Biblical Philosophy of Christian Music

As I said in my previous post, I will post here what I learned in our music camp. This was discussed by Pastor Jun Gonzales, the pastor of Las Pinas Baptist Church. It was a really a big blessing to my life. And I still read this once in a while just to remind myself that abstaining from worldly music glorifies God.

Biblical Philosophy of Christian Music

Philosophy - ultimate causes and principles known by human reason. It is the thought, idea or purpose.

Biblical - that philosophy should be based on the Holy Scriptures. They are the inspired record of God’s revelation. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Christian - that which pertains to those who believe in Christ and follow his teachings and example.

As Christians, we should base our philosophy in the Bible.

Music - an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony.

What is the purpose of music? It must be Biblical and Christian.

1) Music is created for the glory and honor of GOD. Because the Bible says all things were made by him and for him.

2) Music is not for entertainment or mere enjoyment. You may enjoy or appreciate music, but it is not the main purpose.

3) Music is not simply for evangelism, although the gospel could be communicated in music.

4) Christian music is for believers. It is to be used for teaching God’s truth. It comes from the word muse which means to think or meditate,

Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Survey: 70% of the Bible doctrines can be learned through gospel songs and hymns.

Could we use all kinds of music to communicate God’s truth?

1) Music is not the words, o lyrics, but also its elements nameloy: melody, harmony, rhythm which corresponds to the spirit, mind, and body. - Frank Garlock.

Ephesians 5:18-19 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

2) The music itself communicates a message that should complement the words if there is any. Music is not just the medium. It also has a message.

3) Good or bad music is determined by its right proportion with the three elements of music. The emphasis is on the melody (Spirit) then harmony (mind) and less on rhythm (body.)

4) Moral or immoral music is determined by how it affects the listeners. Music is not neutral or amoral.

5) The Broken Window effect.

Conclusion: Music affects people’s behavior both physically and spiritually.

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We sang this for special number two Sundays ago, if I’m right. I grew up with this song. Still in love with it though. 

Share His Love

The love of God is broader than earth’s vast expanse

'Tis deeper and wider the sea

God reaches out to all to bring abundant life

For God so loved the world His only Son He gave.

All those who have trusted in God’s only Son

And hold this precious treasure in ther hearts

Seek ways to make it known to all who need to know

That God so loved the world His only Son He gave.

We show the love of God each day we live

Reveal Christ’s presence in our lives

And how the Holy Spirit guides us day by day

For God so loved the world His only Son He gave.

Chorus:

Share His love by telling what the Lord has done for you.

Share His love by sharing  of your faith

And show the world that Jesus Christ is real to you

Every moment, every day.

I hope you get blessed with this as much as I am blessed everytime I hear this.

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This is actually one of my favorite songs right now. Sharing because this is an encouragement and blessing. He will never leave us nor forsake us whatever happens.

When deep water curls around you and fear replaces faith,
When the floods would seem to overwhelm God’s promises of grace,
When the fires seem overtaking, and all seems torn and tossed,
Trust His Word. Oh, truly listen; hear Him say: All is not lost.

I am with you through the water; I’m with you through the flood.
They will never overwhelm you; I have bought with My blood.
Even though you walk through fire, I’ll protect you all the way.
I’m your Savior. Truly listen. Hear Me say, these words I say:

When the trials overwhelm you, so you think you’ve lost your way,
Just remember He has promised: He is never far away.

Chorus:
Don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid.
I have redeemed you; You are Mine. Don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid.
You are a precious child to Me. Don’t be afraid.

posted: 1 year ago

On worldly music.

I have been saved for 10 years. I just celebrated my 10th spiritual birthday last April 28. Here’s the thing though, I admit to have been listening to “wordly music” in that duration. I knew it was against our conviction as Fundamental Baptists, but then again, I was so indulged in it. It was my greatest struggle for the past years. I even tried to make a few songs. There was a year or two where I tried to delete all my music aside from sacred and classical. But I went back to downloading songs again.

Not until our Music Camp just this May that I realized that I was really wrong in trying to push through listening to music of the world. Believe me, I really prayed hard to God the first evening service we had. And I immediately deleted all files in my laptop and phone, aside from the sacred and classical music. Yes, I deleted them all, without any hesitations, without any regrets. I prayed for strength. And it has been more than a month now that I’ve been abstaining from listening to the music of this world. I know it’s all around, like, when we ride the van on Sundays going to church, the driver is playing music through the FM radio of the van. Same as my daily travel to school. Even on TV and at school. But I just have no joy in listening to it anymore. I thank the Lord for giving me strength and wisdom to abstain from it.

The reason why? I’ll post a few of my notes during our Biblical Philosophy of Music series of seminars during our Music Camp. And I hope you’ll be blessed too. :)

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