Friday, August 7, 2009

Falling Up going secular

Unfortunately, this post is a little upsetting, as hard rock band Falling Up seems to be completely secular. To me, this became apparent when listening to Captiva. I realized that this album was unlike their previous two albums, Dawn Escapes and Crashings (which are presumably moderate in Christian lyrics). I found that Captiva shows little to no interest in Christianity.

Track #10 on Crashings is called “Falling In Love”. It is a love song written to the Lord, telling Him how much he means to us. “All of my dreams and my passions are in Your hands”, says the chorus. “Always/ always You are with me/ You are the love of my life/ He comes to find you on your knees.” I find this song so inspirational and always encourages me to keep up my relationship with Jesus. However, compare those words with track #12 on Captiva called, “The Dark Side of Indoor Track Meets”. This song is about someone who ran to far and might die. “Such fluorescent/ you must wonder how I sleep/ shaking spells end/ as the cuts lined up my knees/ …now I wonder that I may have ran too far…/if there’s complications pull the plug out/ pull the plug out.”

As is apparent, there is little or no spiritual value in Captiva. But it gets worse on Fangs. This is purely demonic fiction, with absolutely no spiritual value, at all, and the story is extremely hard to follow. As an example, on rock song is called, “I Am Goddess of the Dayspring.” Despite the fact there are no goddesses, Luke 1:78 refers to God as “the dayspring from on high.” This would seem to make a mockery of Scriptures. The actual story behind fangs is too disgusting to go into in great detail, but if you dare, you can read it at Jesus Freak Hideout’s Fangs review. Besides the lyrical content, fans will also be disappointed that this album is mostly mellow. It can be compared to “How they made Cameras,” and “Arch to Achtilles” on Captiva. However, there are still two songs on the album that are equivalent to previous Falling Up works.

Lead singer Jesse Ribordy explained that God gave us an imagination so that we could imagine Him better, and this is what Fangs attempts to accomplish. However, my thoughts on this view are different. God also gave us a mind, so that we can think right, but He wants us to use it for His glory, and not for imagining fairytales. I personally loved Falling Up’s first two albums, but I am disappointed at the backsliding turn that the band has taken. As far as Falling Up, you can make the decision for yourself whether or not to listen to this band, and that decision I cannot make for you, although I do hope you make a good decision.

Col 3:17 “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” NKJV


  1. I do not believe at all falling up has gone secular. For indstance according to Jesus Freak Hideout...

    "Captiva just gets better with every listen. Lyrically, Falling Up continues to stay strong, pointing listeners to Christ and offering the hope that He gives. Songs such as “Maps” are outright when vocalist Jessy Ribordy sings, “the further from you, the harder I try to exist (take these blinds from my eyes and wake me from the inside). Somebody tell me how did it come to this? (take these blinds from my eyes and wake me from the inside)” Other songs such as “Good Morning Planetarium,” are outright as well with the “He” referring to Christ in “I know He’s finding every lost and broken dream.” While not every song is outwardly about Christ, there is no question to who Falling Up follows and has given their lives to."

    And even according to In regards to FANGS!:

    "God is still with them, and their faith is still a powerful thing, but their expressions of these facts on this record are a lot less overt than previous efforts. Rather than making blatant and somewhat clichéd declarations of their beliefs, this album focuses more on searching for God in the middle of struggle, on resisting temptations and fighting through danger rather than being in a happy-happy-joy-joy place of worship that’s youth pastor- and parent-approved. It’s about getting through the tragedies and learning from the mistakes rather than pretending there are no worries in the world and that everything is safe. It’s not a safe place, but it’s a very real one."

    I have been listing to falling up for many years i have many friends who know falling up personally and i was even babysat when i was younger by the bassists Jeremy Millers Sister. (i went to vineyard when the band was beginning to form) I still have faith that this band is staying strong in Christ and will continue to do so. Do some more research please before you make such an outlandish comment. You will find many Christian websites praising Falling up for their album FANGS! It may be different but it is far from secular. And i'm sure it will outreach to non-Christians who would be normally turned off by stereotypical contemporary Christian music.

    Thankyou and God Bless

  2. Hi Kevin,
    I actually agree with you on a few points. I do know that Falling Up has some songs that are clearly Christian, and I do love Falling Up. I'm just disappointed that their latest album is not overt in the Christian message. I don't endorse artists trying to make people "search" for Jesus in their lyrics, especially when you need others to try to tell you where it is Christian, and where it's not. I believe that to share the gospel with others and encourage them is the point of being a Christian artist. You quoted an article saying that this album is less overtly Christian than the others, and I'd have to ask the question, "Why? Are they trying to appeal to a secular audience?" In their latest two albums they failed to thank God. Maybe the guys of Falling Up are Christians, but this album didn't show it too well.


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