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Is music sin? What makes music sin if we use it for positive purposes like not for an individual person for country, kids, love?

Music is not a sin. What makes something sinful is how it is used and what it teaches. The Apostle Paul teaches us, "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any" (1 Corinthians 6:12). Most classical music originated in churches for the purpose of praising God: "The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul" (Johann Sebastian Bach). Most Soul music originated in the African American communities, which included gospel music drawn from their churches. When King Saul was disturbed, he would summon David the psalmist to play melodies on his instruments to soothe him (1 Samuel). Thus, music is a powerful tool, but is often misused and mocks righteousness to the tune of foolishness. "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God'" (Psalm 14:1). Unfortunately, too many music genres and performers have chosen to include lyrics laden with profanity, adultery, violence, and other diabolic references. Songs are sung about extramarital affairs, lying, cheating, cursing, and demean Christianity. Musical artists often perform in a disturbing and provocative manner. Youth, searching for role models, easily fall prey to their idolized performers and desire to emulate them. Music has a luring effect. Most people are attracted to tunes without considering the destructive messages and negative influence embedded within those few minutes. As Christian leaders, we have a responsibility to warn and inspire people to exercise wisdom and discretion and to be weary of consuming this kind of poison to the soul.  
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