Can I Play Music In A Bar
I'm a musician, recently returning to God and Jesus. The band I am in commonly plays in bars. I have never had an alcohol/adultery problem. Is playing music in a bar a sin? I believe I am setting an example for people to follow, especially being on stage, what would Jesus do?
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---Matthew on 4/14/08
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I have a degree in music, so I understand. You have to take the gigs you get.
Remember that Jesus himself was called a winebibber and a friend of prostitutes and immoral. Maybe the Lord might use you as His undercover agent to such places full of people who would never set foot in a church.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/3/16|
Hi, I play with a Pop Band for Weddings, Dances etc. We play all the latest pop songs. I also play for a Gospel Band. I make myself available to both although my main priority is for the Pop Band.
I want to know if it is wrong to play in a Pop Band and also for the Lord.
---Darryl on 11/2/16|
Hi Matthew...I would just like to point out an unfortunate reality. Even though it the past you might not have struggled with the temptations of alchohol or adultry, just keep in mind that as soon as one makes a confession of Jesus Christ as their Savior, the devil will pick up his attacks against you and the things that were not an issue can become a very big issue as you place yourself in the arenas where sin and temptation abounds.
---Holly4jc on 6/2/08|
Generally? No, it is not wrong to play music in a bar.
Jesus went into the "bars" of his day and told stories. His disciples even tried to stop him because they believed that he would be corrupted.
Main thing: Keep your focus on the main thing (the reason you are there), not the distractions/temptations around you.
---Adam_K on 5/29/08|
1 Corinthians 15
33(AY)Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."
34(AZ)Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning, for some have (BA)no knowledge of God (BB)I speak this to your shame.
so it wise to get out of the bar. I know from my own personal experience...the bar scene is a bad environment for you soul. And a great place for demons to attack you!
---lisa on 5/26/08|
But, is the music that is being playe in the bars honoring to G-d? If not, what kind of a witness are you being? We are told to come 0ut and be separate. As believers, we given far to much to the ways of the world because we don't want to be an outcast. Most bar music is unfit to be listened to and does not honor G-d. We must be careful what we put into our minds - it does have an effect on us.
---Gophylann on 4/18/08|
I have a glass of wine or a beer once in awhile in my own home. With that said, I would be careful. People that never had an alcohol or an adultry problem have fallen because of adultry mostly. When your put into that invironment (excess drinking and flirting by the unsaved), you don't know what you will do. If you say you wouldn't, your saying your strong and that is dangerous ground. Many Pastor's have fallen, it could happen to any of us. We are strong in the strength of the Lord and only that.
---John on 4/18/08|
I'm sorry if my answer wasn't sufficient but I think I said I agreed with you to a point.
May God bless,
---Frank on 4/18/08|
You also have to remember Frank, Jesus spent his time with the least of these: tax collectors, the poor, etc etc. It is up to us to do the same thing. If one feels called to share the Gospel in music and in a bar, they should. God is using that person in a way we can never imagine.
---Katie on 4/18/08|
I agree to a point as well.
If we follow the example of Paul becoming as a Jew to the Jew it would be good to keep it low key, so to speak and not really make it shown so it could be a bad witness. Quietly mingling and sharing without partaking or giving opportunity for the adversary to speak reproachfully.
---Frank on 4/17/08|
Matthew...I've never known of a band that played in bars whose songs totally did not refer to some kind of sin. There couldn't be too many songs that fit into that category.
---SusieNArizona on 4/16/08|
While it would be inappropriate to play Christian music in a bar (unless you were contracted to do so), I see no reason you cannot play in a band, so long as the songs you play aren't inappropriate. (In other words, love songs are fine, lust songs are not. We all know the difference.)
---Nancy on 4/16/08|
Did you think about praying for God to give you a job with a Christian Band? You are going to have to be the one to decide if you are where God wants you. People can tell you what is right and wrong,their opinion,but every servant stands or falls to his own Master. Can people really know Christ in you when all they see is you standing there playing for 3to5 hours. What would Jesus do? He would be in a place where He could be heard,He always was. Pray hard. Seek God's will for you.
