?…
My God! My Tourniquet,
Return to me salvation…
Lost for so long.
Will you be on the other side ?
Will you forgive me ? …
My soul cries, for deliverance.
Will I be denied ?
Christ! Tourniquet! My suicide.
And CCM magazine praises this wickedness for their “unapologetic declaration of faith” and their “brave ‘Jesus’ agenda”! How can anyone possibly be that spiritually blind?
No wonder Singer Amy Lee also tells Entertainment Weekly, “I guarantee that if the Christian bookstore owners LISTENED to some of those songs, they wouldn’t sell the CD.”
Now what does that testify to the spiritual discernment of the Contemporary Christian Music world? Compare CCM’s misleading “brave ‘Jesus’ agenda” and “unapologetic declaration of faith” review of Fallen to MTV’s review of Fallen:
"Sounds Like: Exactly how they look: dark, eerie, and unabashedly rocking… “
MTV’s review of Fallen
(www.mtvasia.com/reviews/cds/Items/2003050702.html, emphasis added)
Here’s how Unearthed.com’s describes Fallen:
“When one looks longs into the darkness, it stares into the depths of your soul as well. This abysmal introspection builds the beautiful ruins of truth. Just such a stark glory is what shines in the band Evanescence… pristine vocals soar over emotional, ethereal instrumentals ranging from the soft and sorrowful to the dark, heavy melees of aggression…Evanescence is not brutal, but is darkly heavy.”
What’s the difference? The secular world is simply listening to the music and making an honest evaluation. And the CCM crowd, as Evanescence’s lead singer told Entertainment Weekly, "There are people hell-bent on the idea that we’re a Christian band in disguise, and that we have some secret message,"
She got that right! They are “HELL bent”. There is no way the Holy Spirit of God EVER lead anyone to recommend Evanescence to Christian young people! Not in a million years!
In Matthew 13:15, the Lord Jesus Christ describes some people whose “heart is waxed gross” and their ears are “dull of hearing”. They hear it, but because of the deception in their heart, they can no longer hear the truth. A perfect description of many in Contemporary Christian Music. They are so caught up in rock music, they are not spiritually capable of hearing the truth.
For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
God bless you!!! :):)