Posted March 26, 2013

What are you guy’s opinions on Christian Music?

Examples: Casting Crowns, Mercy Me, Matthew West, Brandon Heath, Britt Nicole, Francesca Battistelli


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  1. Allie


    Christian music; music that glorifies Christ, isn´t it?
    I love music, and I’ve found that lots of times we´re inclined to listen what we like or what aou flesh likes.

    I think we should be very careful with what we listen. We are christian, we are His saints, we are set apart for God. As the tabernacle meant to be holy (without any wordly influence or the priest would die) we, as the temple of God, are meant to be holy. I am going to be honest, I had never heard the examples that you wrote, so I went to Grooveshark to see what you were talking about, and… I was scared. You know, I don´t mean to be legalistic, but some of this really sounds like the music that I listened to when I was not a Christian, and some sounds like the music you can listen to in a wordly party or something like that.

    I did’t even pay attention to the lyrics. Some people may say that the lyrics are the important thing, but we put that rythm to the music just because our flesh likes it, not because we want to praise the Lord. We use Him to do what we want, because we still love the things of the world, but the Scripture says:
    “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15

    We are to love Him more than anything, more than music. We are new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17).

    I´d encourage you not to listen that kind of “Christian music,” the singers look like the world, it sounds like the world, and even you could dance like the world with such rythms… Don’t think that because it says godly things it is good. I can say “I miss you” in many different ways and even it may sound like a sweet thing, I can give it many different meanings with the tone of my voice.

    Everything in music should glorify Him and be set apart.
    I’d encourage you to listen to Frank Garlock conferences about music. I think you can find the in YouTube.

    Also, here is a list of music that I listen to, maybe you can check it out and tell me what you think:

    -Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team
    -Galkin Evangelistic Team
    -Classical Praise Albums
    -Bob Jones University Choir and Orchestra
    -The Hamilton Girls
    -Northland Camp Singers
    -Rebecca Jackson
    -Voices of Truth Ensemble
    -Kevin Inafuku
    -Christy Galkin
    -Ron Hamilton
    -The Wissmann Family


    # April 3, 2013

    • happykoalakatie

      Definitely listen to what Frank Garlock has to say about it. I find it difficult myslef to explain the technical aspects of why rock music is harmful to us, please believe me, it is. Besides being harmful to our body, it is wrong for Christians to try to make their music match that of the world. These truths are both repeated several times in Scripture.

      # April 24, 2013

  2. kitkat

    Ohhhhh, honey, you just opened a huge can of worms! 🙂 This is a hot topic and I suspect you will get lots of vastly different answers. Here’s my 2 cents…

    In my early teens, I jumped on board with the whole “contemporary Christian artists” thing, mostly because all my friends (many of whom were not a good influence in many ways) did. What strikes me as odd is that 99% of the so-called Christian music I listened to was not remotely Christian. The singers dressed and acted pretty much like secular artists and the only difference in their music was that the Christian singers didn’t curse. (Please understand that I’m not saying all Christian musicians are like this, just the ones I was listening to.(

    Then, due to several events in my life, I swung to the opposite end of the spectrum and became one of those “hymns only, electric guitars are of the devil” types. I became very legalistic and judgmental of the music other people listened to. It made me feel more spiritual and mature and I just knew that some day all those ungodly people who listened to Casting Crowns would come around to my holier-than-thou way of thinking. Silly me.

    So I have now come to a place between the two extremes. I go to a very traditional church where we sing hymns from hymnbooks with piano accompaniment. I must admit that I love this! I love the beautiful old hymns – they have such rich, eloquent Biblical theology. But I also enjoy some contemporary Christian music.

    My criteria for what music I listen to is this:
    1) Does it edify and encourage me?
    2) What kind of thoughts does this music evoke? (praise, joy and gratefulness…or lust, discontent and envy?)
    3) Is it doctrinally sound? (is it Biblically accurate…or does it promote the idea that God is a cosmic genie, that sin is no big deal, or that Christians must fit in with the world?)