---Darlene_1 on 4/16/08|
Frank, I agree with you comments to a point, about not being of the world, etc etc, however, how is one to spread Christ's message if we're only playing our music in a worship setting? I don't see any problem with playing in a bar. If you play music that would be appreciated by the patrons, go play. We need to use our gifts to reach others who don't know Christ, even if that means playing in a bar.
---Katie on 4/16/08|
Your music is a gift from God and should honor God. I definatley would spend more time in church and fellowship with other believers than in the bar or you might end up returning to the other life. Ever notice we hunger for what we eat the most of, watch the most, or listen to the most?
---melann on 4/16/08|
My parents were missionaries to the Hopi Indians in Arizona. They inquired about going to some of the Indian ceremonial gatherings. The chief told them that if they came, they would be no different than those that were there. In other words, if you want to come and preach your gospel, you cannot partake of the things that you call sin. What kind of music does your band play? Does it honor the L-rd?
---Gophylann on 4/14/08|
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The word of God tells us to abstain from all appearance of evil and not to allow our good to be evil spoken of.
It says the goodness of God leads to repentence and those who come to Christ are drawn by the Spirit.
It would be a bad witness and I agree with those who said play for the Lord and not the world.
Play freely in a worship setting and let the Spirit lead others to your music.
---Frank on 4/14/08|
Though there are mixed opinions on the matter, I thank you all for sharing. I am not a new Christian, thus use of "returning". Temptation of alcohol/women has never been a problem. I turn them both down on the regular and love explaining to them why!! We would commonly be considered a jamband due to our influence of all genres, however topic matter of our songs promotes nothing sinful. I have my answer, thanks!
---Matthew on 4/14/08|
One of my favorite songs is "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffet.
I like the fact that this song invites listeners to have fun and relax. However, I know that there are ways to do that WITHOUT womanizing and drinking.
It sounds like you have a great ministry to other folks who needs to learn that there is a great alternative to the bar scene: JESUS CHRIST.
I hope that your band has better music than "Margaritaville". Be sure and talk about Jesus.
---Augie on 4/14/08|
Matthew, you are a professional musician being paid for your services. Your only responsibility is to meet the specifications of your contract and perform the type of music that the client wished to be played in the establishment. You are not there for witnessing, yo can do that on you own time at other locations if you so chose to do so.
---notlaw99 on 4/14/08|
If you are playing christian music then good for you that you have somewhere that will a public house and allow you entertain them with The Gospel . However somehow I don't think that's the case just be reminderd that satan was an angel of light and played music for God, Got big headed and thought himself great, now he's the fallen. I've known (many) musicians play for the world with so called(fame) and believe me you not one of them can give a decent testimony.
---Carla5754 on 4/14/08|
Some people are tempted more than others. I've known several Christians who have said similar words to these "I believe I am setting an example for people to follow, especially being on stage." They started out not drinking or smoking or swearing but the temptation became too much. No-one should criticize you if you do this but be aware that the pitfalls are many and temptation is very strong.
---RitaH on 4/14/08|
If you truly want to set an example, you could play gospel music for the Lord instead of music for the world. Playing in a bar would be one of the worst examples you could show anyone. Jesus told people to repent. That is what Jesus would do. Can you tell people to repent while playing in that bar????
---Susie on 4/14/08|
You should be led by the HOLY Spirit in this matter. If you have an opportunity to speak to someone about Christ and minister to them in the bar,that would be great. Otherwise just sitting in a bar,playing devil music is not a good witness for Christ. You will be surrounded by too many temptations also. Since you are a new christian you need to be more grounded and rooted in Christ before attempting something like this. I don't recommend doing this. If ever.
---Robyn on 4/14/08|
well matthew,while the bible tells us to be in the world but not of the world I nust say that putting yourself into this atmosphere may not be best for your walk with the lord.but only God knows your heart brother.its possible god may use you in this to reach some of the people he wants too.who knows.the big issue is not to be tempted to ignore jesus because of it.
---tom2 on 4/14/08|