As you can already tell, this is a very subjective argument! Nevertheless, the critics yield it with devastating effectiveness. The average Christian is not as prepared as they ought to be against an onslaught like this, particularly when it comes from older, wiser church leaders. It is easy to do a "snow job" on people whose convictions are not deepened by years in the faith, a good knowlege of the scripture, or a good knowlege of church history.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. --- 1 Thess. 5:21-23
For once, they quoted the complete thought (it is one of a number of short exhortations in 1 Thess 5). If there is one thing that is obvious in these essays, we DO "prove all things" with scripture. Unlike the critics who fill their essays with secular sources and personal opinions. IF the critics were correct in their assumption that Christian rock music was evil, then this scripture would prohibit it. If they are wrong, then I am right in holding on to it.
Now, for "appearance of evil". I strongly encourage you - the Christian rock fan - to separate yourselves from any church or authority structure that has a problem with Christian rock music. Otherwise - they will use this scripture as a way to "prove" their point. If it appears evil to them, then it IS EVIL - but only to them. You must depart from fellowship with them and seek out like minded Christian believers. I often compare the critics to baby Christians, very zealous and on fire - but without a a lot of depth. Do not harm baby Christians, let them alone with their dognatism. I am speaking to the mature, Christ centered believer who has a consistant walk with the Lord, a good prayer life, and who studies the Word faithfully. You have gone beyond the spiritual baby food of the critics, don't stay on baby food. Get into the meat of Word of God and into a church that offers some real content in the pulpit. If you start hearin legalism or dogmatism from the pulpit - that is NOT spiritual meat. You need a church that preaches the Word of God, and the Word of God ONLY from the pulpit - no compromises, no omissions - VERSE BY VERSE. Your spiritual life and effectiveness for the Lord will take off, and these little issues like Christian rock, Bible translations, etc. will pale in significance. You will be free to express yourself in worship as the Spirit leads you without the guilt trip of the Christian rock critics. Eventually, you will even come to love them as I do - as fellow believers, sincere, if in error - baby Christians with whom I can have no fellowship lest I hurt them with my freedom. Their opinions will no longer bother you, because you will have a deep knowlege of what the Word of God REALLY has to say. Arguing with them will seem as pointless to you as it does to me. Excercise your liberty in love and maturity - without giving the critics a second thought. They are just not important in God's overall plan for your life.