*SINGING SECULAR MUSIC IN THE CHURCH”
Secular music is any music not written for the church, in short “secular” means “not connected with religious or spiritual matters.
They are music labeled Christian or Gospel that has nothing to do with Christ– it glorifies man and his desires, treating God as the means to acquire blessings & breakthroughs instead of worshipping.
It’s not good to call it “Gospel” when the purpose is to entertain. The minute you attach Christ or The Gospel, the expectations of your music changes.
When a gospel artist makes the switch to secular or what many call “good art” it’s not wrong, but it is a lesser choice.
However we now live in a society where some artists are “crossing over” to win a broader fan base and bring people to Christ
There are different views on what role music plays in our lives and how it aligns with our faith.
As we grow older, it becomes more apparent that many genres of music can be beautiful and encouraging while some songs can have a negative effect on our spirit.
According to the scripture, music is an important part of our Christian walk. It’s one of the many ways we can praise and thank God for His goodness.
That’s probably why there’s basically an entire book (Psalms) dedicated to praise and worship!
The Bible speaks at length about praising the Lord with song and how the angels rejoice and sing of His goodness.
The Bible also hints that not every song is good: “It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools (Ecc 7:5)”; just like the “Gbe body e type of music”.
“He put a new song in my mouth (Psalm 40:3)”; “Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda (Prov 25:20).”
Nearly every time the Bible mentions music, it also includes the word “praise.” To praise is to express warm approval, or admiration of something, to show respect or gratitude, particularly in song.
When we sing about something, we are expressing some form of praise, and we must ask ourselves if what we are singing about is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, and/or praiseworthy.
Everything we let into our subconscious can impact our hearts toward God and our willingness to sin. It’s crucial to build strength against temptation by arming ourselves with God’s Word.
“It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine (Song of Solomon 2:15),” so what’s in our earbuds is important, regardless of genre.
There’s a branch of secular that we Christians call *“Wordly”*.
The bible says:“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.” 1John2:16
-whatever promotes any of the attributes in 1John 2:16☝🏽
-Whatever counters our faith.
-whatever preaches immorality/lust
-whatever goes against the features of Phil 4:8, 👇🏽 etc these are secular songs, but more precisely WORLDY-Secular songs.
So ALL worldly songs are secular, but not ALL secular songs are worldly.
They are called that because, eating them every now and then though isn’t beneficial to our (spiritual) health won’t kill either, but having them in large quantity (compared to quantity of healthy food) OR living on them ALONE is dangerous to our health and can lead to death
*That’s basic. This also means that the healthiest way is to simply do without them and stick to fresh foods I.e “gospel/Christian music”* 🍃 🌱 🍅 🌽 😁
*Because Music draws your attention (consciously or subconsciously) to its topics, as a Christian you’ll be better off drawn to God’s presence more often than to any other*.
*Worldly-Secular music on the other hand are drops of poison to your spirit man, as music is the only element that gains access to your heart and spirit without your permission.*
Whatever content the music carries, be it immorality, lust, love of money, envy or pride goes straight into you and sticks its root into the soil of your heart.
Very very Sad that some parishes are now noted with Worldly-Secular musics during their Annual Harvest Thanksgiving services and Cantatas which is not spiritual.
*What’s the implication of this?*
Prov 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
*When the heart is corrupted, it WILL (not “it may”) influence your actions. This is what drives a person into a sinful lifestyle.*
*As a Christian, it is wrong and dangerous to listen to Wordly music,* and we should therefore stop bringing worldly musicians/Artists into our churches for entertaining
It is even worse for a Christian who has many young Christian followers to encourage this.
You have no idea
the level of damage you’re causing on them.
Some might ask “what about listening to a Christian song produced by a Wordly person?”
As a Christian with followers, you won’t condemn the song nor will you endorse it. If you encourage your followers to listen to it, you’re also drawing their attention to the artist and his works……(past and present) and then what happens when the artist later decides to sing the opposite?
It is a different case if the artist openly claims to be born again and has turned a new leaf. Wisdom is key.
*The important thing is to constantly evaluate what we allow into our mental space, guard our hearts, and ask the Lord to keep our thoughts pure*.
Celestial songs invites celestial spirit and when you sing or listen to cherubim and seraphim songs there spirit will descend.
So we should desist from singing any song not in our hymn book during our church services not even in the name of revival during sermon on church services .
If we want to experience the raw power of God of celestial church of Christ we should concentrate mainly on celestial hymns
Always remember that your body is the temple of God and this includes your heart. Guard its gateway against polluting content.
God wants us to see and hear things that do not include sinful behaviors. We are not to listen and enjoy anything that will corrupt our morals or kill us spiritually.
*Listening to such music or watching such material day after day will desensitize you to sin and you will find it easier to sin*.
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. Galatians 6:7
*Therefore Beloved always listen to music that does not dwell on sin*.
Thanks for reading through.
God bless you ALL🙌🏼
Prophet Alaba Palmer