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IS IT A SIN FOR A BELIEVER TO LISTEN TO SECULAR MUSIC OF ANY KIND?
I do not have a catalogue of spiritual minded music to propose you.
But, I hnow that the answer of this question can be found in Romans 12: 1-2
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will”.
Before knowing whether IT IS A SIN FOR A BELIEVER TO LISTEN TO SECULAR MUSIC OF ANY KIND, you must at first be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Amen!
And this will be your Prayer:
“TURN MY HEART TOWARD YOUR STATUTES
AND NOT TOWARD SELFISH GAIN.
TURN MY EYES AWAY FROM WORTHLESS THINGS;
PRESERVE MY LIFE ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD”
Psalm 119: 36-37
If our Lord turns your heart really toward His status, then He will turn also your eyes away from worthless things.
If our Lord turns your heart really toward His status, then He will turn also your ears away from worthless things or worthless music.
If our Lord turns your heart really toward His status, then He will turn also your thought away from worthless things or worthless music.
Indeed, Brother Paul said:
“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.
“Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God”.
By constant use they have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
If you are a true Believer who is led by the Holy Spirit you must be able to distinguish good music, spiritual minded one from worldly music.
IF JESUS CHRIST WERE IN OUR SHOES, WHAT WOULD HE DO?
"Often when a Pastor is in the middle of a sermon, and he reaches a particularly cogent or compelling part of the message, someone in the Congregation will say, "Amen!" This is most often done to show assent or agreement with what has been said. The question we will address in this FAQ is, "What does amen mean, and is saying it in the congregation a Biblical thing to do?"
First of all, amen is a word used so frequently in the Church that you would think that most Christians would know it's meaning. However, many do not. Others tend to use the word frivolously, some even thinking that it simply means 'the end.' But this word is much more than just the standard "thing to say," or the appropriate ending of a prayer.
[amen] is one of the few words of scripture which is written in it's original Hebrew form. In fact, it is practically a universal word, having been adopted directly from the Hebrew into Greek, Latin, English, Spanish, and many other languages. Found both in the Old and the New Testaments, it is also translated in different ways, depending upon the context of the passage in which it is found. This Hebrew Amen is derived from the root [aman], which means to be firm or solid in the sense of permanency. Thus by implication, it means to be sure, true or faithful. So whenever we see this word Amen used in scripture, it is affirming truth, or illustrating something is said that is of absolute certainty. We can get a better understanding of the word in looking at the way God uses it in a slightly different context than we normally would see it. Here [amen] is used as a title for God, illustrating His faithfulness to His promises. What does amen mean
"That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes."
Both these words that are translated truth are the Hebrew word [amen]. Thus it is declaring by the God of Amen, Jehovah God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2). In this context this word is expressing God's faithfulness. That He alone is the Amen, the God of truth. Indeed, the Lord is the very essence of truth. So by comparing scripture with scripture and allowing it to be it's own dictionary and interpreter, we can come to sound conclusions about what words really mean in scripture. Amen is thereby defined as truth. And not only in the Old Testament, this understanding of the word continues to be made manifest in the New Testament.
"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;"
Christ "is" the Truth both in person and in Spirit, so that He fulfills God's faithfulness to His people. i.e., whatever the Lord declares surely will come to pass. When we come to the knowledge of the Lord, we come to the knowledge of truth (1st Timothy 2:4). By searching these things out carefully in scripture, we can rightfully divide scripture. And by seeing how God inspired words to be used, we can come to the true meanings of these words. Amen, when studied and compared diligently, ultimately means something is true or it is affirming it's faithful.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death."
The word translated 'verily' is that very same Hebrew word [amen], and it means that what is now being said is most assuredly, truth. Christ is saying, "Of a truth (truthfully) I say unto you." He is making a statement of "absolute" certainty. And Christ used "amen" to introduce statements as being sure on a number of occasions. What does amen mean
"Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice."
Again, the word translated "verily" is the Hebrew word [amen]. Verily or [amen] thus means truthfully or truly. God is emphasizing here the absolute truth that there is no possibility that Peter would not deny Him three times. Amen, Amen, it was going to occur.
So we understand the root meaning of the word is "truth." But it can also be used to show a believer's assent with the word of God. For example, if a Preacher said, "the wages of sin is death," and I would reply, "Amen" or truth, I am affirming, or am in agreement and acceptance of what the Preacher has declared. Even as the Apostle Paul gave an Amen that to God be Glory for ever.
"For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen."
