A Preacher’s Misconception
Topic: Living to please God
Why is music more than just music? An interesting question with an answer from the word of God. Tonight we will be going over 3 pointers to why music is more than just music plus scriptural evidence to support this lesson. Please be advised as spiritual people we are to be set apart from the world in every aspect of life.
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen. Let’s take a look at two scriptures for tonight.
For the first scripture tonight we will learn that music is a distraction from God. Let’s take a look at the scripture below.
Romans 10:17 – So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith. What is faith? Can you simply say you believe in God to have faith? If you think this is so then you are very wrong. The only way you can truly know what faith is by hearing the word of God. Now I know you may think I still have faith, love God and worship him when I am not listening to gospel music. “I can still listen to secular music and have God on my mind”. This is a false statement. Let’s test this to see if this is true. If you currently are listening to rap music then have you been listening to gospel music, reading your bible, been to church, spent time with God, and establish a relationship with him. If you answer no to these then you can see my point. Rap music and any other secular music keeps us away from God instead of lifting up his name for what he has done for us and for just being who he is. Music will influence the people you hang around with. I have noticed this myself. Music can get us away from those who really care about the real us (Our spiritual selves). Whenever you can make your mind up to trust God then you will listen to the right music instead of music that condemns the word of God and music that spreads hate and evil lusts of the flesh according to this world’s earthly desires. You cannot have faith by ignoring God.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 – Abstain from all appearance of evil.
In this scripture, it clearly says that we are to abstain from all appearances of evil. It did not say that we cannot but it did say as a command that we abstain from all appearance of evil. The question you would have to ask yourself is this, Is secular music evil? Let us examine this to find out the answer. We have to ask ourselves this question when it comes to music. Do the music lyrics line up with the word God or do the lyrics speak against God? If the music speaks against the word of God and does not line up with the word of God then as a Christian then it is not beneficial for you in your walk with Christ. Just like me, I had to come to the realization that the music I listen to was messing with my personality, the way I see the world, and my thoughts toward the word of God and what he is against.
Influence? Can music influence you? Let us take a look at the last scripture for the night to find this out.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
In this verse, we have learned that influence is real. If you place yourself in a bad company then your morals and character will be altered and turn against God. I also have noticed this a lot more lately. I know a lot of people have good intentions but because they are in a bad company then they are trapped in a world where God is not at. In other words, people have been influenced, but the world and know they cannot discern truth from lies. Right from wrong, good from evil. It’s amazing how even music can misguide you and get you away from God. If you do not this so then again think of this have you listened to secular songs and then next min. you are saying what they are saying or dancing the way the world dances? I know I have been there done that but the beauty is that we have people around us that can help us to get back on track. It may be tough at times but we can get away from the world when it comes to the music we listen too.
Do not be deceived the world is influencing you and your actions which are contrary to the word of God. Tonight have been a good message. I enjoyed learning about this myself next week will be the last post on music. Remember music is more than just music for it dictates your praise and worship, either you praise and worship God or Satan make your choice and turn away from music that gets you away from the presence of God. Until next time be safe and be blessed, everyone.