There are times in the lives of music artists when they feel a need to convert from recording and performing secular music and turn to recording and performing gospel music. Oftentimes this is a result of music artists converting to Christianity. Does it mean that if an artist performs secular music then they are not Christians? There is a whole spectrum of views on this matter.
‘I don’t understand why people tag secular musicians to be sinners and gospel musicians as Christians. The only difference between the two is that the former’s lyrics are without the God word (no- religious) and the latter has the God word in the song. Gospel means truth and secular musicians singing drugs are bad for you is singing the truth, just as a gospel singer saying God is good is also singing the truth. Now, is the secular musician whose lyric does not mention God a sinner? Does all secular music contain profane words? There are many secular songs that have catchy melodies, thoughtful insights, and positive message. There are many secular songs with no mention of God that still uphold good values such as honesty, purity, and integrity. Singing a gospel song does not automatically make one a Christian neither does singing secular make one a sinner.
A song has its purpose. There are secular musicians which use their songs to preach about H.I.V., teenage pregnancy and a whole lot of social vice. There are also some gospel singers that love everything ungodly and absolutely are the most un-Jesus like people you could ever meet. Likewise, some who don’t even sing about Jesus or never mention Jesus once in their lyrics, are humble Bible-believing family man/women who are faithful believers in Christ. When a gospel singer is embroiled in a scandal he/she is a disgrace to Christianity, and the comment that follows it is: behavior of secular musicians isn’t as bad as that!
Are secular musicians devils, sinners, and idolaters? If a secular musician (the sinner) sings gospel, God has touched/called him/her? So, while a person is singing a song without the God word he/she has not been touched? A really sad thought of life I believe.
The Bible nowhere condemns any particular style of music. Can the lyrics in a secular song be true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy? If so, then there is nothing wrong with a Christian listening to a secular song of that nature. There is nothing inherently wrong with any particular style of music. It is the lyrics that determines whether a song is “acceptable” for a Christian to listen to.
We should stop being Pharisees (self-righteous people).