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When the music fades…….. (part 1)

OK MUSIC, there have been various debates and discussions on whether Christians should listen to secular music. Firstly I’d like to reiterate that the focus here is not on styles of music (reggae, hip hop, pop etc) or on instruments (drums, guitar etc) as there is nothing in the bible to discredit or condemn these things.

There are many Christians who feel that certain types of music are ‘devilish’, rock in particular has received this title and this is ever increasing with regards to Hip Hop. However, there is absolutely no condemnation from the bible for ANY type of music rather we should see these as personal preferences as we are not all the same and thus our rhythm and tastes are different. We should celebrate this not, segregate those who have different tastes to us.

With regards to instruments, many churches do not use instruments such as the drums because they feel the beat is ‘unholy’. Ok, granted the bible does not make explicit reference to the drums BUT in Psalm 68:25 and Ezra 3:10 there mention of other percussion instruments such as the ‘tambourine’ which also make a beat. So then if it’s not the style of music or the instruments used what is our focus??? The content!

But in order to really understand the gravity of this topic we must first address the reason why music is so important and powerful. Lucifer, before becoming the prince of darkness, was an angel. God created him to be the minister of music in heaven, he was in charge of the choir, the instruments and basically in charge of the praise and worship, evidence for this is found in Job 38:7, Ezekiel 28:13 – 16.

Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy

N.B – the definition of Lucifer is ‘morning star’, which put’s this verse into context.

Ezekiel 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: THE WORKMANSHIP OF THY TIMBRELS AND OF THY PIPES WAS PREPARED IN THE DAY THAT THOU WAST CREATED.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering CHERUB, from the midst of the stones of fire.

N.B —  There Ezekiel begins by talking about a human being but goes on talk about Satan before his fall. A cherub is an angel so Satan was the ‘anointed’ cherub which show his position in heaven.

The bible also says that He was beautiful and had quite a high ranking in Heaven. Unfortunately, this was not enough for him and of course the rest is history. Our main focus here is the fact that Satan is VEERRY familiar with music and it’s power, you could say it’s what he knows best in the sense that he is an in built music machine (Job 38:7). This being the case, then would it not make sense that he would use his best weapon for his ‘master plan’, which is to ‘steal, kill and destroy’ (John 10:10).

Aside from this, the primary purpose of music was meant to be a tool to give God praise. If we use, David, the bible’s most famous psalmist, we see that that all of his psalms were referring to how great God is, and just reverencing His name. When you have time I would highly recommend that you spend some time in the book of Psalms and you’ll see what I mean.

In addition, if we claim to love God and seek to please him then shouldn’t everything we do give Him praise and glory? (Colossians 3:17). If we look at the lyrics within a secular song we will see that they promote sex, violence, power, porn, revenge, love only based on physical attraction, lust, self worship, worshipping money, the demotion of God and much more. Such things hurt our Lord as we listen to such music it shows that we condone and support what God doesn’t. Is that the type of message we want to send to unbelievers??

Another reason against listening to secular music is that we are polluting our spirit. We spend hours praying and seeking God’s face and then go and undo it with the trash that secular music promotes. One may spend time praying for God to save from them something they are going through then you’ll go and listen to something like Jay-Z’s “Empire state of mind” which says “Jesus can’t save you”. Whether you like it or not, you are feeding you spirit and harming your faith. The devil is using it as a tool to send his message to you, and you are letting it in on a regular basis. Just as we can deposit God’s word into our hearts, we can also do the same with the devil’s message and a house divided against itself will not stand (Matt 12:25).

It also makes you a hypocrite! You claim to love God and seek to please Him in everything you do, then you go and listen to everything that pleases His enemy, Satan. You go to church on Sunday praising God, singing, “This is my desire, to honour you………Lord I give you my heart…I live for you alone, every breath that I take, every moment I’m awake, Lord have your way in me.” You stand there and wave you hands in the air and say ‘amen’. Then after the service is done, you hop in the car to put you headphones in you ear and start your praise session with Satan! Then during the week to may have an opportunity to evangelise and you start telling so-and-so to turn from their evil ways…..YOU PHARISEE! How can we tell unbelievers to turn from the evil we continue to do?! It’s the pot calling the kettle black! Jesus put it best in Matt 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

Well that’s where I’m going to stop today. Stay tuned for part 2 next week. Next week’s edition will include a question and answer section so please send it all your questions on secular music to us via facebook, email (truspire@ymail.com).

Stay Blessed

Sinceress xx

  1. Tryna B Christ Like
    August 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    All I can say is you hit the nail right on the head. you have very valid points backed up by scripture although I must say i have always believed that secular music should not be glorified by Chistians I must put my hands up and say I am guilty of at times enduldinging the flesh. Even though i agree 100% with what you’re saying I do not believe all secular music will polutte your spirit the question is where do you draw the line. Personally I find the spirit behind secualr music is not at the best of times edifying for my spirit and i do notice the subtle adjustments in my mood due to the motive the song was produced maybe not sure but i cant say i leave with the victory and ready preach the word after listening to it. quite the opposite. Any way I’ll stop babbling. Thank you for blessing me with this. keep up the good work…

  2. August 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    A very thorough post and straight to the point. Matthew 6:33 says we should seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto us. So in everything we do we should give glory to God. This topic is very much a talking point for fellow Christians and was a recent debate called ‘Is it advisable for Christians to listen to Secular Music’ on http://tnbtmag.wordpress.com/ Music is powerful and particularly important in peoples lives. I think people are at different stages where by they acknowledge Secular should be rejected completely whereas others look explain that it depends on the content and motive. As Christians we should be filled with the Holy Spirit and the music of the world stands for everything against that …. but with Christian music sounding similar in ways it is becoming a challenge to define

  3. September 1, 2010 at 8:26 am

    hi there hows it going

  4. Jo
    October 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Christians should in no way listen to anything that opposes God.You cannot be friends with God and the world.One has to go there are so many scriptures to back this topic up.Everything you should do as a Christian is to edify yourself or other people and secular music is in no way going to build you up spritually.This is a revelation people must have for themselves otherwide they will kepp doing it.No one told me to stop i juts did so when people ask me i can give them a good reason a opposd to doing it just coz i know i shouldn’t.Great article!

  1. September 3, 2010 at 12:42 am

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