Okay. I'll give you what I have been learning about music lately.
Country music and rock and all that is definitely not for Christians. But...what about contemporary? There are many mixed discussions on it and I had made a decision. But then was told something else and was confused again. So far, until I happen to find something that says otherwise, contemporary Christian music is JUST as bad as secular music.
John 17:14 says, "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world."
We as Christians are not to be of the world.
Romans 12:2 says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
So we are not to be conformed, which can mean to do the most accepted thing by everyone. But, we are to be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our mind so we can do the will of God.
1 John 2:15-16 says, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the prid of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."
So we see in this verse, which is one of my favorites, that if we love the things of the world, the love of God is not in us. Because the world is sinful and we should not follow sin.
So if the contemporary Christian music attracts the sinners of the world, it shows that it is still worldly.
In a Christian book store somewhere around the music section you are sure to find a chart with one side having secular bands on it, with a 'reference' to a Christian band that is similar that you would probably like. So right there is showing that it is worldly if it is compared to the world and that if you like this thing of the world you will like this thing...
So as far as I stand, I try and always listen to orchestral, and misc. stuff that I find that fits my standards.
Not everyone has this strong of standards, but there are others who do because I have talked to them about it.
I hope you all understand everything, and if not please comment with your questions...