Is it a sin to go to a heavy metal or rock concert?

Author: BibleAsk Team

Attending Heavy Metal or Rock Concerts

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is characterized by emphatic rhythms, high volume, distorted guitars, dense bass-and-drum sound, and vigorous vocals. These sounds in metal create confusion and disturbance in the minds, wills, and emotions of the listeners and negatively affect their reasoning.

Also, heavy metal music embraces lyrics that promote, anger, emotional pain, immorality, sin, drugs, rebellion, suicide, Satanism, and death. It doesn’t uplift the soul nor does it inspire the listeners with hope, godliness, peace and joy. It clearly glorifies the culture of nihilism and social alienation.

Any lyrics that violate biblical principles or celebrate and exalt sinful conduct are not proper for Christians. Colossians 4:6 says that all our conversations should be “full of grace…” And Ephesians 4:29 says, our words should be edifying—they should build the believers up.

A Christian must ask, “Is heavy metal music glorifying Christ or the devil?” Certainly, it doesn’t glorify Christ. The Lord urges His children saying, “whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:3). God has provided for His people a great supply of good music that inspires, refreshes, elevates, and strengthens the Christian experience (Psalms 9:2). The believer should realize that his body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and that he should not defile it (1 Corinthians 6:19,20).

The development of Christian character requires right thinking. So, Paul admonishes the believers saying, “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).

Godly music will be drawing the person to goodness (Matthew 7:20). It will not produce love to the world but to Savior and His Word. It will refine the thinking and produce a Christ like character in its listeners. It will lead them to meditate on God’s Law (Psalm 119:48b), and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Let us walk just as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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