Expression Sunday Bulletin Transcript: MY PLAYLIST. Sunday 16th October, 2016
Music has a strong effect on us. It is one of the most effective tools used to control emotions, as it gives direct access to the soul.
Discussion between Gbenga Adenuga and Kenny Kore on the topic “MY PLAYLIST”.
MODERATOR; Please can you give us a five minute opener on what you think music is?
Kenny Kore: Music is sound, words and generally a representation of the culture of a person/people. Music is spiritual, because God being a spirit loves music (they who serve him, must serve him in spirit and in truth). Secular music is anything that is not religious, while gospel music is the type of music that is centred on God.
Gbenga Adenuga: Music can be classified by its content, owner, style and the kind of instruments used in it. All these determine if a particular music is secular or gospel.
What defines gospel music?
Gbenga Adenuga: The purpose of a song is the first thing to consider. Gospel is vast and is not restricted to worship or praise. Worship is not music and sound, it is your response whenever you hear or think of the name Jesus, no matter the situation you are in.
Gospel music can be sung to man, because Paul said we should encourage ourselves with what we hear. So whatever song propagates the Gospel is gospel music (Philippians 4:6)
Kenny Kore: Gospel is not a genre of music; gospel is the message, and it can come in different sounds. Music might not be possessed but singers are often possessed, although it gets to a point where the music can become possessed, just as God inhabits the praise of his people. Gospel music is the good news (centred on Jesus), and the good news is not all about good times alone. You don’t have to mention the name Jesus in a gospel song, but if it is a clear representation of what Jesus is about, it is Gospel music.

Why do we listen to secular music?
Kenny Kore: I expose myself to all these things because I am scientific in nature and I want to be able to minister rightly to the body of Christ. Listening to secular music is really unavoidable these days, because we become reluctant participators as it is been proliferated everywhere, also for the singular reason of it being pushed by every form of media. Even the Bible said “in the last days, iniquity shall abound” but it also says “and our light shall shine brighter, because there will be gross darkness” (Isaiah 60:1-3). We have to fight the good fight of faith, meaning we might not be able to help listening to ungodly songs but let us strive so as not to excuse it.

Gbenga Adenuga: personally I do not listen to secular music because there is apparently nothing to gain from it. Even my children do not know these songs. Secular music does not help your light shine as it should; it harms us as Christians and for the fact that whatever you listen to has a way of influencing you. So I advise we guard ourselves consciously.

How can you ensure that your children who are alienated from secular music do not stray when they grow older and become more independent?
Gbenga Adenuga: It is the direction in which you place your life that you will find yourself. The Bible says “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”-Proverbs 22.6). We have to understand that the fact that something is popular does not make it right. Training is not all about shouting at someone, but by telling them what is right and by doing what is right so they can emulate your actions. If I was trained like that by father and I have not departed, then my children will not depart from it.
Kenny Kore: We have to understand that there is a difference between training and sheltering children. If you mix it up and shelter them, chances are that they will stray when they come to the knowledge of the things you sheltered them from. I think there is a fine line between exposing someone to something in a bid to train them, and putting someone in total ignorance of that thing, which I believe is more dangerous, because youths are very curious and adventurous.

1. I think some people listen to secular music because of the “beat” and the fact that you can dance to it, so why don’t we have gospel music that can give that similar sensation?
2. Songs that we listen to in church are no more biblical and deep in understanding, for instance: “Everybody looku looku”. Why?
3. What can you say we should do to avoid listening to secular music?
4. Contribution: Prayer works always.
5. Why can’t gospel artists be ambassadors of brands and what can be done to make this possible?
6. As a Christian and an event planner, if an ungodly brand comes to you to host or plan an event, or anything of that sort, what should be your reaction? Also, where do we draw the line between professionalism and ministry?
7. There are some songs by secular artists that preach peace and are not “harmful” to the mind, are these songs ok to be sung by Christians and in church?

Kenny Kore: some of the lyrics of secular songs are in a way glorifying the devil. And some are at the level of being possessed by demons, so listening to and singing them invokes spiritual forces. Also doing songs by secular artists’ means you are endorsing them and whatever inspires them. Remember also that we have to keep ourselves as consecrated vessels unto God.
Gbenga Adenuga: Our songs in church are no longer deep because we as Christians have lost the essence of depth in God. Churches today tend to impress the crowd in order to keep a large number, thinking that we are competing with the world; this pushes us to sing “unserious music”. This should not be the case, because worshiping is a medium of connecting with God; it should therefore be taken seriously.
Brand ambassadors basically work to grow the image of a particular brand. The media has not backed up most of the gospel artistes enough to get to that point of controlling so much traffic digitally, which is a major criteria for being endorsed by brands. But it does not stop the church from initiating the idea of ambassadors who will be the face of the church and the gospel. To crown it all, Church is the best place to work as a gospel artist, but it should not limit you to not doing something on the side to cater for yourself.

CONCLUSION: Pastor Kayode Ladele
Three factors affect or play a major role in determining how we will turn out.
i) Training
ii) Ethics
iii) God’s intervention.
-Your ethics will determine how you train your child. Training depends on which way is best for you. No matter how perfect you want to be in training your children, they still take some traits from you and this usually has minimal or no control. At the end of the day, only the intervention of God can blot out all blemishes in our DNA. “The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong”

Our opinion on gospel music should be based on self-conviction (what you feel); which motivates you on what you listen to, Education (the knowledge you have to back up your opinion) and Rhema (your personal encounter and knowledge from God). Furthermore, Music becomes a personal thing depending on the approach you give it; either business, devotion, or other purposes. Music on its own is not the message, but a means to an end (spreading the message). That is to say, Music as said does not represent worship; music is a tool for worship.
There are apostles who are meant to be in different fields (not everyone is meant to be a Levite), because we all carry different anointing for different works. Just like Jesus gave the word as a whole and Paul dissected it, applying It to different areas of life.

In conclusion, our body is the temple of God, and if God dwells in us, what do we want to feed him with? It leaves us with this question, “what should your playlist be?”


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