CREED?

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tstumf

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Ok so I grew up in the age of the late80s -2000s music. What is with the rock group Creed? Are the Christian? Are they Christianish? Or completely secular? There are many words in their lyrical content to songs that hint at perhaps somethings like faith, judgment day, mentioning one king, lyrical references to describing what heaven may be like Etc etc… where should a Christian categorize this music?
 

Subhumanoidal

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Ok so I grew up in the age of the late80s -2000s music. What is with the rock group Creed? Are the Christian? Are they Christianish? Or completely secular? There are many words in their lyrical content to songs that hint at perhaps somethings like faith, judgment day, mentioning one king, lyrical references to describing what heaven may be like Etc etc… where should a Christian categorize this music?
It was a fine line they rode, much like Evanessence did at the same time.
Scott Strapp seemed to be vocal about his faith somewhat at the time, yet his actions often did not line up. Once he got a DUI and some other negative media he seemed to disappear for a while.
A few years ago he reappeared with a new solo project, after sobering up. He seemed taken with a more Catholic view, based off the lyrics.
Meanwhile the rest of the guys went on to form Alter Bridge, which also fell into the label of Christian, but seemingly more legitimately than Creed did.
I suspect Scott Strapp was more the face of the band, as well as lyricist, and did more to cause confusion than the musicians, as he was always in the center of all the controversy. Hence peoples confusion.
And he seemed to have either grown up with a faith based upbringing or simply had a lot of struggles in his life, combined with a faith he was unsteady with.
I always found them more Christian friendly rather than Christian, other than the use of God [email protected] in one song. That did seem to put a smudge on their Christian reputation, but less than I expected.

Evanescence had plenty of confusion at the same time as to whether or not they were Christian. It turns out only the guitarist was a Christian, but the record label made the call to advertise them as Christian. Though they did go on to have Christians in the band later, most notably Rocky Gray, guitarist of well established Christian band Living Sacrifice and his side project, Christian band Soul Embraced.
 

tstumf

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It was a fine line they rode, much like Evanessence did at the same time.
Scott Strapp seemed to be vocal about his faith somewhat at the time, yet his actions often did not line up. Once he got a DUI and some other negative media he seemed to disappear for a while.
A few years ago he reappeared with a new solo project, after sobering up. He seemed taken with a more Catholic view, based off the lyrics.
Meanwhile the rest of the guys went on to form Alter Bridge, which also fell into the label of Christian, but seemingly more legitimately than Creed did.
I suspect Scott Strapp was more the face of the band, as well as lyricist, and did more to cause confusion than the musicians, as he was always in the center of all the controversy. Hence peoples confusion.
And he seemed to have either grown up with a faith based upbringing or simply had a lot of struggles in his life, combined with a faith he was unsteady with.
I always found them more Christian friendly rather than Christian, other than the use of God [email protected] in one song. That did seem to put a smudge on their Christian reputation, but less than I expected.

Evanescence had plenty of confusion at the same time as to whether or not they were Christian. It turns out only the guitarist was a Christian, but the record label made the call to advertise them as Christian. Though they did go on to have Christians in the band later, most notably Rocky Gray, guitarist of well established Christian band Living Sacrifice and his side project, Christian band Soul Embraced.
Sweet! Thanks for the information. I’ve allways been curious about them and how they were really perceived. I had a CD or two of theirs in my teens.
 

Subhumanoidal

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Sweet! Thanks for the information. I’ve allways been curious about them and how they were really perceived. I had a CD or two of theirs in my teens.
No problem. I was a fan of them back then as well. Perhaps try Alter Bridge out if you're still into that stuff (I'm not, but they've had some pretty solid popularity). And a less iffy history.

Christians in rock and metal have long been scattered about. Even in some surprising places.
 

Gideon300

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Ok so I grew up in the age of the late80s -2000s music. What is with the rock group Creed? Are the Christian? Are they Christianish? Or completely secular? There are many words in their lyrical content to songs that hint at perhaps somethings like faith, judgment day, mentioning one king, lyrical references to describing what heaven may be like Etc etc… where should a Christian categorize this music?
Some bands simply wanted to appeal to a broad demographic. I read an interview with a heavy metal band member. He said he was totally embarrassed when one of his fans asked him to pray for him. The Christian music scene in the US is big and profitable.

There's nothing new about this mixture. The Seekers were huge in the 60's and included quite a few Christian songs. Little River Band had a Christian bass player. His influence is obvious on some songs, "Help is on the Way" maybe the best known.

We need always to ask ourselves how something affects us spiritually. Music is a powerful force, both as a potential blessing and yet it can be a curse. I play guitar. After I was saved, I gradually turned away from worldly music. There is a great deal of the good stuff around. We can manage without the worldly.
 

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I'm not a Creed fan but my understanding is that the singer became a Christian after Creed broke up.

For Alter Bridge I know that some members who were Christians became agnostic.
 
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Ok so I grew up in the age of the late80s -2000s music. What is with the rock group Creed? Are the Christian? Are they Christianish? Or completely secular? There are many words in their lyrical content to songs that hint at perhaps somethings like faith, judgment day, mentioning one king, lyrical references to describing what heaven may be like Etc etc… where should a Christian categorize this music?
Yes he is he has his testimony also do the band korn
 
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I'm not a Creed fan but my understanding is that the singer became a Christian after Creed broke up.

For Alter Bridge I know that some members who were Christians became agnostic.
He was before as well