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John Calvin, commenting on 1 Corinthians 14:7-8*, observes,

Finally, we know from experience how great a power music has for moving men’s feelings, so that Plato teaches, quite rightly, that in one way or another music is of the greatest value in shaping the moral tone of the state.**

In a society that has for nearly a century indulged itself in popular music that glorifies sexual immorality, violence, and rebellion, and given that that society today brazenly embodies such themes, is there any doubt that Calvin (and Plato) is right?

Be careful what you listen to.

*”If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?” 1 Cor 14:7-8 (ESV)

**John Calvin, The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, trans. John W. Fraser (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1960), 289.

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