Bible verses about listening to secular music | Moffatt

Bible verses about "listening to secular music" | Moffatt

Hebrews 10:24-25

24 and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good deeds — 25 not ceasing to meet together, as is the habit of some, but admonishing one another, all the more so, as you see the Day coming near.

1 Corinthians 14:1-40

1 Make love your aim, and then set your heart on the spiritual gifts — especially upon prophecy. 2 For he who speaks in a 'tongue' addresses God not men; no one understands him; he is talking of divine secrets in the Spirit. 3 On the other hand, he who prophesies addresses men in words that edify, encourage, and console them. 4 He who speaks in a 'tongue' edifies himself, whereas he who prophesies edifies the church. 5 Now I would like you all to speak with 'tongues,' but I would prefer you to prophesy. The man who prophesies is higher than the man who speaks with 'tongues' — unless indeed the latter interprets, so that the church may get edification. 6 Suppose now I were to come to you speaking with 'tongues,' my brothers; what good could I do you, unless I had some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching to lay before you? 7 Inanimate instruments, such as the flute or the harp, may give a sound, but if no intervals occur in their music, how can one make out the air that is being played either on flute or on harp? 8 If the trumpet sounds indistinct, who will get ready for the fray? 9 Well, it is the same with yourselves. Unless your tongue utters language that is readily understood, how can people make out what you say? You will be pouring words into the empty air! 10 There are ever so many kinds of language in the world, everyone of them meaning something. 11 Well, unless I understand the meaning of what is said to me, I shall appear to the speaker to be talking gibberish, and to my mind he will be talking gibberish himself. 12 So with yourselves; since your heart is set on possessing 'spirits,' make the edification of the church your aim in this desire to excel. 13 Thus a man who speaks in a 'tongue' must pray for the gift of interpreting it. 14 For if I pray with a 'tongue,' my spirit prays, no doubt, but my mind is no use to anyone. 15 Very well then, I will pray in the Spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing praise in the Spirit, but I will also sing praise with my mind. 16 Otherwise, suppose you are blessing God in the Spirit, how is the outsider to say 'Amen' to your thanksgiving? The man does not understand what you are saying! 17 Your thanksgiving may be all right, but then — the other man is not edified! 18 Thank God, I speak in 'tongues' more than any of you; 19 but in church I would rather say five words with my own mind for the instruction of other people than ten thousand words in a 'tongue.' 20 Brothers, do not be children in the sphere of intelligence; in evil be mere infants, but be mature in your intelligence. 21 It is written in the Law, By men of alien tongues and by the lips of aliens I will speak to this People; but even so, they will not listen to me, saith the Lord. 22 Thus 'tongues' are intended as a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; whereas prophesying is meant for believers, not for unbelievers. 23 Hence if at a gathering of the whole church everybody speaks with 'tongues,' and if outsiders or un believers come in, will they not say you are insane? 24 Whereas, if everybody prophesies, and some unbeliever or outsider comes in, he is exposed by all, brought to book by all; 25 the secrets of his heart are brought to light, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God, declaring, 'God is really among you.' 26 Very well then, brothers; when you meet together, each contributes something — a song of praise, a lesson, a revelation, a 'tongue,' an interpretation? Good, but let every thing be for edification. 27 As for speaking in a 'tongue,' let only two or at most three speak at one meeting, and that in turn. Also, let someone interpret; 28 if there is no interpreter, let the speaker keep quiet in church and address himself and God. 29 Let only two or three prophets speak, while the rest exercise their judgment upon what is said. 30 Should a revelation come to one who is seated, the first speaker must be quiet. 31 You can all prophesy quite well, one after another, so as to let all learn and all be encouraged. 32 Prophets can control their own prophetic spirits, 33 for God is a God not of disorder but of harmony. [Move 33b-36 to follow vs 40] As is the rule in all churches of the saints, 34 women must keep quiet at gatherings of the church. They are not allowed to speak; they must take a subordinate place, as the Law enjoins. 35 If they want any information, let them ask their husbands at home; it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church. 36 You challenge this rule? Pray, did God's word start from you? Are you the only people it has reached? 37 If anyone considers himself a prophet or gifted with the Spirit, let him understand that what I write to you is a command of the Lord. 38 Anyone who disregards this will be himself disregarded. 39 To sum up, my brothers. Set your heart on the prophetic gift, and do not put any check upon speaking in 'tongues'; 40 but let everything be done decorously and in order.

Romans 12:1

1 Well then, my brothers, I appeal to you by all the mercy of God to dedicate your bodies as a living sacrifice, consecrated and acceptable to God; that is your cult, a spiritual rite.

