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ReformedThinker #6072 Sun Oct 12, 2003 5:19 PM
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Thank you, JF2:<br><br>I copied the text, which I much appreciate and I'm looking for another copy of the Oratorio itself.<br><br>Thanks again,<br><br>Gerry

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Country , jazz and classical is music to slit your wrists over



Isn't that a line in some movie?



True godliness is a sincere feeling which loves God as Father as much as it fears and reverences Him as Lord, embraces His righteousness, and dreads offending Him worse than death~ Calvin
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I personally only listen to Christian music. (I used to listen to Lee Ann Rimes, but not since she has "adopted" a bad character). Please note I have nothing against classical music. It is much of today's pop/rap music I have concerns about. We need to look at the songs lyrics and be discerning, even with "Christian" music

Well, here are some reasons I just listen to Christian music:

1. As I'm sure you know, music has a large impact on your mind. We often get catchy melodies in our heads, and they often come with the words. Now, would you rather have Rich Mullins' "Awesome God" stuck in your head or Shania Twain's "Man I Feel Like a Woman"? Which edifies the soul? More importantly, which glorifies God?

2. I am amazed at how many songs out there glorify the body and its desires. I am also amazed at how many songs include cuss words and taking of the Lord's Name in vain. Why is it that a restaurant can air a song that talks about sleeping with your boyfriend and yet if you air a Christian song you are considered "unprofessional" or "biased"?

3. It can spark conversations with others. If someone comes over and looks at my music or hears my radio, they see/hear Wes King, Indelible Grace, Newsong, FFH, and others. Believe me, I've seen it happen. No one has come to Christ because of it (yet), but I've had opportunities to share with them wjy I listen to what I listen to.


Philippians 4:8- "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."


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You appear to be in some sort of bondage about this You appear to be in some sort of bondage about this



Do you really think God wants His children listening to bands that desecrate His Name?

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I would however not play it "publicly " for fear of upsetting those young in the Faith



And what if you find yourself humming one of the songs or singing some of the words? My sister listens to pop stuff, and I've caught myself more than once after a lengthy ride in the car with her humming a song that is not edifying to God. Remember, God cares very much about what we think as Christians, and also what we say as Christians.

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Whats edyfying about other music?



Biblical Christian music is edifying because the lyrics are edifying. They are lifting up and glorifying Christ. And they can take you to the throne room of God.



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My unsaved background as an outlaw biker with guns and drugs etc, etc , serves me well that I can WITNESS to hells angels, punks, winnos,prostitutes et al .



So you listen to the music you used to listen to, the same music your unsaved friends listen to? How about finding a Christian punk band that has God-exalting lyrics? Then your friends can ask you about Whom they are singing about.

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Secular music causes ME as much trouble as spilt milk Joe. It has no detrimental effect on my Christian walk as it so obviously does you. YOU therefore should avoid it.



Now that just sounds relativistic...



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Amen, Joe!


True godliness is a sincere feeling which loves God as Father as much as it fears and reverences Him as Lord, embraces His righteousness, and dreads offending Him worse than death~ Calvin
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"Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind."

How can your mind be transformed if you still cling to the things of the world?


In the midst of your sadness and woe, when you are tormented and afflicted, have comfort! God's will is done.
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So , I cant drive a car , catch a train , read a newspaper, watch tv , listen to music, drink a beer , talk about polotics etc ,etc ?

Where do you live , in a monastry ?

howard

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Howard,
You missed my point...I DON'T listen to rock music. But unlike many on this site, I refuse to deny you the freedom to listen to it. You are totally free to listen to it.

Steve


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