To the creator God be glory for ever, Amen or truly. That is the correct way to use this word. Unfortunately, there are times when some Christians give an Amen simply out of habit, and this is not God glorifying. For example, if a Preacher would say, "I brushed my teeth this morning and went right out the door," and you hear from the pews, "amen!" That is an improper use of the word. For they aren't affirming anything as truth, it's just an automatic response. But a heart-felt Amen uttered in the congregation assenting with what is spoken as truth is by no means an unbiblical thing to do. In fact, we have the example in scripture which shows that it is in total agreement with Biblical practices.
"And the Levites shall speak, and say unto all the men of Israel with a loud voice,
Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen."
"Cursed be he that lieth with his father's wife; because he uncovereth his father's skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed be he that lieth with his mother in law. And all the people shall say, Amen."
Here God's people are commanded to give an amen or assent to the word of God. In doing so, they are asserting that this is the truth and that they are in agreement with all that has been said. Whenever we pronounce the 'Amen' or 'truth' to the laws and commandments of God, we are giving witness or testimony to our confidence in it. i.e., we are a faithful witness endorsing the testimony of the Lord. By contrast to an unfaithful witness to scripture who denies it (by word or deeds). When someone says Amen, they are either:
Affirming from their heart that they believe that what God said is perfect, absolutely true, and faithful.
Making an affirmation in agreement to what is being read or preached as the gospel truth to which they are dedicated.
Affirming the certainty that their prayers and petitions, when asked in accordance to God's will being done, are pleasing to God and will be heard by Him.
So when you say Amen, it really should be considered a solemn oath of agreement before God, which should never be uttered lightly.
1st Corinthians 10:31
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
When we say Amen, it should only be to the glory of God. It means that we believe all the things we have read are true, or are confident God hears our petitions. It is like an solemn appeal that we know something with absolute certainty. Even that our prayers truly have been heard by God. For the Lord exhorted us to pray this way, and that He would hear the prayers of His saints. He may not answer them according to "our will" but He most certainly hears them, and answers them as we pray that "His will" be done in all things. Make no mistake, the earnest prayer of a righteous man is both effectual, and availeth (is powerful) much (Psalms 65:2; Proverbs 15:8, 29; John 9:31; James 5:16).
1st Peter 3:12
"For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."
..may the Lord who is gracious above all, guide us all into the truth and understanding of His Holy Word. What does amen mean
There is ONE GOD, ONE PERSON, and there is also ONE BAPTISM. Not two but ONE BAPTISM.
“One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all”.
Now let us read Matthew 28:19:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.
What is the NAME (singular) of the FATHER and the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT?
Brother, let me remind you of something.
Indeed, Jesus told His disciples:
"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come”.
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth…”
Brother the Holy Spirit has revealed to the Apostles the NAME (singular) of the FATHER and the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT.
Let us see:
“Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”.
The NAME (singular) of the FATHER and the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT is JESUS CHRIST.
Truly speaking, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other NAME under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
That NAME (singular) under heaven given to men by which we must be saved is JESUS CHRIST.
Truly speaking, “All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his NAME."
That NAME (singular) given to men through which they receive forgiveness of sins is JESUS CHRIST.
Truly speaking, Jesus said to the Father: "I have revealed your NAME to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
That NAME (singular) of the Father is JESUS CHRIST.
This is the reason why brother Paul said:
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him”.
WHATEVER YOU DO, WETHER IN WORD OR DEED, DO IT IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS.
See, here, Lord Jesus is THE NAME, whereas Father is simply a Title.
Isn’t water baptism a deed?
If it is a deed, then the Bible says “WHATEVER YOU DO, WETHER IN WORD OR DEED, DO IT IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS”.
Why do you want to do everything in the Name of Jesus Christ but exclude water baptism?
Why do you make such a restriction?
It is simply because you have not yet received the revelation about the NAME (singular) of the FATHER and the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT (Matthew 28:19).
May the Holy Spirit enlighten you!
WHAT IS THE ONE BAPTISM THAT IS REQUIRED OF BY OUR LORD JESUS?
There is ONE GOD, ONE PERSON, and there is also ONE BAPTISM. Not two but ONE BAPTISM:
It is the water baptism practised by IMMERSION in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
Indeed, the Bible says that we are “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone”.
If you are really built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone, then you must practise the water baptism as the Apostles of Jesus Christ did.
All the Apostles of Jesus Christ practised the same water baptism.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."(Revelation 3:22).
PLEASE, SHARE THIS WITH YOUR BROTHERS, YOUR SISTERS AND YOUR FRIENDS.
May the undeserved kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and all your family!