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We have traced a direct line from pagan drum possession rituals, through ragtime, rock 'n' roll, and down to hard rock. But what about so-called "country music"?

First, there is the problem of the words in country music. They consist of three major areas: sex, divorce, and drinking. It is true that rock music lyrics also include satanism and hard drugs; but that does not make country music any more virtuous. Both are evil, and produce evil in the lives of those who listen to them.

After careful research, James Schaefer, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at the University of Minnesota, found that country music increases alcohol consumption and can lead to alcoholism.

The second problem with country music is the lives of its musicians and performers. When a certain type of music damages those most involved with it, we should take warning and avoid it! (Most recent "Western songs" share the problems which are found in country music.)

Many country artists, including George Jones, are known for their much publicized drinking. He has been known to not even show up for some concerts, due to excessive drinking on those days.

One Gatlin Brothers' song says, "If there's no Mogen David [brand of wine] in heaven, then who the h__ wants to go." Larry Gatlin entered a drug abuse center for recovery.

Bad music ruins the lives of those who present it and the lives of those who listen to it. Many country music musicians and performers openly boast about their use of street drugs.

In a story in the Nashville Tennessean, Johnny Paycheck said his several debts, criminal charges, and missed shows should be blamed on the country music industry. In another article, he commented that cocaine and alcohol are all right for people to use; only heroin is something to be avoided.

It has been charged that some of those performers swap husbands and wives about as often as they change record labels.

"As a country artist, I'm not proud of a lot of things in my field. There is no doubt in my mind that we are contributing to the moral decline in America."—Conway Twitty, in a People Magazine interview.

Like many others in country music, Willie Nel­son came out of a Christian background. He was raised by his grandparents who carefully taught him godly principles. His grandmother wrote gospel songs, and he began writing them too.

But since then, like so many others, Willie Nel­son has fallen a long way. He now confesses that he believes in reincarnation.

It is significant that many country music artists were originally gospel music singers. When they switched to country music, their personal lives deteriorated.

"Honky-tonk angels and cheatin' men have always played their part in country songs, but never in the history of country music have their illicit affairs been so graphically depicted as they are today."—News and Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina

The following 24 country music song titles very clearly tells the story: Stay away from country music!

"Let's Get It While the Getting's Good" / "You'd Make An Angel Want to Cheat" / "When I Get My Hands on You" / "Behind Closed Doors" / "Loving Up a Storm" / "She's Pullin' Me Back Again" / "Heavenly Bodies" / "Why Don't You Spend the Night?" / "To All the Girls I've Love Before" / "Let's Stop Talkin' About It" / "She's Not Really Cheatin,' She's Just Gettin' Even" / "When We Make Love" / "War is Hell on the Home Front Too" / "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again" / "Something to Brag About" / "Making Love from Memory" / "I Dream of Women Like You" / "First Time Around" / "Makin' Love Don't Always Make Love Grow" / "I May be Used, But Baby I Ain't Used Up" / "I Feel Like Lovin' You Again" / "Just Give Me One More Night."