Worship - Music


13/04/2006
I’ve got a question regarding music. I had a friend that recently told me that there was only one certain type of music sound that we should be listening to. Of course, it’s got to be of the spirit. He was referring to that we’re not supposed to be listening to Christian Rock or Christian Rap or music of that sort because it’s supposed to be a certain type of sound.

The Bible says in Psalm 149 and 150, “Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord.” So if an instrument has breath, if a sound has breath, it should be praising the Lord. And if it’s praising the Lord, if it’s truly honoring God and glorifying God, it doesn’t matter what kind of style of music it is as long as it truly is clearly honoring God, glorifying God and bringing the Word of God and the power of God to people. So I don’t find that in the Scripture where there is only one or two styles of music that we should be listening to. But it clearly says, “Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord.” So if it’s praising God, if it’s bringing honor and glory to God and focusing on God rather than the singer, focusing on God rather that whatever’s going on, if it’s focusing on Him, then it’s a good thing and it honors Him.

Worship - Music


13/04/2006
Should Christians listen to secular music?

Well, Christians should do things that edify them, that build them up. You know, there are a lot of Christian songs that aren’t biblical. So I wouldn’t just say that, “Well, you should just listen to Christian music and not listen to secular music.” What you need to do is listen to music that is edifying, that’s going to build you up in God, that’s going to encourage you and draw you closer to the Lord, and draw you to pursue the things of God. But whether you can make a hard and rule that you should never listen to secular song, I wouldn’t.

But you should evaluate what are the lyrics? What are the seeds that are being sown into your heart? And that’s what you need to realize is that it’s not secular versus Christian. It’s what are the seeds that are being planted? Because those words are seeds. And if those seeds are good seeds that are going to provide a good harvest, then you should feel free to listen to those songs.

But if those seeds are not going to produce a good harvest, if they’re seeds of heartbreak and seeds of “my girlfriend left me and I don’t know what I’m going to ever do.” Or “my momma hates me and my daddy’s trying to kill me.” No, those are bad seeds that you’re sowing into your heart and you’re going to get a bad harvest from that. And if it’s just “I need you and I love you and I can’t live without you.” If the song’s about a girl or a guy, “I can’t live without you,” well, that’s lie. Because you can live without that person.

So I wouldn’t encourage you to listen to stuff that’s going to manipulate your emotions and make you feel sad and happy and all those things. You need to get grounded in the Word of God, and that’s going to give you stable emotions, and then you should listen to music that is going to build you up and edify you, not things that are going to play with your emotions.


Worship - Music


13/04/2006
What kind of music is acceptable for church service? Are only the Psalms acceptable? And is one taking away or adding to the Scripture when they write the lyrics for songs that are out of the Word of God?

Here’s the thing. The Bible says “all things are lawful, but not all things are profitable.” All music is good if it honors and glorifies God. It doesn’t have to be an exact Scripture from the Bible, but it has to be biblical. It is wrong to sing something like, “Lord, I praise you even though you killed my husband. Lord, even though you killed my baby, even though you caused all these problems in my life, I just want to praise you and worship you anyway…” Well, that’s unscriptural because God doesn’t take life, He gives life. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus said, I have come that you would have life and have it in abundance.”

So all kinds of music are acceptable in church provided that they are within the boundaries of what glorifies and honors God. Is it biblical? It doesn’t have to be a Scripture or a Psalm from the Bible, but it needs to support the Word of God and be in agreement with the Word of God. That’s what makes it acceptable.