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The Homophobe Roots of Christian Rock?

August 8, 2007

A friend pointed me to this very interesting article in Slate that traces the roots of Contemporary Christian Music to a so-called ‘homophobe’ christian by the name of Frisbee. Read it and comment, especially if you know anything about Frisbee or the accuracy of the documentary covering his life. An excerpt:

In 1993, Frisbee died of AIDS, raising issues that most people in the evangelical community would rather ignore. Though the man had sparked two of the most dynamic Protestant revival movements to appear over the last 30 years—Calvary Chapel and later the Vineyard—his catalytic role had largely been swept under the carpet until Di Sabatino made his documentary.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2007 10:23 pm

    Sooooo…what are they trying to say here? That Frisbee was gay? I don’t get it.

  2. August 9, 2007 5:38 am

    If I follow correctly, they are saying that there was a homophobe coverup to the roots of Christian music, demonstrating a highly intolerant and unloving twist on so-called spiritual music. The author also seems to make a connection between approving homosexuality and allowing for full artistic expression.

  3. August 9, 2007 7:46 am

    From what I know, Frisbee struggled his whole life with homosexuality. He believed it to be a sin, but could break away from it. His life has gone unnoticed, because of the way his ministry ended. He didn’t finish well, as they say.

    He played a role with the Jesus Movement and the people who joined Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard. But I don’t think I would say that he sparked it. Chuck Smith and John Wimber had more to do with those movements than anyone else.

  4. August 9, 2007 8:19 am

    Ahh, well that’s what I was thinking Jdodson.

    I’m sure we all have people struggling with homosexual tendencies in our churches today. I have my convictions on this issue but I would agree with Eric; Chuck Smith and John Wimber were the catalysts behind their respective groups and not Frisbee.

  5. August 9, 2007 9:46 am

    Thanks for the insight, Eric. Are you connected with Calvary chapel?

  6. Sam permalink
    August 10, 2007 11:46 am

    contemporary christian music never separated from secular music in the way the article tries to imply. if that were the case, it would have had a separate, unique evolution along the genre of “christian music.” instead, what’s happened is that christian music has drawn its influence from whatever music is around at the time. the development/evolution of the contemporary christian musical style is inseparable from that of contemporary, secular music.

    in this sense, “contemporary” christian music has been going on, as noted in the article comments, since several hundred years ago, when christian lyrics were put to bar tunes. these days, songwriters can’t help but be influenced by secular music to some degree, and that’s reflected in their musicianship.

    the closest exceptions that i can think of are the apostolic musicians IHOP in kansas city. their style was quite unique to me the first time i listened to their music.

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