Some of the most common arguments that may remain for ages across the globe about Christian music and entertainment are; should a Christian listen to secular music? Is singing secular songs a sin?

The answers to these questions are quite simple than most believers would often debate. Except that whose mind is already fixed on what seems right to him or her, a glance through the scriptures will enlighten a Christian on the mind of God toward music and that which we coined as Christian entertainment.

To better understand this piece, it is necessary that we define the following terms: Music, Secular Music, Gospel Music and take a journey through the Holy Bible to see the intention of God towards music.

Music – It is an art form that combines either vocal or instrumental sounds, sometimes both, using the form, harmony, and expression of emotion to convey an idea.

Secular Music – In simple terms, secular music is music that is intended for a non-religious audience.

Sacred/Gospel Music: This is a traditional genre of Christian music driven by inspiration and primary sung to God the creator.

The explanations above established that secular music is the direct opposite of gospel music, it is not meant to glorify God who has given mankind the gifts and talents.

At creation, God embedded in every man one or more gifts and talents. Not only that, He made it possible for us to covet even more of these talents. While most of these talents and gifts are primarily meant to be used in bringing honour to the creator, men have derived pleasure in using them to glory themselves.

It is very important for everyone to know that God delights in music, he cherishes songs and primarily, the music itself is first of all made unto the Lord and only secondarily to the people.

That is; every rendition from mankind is supposed to communicate and express a sense of awe and wonder in the presence of Him that made us. Also, it should draw us closer to him rather than create a barrier.

Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:16 said: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace.”

He said further in verse 17 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Reading through the above texts gives us an insight into what God really wants in all that we do. You may want to say, some musicians in the secular world use the word ‘thank God’ in their lyrics. Yes, that is quite true, you will be enlightened more about this in this piece.

It is no longer news that secular music has recently dominated the internet more than Christian music. While this is not far from the truth, the genres in secular music have greatly impacted church music departments and this is one big issue that Christendom must deal with.

Here’s What You Must Know About Secular Music

Secular songs do not glorify God – Contrary to what the scripture says, secular songs apparently do not give glory to God. In I Corinthians 10 vs 31, the Bible urges us to do everything that gives glory to God.

Since secular music does not align with this text, it is right to boastfully say that secular songs should not be encouraged among Christians generally nor should their patterns be replicated in the church music department.

It does not aim at kingdom expansion – In the end, Heaven is the goal of all Christians, and everyone who has seen it fit to follow Christ must fix his gaze on Him in all of his doings.

Be reminded that kingdom expansion is every believer’s business. The question is, how can you win souls, and draw men closer to a being you don’t think about often? For every secular song you listen to, an idea is been sold to you. Since these lines of songs are purely non-religious, they plant worldly ideas into our lives, hence separating us from God consistently.

Ideally, whatever does not feed our spiritual life as Christians should not be done or taken significantly.

The Impact of Secular Music on Church Music Departments

Due to the consistent proliferation of secular songs across boards, many new generational worship centres have had their choirs rendering sounds that do not glorify God in any way.

Many of these music departments often get applause for their good renditions and sonorous voices and skill sets. However, the primary purpose which is glorifying God is not found in their piece.

Why? The pattern of the world has been invited into the music departments to fit in the trend.

Sacred songs practically are inspiring and edifying. This is, however, a different case with secular songs.

Numerical growth truly is one thing peculiar to worship centres where secular patterns have taken over the traditional way of Christian worship. This is a menace fighting the true gospel.

It is believed in many of the new generation churches that secular songs come alongside civilization, hence they want to follow the trend. This has made people unperturbed about getting filled by the spirit of God before ministering to the congregation.

With the recent ‘development’, there is little or no difference between some of the so-called ‘VIBE churches’ and social gatherings, better put, nightclubs.

A popular saying goes that he who chases two rabbits catches neither – meaning we can only choose to build a genre of music, in this case. It is either you are for Christ or for the world. Remember you can serve two masters.

In the face of these; it is safe to say that one whose focus is heaven should not fill his mind with anything that does not glorify God.

NOTE: God is well glorified by sacred notes and sounds produced by inspiration from our mouths or through musical instruments. It is important to know that spirits are lifted by a pleasing melody.

Christians must stay off from feeding their ears and mind with non-scared songs. As such songs are inspired by spirits, not of God and primarily, they are composed only for sweetness and delight.

They are unbecoming to the majesty of the church and cannot but displease God in the highest degree.

Spiritual songs, congregational hymns and different types of church ministry songs are expected to edify God’s people. Hence, anything short of these is mere noise.

Pay attention to this – While drawing a distinction between secular and gospel songs. You should know clearly that music/songs such as twinkle twinkle little star, National Anthem, wedding/birthday songs etc are examples of secular songs

In this case, it is safe to say that all worldly songs are secular, but not all secular songs are worldly. Know carefully that there is that branch of secular that the Christians termed worldly – In clear terms, worldly to Christians simply means “For everything in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world” – 1 John 2:16.

Apostle Paul again in 1 Cor. 14:15 vowed to say “So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.”

In conclusion, although the Bible does not directly speak about secular songs and if it is a sin or not. However, from the instances and scriptures quoted above, we can draw facts about God’s intention about music.

To decide what and which is right also, we can learn from real-time occurrences that are incontrovertible results of secular music.

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