Is listening to secular music that bad? Is it a sin? Does the fact that I’m a Christian mean I don’t have to listen to secular music? What does the Bible say about listening to secular? These and more are questions Christians often ask themselves concerning the act of listening to secular music.
Before I answer the question we need to ask, “What spiritual principles has God given us?” One place to start is found in Philippians 4:8
“In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honourable” [GOOD NEWS}
Philippians 4:8 tells us that God wants us to listen to things that are pure, right, and honourable. He wants us to listen and think about that which is praiseworthy or spiritually honourable. God is being very specific, and His standard in this verse eliminates many things that are played on the radio, and television, and recorded on CDs, tapes, and other media. God has also given us another passage that eliminates many things our ears should not hear.[ Read Ephesians 5:3-5]. God has asked us to listen to holy things. Christians are also warned to not intentionally watch or view the nakedness of others (Genesis 9:20-24). Those who display their naked bodies are committing shameful acts according to Isaiah 20:4 and Revelation 16:15. Probably the two most dangerous things for a Christian to do is expose their private parts to others and listen to secular music. To overcome the urge to listen to secular music, you must consider these factors before listening to any music;
Secular music is also known as worldly music, Afrobeat, love songs, reggae, and worldly rap songs.
- purpose of the music
- Content of the music
The Purpose of the Music
Is music designed for worshipping God or is the music made for soothing and entertaining? King David [the man after God’s heart] primarily used music to worship God. [psalm 4:1, 6:1,54:1,55:1]. Also, music can be soothing and encouraging. Israelites use music as a weapon of warfare [Nehemiah 4:20]. Apostle Paul instructs the Christians to encourage one another with music “Speak to one another with the words of Psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts” [Ephesians 5:19]. The primary purpose of music is to give praise and thanksgiving to God Almighty. And also encourage one another.
Content of the music
The content of the music must be considered while listening to music. Philippians 4:8 is a great guide for musical lyrics “In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honourable” [GOOD NEWS}. Those are things we should invite into our minds through music and lyrics. We should ask ourselves “Can the lyrics in secular music be true, noble, pure, lovely and honourable?” Secular music does not incline with the standard of Philippians 4:8. Secular music promotes immorality and violence while belittling purity and integrity. If a song extols what God opposes, a believer should not listen to it. Whatever a person allows to occupy his/her mind will determine his speech or actions. Only listen to religious music that suits your faith and beliefs.
Danger Effects of Secular Music on a Christian
Secular music causes great damage to the lives of its listeners. That is the more reason Christians are advised to steer clear of secular music. The consequences of worldly music are:
- It doesn’t glorify God
- It is against Christian belief and faith.
- Secular music makes you feel horny which will lead you to the temptation of having sexual intercourse or masturbation.
- It turns its listeners into a gangster
Wordly Secular Music Examples in Nigeria
Some examples of secular music in Nigeria are;
- Twe Twe.
- Do I
- My G
- Me & U
Secular Music Artists in Nigeria
- Kizz Daniel
- Ayra starr
- Boy spyce
- Omah lay
- Seyi Vibez
A believer who wants to overcome the urge to listen to secular music should avoid things that will bring you closer to secular music, mind the kind of friends you keep. Don’t go to an ungodly place, occupy your mind with positive things and always pray to your Heavenly Father to give you grace to conquer.
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