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One of the most solemn messages of the Bible is that which says “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” and “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work” (Ecclesiastes 3:17). Many have not known the time of their visitation and this will lead them down the path of error because they have failed to discern the peculiarity of the times that God’s providence has offered them to seek the truth as it is in Jesus. Instead, they unwittingly go down the path of darkness while regarding God nevertheless, thinking that is all that matters. And unless they wake up from their slumbers and take up the solemn opportunities God’s providence is offering them to know the truth and receive the love of it, their purpose of living is largely defeated and their path is best described as “a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25).

 

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False worship and rebellion against God always co-exist whether the perpetrators are aware of it or not. The Israelites had thought they were worshipping the true God who had brought them out of the land of Egypt (Exodus 32:4) or had convinced themselves so. But when this false worship was set up alongside the false music, the obvious result was that the Moral Law, the Ten Commandments written by God’s own finger shortly before, was broken (Exodus 32:16; 32:19). Here we find a solid evidence of the morality of music even as early as the first false corporate worship amongst the people of God. Today, the Moral Law is written in our hearts by God’s own finger according to His promise in Ezekiel 11:19-20 and Hebrews 10:16, and shall we now sacrifice this redemptive work on the altar of false worship and false music?

 

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Gospel music is a form of music on its own by definition. Its lyrics—the message—and the melody, harmony and rhythm—the vehicle—must all be geared towards elevating the moral and spiritual powers of the Christian; not otherwise. Thus, a Christian cannot truly and safely, whether as a listener or a musician, pick from other music classifications or music genres namely jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues, reggae, to name a few, to combine them with Christian lyrics. This is because in doing so, there is a guaranteed crisis between the message of the music and the vehicle of the music. For it has been substantially proven by numerous studies both in the religious and scientific circles that in these musical genres are certain elements that degrade the frontal lobe of the brain where the centre of the will and spirituality lies. Thus, in listening or making this kind of music, the Christian’s moral and spiritual powers is bound to be degraded, whether he is aware of it or not and whether he believes it or not, for it is a law he cannot fight against. “Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). For this same reason, the Bible has warned us saying, “Take heed to yourself that you be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before you; and that you inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise” (Deuteronomy 12:30). Certainly then, the hybrid, gospel hip hop, for example, is just indeed hip hop gospel in disguise—the gospel of hip hop—where the Christian is deceived by the Christian message of the music but is caught in the webs of the morally degrading and will destroying influence of the vehicle. Little wonder then that Christ says regarding worship, “For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15).

 

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Any music that does not tamper with our minds, our will, and does not damage our spiritual powers but whose message and vehicle enhances the site of our will power and spirituality, that is, the frontal lobe of the brain, and whose message and vehicle depicts Christ in His purity, may be considered gospel music. This is extremely tough to find these days. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

 

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Did God create music? Yes. Did God create evil or immoral music? No; man did (Colossians 1:16; Genesis 1:31; Genesis 6:5).

 

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Satan has always quoted scripture to perpetuate his evils. He did so with Eve and succeeded. He did so with Jesus and failed because Christ recognised the context of every word of God. To withstand the devil’s deceptions in the last days, we must now like Jesus recognise the correct application of every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

 

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Show me a man who loves and lives music but does not love and live God’s word and I will show you a man whom God does not approve of. Show me a man who loves and lives God’s word but does not love and live music and I will show you a man God approves of. Show me a man who loves and lives God’s word and who loves and lives music, and I will show you a man at danger of losing God’s approval. Because a man who loves and lives God’s word will not be led astray by God’s word but a man that loves and lives music may be led astray by music.

 

***”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).***

Friend, what were your Bible reflections this month? Kindly leave them in the comment section below.

 

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