MUSIC AND THE NEW AGE
Michael Jackson, a best-selling singer, songwriter, producer, movie star
and dancer, is the uncontested, outstanding male recording star of the 80’s.
In February of 1984 he was awarded an unprecedented eight Grammy awards, a
feat never before accomplished in Grammy history. At that point his album
Thriller had become the biggest selling solo album ever, an album that covered
everything from sexual fantasy to demon possession.
Michael Jackson’s life offstage has been no less fantastic than his life
onstage. Throughout the years he has reportedly done everything from
collecting mannequins and attempting to purchase the bone of the Elephant an
to spending part of his life living in a plastic bubble. Jackson has not only
led much of the already lost world further from the truth and deeper into the
fantasy explosion, but has become one of the most influential proponents of
New Age ideas in the last days.
A favorite even among some deluded Christians, Jackson believes he is a
prophet sent forth as a messenger to the children of the world. He claims I
worry about the children, all my children all over the world, I live for
I was sent forth for the world, for the children, but have mercy, for I’ve
been bleeding a long time now. Michael Jackson attributes his creative
ability to the “force within” and reveals that his songs are given to him by
way of revelation through “dreams” after being assembled in another realm. He
says, the whole thing is strange, you hear the words, everything is right
there in front of your face, and you say to yourself, ‘I’m sorry, I just
didn’t write this.’ Its there already. I feel that somewhere, someplace, it’s
all been done, and I’m the courier bringing it into the world.
The Word of God reveals three different sources of dreams: natural (Ecc.
5:3); divine (Matt. 1:20); and evil (Jer. 23:32; 27:9, Zech. 10:2). Therefore
the Lord instructs us to test those who claim revelation as a “dreamer of
dreams” (Deut. 13:1-5) and if they speak not according to this Word it is
because there is no light in them (Isa. 8:20).
Sadly, the closest Michael Jackson gets to the Word of God in his lyrics is
to promote as truth the very lie God reveals will cause many to be damned (2
His song We Are The World was sung by an all- star line-up of over 40
singers ranging from Kenny Rogers to Cyndi Lauper. It was first done for
famine relief in Africa and ended up being sung as an anthem during Hands
Across America. the message Michael brings to his children is that we are all
a part of God’s great big family and that the world must come together as
one…we’re saving our own lives.
The song goes on to say, as God has shown us by turning stones to bread so
we all must lend a helping hand. Compared with Matt. 4:1-5 it does not take
much discernment to detect the spirit behind the song. The co-writer of the
song, Lionel Richie, is described as being “in shock” as to how fast Michael
Jackson wrote the music. Interesting the book by the same title describes
the lyrics as being “summoned.”
In Jackson’s song Another Part of Me from his latest album Bad he sings:
We’re takin over, we have the truth, this is the mission, to see it
through…this is our planet…and this is our message to you. The
planets are linin’ up, we’re bringin’ brighter days, they’re allin
line waiting for you…We’re coming together…
This song parallels the New Age Harmonic convergence claim that our planet
was finding it s rightful alignment in the “galactic community” and summoning
the New Age. Jackson performs this song, in a short movie played at
Disneyland where he is seen as a savior transforming a decadent society into a
paradise with his magic power.
This is not to be taken lightly in that his message is drummed into the
hearts and minds of millions via his music and as early as 1984 it was being
reported that a group had emerged claiming he is the “Messiah returned” and
the “Archangel Michael.”
If we as discerning Christians reject sitting under the teachings of other
false teachers, it is my prayer to God that all would reject the musical
ministry of Michael Jackson.
SCRIPTURES: God, in His Word, warns and alerts us concerning spiritual
deception in the last days (Matt. 24:4-5, 11, 23-26, 2 Thess. 2:3-12, 1 Tim.
4:1-3, 2 Tim. 3:8, 13-14, 4:1-5, Rev. 13:1-18, 16:13-15).