In examininig the music issue, one of the basic questions that steers us through these mighty waters of change is, “Where did it begin?” If directions determine destinations, and they do, we must be ultimately cautious and mindful of an issue’s beginnings.
In Exodus chapter number thirty-two, the people of God were congregated at Sinai. That mountain became, for all time, synonymous with the law given by God to Moses. During these seasons of revelation, Moses received much from God. He not only received two tables of stone upon which were inscribed the Ten Commandments, but he also received dietary, civil, and religious law, as well as, the pattern of the Tabernacle.
When the Tabernacle pattern, portraying the person of Christ, was yet to be given to Bezaleel, Satan entered the camp and offered a delusion to the people, in order to receive worship from them, which he knew should belong to God.
As we read the story of the Israelites, our imaginations struggle to understand from whence a golden calf would come. What does one discern of the broken jewelry, the naked dancing, and the mindless eating and drinking? Where did THAT come from?
The Bible says in verse one, “And when the poeple saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not which is become of him,” and so he did. The text says in verse four, “And he received them [golden earrings] at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” These “gods” were a “molten calf.” Where did THAT come from? It came from Egypt!
For four hundred and thirty years, the children of Israel germinated and grew in the land of Egypt. Without a sacrifice, a prophet, or a Tabernacle, the people of God acclimated to Egyptian life. Knowing that their sacrificial system of lambs was abominable to the Egyptians (Gen. 46:34), it had been centuries since they had worshipped God in spirit and in truth.
In the fulness of time, Moses came riding into town on a stammering tongue. “Thus saith the LORD of Israel, Let my people go that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness,” (Exodus 5:1) became the echoing cry of the Deliverer through the corridors of Pharoah’s palace. As Pharoah’s heart was hardened, God visited Egypt on the vengeful chariot of ten plagues. Each plague was a direct assault on a deity worshiped in Egypt.
The Bible says in chapter nine of Exodus beginning in verse one, “Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharoah, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain.”
Apis was the sacred bull of Memphis who symbolized fertility and strength in war. Born with sacred markings on its head the Apis bull was housed in plush quarters, given the best of food and would live out its days in luxury. At its death this deity of Egypt would be embalmed and mummified in sacred burials grounds. In Memphis in recent years archaeologists have discovered these elaborate tombs.
In religious life, the Apis was a manifestation of Ptah upon the earth. Ptah was the creator god. In the form of a ravaging disease, God cursed this idolatrous thought of Egypt!
Getting the Iraelites out of Egypt was one thing, but ridding Egyptian idolatry out of the Hebrews was quite another! At Sinai, Moses implored the people, “Take time to be holy! God has said that on the third day He is coming down! We must be ready! THE Creator God is coming!” (19:11).
In chapter thirty-two Moses delayed to come down to the people and they reverted back to their Egyptian influence, fashioning an Apis bull and worshipping at its feet. Ptah as Creator and Apis as his manifestation on earth received the adoration of the people of God!
There was evil, false worship in the visible (Apis) and evil, godless worship in the invisible (Ptah). When what is visible is false, then that which is worshipped behind it is a lie and a deceiver!
The Apostle Paul said, “What say I then? That the idol is anything, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything? 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” (I Cor. 10:19-20).
As we think of CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) as a genre, may we ask, “Where did THAT come from?” For if the visible is faulty, fraudulent or fake, then that which is worshipped behind it is a lie and a deceiver!
Lonnie Frisbee was born into a shattered home of abuse and drugs on June 6, 1949 in Costa Mesa, California. Frisbee’s unofficial evangelism career began a soul-searching LSD acid-trip as part of a regular “turn on, tune in, drop out” session of getting high. He would often read the Bible while tripping. On one pilgrimage with friends to Palm Sprints, Frisbee started reading the Gospel of John to the group, instead of looking for meaning in mysticism and the occult. He eventually led the group to Tahquitz Falls and baptized them. A later acid-trip in the same area produced “a vision of a vast sea of people crying out to the Lord for salvation, with Frisbee in front preaching the gospel.”
Throughout his life, he maintained a hippie appearance and practiced sodomy. Frisbee functioned both publically as an evangelical preacher and privately as a gay man before and during his evangelism career.
Meanwhile, in May 1977, John Wimber was laying the groundwork for what would become the Association of Vineyard Churches, also known as the Vineyard Movement. He had witnessed the explosive growth of Calvary Chapel and sought to build a church that embraced the healings and miracles that he had previously been taught were no longer a part of Christian life. He began teaching and preaching about spiritual gifts and healings, but it wasn’t until May 1980 when Frisbee testified that the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit took hold of the church.
Frisbee was then invited by John Wimber to the Calvary Chapel to preach. Since his early days at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Frisbee had made a shift in his emphasis from evangelism to the dramatic and demonstrative manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit.
Riding on the waves of the Vineyard Movement’s popularity, Frisbee and Wimber began traveling the world, visiting South Africa and Europe. Frisbee was a much sought-after preacher with his “Jesus-like” look gaining him instant recognition from South Africa to Denmark. While there, they performed many “healings” and “miracles” for people.
As reported by many in attendance, Frisbee was integral to the development of what would later become Wimber’s “Signs and Wonders theology” and became known as the father of a new genre of worship music, “Contemporary Christian Music.”
“Jesus music” became the worship music of the hippie crowd, who in the 1960’s and 1970’s, were convinced of the barenness of a lifestyle based on drugs, free sex, and radical politics. These “Jesus people,” called the Lord Jesus, “another trip.”
Dear friend, THIS (Frisbee and Wimber) is where THAT (CCM) came from! CCM is reengineered, repackaged Egyptian worship. It is worship that exalts the world, the flesh, and, ultimately, Satan himself. It could be heard in Babylon in Daniel chapter three, and it will also play a key roll in the one-world church to come.
May we be ever mindful of Romans chapter one verse twenty-three where Paul exclaims, “Who changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”
Our enemy is in this world to corrupt, confuse, and change the truth concerning our invisible God, and when the visible is from Egypt the invisible receiving worship behind it is a lie and deceiver. Selah!