Yes! but the problem today is we take the devils music and changes the words and call it praise and worship music. It works up emotions and is pleasing to the flesh but highly displeasing to God. You can get the same effect at a rock concert.
---Rev_Herb on 6/3/08|
Oh my goodness nothing else is better. I am not sure what there is about gospel music, but with me it brings God to me in a POWERFUL way. Do you know what is so amazing? God will keep pouring His spirit out upon me as long as I can take it. He never gets tired, but people do. So you had better get strong.
---catherine on 5/26/07|
Yes it can that is why we should be very selective in what we listen to.
---Robyn on 5/25/07|
I believe that music speaks to the soul. That is why I have been so particular about what my children listen too. Christian music is best. I love praise music but rarely listen to anything anymore.
---jody on 5/25/07|
music is the soul of all good things. Also some bad also. I write gospel songs and play the guitar and bass guitar.
---James on 5/25/07|
Godly music, spiritual hymns and songs, can be very good for soul winning, when done in the "right spirit",when performed by God's true holy people. God's music don't sound "worldly", I have seen so-called Christian music and/or videos that looked like and sounded like "the world", and God has no part in that.
---Mrs._Morgan on 5/25/07|
Yes. I sing praise & worship songs in the shower, in my car, around the house, and with congregation. (No solos). I like bluegrass music, too. I find it uplifting with a strong gospel influence. As the snow falls, it gives me joy. Hallelujah.
---Raine on 10/20/06|
When you get to Heaven, ask David!
---Crystal on 10/19/06|
It can help. But music comes and goes. But the word of the Lord will be there always. People need the word far more than they need music. Music is great and I love to sing, as the next person but it is the word that will abide forever.
---Rebecca_D on 10/19/06|
In John chapter 17 Jesus prays to God. In his prayer he says he does not ask God to take his disciples out of the world but that You keep them safe from the evil one.
It can be contributed to disciples being in the world and still being disciples of Christ-using what they are given to spread Christ's message. When Christ taught in parables he gave examples the everyday man could understand. Contemporary Christian music does the same thing.
---Grace3869 on 10/18/06|
Interesting side story to this question; early on, when pastors would ask me to come forward and give the imitation, I adopted this policy. I say stop the music even soft music for this is the time of decision and we do not need any distractions. Every pastor I have dealt with approves of doing this even though they are astounded by my saying stop the music.
---mima on 10/18/06|
I agree with you, Jack. Why do we have to tweak the world's songs to make them our own? I doubt that God will ever be out of fresh ideas and music. I don't know about you, but heavy metal Christian music doesn't do a whole lot for me. It still sounds like loud noise. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/18/06|
Rom 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
Tit 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
---The_word on 10/18/06|
You can get the same effect at a rock concert.
---Rev_Herb (Vote) on 10/17/06
Is it really true about me?
---The_word on 10/18/06|
I listen to plenty of Christian music that is not traditional.
As I think about the experience there's nothing about it that causes me to stumble, in fact the very opposite is true. If this music brings me closer to God and makes me more want to serve him, how can it be wrong?
There is testing the spirits that we must do individually, and my opinion has nothing in common or to do with anyone else. Theirs is true for them, and I accept that, but don't tell me what I can or cannot listen to.
---Pharisee on 10/18/06|
Jesus preached sermons relevant to his culture. There is nothing wrong with old hymns,(I sing them,love them, and they touch me deeply) BUT, we need to be RELEVANT to our culture! A HEALTHY church is willing to MOVE on and be attractive people who are lost. The goal is to love Jesus and seek those who are lost, not be stuck in tradition so much that you are no longer attractive or relevant to our culture.
P.S. I am NOT saying become LIKE the world I am saying be RELEVANT to the world.
---jess on 10/18/06|
**In the words of William Boothe...why should the devil get all the good tunes.**
The saying is attributed to Martin Luther and the Wesleys as well.
The real question is, does the devil have ANY of the good tunes?
---Jack on 10/18/06|
Yes music can inspire you to seek God, I listen to music all the time, and am constantly challenged to know God more.
Several of the great hymns we sing today, were set to the tunes of some tavern songs, does that make them any less powerful? At one point in 1Chro. David had 4000 musicians, most of the instruments used suggest rousing rythmic sound. In the words of William Boothe...why should the devil get all the good tunes. God created music, use it for HIS glory.
---bethie on 10/18/06|
Where in our Bible does it say not to listen to music? Certain types of music? Rev Herb?
---sue on 10/18/06|
Hi; Rev Herb, I must take issue--one of my good friends leads a totally God-honoring band and he takes words from secular quite often and changes them and his songs are wonderful and glorify God; what is wrong with that?
---Mary on 10/18/06|
RevHerb - You worded it perfectly. I agree with you totally. Bless you.
---Helen_5378 on 10/17/06|
Music touches the heart and is a universal language, much like love is a universal language. So yes, it can inspire a person to seek God. Contemporary Christian music has it's place in worship. It is for each person's individual taste.
Even if some think it's bad - God often uses bad things for God - so it can still inspire a person to seek God.
---Grace3869 on 10/17/06|
It can, but not always because there probably are people who hate all kinds of music.
---Eloy on 10/17/06|
---Okebaram on 10/17/06|