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Brethren, the true Christian is so heavenly minded that his talk is just different than the talk of the lost people of this world.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."

The Christian's Speech And Music Is Different

Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2011 Richard St.James

Christian Music and SpeechThe Christian's speech is totally different than of those who are lost without Christ.

Our speech is to be seasoned with salt, and always issuing grace to the hearer. “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Colossians 4:6)

David in Psalm 71 said this of himself: “My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long.” 

The world thinks it strange that the Christian TALKS ALL THE DAY long in “the language of Canaan.”

Brethren, the true Christian is so heavenly minded that his talk is just different than the talk of the lost people of this world.

Now let’s go further than this: our speech will include our MUSIC.

Proof Text! “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” [Ephesians 5:19]

Get this PRINCIPLE into your heart!

Music is not NEUTRAL!

Music is a language in itself. Music conveys a message even without the words.

The argument given by modern apostate Christianity is this. The only thing that matters … is the words that are put to the music.

This is LIE number one.

LIE number two goes like this; music in itself is neutral, and therefore, all music is right. There is a music that is SENSUAL, which will exalt the flesh, and there is the music of the SPIRIT that is to the PRAISE of the LORD our God. According to I Corinthians 14 (which was written to the carnal church of Corinth), music paints pictures through the distinction in sounds. Amen!

“And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?”

The Bible is our AUTHORITY! Amen!

God’s word shows that sounds have distinction. “So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.” [1 Corinthians 14:7-10]

Further, sounds are voices with SIGNIFICATION.

The signification of a sound as a voice is to redound to the honor and praise of God, and will be totally different than the music of Jubal: “he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.” (Genesis 4:21) Jubal’s music was of a signification such as to feed the flesh! Jubal’s music is the world’s music.

Christian music should be distinctly different from that of the world.

Here is a primer to the mechanics of music. There are four components to all music. These four components are: the words, the melody, the harmony, and the rhythm.  Here are some principles and practical guidelines to be followed by the Christian.

The words should be easy to be understood, and they ought to be words that are biblical. Furthermore, these words need to proclaim a biblical truth (not some strange doctrine), and thus, bring a Bible message from God to the hearer.

The melody is the tune, and is meant to direct and to protect our spirit “to the praise of God.”

The harmony is to portray the peace of God in the human heart, and thus, it is aimed at the soul of man. It communicates REST (the Major chords) and will intimately affect our feelings.

The rhythm should be to the MARCH.

The rhythm of the march is God’s appointed rhythm! Beware of the wrong rhythms. The rhythm should not be to the BOOGIE WOOGIE (which will make your body want to dance), or contain the BACKBEAT (which accents the two and four beat … like all Rock n roll) or the BREAKBEAT (the syncopation which is also called the OFFBEAT). These dance rhythms ACCENT in the wrong places according to Alan Ives, an evangelist who teaches Christian music. I will say it again!

The MARCH RHYTHM should be the ONLY rhythm in our Christian music. According to Alan Ives: “Music should not be unholy, heartless, careless, low class, puny, stupid, sensual, selfish, ugly, boisterous, or baseless. Music should only aim us (THE CHRISTIAN) to “THE BEAUTIES OF HOLINES."

For more information read below!!!!

The following quoted from Concord Harmony:
"The music ministry of the Alan Ives family is called Concord & Harmony. They travel, ministering through preaching, teaching, singing, seminars, workshops, and music lessons.

The Ives family serves primarily in local churches, Christian schools and Bible camps. They have a sizeable store of conservative Christian music and literature, and they carry a wide selection of items with them when they travel. Their main goal is to help maintain scriptural standards for music - in worship and in private life---and to provide good music for those who desire it. They endeavor to show from the Bible and from the study of music:

What good music is.

Why good music is good.

What bad music is.

Why bad music is bad.

The ministry warns of the damage worldly music can cause, and makes plain the value of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs."

The Alan Ives Family: click on this link to go to: Concord & Harmony

A ministry of Wyldewood Baptist Church

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