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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.
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.
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.
I do my best worship when singing (actually making a joyful noise) along with Christian music of all genres. I love to dance and praise God with some genres while lifting my hands in praise and supplication to others. I believe that all genres like denominations speak to someone’s heart more than others. God looks to our heart and sees what’s there no matter the genre. I also believe that Satan will use music as a vessel to praise him, i.e. any music that debases God, sexes and love of our neighbors. Then there’s the music that doesn’t speak explicitly about God but knowing the singer, identifies it to be to the Lord. For example, on a Christian album there are a variety of songs meant to praise God but some don’t, by themselves, mention God but implies Him. Sort of like a chapter in a book; you don’t mention God in every sentence yet the implied message is about him. That’s why I sometimes get a bit miffed because a radio station may play a song from an album that doesn’t mention God specially but implies Him. Why? Because if someone seeking God happens to hear and implied reference to God they may apply it to someone else. Then God reminds me that He will speak to that persons heart because He’s calling them. That reminds me that God is in control and will use the means He knows will bring that soul to Him.
I feel Christian music is hymnals, gospel and worship music, which itself supports numerous Christian styles of music, including contemporary worship, and urban contemporary gospel. The contemporary Christian music industry has roots in the late 1960s and early 70s Jesus music and its Jesus music artists. The encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music points out three reasons that all the Christian Music industry developed as a parallel structure to the general music industry.
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