Ephesians 5:3

3 Never let any sexual vice or impurity or lust be so much as mentioned by you — that is the proper course for saints to take;

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

1 Thus, I may speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but if I have no love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal; 2 I may prophesy, fathom all mysteries and secret lore, I may have such absolute faith that I can move hills from their place, but if I have no love, I count for nothing; 3 I may distribute all I possess in charity, I may give up my body to be burnt, but if I have no love, I make nothing of it. 4 Love is very patient, very kind. Love knows no jealousy; love makes no parade, gives itself no airs, 5 is never rude, never selfish, never irritated, never resentful; 6 love is never glad when others go wrong, love is gladdened by goodness, 7 always slow to expose, always eager to believe the best, always hopeful, always patient. 8 Love never disappears. As for prophesying, it will be superseded; as for 'tongues,' they will cease; as for knowledge, it will be superseded. 9 For we only know bit by bit, and we only prophesy bit by bit; 10 but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I argued like a child; now that I am a man, I am done with childish ways. 12 At present we only see the baffling reflections in a mirror, but then it will be face to face; at present I am learning bit by bit, but then I shall understand, as all along I have myself been understood. 13 Thus 'faith and hope and love last on, these three,' but the greatest of all is love.

2 Corinthians 6:14

14 [Keep out of all incongruous ties with unbelievers. What have righteousness and iniquity in common, or how can light associate with darkness?

Romans 1:1-32

1 PAUL, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God 2 (which he promised of old by his prophets in the holy scriptures) 3 concerning his Son, who was born of David's offspring by natural descent 4 and installed as Son of God with power by the Spirit of holiness when he was raised from the dead — concerning Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom I have received the favour of my commission to promote obedience to the faith for his sake among all the Gentiles, 6 including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ: 7 to all in Rome who are beloved by God, called to be saints, grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 8 First of all, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because the report of your faith is over all the world. 9 God is my witness, the God whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, how unceasingly I always mention you in my prayers, 10 asking if I may at last be sped upon my way to you by God's will. 11 For I do yearn to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift for your strengthening — 12 or, in other words, that I may be encouraged by meeting you, I by your faith and you by mine. 13 Brothers, I would like you to understand that I have often purposed to come to you (though up till now I have been prevented) so as to have some results among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 To Greeks and to barbarians, to wise and to foolish alike, I owe a duty. 15 Hence my eagerness to preach the gospel to you in Rome as well. 16 For I am proud of the gospel; it is God's saving power for everyone who has faith, for the Jew first and for the Greek as well. 17 God's righteousness is revealed in it by faith and for faith — as it is written, Now by faith shall the righteous live. 18 But God's anger is revealed from heaven against all the impiety and wickedness of those who hinder the Truth by their wickedness. 19 For whatever is to be known of God is plain to them; God himself has made it plain — 20 for ever since the world was created, his invisible nature, his everlasting power and divine being, have been quite perceptible in what he has made. So they have no excuse. 21 Though they knew God, they have not glorified him as God nor given thanks to him; they have turned to futile speculations till their ignorant minds grew dark. 22 They claimed to be wise, but they have become fools; 23 they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the semblance of the likeness of mortal man, of birds, of quadrupeds, and of reptiles. 24 So God has given them up, in their heart's lust, to sexual vice, to the dishonouring of their own bodies, — 25 since they have exchanged the truth of God for an untruth, worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed for ever: Amen. 26 That is why God has given them up to vile passions; their women have exchanged the natural function of sex for what is unnatural, 27 and in the same way the males have abandoned the natural use of women and flamed out in lust for one another, men perpetrating shameless acts with their own sex and getting in their own persons the due recompense of their perversity. 28 Yes, as they disdained to acknowledge God any longer, God has given them up to a reprobate instinct, for the perpetration of what is improper, 29 till they are filled with all manner of wickedness, depravity, lust, and viciousness, filled to the brim with envy, murder, quarrels, intrigues, and malignity — slanderers, 30 defamers, loathed by God, outrageous, haughty, boastful, inventive in evil, disobedient to parents, 31 devoid of conscience, false to their word, callous, merciless; 32 though they know God's decree that people who practise such vice deserve death, they not only do it themselves but applaud those who practise it.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

23 May the God of peace consecrate you through and through! Spirit, soul, and body, may you be kept without break or blame till the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Matthew 5:16

16 So your light is to shine before men, that they may see the good you do and glorify your Father in heaven.

Hebrews 5:14

14 Whereas solid food is for the mature, for those who have their faculties trained by exercise to distinguish good and evil.)

