Learning the Way of God More Perfectly
King James Bible 1611 Then and Now

Absolute Music for an Absolute God
VII.  Going Beyond Absolute Music
The Design of Japheth's Purest Music
Outline of audio sermon:
(as always, there is preaching within the audio that you won't find in the notes/outline)

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
Psalm 89:15

The sound of late Baroque and early Classical is so clean, most folks are bored with it and can't even listen to it, let alone appreciate it and be edified by it.  That is how corrupted we have become over the 'beat' and 'design' of modern music today.

Elijah - second to The Messiah

Last evening's live concert performance at Cordiner Hall
    an exuberance of clear and clean "sound"
    No technical critique emphasis for me
    live - quiet still time
    Good way to teach good listening skills to your little children
        thinking of others
        even a few social manners

Listening audio examples:

Romantic Era

Beethoven to Wagner

A time of great revolutions in the world.

Industrial revolution replaced people with machines and the people fought back with their feelings and emotions!

Passion, not reason, ruled the day!

Artistic freedom moved in - emotions ruled the arts (literature, architecture & art)!

Tone color (types of sound) became important as the instruments were improved!

About the mind - harmony - emotions
Folks enjoy this period more than the classical, even though they think this is the classical era.  This is as far back as they can stand!
Harmonies became more expressive, more dissonant (just 'more') and more chromatic.
Previous forms were expanded.

Leavening process begins downhill from Absolute Music era!
Moving music away from God's glory and praise to man's own!
Ham is moving closer and closer at this time with Jazz!

Term applied to the era in music history, from circa 1790 to 1910, that succeeded the Classical period. The word 'romantic' has to do with romance, imagination, the strange and the fantastic; in music it is applied (as to literature and painting) to works in which fantasy and imagination are in their own right more important than classical features such as balance, restraint and good taste.

In music, Romanticism led to looser and more extended musical forms:

End of Classical
The classical style may be seen to culminate in the music of Beethoven, who is perceived as the link between the classic and romantic style. This distinction is important for the so-called common practice era from ca. 1725 to 1900, that is the period of the defining tradition of western music.

Beethoven - end and new beginning

The Romantic style includes the growth of a number of varied and often antithetical influences. These include the development of the: The early Romantic composers include Schubert, Weber, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Chopin; among the later ones are Liszt, Wagner, Brahms, and Verdi.


The key instrument of the day!

Another manifestation of Romanticism is found in the exaltation not only of the composer but of the virtuoso performer; pianists such as Chopin and Liszt, and the violinist Paganini, acquired European reputations for their unique insights or heroic brilliance. A further aspect of Romanticism is found in the search for national identity, often through their history and folk-music repertory, by many of the European countries just attaining political maturity or independence.

Audio Example of Virtuoso Pianist
excerpts from Hungarian Rhapsody # 2 - Franz Lizst

King James Bible Believers should listen to Classical / Baroque music - and Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs based on same design, etc.

Our mind - we have one and still have to use it - even if we know we have the mind of Christ in that King James Bible.  Certainly not in our own mind, yet, as the bapticostals, etc. are claiming more and more these days.

    we read the KJB
    we read other stuff, too.

    we have thoughts
    we have imaginations
    we hear other things

        Parents, get real:
            so do our children!
            so do our grandchildren!

You might as well keep it clean - cooth, versus uncooth - and certainly not crass!

Praise God with clean thoughts, clean sounds, clean words, clean imaginations
Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

II Corinthians 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

The Lost world has a defiled, perverted and seared conscience - mind!
Romans 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Ephesians 4:17-19  This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The Bible says plenty about our mind - when lost and when saved:

it can be grieved - Genesis 23:8
it can desire - De 18:6
it can sorrow - De 28:65
it can be willing - I Ch 28:9
it can be willing to work - Nehemiah 4:6
it can be uttered - Pr 29:11
it can be hardened in pride - Da 5:20
and it can be changed - Hab 1:11

The Bible speaks of:
despiteful minds - Eze 36:5
right mind - Mark 5:15
evil affected mind - Acts 14:2
reprobate mind - Romans 1:28
carnal mind - Romans 8:7
vain mind - Ephesians 4:17
fleshly mind - Colossians 2:18
corrupt mind - I Timothy 6:5
being high-minded - II Timothy 3:4
a defiled mind - Titus 1:15
being sober minded - Titus 2:6
blinded minds - II Corinthians 3:14; 4:4
minding earthly things - Philippians 3:19

... Yet now for a Christian:
it can be a transformed and renewed mind - Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23
we can now love God with it - II Timothy 1:7
it can be stayed on God for a perfect peace - Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:8
it can be fully pursuaded as to whether what we do is right or wrong - Romans 14:5
not to get caught up in the complex - the simplicity that is in Christ - Philippians 4:7

We ought to give our mind clean and godly music
that is based on clean and Godly structure!

And Praise Him with Absolute Music!
And Remember - His 'Pure' Music is the King James Bible!!