Is rock-n-roll music ok for church?

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The Bible says, “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing” (Psalm 100:2). God gave us music to enjoy and to build us up spiritually “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him” (Psalm 40:3).

But because God is a holy God (1 Samuel 2:2; Revelation 15:4), our worship music should be holy and pure. Many types of secular music (rap, country, pop, rock, heavy metal, adult contemporary, and dance music) have been largely captured by Satan and, sadly, have crept into the Christian circles.

“Christian music,” should also have Christian lyrics. Words can, and should, express spiritual truth. Colossians 4:6 says that all our conversations should be “full of grace, seasoned with salt.” Ephesians 4:29 says our words should be edifying—they should build others up. Bible-based lyrics are a blessing. They help us meditate on God’s Law (Psalm 119:48); dwell on what is true, honorable, and lovely (Philippians 4:8); and even pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Even without lyrics, worldly music itself has power to debase a person’s feelings, desires, and thoughts. So, unholy music should be shunned and instead we should glorify God with uplifting angelic music “whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:3). God has provided for His people plenty of good music that inspires, refreshes, elevates, and strengthens the Christian experience (Psalms 9:2).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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