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6 hours ago, BornAgain said:

Is it sinful to listen to music?

That depends upon what you are listening to . The Oldies but Goodies were my favorite . No foul language or offensive words . Now days I am scared to even turn the radio on . That pertains to certain talk shows too .     M

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No, unless it becomes an idol or is glorifying sinful things.

Just consider the message that the music is sending.

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There are some things that concern me or I think we should be aware of when it comes to music. Music can be a transporter of repetitious sounds and lyrics simultaneously putting us in an altered state. In an altered state of consciousness we run the risk of coming close to sorcery as the effects mimic drug use. In these altered states of consciousness we are more susceptible to "reprogramming" or subliminal messages. Basically, I'm suggesting that music can relax us or stimulate us in such a way as to cause elevated sense of consciousness.


This can be a concern. Depending on the lyrical message which is subconsciously programming our minds. In younger people I observe that they when asked acknowledge that certain music either relaxes or "pumps" them up. Seldom do they understand or even notice the lyrics and the messages when I ask them about the particular song of interest. I'm sure anyone can relate, say music causes us to feel an emotion such as anger which can be the result of the vocalist tone etc. And his message is that the police commit injustice and he goes on about physical violence towards them. Here we are experiencing the emotion anger and we are receiving a message that one is justified in committing violence towards the police. See the "attachment"?


Even if we switch this for a Godly message are we committing "sorcery" and vain repetition Matthew 6:8? I personally think we should participate in worship and thus we should create the music towards God. We are not God being entertained by musicians but we are the musicians lifting our voices up to God. So whether you are playing secular music or Christian music, sing that music to God. Listen to what you're singing. Would you sing to God about the idolatry of sex, money, drugs, cars ect? Would you speak to the sovereign Lord like he is your girlfriend or "My little Genie" in a bottle serving you with all the wishes of your heart? If you can't I suggest that you don't listen to that kinda music because you're not glorifying the Lord.


God bless,


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On 9/23/2018 at 6:16 AM, BornAgain said:

Is it sinful to listen to music?

Since, you posted this question in the Church of Christ sub-forum I am wondering if you might have the Church of Christ/restoration movement's almost exclusive use of acapella music in mind?


In other words were you attempting to ask something like:

Is it wrong to listen to/use instrumental music?


If, the above is the case then I would answer that members of Churches of Christ do listen to instrumental music outside of public/Congregational worship assembles/settings. So, in general I would doubt that any member of the Churches of Christ have anything against listening to or using instrumental music.



I believe, however, that in worship settings they refrain from instrumental music for the following rationals:


(1) in order to follow the pattern they believe the Christians in first century followed

(2) Because they believe the NT never explicit mentions (nor commands) the use of instruments in Christ worship


Some individuals in the Churches of Christ might answer:

(1) Barton Warren Stone and Thomas Campbell (men who helped shape the American restoration movement) were former Presbyterian Ministers at a time when many Presbyterian congregations still practiced Exclusive psalmody and used acapella music exclusively. Actually, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, the American Presbyterian Church (not to be confused with the Presbyterian Church in America), and some the of the Free Presbyterian Churches continue to use acepella music in worship.


(2) The early Churches after the 1st and 2nd ceturies remained acepella for a while.


(3) Jewish congregations in the past and Orthodox Jewish congregation in the present continue to use acepella music in worship.



Grace and Peace


Edited by Ben Asher

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