Of course there must be guidelines and limits with regard to the kind of secular music Christians listen to. It’s clear that Christians should not listen to any heavy rock music that has satanic messages. Nor should they purposely listen to songs that have lyrics promoting a decidedly immoral lifestyle. When I say purposely I mean that they should not buy such music for their own personal collections. If we are living in the real world we cannot help but be exposed to such music. After all any secular radio station is going to play some such songs and if we want to listen to the radio, we will hear them – but we ought not condone or give credence to them by listening to them by personal choice.
I also believe it is decidedly inappropriate and unethical by Christian standards to fill one’s mind with the kind of morbidly depressing songs which is classed as “emo” music. Why? Because it’s very likely to promote suicidal thoughts. This type of music which so many young people are listening to in these times is terribly dangerous and I would say it certainly goes against the Scriptural instruction we are given to fill our minds with things that are positive, wholesome and God-honouring. Even Christians can get depressed and cannot be blamed for that – but purposely listening to such music would most certainly be giving the devil a foothold.
ARGUMENT – I don’t listen to the words, I just like the beats/music.
RESPONSE – Your sub conscience records everything! You may try to block out the lyrics, but you cannot stop them from being recorded into your mind. Your mind can even record backwards messages. It has been scientifically proven that your mind is so clever that, even when you aren’t trying to, you can receive the information that is stated in the lyrics of music. Even if it is recorded backwards. And it affects you! When you listen to sex, sex, sex, or murder, murder, murder, those are things that will come out of you in the heat of the moment. They are programmed in your mind without your consent.
PROOF – How many TV commercial jingles do you know? And how many of those did you actually learn purposely? Your answer is probably that you never intended to learn them, but because they played in your mind, you learned them without putting forth any effort. Now, where do you think the foul messages from Hip Hop are going when you listen to them?
SCRIPTURE – Galatians 6:8 for he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
ARGUMENT – I’m not influenced by music. I can listen to it and it won’t even affect me.
RESPONSE – Then why do advertisers pay up to $1,000,000 for 15 minutes of commercial time during the Super Bowl? They know something that you don’t even know about yourself. They can play their commercial jingle and show you pictures of things, and influence you to buy their product in a matter of seconds. Your mouth gets watery, your lips get white, and your stomach starts growling because your hunger and your ears begin to work together to cause you to desire that hamburger! Well, the same goes for sin. Your fleshly man and those lyrics/videos begin to work together to cause you to desire sin. Our flesh is already wicked and desires things that are not of God. So what happens when you mix that with sinful lyrics, or sinful video images?
PROOF – What kind of music do you like? Okay, now, what kind of things do you do that are not of God? Told ya!!!
SCRIPTURE – James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
ARGUMENT – The secular artists that I listen to are Christians. Even though their lyrics are foul and they dress provocatively, they say they are Christians.
RESPONSE – Whom are they working for? You see, they have to be responsible for their actions. If they are making music that causes young people to sin or be tempted to sin, then they aren’t working for Christ. If they use profanity, sex, drugs, violence, sexy costumes, or any other sinful thing to sell records then they cannot be working for Christ. Therefore, if they aren’t working with him, then they are working against him. And they are subject to the demonic forces that control the recording industry.
PROOF – Count the number of songs that glorify sin on their album. Then, count the number of songs that glorify God on their albums. Who won?
SCRIPTURE – Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
ARGUMENT – What is wrong with Gospel artists singing and recording with secular artists. That is a way to get the Gospel out to the sinners right?
RESPONSE – Music was never used in the bible to win the lost. Music was always used to prepare the hearts for the word of God or the presence of God. Music cannot win a soul. When Paul and Silas were locked in jail, the bible says that they sang praises to the Lord and the doors opened. A guard heard them and fell to his knees and asked, “What must I do to be saved.” The music stopped and Paul preached the Word to him! Yeah, a lot a people feel good after they hear the ONE gospel song on these foul albums, but are they getting the word afterwards? How can they when the next song is XXX! You see, there is a deep danger in the spirit realm when gospel artists record with sinful secular artists. You are opening people up and not completing the job.
But the worst part is that the message of Christ is made of non-effect by the message of sin. You are causing people to sin and then letting them know it’s okay as long as they sing about Christ afterwards? God forbid. Music cannot save them. Look at Lucifer in heaven. He was making God’s music and ushering in the very presence of God. But his heart turned evil and proud. Did the music change him? What about the sinful artists you are recording with. Is the music changing them? NO! They can record a 20 song CD and have one gospel song and if it doesn’t change them, what makes you think it will change others that listen to it? I have yet to hear one of these “crossover” gospel artists say that the rest of the music on the secular albums that they are recording on is bad! They can’t because they are on the project!
And what happens when the gospel music fans want to hear the new song that their favorite artists has recorded? They have to buy the sinful CD, sit and listen to the sin, sex, violence, etc. to get to the gospel song? Do you know what you are doing to the youth of America? Not only are you supporting the secular industry, but you are causing Christians to buy the XXX cd’s just to hear you! Can you imagine a 15 year old Christian teenager purchasing Missy Elliot’s CD because they are a fan of Evangelist Dorinda Clark, or a fan of Yolanda Adams? Can you imagine what happens to them when they listen to “Get your freak on” or “One Minute Man” while they sleep or while they are riding in their car? God is upset people! He would never tempt people with sin before he offers salvation!
PROOF – Imagine a large 24 x 24 foot billboard of 2 teenagers having sex. And on the bottom corner, written very small, are the words “Jesus Christ”. Now, what do people see first? Why? Because the painting glorifies the sin, and not Christ. And even worse, Jesus’ name appears as a signature of approval and not a message for change! Now, imagine that the billboard is a CD. Get the picture?
SCRIPTURES- Luke 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 2 Corintians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.