Contemporary Christian music was established as a religious alternative to mainstream "secular" music. Evangelicals having given up there old lifestyles sought music they could listen to without the objectionable lyrics. Early members of the youthful Jesus movement used existing rock and folk music combined with Bible based lyrics to create "Jesus music" the precursor to Christian music.
Contemporary Christian music has changed over the decades. In it's early years Christian music was panned by critics who considered "Christian" songs a poor imitation of mainstream music. Still Christian music survived early criticisms and lackluster sales in the 60's to grow and thrive in the 70's and explode into a major segment of the music marketplace in the 90's and early 2000's.
Along with the rise in Christian music also came a lot of controversy. Some found the, "concept of Christian pop/rock music to be...antithetical to the teachings of Christianity", because they felt listening to the sings would bring to mind images normally associated with mainstream rock-themes of sex, drugs, rebellion, alcohol use among others.
Christian music was at times likened to having weeds among the wheat of the Christian church, a reference to Matthew 13:24-30, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also."
Others countered the claims by some that rock music was the "Devil's music" and had not place in church even in the form of "Christian music" by bringing to light such verses 1 Timothy 4:4, "For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving," and Colossians 1:16, "For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him."
In today's world Christian music is featured and accepted in many churches along with with hymns as being the music of choice but many times and Christian music is offered in a second more contemporary services. Still while Christian music has been accepted in the church there are those who worry Christian music moves a service from a meaningful worship service to one of just entertainment.