My musical stand as a Christian is not something that I base on feelings, family traditions, or popularity. It is definitely not something I trust my own thoughts on. Everything that I believe about music I have studied and prayed about. I am aware that my musical standards will effect my family, my ministry, and my influence over other Christians. With God as my judge I make every attempt to state my standards in a way that will always be pleasing to Him
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:19-21
The standards of the world’s music today are worse then ever before in human history. More people worldwide will listen to any genre of music without thinking or caring about if it has an affect on them. In the early 1900s one would be hard pressed to find an individual who did not know a hymn book through, but in today’s society, most people have never heard a hymn sung in their life. Though society’s musical standards have changed immensely, music itself has not. The beats and lyrics may differ, but the underlying affect and evil of the world’s music has not changed. King Solomon wrote in the book of Ecclesiastes that there is nothing new under the sun.
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which is done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
Music has always been the devil’s instrument. Before Satan was cast out of Heaven, it is very likely that he was in charge of the music. Since the Bible tells us that the angels constantly praise and worship God, it may also be possible that Satan led them in song worship. Whatever his specific duty, it is certain that Satan knows how to use music. Ezekial tells us that Satan knew it since the day that he was created.
“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 tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” Ezekiel 28:13
Since we know that the Devil knows how to use music, we can also know that he will use it against us.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Satan has been using music to capture God’s people since Bible days. When Aaron crafted the golden calf for the people of Israel to worship, they danced around naked acting wild and satanic. It was certainly not God worshiping harps that caused their sensual dance.
When Nebuchadnezzar built an idol of himself for all the people of Babylon to worship, he signaled worship through music. The Bible lists several different instruments that were used to cue worship towards the idol. (Daniel 3:15) These instruments may not have been sinful; however, they directed worship toward a statue instead of God, causing the sin of idolatry.
Even in the Bible times, Satan used music to infiltrate the minds and hearts of people.
One way the Devil has accomplished this in modern day is through the use of Rock and Roll. The genre of Rock n’ Roll music got it’s start in the late 1940’s, through such artists as Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Brenda Lee, and the Everly Brothers. Since that time many other types of music have become popular, music genres such as Pop, Country, Dance, Jazz, Punk, Blues, Rap and the list goes on. All of these music types differ just a little, but they have one strong bond. They are all the Devil’s tool to corrupt a Christian’s mind, his heart, his body, and ultimately his ability to do anything for God.
I strongly believe that music is a drug. It is the most addicting and destructive force in this world. Music is used more often, and reaches more people than caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, weed, heroine, gambling, porn, sex, and any other addiction known to mankind. The average amount of time a person spends listening to music is twenty to forty hours a week. Unlike alcohol or drugs, music can reach every age. Rap music blares through the car speakers as an infant is strapped in the back seat, and the parents think nothing of it. Pop music is running rampant through the headphones of America’s youth, and the police force, Alcoholic’s Anonymous, and rehab centers are doing nothing about it. These people who spend so much of their time trying to help people with their addictions are taking no action, because they don’t know that they have to. They do not realize that music is killing the souls of every single person on planet earth.
Music in the Church
I believe that Music in church should be sacred. The easiest way to put it would be that I believe all churches should only use a good old fashioned hymn book. However, that will not satisfy most people. These days people want to know why we can’t use projectors, and why the choir can’t sway back and forth, and why Chuck can’t play his electric guitar in the orchestra. My answer to all of those questions is why should we? Why would independent, fundamental, soul-winning, Bible believing, separated, Baptist Christians want to resemble the world in any way? John called out for Christians to be set apart from the things of the world.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world, if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15
No one can refute that the verse clearly states that if we love the world and wish to be like them, than we do not love God. So if you want to bring contemporary music into the church, you must not love God, so why do you even go to church? However, my belief of old fashioned music in the church goes far beyond just that point. The old hymns were written by Godly men and woman such as Fannie Crosby, John Newton, and Charles Wesley. These people knew God, they walked with him daily, they had life experiences that God brought them through and they wrote about these experiences through songs. They praised God and brought glory to God. The types of songs we should sing in church are hymns such as “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Nearer my God to Thee.” These songs are what bring people to their knees at an altar instead of just waving their hand back and forth in a pew.
Music in the Home
I believe that Music in the home can differ from music in the church to a certain extent. There is a time and a place for everything. You would not play Happy Birthday at a funeral just like you would not play certain songs in church. I do believe that there are songs that can be played in one’s home that are not songs about God.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Classical music is an example of music I deem appropriate in the home. There is nothing sinful about the structure of classical music, and studies have proven that it increases the creativity of the mind. I also believe that certain romantic songs are appropriate for a husband and wife to listen to at certain times. Bluegrass, Southern Gospel (with discretion) and songs with acoustic guitars are also acceptable music for home listening.
Music in the Heart
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
I believe that God created music not only for His own worship, but also for man’s souls. Music can comfort and uplift the spirit. It can change a grumpy attitude into a joyful one. The power of music over the mind is amazing and terrifying at the same time. Music has driven men to do great things. It can empower a person’s mind to create, excite a person to compete, but it can also compel a person to destroy. There was a young boy who listened to dark violent music all day long, and then he took a knife and murdered his aunt in the kitchen. When the boy was asked why he would do such a thing, he replied that he felt as if he had been driven by an inward force that demanded bloodshed. God never intended for music to be used in such a way, but when sin entered the world, it allowed way for many corrupt things. Christians should not permit music to seduce their heart to evil. Therefore we should take care to always keep a Godly song in our hearts.
“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 in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
If Jesus Christ dwells in a Christian’s heart, then shouldn’t praise for Him also dwell there as well?
“Sing unto God, sing praises to His name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.” Psalm 68:4
I believe that we should wake with a song in our heart praising God, and sing it all day long. If a Godly song indwells us, then the Devil will not be able to use his music against us.
My Personal Standards for music are my own. Many people, especially Christians will disagree with me. I know that all people have different levels of sensitivity to music, therefore everyone will have different standards. But the issue of music is not whether you and I agree, it is whether I am right with my God. If a man can truthfully stand under God’s gaze and his standards are right according to God, than no man should judge him for them. But I also believe that there is a line concerning music that no man should cross. This line is crossed daily by people who claim to love God and call themselves Christians. There is no question why the world laughs at the Christian faith, they see Christians listening to the exact same trash that they do. Christians have allowed Satan to use them through music, therefore their influence over the unsaved has been watered down, polluted and almost destroyed.
written by Lyndsey Cunningham (my granddaughter)