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What Makes The Music "Christian?"


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    Avatar of Kipsie
    Kipsie
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    I was perusing a list of “Christian” electronic music groups, and found some interesting debates on what makes a band Christian. A French group, Justice, caught my eye, but I found a forum that went back and forth regarding their spiritual integrity.

    We cannot judge their salvation; however, the Bible does say clearly we can test them (Jude 12ff) and see if they bear the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, peace, patience, joy, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control (see Galatians 5:19-23 for an awesome contrast!).

    Without words to a musical piece, it’s hard to tell (I think of my favorite composer, Antonín Dvořák, who was a very strong Christian and pleaded with his friend Chopin to return to Jesus); and even if they do use Christianese it may be even harder to distinguish whether or not they are Christian (the German group E Nomine comes to mind).

    I think what it comes down to is evidence of Fruit…What do you think? And this may be more ‘research’ than what people are willing to do in the name of entertainment…

    #38680
    Avatar of DJXian
    DJXian
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    there is a difficult distinction of how you classify any music. Just take a look at the CRTC’s attempt to get more “canadian content” on the radio.

    What if a band is made up of members from many countries?
    What if the songwriters are canadian but the performers are not?
    What if the artists just used a canadian recording studio?

    the line is just way too blurry.

    Same with christian music. many artists who are christian do not want to be labeled as christian because the other artists create a stigma.

    It is just like in the NFL, where Tebow has been taking flak from the other FCA players because he is being an extreme representation.

    And then there are artist who are not neccessarily christian, but borrow heavily from the bible.

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    I feel that if the sougs are outside of the three purposes of Christian music –

    • Educating and creating a memory device
    • Reaching out to those outside of the fold
    • Encouraging fellow believers to stay strong in the faith

    then it should be judged on the basis of Philipians 4:8, 9

    Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (MSG)

    If it is not fullfilling any of the thrreefold purposes, and it is not allowing you to put to mind any positive traits, then you should ask yourself if the music is worth listening to.

    As I enter into my post-script, I would like to argue that you do not need a certain amount of “Jesus-Per-Minute” in order for something to be considered christian or not. God can use anything. Some pieces of music are artifacts, representing our broken state and desires, others indicate what the popular attitudes are towards various things.

    #38681

    But still to say if i cant play it at church then it should not be on my ipod
    the ear are the gates that lead into your mind just dont let any thing inside : )

    #38682
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    I remember this hym from a church I used to attend.. “Oh lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true”… if the music you are listening to dose that then YES it’s christian.. so I’d say that if you want to make “”christian”" music that you should base it off of hyms and psalms..

    #38683
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    I like this point of view. Music is a powerful tool and even a weapon and full on spiritual experience. It should be handled as such. I agree, our ears are the gate to our soul as well as our eyes. What we allow into them will definately affect us.

    I think that we should look at the artist who produced the music. Is there the fruit of a life of love in the Lord Jesus. Do they have a living relationship with Christ? Would we listen to a preacher who did not actually know the Lord? Of course not! So why would we listen to music created by a man who does not know the Lord? Are we not a form of teacher as musicians? Do we not hold an audience who awaits our word?

    Let’s give the world an alternative to wandering, let’s give them the truth of Christ in hymns and psalms of epic bass and killer leads!

    #38684
    Avatar of DJExodus777
    DJExodus777
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    Plain and simple

    Christian Music is music that has a positive effect on you rather then worldly music. Not necessarily worship music though.

    Gospel based Christian music is more worship and praise to God.

    I used to listen to both worldly music and Christian music as well as worship but because I can not be double minded and serve two masters I had to choose the worlds music or Christ centered music. And I liked worldly music honestly to sY the least but it didn’t build me up it brought me down. This is choice by individual, but seek God not what I say though this is the conclusion God gave me. I am not your creator I am only a brother and can suggest the way. God directs and reveals it.

    Anything negative that messes with you emotions makes you unhappy or angry or anything that doesn’t bring the fruit of the spirit is most likely negatory on listening you

    Love you all,

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    #38685
    Avatar of DJExodus777
    DJExodus777
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    @RemNant wrote:

    I like this point of view. Music is a powerful tool and even a weapon and full on spiritual experience. It should be handled as such. I agree, our ears are the gate to our soul as well as our eyes. What we allow into them will definately affect us.

    I think that we should look at the artist who produced the music. Is there the fruit of a life of love in the Lord Jesus. Do they have a living relationship with Christ? Would we listen to a preacher who did not actually know the Lord? Of course not! So why would we listen to music created by a man who does not know the Lord? Are we not a form of teacher as musicians? Do we not hold an audience who awaits our word?

    Let’s give the world an alternative to wandering, let’s give them the truth of Christ in hymns and psalms of epic bass and killer leads!

    Amen

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