    For me, these criteria rule out a lot of secular and Christian music. However, there are still some fantastic Christian artists/groups out there that I really enjoy. Some are:
    -Keith and Kristyn Getty (love love love their lyrics – so beautifully deep, not to mention their Irish-y music is a ton of fun!)
    -Casting Crowns
    – Todd Agnew
    – Selah (their hymn “makeovers” are amazing!)
    – Mercy Me, Third Day and Michael W. Smith have some good songs
    – Fernando Ortega

    # April 7, 2013

  3. kitkat

    Woops, must have hit a wrong key…

    Anyhoo, there are others, but I can’t seem to think of them right now. My point is, I try to make sure the music I’m listening to is edifying and not encouraging ungodly thoughts, whether the music is secular or Christian. And I definitely listen to secular music as well. I love almost any type of piano music, chamber music and contemporary remakes of classical pieces (think Piano Guys, David Garrett, Lindsey Stirling, etc.) And where I live, in-state college tuition is pretty much dependent on how much country music you listen to 🙂 , so I do listen to some country music. But again, I’m picky about lyrics, attitudes and lifestyles of the artists.

    So there you have it. I can’t give you specific Bible verses to support my opinions, but I think it is important to have some standards in regards to music that are Biblically-grounded. Oh, on second thought, here’s a verse that sums up my long-winded post. Maybe I should have just cut to the chase and written down the verse in the first place. 🙂

    Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. -Philippians 4:8

    Hope that helps! 🙂

    # April 7, 2013

  4. kelseymarie

    I love a lot of the Christian contemporary music. Some people are against it and only believe in hymns, but I think different music inspires different people. My mom love hymns but I worship God best when singing a lot of those contemporary songs. I think the most important thing with music is the words. The words of these songs are wonderful:

    Give Me Your Eyes – Brandon Heath
    What Love Really Means – JJ Heller
    Live Like That – Sidewalk Prophets
    Proof of Your Love – For King and Country
    Laura Story (Blessings, Indescribable)
    Jesus Friend of Sinners – Casting Crowns (and lots of others)

    # April 14, 2013

    • raggedycottagegarden

      It is best to use scripture to guide our musical decisions. our own opinion ALWAYS ends up in error…..

      # March 18, 2014

  5. swifttohear

    Have any of you read “Heaven is For Real” by Todd Burpo? In it, Colton (Todd’s young son who “dies” on the operating table and allegedly experiences heaven) is being comforted by angels through song. Colton apparently liked the song “We Will Rock You” (by Queen) and requested that the angels sing it to him, but they refused. They would only sing songs that glorified God.

    Now, the question may arise whether or not this account written by Todd Burpo is legitimate. I don’t know. The point is, I believe that the angelic guidelines ought to be ours, too.

    Revelation 4 describes the duties of the four beasts in heaven: “they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:8b-11)

    I often hear my kids singing these words to their own tune at night before they fall asleep. I would rather listen to that than to a thousand songs sung by “professional” singers. God looks on the heart. Sing from it the Word in the Spirit and it will be sure to please Him.

    “Let every thing that has breath praise the Lord” (Ps. 150:6)

    1 Cor. 14:15 tells us to sing with the spirit and with understanding.
    Col. 3:16 tells us to sing the words of God “with grace in your hearts to the Lord”. Verse 17 tells us to do so in His Name with gratitude.

    Let those be your standards. Anyone can sing “Christian” songs but not everyone is singing to the same “tune”. 🙂

    # April 20, 2013

  6. raggedycottagegarden

    I wrote a little bit about it here:

    I put it like this. God gave us a human voice, so how we use it shows how much we appreciate him or whether we are “strange woman” and glorify self.

    Some of the certain beats have a tone of fornication which is “sin” and error from God’s ways. Sin in Hebrew language means “missing the bulls eye”

    It is VERY VERY hard to stay away from people (even close family and friends) who do listen to the modern Christian music. It takes prayer and dedication to true music from scripture.

    # March 18, 2014