Girl to Girl Talk: Is It Okay to Listen to Secular Music?

    Every week I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian walk of faith and any miscellaneous topics! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions and become bold in your faith. We love you, PI readers!

    “I like listening to non-Christian music, and I have to admit, I listen to it more than Christian music. Is that bad? I do like Christian music, but I like secular music because it’s about something other than praise and stuff. I’m not sure if it will affect me in the long run…should I listen to Christian music more or just…?”

    Read the full post here.

    I think that listening to a particular genre of music depends on the setting and location of where you are. There is a time and place for everything. For example, if you are at a wedding, chances are you may have a mix of secular and non-secular music. Also, if you are on your own time and choose to listen to worship, it is really up to you.

    What we listen to, watch, speak about and invest our time in is really our choice.

    What I think is important to think about is that God SPOKE the earth into existence (Genesis 1:24-28), hence words have POWER. The Bible said, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)

    If you are desiring to listen to secular music, it is really between you and God and how it is affecting you that would be the core answer if it is right or wrong. If it is pulling you away from God, then in the long run, it could potentially be harmful. If you are strong in your faith and you are not as affected in the sense you still desire God’s truth and His Word, that is up to you. Personally, I find that secular music sometimes tends to distract me, so I need to go back to the source and living water. At times, secular music can be negative and can hurt my spirit, but again, it just depends on the artist or what I am listening to.

    Don’t deceive yourself, because words have power. If you are constantly listening to something, it can eventually brainwash you and can change your ways of thinking. Also, Satan was the worship angel and is the prince of this world, so he controls the worldly music industry. The spirit that is behind a lot of the secular music is usually not of God, not to say some can’t be just labeled secular, but could possibly be Christian undercover. You need to ask God for wisdom and discernment. God will give wisdom to those who ask and He shall give it generously, the Word says (James 1:5).

    To me, what you feed grows, so if you are feeding yourself with the worldly and not God’s truth, you could potentially be on a slippery slope. God’s Word tells us to not conform to the patterns of the world, but to be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our minds. How do we renew our minds? We stay plugged into the truth, the living water and into the vine. Life is all about balance, so you can listen to both secular and Gospel, just don’t forget to renew your mind (John 15:5, Romans 12:2).

    How to Balance Listening to Secular Music and Christian/Gospel Music

    1. Work out your salvation: Everyone has their own relationship with God, you know what is beneficial to your soul and what is not. If you don’t, then ask the Lord for discernment (Philippians 2:12).

    2. Ask God for wisdom: God will give you generous wisdom and grace, just ask. If you are really struggling with whether you should listen to something or not, you probably already have your answer (James 1:5).

    3. Realize words have power: Yes, YOUR words have power, and so do other people’s words broadcast over the airwaves.. so don’t let people speak drunkenness, death, debauchery over you, but words that give life, inspiration and truth. Sometimes there are secular bands who have positive messages, just don’t fool yourself to thinking that you are unaffected by music or that you just “listen to the beat…” don’t fool yourself (Proverbs 18:21).

    4. The choice is yours: No one is going to force you to listen to only worship music, and there is nothing wrong listening to mainstream music, but just use wisdom. If you choose to ignore the wisdom of the Word, then it is really up to choose life or death (Joshua 24:14-15).

    5. Renew your mind with God’s truth: If you are only watching secular music and TV, you could be filling your mind with worldliness and COULD potentially fall into doubt, or unbelief but it depends on the person (Romans 12:2).




    Related article: Girl to Girl Talk: “Should Christians Listen to Secular and Explicit Music?”


    PI Girls, what is your take on listening to secular music? Comment below!

    Christi Given
    Christi Given
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.


    1. I think a lot of it depends on the content of the secular music. Some secular music is harmful, and other secular music is beautiful and positive, even if it is not explicitly Christian. By the same token, not every piece of music labelled Christian is good. There can be questionable theology in some Christian music. Test everything.

    2. Hi I just started recently listening to 21 Pilots and I was wondering if that was ok because normally all I only listen to is like KLove and then somebody introduced me to them, but they don’t cuss or anything. I just wanted to know should I or shouldnt

      • That is a very good question. I personally would say no because after my own journey of trying to figure out what music is good to listen to I came to that conclusion – that is the conviction God gave me. I have cut all secular music out of my life, even the ones with good messages. Everything in our lives should point to God and His goodness and I believe this includes music. Secular music, even if it has a good message does not point to God’s glory and goodness. I have even become selective with music labeled “Christian” as well. My personal conviction is that God gave us music to give back to Him: to praise and worship.

        I, for a very long time listened to lots of secular music with indifferent or clean messages. But the majority of it was love songs and tho they were innocent they set my mind on the wrong things. as a young single woman I found myself pining after a man and romance when I should have been developing my relationship with God. I would also listen to heavy or sad music when I was discouraged and I found it pulling me deeper and deeper into despair. What you put in your mind is what comes out. So it’s important that what you are putting in is God-glorifying.

        I want to encourage you to venture on your own personal journey with the Lord to determine what type of music you should listen to. Ask for wisdom from Him and He will give it to you. Seek the scriptures and consult Him in prayer. Have an open heart to what He has to say!

        I also recommend that you take a look at my note on the PI Article “Q&A – Should I only listen to Christian music?” on September 26, 2016. This may be helpful for you!

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