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In my opinion for a song to be considered 'Christian music', it must glorify God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit! The source is less important. Gods uses all kinds of persons for His glory and plans.
At a concert by a Christian artist he stated that only people are Christian, ie followers of Christ. Music did not have a conversion experience. Christ did not die for the sins of music. I tend to agree with this definition. However, music can be inspired by the Spirit and written by Christians. God created everything and that includes music. It's man that perverts music from glorifying God. As a guitarist, I've written many instrumental songs. Without lyrics, how can someone say that a particular song is evil or against God? On the flip side, slapping the label "Christian" on something doesn't necessarily make it glorifying to God. One just needs to browse the local "Christian" bookstore to see books that deify man and his efforts rather than God.
A Call to Praise the Lord A psalm of thanks. 100 Shout to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Serve the Lord with joy; come before him with singing. 3 Know that the Lord is God. He made us [Gen. 1–2], and ·we belong to him [or not ourselves]; we are his people, the sheep ·he tends [L of his pasture; 74:1; 79:13; John 10:11–14]. 4 Come into his ·city [L gates] with songs of thanksgiving and into his courtyards with songs of praise. ·Thank [Praise] him and ·praise [bless] his name. 5 The Lord is good. His ·love [loyalty] is forever, and his ·loyalty [faithfulness] ·goes on and on [L for all generations]. I believe that any song that is consider to be label "Christian". It should speak of his greatness, goodness, works. Etc. It should be only towards him and what he has done for his creation. I do believe true worship come from with in the Spirit. There are a lot songs that a name "Christian", but instead of pertaining to God or do spirit of man, it pertain to the flesh.
Any song that brings a person closer to our Heavenly Father I would say is a Christian song or any song that teaches us to love our neighbour. The obvious Christian songs would be praise and worship or hymns. I also believe that songs like, Chain of love by Clay Walker are also Christian songs because they remind us of how to treat one another. After all, Jesus is not going to be impressed of all our religious gospel singing that we did, even though that is a beautiful way to worship our Lord.... Jesus said, what we will have done to one another, that is what we have done to Him.
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