Ephesians 5:1-33

1 Copy God, then, as his beloved children, 2 and lead lives of love, just as Christ loved you and gave himself up for you to be a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 Never let any sexual vice or impurity or lust be so much as mentioned by you — that is the proper course for saints to take; 4 no, nor indecent, silly, or scurrilous talk — all that is improper. Rather, voice your thanks to God. 5 Be sure of this, that no one guilty of sexual vice or impurity or lust (that is, an idolater) possesses any inheritance in the realm of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with specious arguments; these are the vices that bring down God's anger on the sons of disobedience. 7 So avoid the company of such men. 8 For while once upon a time you were darkness, now in the Lord you are light; lead the life of those who are children of the light 9 (for the fruit of light consists in all that is good and right and true), 10 verifying what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless enterprises of the darkness; rather expose them. 12 One is indeed ashamed even to speak about what such men do in secret; 13 still, whatever the light exposes becomes illuminated — for anything that is illuminated turns into light. 14 Thus it is said, 'Wake up, O sleeper, and rise from the dead; so Christ will shine upon you.' 15 Be strictly careful then about the life you lead; act like sensible men, not like thoughtless; 16 make the very most of your time, for these are evil days. 17 So do not be senseless, but understand what is the Lord's will; 18 and do not get drunk with wine — that means profligacy — but be filled with the Spirit, 19 converse with one another in the music of psalms, in hymns, and in songs of the spiritual life, praise the Lord heartily with words and music, 20 and render thanks to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ at all times and for all things. 21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, be subject to your husbands as to the Lord, 23 for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ also (though he is the saviour of the Body) is the head of the church; 24 as the church is subject to Christ, so wives are to be subject to their husbands in every respect. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to consecrate her by cleansing her in the bath of baptism as she utters her confession, 27 in order to have the church as his very own, standing before him in all her glory, with never a spot or wrinkle or any such flaw, but consecrated and unblemished. 28 So ought husbands to love their wives — to love them as their own bodies (he who loves his wife loves himself). 29 For no one ever hates his flesh; no, he nourishes and cherishes it (just as Christ does the church 30 for we are members of his Body). 31 Therefore shall a man leave father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the pair shall be one flesh. 32 This is a profound symbol, I mean as regards Christ and the church. 33 However, let every man of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife reverence her husband.

Ephesians 5:19

19 converse with one another in the music of psalms, in hymns, and in songs of the spiritual life, praise the Lord heartily with words and music,

2 Corinthians 6:17

17 Therefore come away from them, separate, saith the Lord, touch not what is unclean; then I will receive you,

1 Corinthians 6:12

12 'All things are lawful for me'? Yes, but not all are good for me. 'All things are lawful for me'? Yes, but I am not going to let anything master me.

Ephesians 5:10

10 verifying what pleases the Lord.

Romans 14:1-23

1 Welcome a man of weak faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his scruples. 2 While one man has enough confidence to eat any food, the man of weak faith only eats vegetables. 3 The eater must not look down upon the non-eater, and the non-eater must not criticize the eater, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to criticize the servant of Another? It is for his Master to say whether he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Master has power to make him stand. 5 Then again, this man rates one day above another, while that man rates all days alike. Well, everyone must be convinced in his own mind; 6 the man who values a particular day does so to the Lord. The eater eats to the Lord, since he thanks God for his food; the non-eater abstains to the Lord, and he too thanks God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself; 8 if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. Thus we are the Lord's whether we live or die; 9 it was for this that Christ died and rose and came to life, to be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10 So why do you criticize your brother? And you, why do you look down upon your brother? All of us have to stand before the tribunal of God — 11 for it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, every tongue shall offer praise to God. 12 Each of us then will have to answer for himself to God. 13 So let us stop criticizing one another; rather make up your mind never to put any stumbling-block or hindrance in your brother's way. 14 I know, I am certain in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is in itself unclean; only, anything is unclean for a man who considers it unclean. 15 If your brother is being injured because you eat a certain food, then you are no longer living by the rule of love. Do not let that food of yours ruin the man for whom Christ died. 16 Your rights must not get a bad name. 17 The Reign of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, it means righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy Spirit; 18 he who serves Christ on these lines, is acceptable to God and esteemed by men. 19 Peace, then, and the building up of each other, these are what we must aim at. 20 You must not break down God's work for the mere sake of food! Everything may be clean, but it is wrong for a man to prove a stumbling-block by what he eats; 21 the right course is to abstain from flesh or wine or indeed anything that your brother feels to be a stumbling-block. 22 Certainly keep your own conviction on the matter, as between yourself and God; he is a fortunate man who has no misgivings about what he allows himself to eat. 23 But if anyone has doubts about eating and then eats, that condemns him at once; it was not faith that induced him to eat, and any action that is not based on faith is a sin.

Philippians 4:8

8 Finally, brothers, keep in mind whatever is true, whatever is worthy, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is attractive, whatever is high-toned, all excellence, all merit.

Romans 12:2

2 Instead of being moulded to this world, have your mind renewed, and so be transformed in nature, able to make out what the will of God is, namely, what is good and acceptable to him and perfect.

1 Corinthians 10:31

31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, let it be all done for the glory of God.

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