Music: The Trojan Horse Of The Church

Music: The Trojan Horse Of The Church

Contemporary Christian Music – it is the innovation of the hour in our age of church history. It has taken the Bible-believing church by storm. When a fundamental church adopts CCM as its musical style, it always moves into the new evangelical orbit. Where CCM comes, new evangelism follows, as certainly as the tail follows the dog. Reverent worship disappears, sound doctrine declines, and holy living is despised. 

John E. Ashbrook 

[Forward to Confronting Contemporary Christian Music by Dr. H. T. Spence]

During the Trojan War, the Greeks had unsuccessfully tried to take the city of Troy for 10 long years. In a final effort for victory, the Greeks constructed a large wooden horse and offered it as a gift to the Trojans, acknowledging the victory of the city of Troy against the Greek assaults.

As the Greek ships appeared to sail back home, the Trojans pulled the great pize into the city and celebrated their victory. Unknown the Trojans, the wooden horse was filled with an elite force from the Greeks army. That night the Greek soldiers crept out of the horse and opened the gates of the city for the rest of the Greek army, who had sailed back during the night. The Greeks entered the city and destroyed it.

But there were those among the city of Troy who warned of the danger of bringing the wooden horse into the city. The Trojan priest Laocoon discerned the plot of the Greeks and warned the Trojans of the danger.

Then Laocoön rushes down eagerly from the heights of the citadel, to confront them all, a large crowd with him, and shouts from far off: "O unhappy citizens, what madness? Do you think the enemy's sailed away? Or do you think any Greek gift's free of treachery? Is that Ulysses's reputation? Either there are Greeks in hiding, concealed by the wood, or it's been built as a machine to use against our walls, or spy on our homes, or fall on the city from above, or it hides some other trick: Trojans, don't trust this horse. Whatever it is, I'm afraid of Greeks even those bearing gifts."

Virgil's Aeneid, Book II

Music has power, a divine gift capable of touching mankind in every realm of its existence. It can sway any generation through its influence, and overcome any barrier of language or ideology. It truly is the language of one world. 

God created music based on absolutes and principles. When these absolutes and principles are broken, it opens the door for pragmatism, relativism, surrealism, and personalism. These philosophical movements open the door for new approaches in society and the church. 

When the church abandons the absolutes and principles of the Bible, it will accept new ways to evangelize, to organize churches, adopting new methods and “new music” as the vehicle for these changes. 

The “new music” introduces a new philosophy, which permeates every sector within the church. Changes will come to modes of worship, dress standards in the House of God, evangelistic emphasis and methods, associations and fellowship, etc. What previous generations viewed as dangerous, will now be accepted under the banner of “Christian liberty.” 

Music is the “Trojan Horse” that allows the trends and spirit of our times to enter the gates of the church. It will not be long before the anointing from God and His presence will be lost in both the pulpit and the pew. 

Music is the most popular method to change a persons philosophy, and the Devil knows this. He has successfully used it to his advantage to weaken and destroy the influence of fundamental churches. 


A steady stream of a nebulous diet of music after a while becomes like leaven to the mind and soul. Over a period of time the sedative will begin to work. The philosophy will then be planted and time will tell the outworking of it in the life. The war cry will be gone from the soul, and compromise will be inevitable.

Dr. H. T. Spence - Confronting CCM

Fundamental churches today must pray for discernment to safeguard their choir-lofts and pews from the dangers of “new music”. How do we do this? God’s Word is to be the safeguard of our hearts, our minds, and our thoughts. When this is the case, then our music will be governed by the absolutes and principles of God’s Word. 

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