Should Christians Listen To Secular Music?


Hi Fola,

I am a very big fan of yours and I know you are truly a Christian. I am a Christian myself by God’s grace and I will like to ask a question. I am one who loves decency even in music. I will like to know the limit of the kind of music a Christian should listen to. It seems its not okay to listen to any song, no matter how clean or positive, if was not done by a gospel artiste;it is believed that all good things come from God, and all songs that seem good must be done by a ‘clean vessel’ and must contain a GOD element.


Is it possible that no secular artiste can do any ‘positive’ song that is really positive? For example, if I listen to a song done by say Wizkid about helping victims of an earthquake in ABC country, why wont i remember his song about shaking a lady’s bosom or butts in the same breath?

(From chinedu4494)


Hello Chinedu,

Before sharing my opinion with you, here is a scripture that inform my beliefs on this matter:

Col: 2: 20 – 23 (NLT)

You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, 21 “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? 22 Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. 23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.

My emphasis here is verse 23. You see, people always seem to know “what a Christian should do, how a Christian should behave, and bla bla bla”. And they will always make rules about it. Like the bible says, some of those rules can seem really helpful. But a lot of times, it binds most young believers into religion.

Christianity is a very personal relationship. A relationship that is guided by the word of God and the spirit of God.  What does the bible say about the kind of communication we expose ourselves to?  Check this:

2Tim: 2:16 (NLT)

16 Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior

 Psalm 101:3-4  (NLT)

I will refuse to look at
anything vile and vulgar.
I hate all who deal crookedly;
I will have nothing to do with them.
I will reject perverse ideas
and stay away from every evil.

 As Christians, the life we live is spiritual, and what we expose ourselves to, must reflect this.  If a certain piece of music is not edifying, if it doesn’t edify your spirit or glorify God in anyway, stay away from it.

On the issue of “positive music” from a non-Christian artiste, I personally do not have a problem with it. As long as the words are not vulgar, profane or offensive in any way.

But like I said, Christianity is personal. So search your conscience. If you are uncomfortable, then stay away. If not, keep it clean and enjoy your music.

I hope you find my answer helpful.

8 Replies to “Should Christians Listen To Secular Music?”

  1. 4lah, you have said it all. I’m really impressed with the detailed answer you gave. Some secular music are highly inspirational.

  2. Personally, if the lyrics is positive, edifying, and not offensive, Good to go! As a Christian, there are three primary factors to consider: 1) the purpose of music, 2) the style of music, and 3) the content of the lyrics.!!!

  3. ‘But like I said, Christianity is personal. So search your conscience. If you are uncomfortable, then stay away. If not, keep it clean and enjoy your music.’

    I’m sorry to say that this answer hasn’t helped christians, even as much as they want others to enjoy in the gift of grace. What if christians enjoy listening to that kind of music? Isn’t it certain that they won’t grow spiritually?

    The answer is supposed to be straight to the point: you don’t listen to any non-christian music because of what it does to your spirit. If you are conscious of your spiritman and know the real value attached to your spirit you would understand that you need to feed your spirit cinstantly everyday. It’s like knowing the value of nutrition and then engaging in it everyday. I think it is time to say the appropriate things to help christians in their everyday walk. In this kind of question, the best way anyone should answer this is to give them an explanation of what their spirit is all about and requires. That is NOT religion. In this you are only being conscious of not taking in ‘junk’ into your spirit.

  4. I am not a churchy person, but my point is this: YOU CAN’T GIVE WHAT YOU DO NOT HAVE. Now, if a secular artiste does a gospel song, does it really have the factor that makes it acceptable to God? i think music is not only about giving out messages that sound right in the ear of the listener but also about giving out a piece of your being. whatever we say or do certainly is a reflection of what we have inside of us. Proverbs 4: 23 says:’Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life’. How can good water and dirty water come out of the same source.Impossible!
    Even though it happens, that good water must be contaminated.
    I am not insinuating that secular artistes are doomed for condemnation, all I am saying is without Jesus in a man, he can not please God or give anything edifying to a christian. Isaiah 64:6 says: ‘…our righteous acts are like filthy rags…’ because we do not know God.

    1. I respectfully disagree. I’ve watched shows/movies by atheist, or at least non-Christian producers, and, even if they may have some objectionable content, the larger message is one of integrity and morality. I got the sci-fi loving genes from my Dad, and the majority in that genre (and in my other favorite, fantasy) don’t come from Christian authors. I don’t think that someone who writes books I stay very far away from can’t write books I enjoy a lot – I like to read some books by Michael Crichton: in some the sex is so ridiculously casual it isn’t even worth reading, while in others there are zero to two references to it in the book, while it keeps me on the edge of my seat.
      To finish up, I think Christian media is great and everyone should watch at least some of it, but those people who choose to stick exclusively to it are missing out on some good stuff.

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