The True Biblical Basis for Music in the Church
What I am about to write is not merely my opinion, but rather is based upon the Word of Almighty God. Everything that we do must be based solely upon the Bible, and not left into our own hands. Many will say that the following is my personal opinion, but I want to be perfectly clear, that this is not my opinion, but it is what the Bible says.
As it regards the topic of “Christian Rap/Rock/Punk/Metal/Alternative” etc., I want to say the following.
These types of music were inspired by demon spirits, and because of such, you CANNOT take that which is inspired by demon spirits, attach the Name Jesus to it, and make it right. When David played before Saul, the Bible tells us that it was the music that drove the evil spirits away. It was David’s music that was anointed by the Holy Spirit, which drove the evil spirits away. There is no anointing behind “Christian Rap” or “Christian Rock.” Rap music, or the basis of Rap music, as well as Rock, is inspired by demon spirits. You cannot take that which is of the world and put Jesus’ Name to it and make it Holy.
BECOMING ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN
Paul said, “I become all things to all men” (I Cor. 9:22), but that does not mean that we are to be like the world to WIN the world. What that means is, we simply preach Jesus Christ and Him Crucified to ALL men; Jew, Greek, Gentile, black, white, red, yellow, brown, Saved and unsaved. Likewise, we do not become alcoholics to reach the alcoholics. Nor do we become drug addicts to reach the drug addicts. Many have used this Passage of Scripture to justify their actions as to why they have allowed worldly methods into the Church. They believe that they have to become like the world to win the world with ungodly music. Let’s be perfectly honest, not many, if any at all, truly get Saved by these types of methods, and the reason is that these methods are not inspired, or anointed by the Holy Spirit to do such. People are won to the Lord by the Preaching of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ — plain and simple! When the Gospel is being preached under the Anointing of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will begin to Move upon the hearts of the people to convict them of their sin, thus being the turning point to bring them to Christ.
WE ARE IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF THE WORLD
Also, the Holy Spirit through Paul said, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate, SAYS THE LORD” (II Cor. 6:17). That is clear, cut, and precise. We are IN this world, but not OF this world.
Notice the wording that the Holy Spirit uses in this Passage of Scripture. The Holy Spirit through Paul tells us to, “Come out.” What does this mean? It simply means to get out, or to escape, or depart. When the Lord saves us, He saves us OUT of sin, and places us IN Christ. He never saves us in sin, but saves us out of sin. And because He saves us out of sin, He definitely does not want us to go back into that lifestyle. So, to try and use the methods of the world to try and win the world will not work, for this very reason that is mentioned above.
BIBLICAL BASIS FOR MUSIC
As Believer’s, when it comes to music, there is a Biblical basis to which we should adhere to, and that is simply the Anointing of the Holy Spirit. We need to get past the idea of whether or not it’s this style or that style, and we must focus on the idea of whether or not it is Anointed of the Holy Spirit.
Now, to clarify, the Anointing of the Holy Spirit is not emotionalism. Many mistake emotionalism for the Moving of the Holy Spirit. However, when the Holy Spirit is Moving upon a singer, or a piece of music, it will generate a response from the Believer, or unbeliever, whether it be weeping, laughing, shouting, dancing, or just being still.
We must understand that nearly every piece of music is either Anointed by the Holy Spirit, or it is anointed by demon spirits.
HOW CAN WE TELL?
You may ask, “How can we tell?” First of all, we can tell by simply asking the following questions: “Is this pleasing to the Lord? Will that music lead us into the very Presence of God? Will this music cause a Believer who is facing the very powers of darkness to have Victory?” Music Anointed by the Holy Spirit will usher in the Presence of God, and will bring conviction to the lost, and rejoicing to the Saved.
As well, we should never isolate music at all to say that whatever type of music that you like will not reach the youth, or maybe that the adults will never “get it.” Music that is Anointed by the Holy Spirit will reach ALL age groups, and will minister to ALL age groups. The Word of God is never isolated to one specific age group, and will never be isolated to one age group. But, once again, we should not compromise our stance because it is popular with the world, or even with much of the Church.
Much of the Church world will laugh at this response and say that we are not up with today’s crowd, or that we are just too “old-fashioned.” Well, I will close with what the Holy Spirit said through the Prophet Jeremiah, “Thus says the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls.” But here is where the modern church is, and is found in the last phrase of that Verse, “But they said, We will not walk therein” (Jer. 6:16).
Talent will only titillate you, but the Anointing will set you free. The Lord is drawing the line in the sand through His Word. Which side are you going to be on?