Open-air preaching in Uppsala, Stockholm and Gothenburg

I will talk about what happened when we preached the gospel, shared testimonies (my testimony can be read here) and when people have been prayed for in the street at different places in Sweden, recently. I went with the leader of a ministry called “Ontheredbox” in Gothenburg, but it exists in other cities and countries as well. Read more about it here.

Street preaching is something that is close to my heart, but also evangelism overall. But maybe specifically street preaching, since there’s not so much of it in Sweden and other countries as well. The fish is out there, and we can’t just sit and wait that it’ll come to us in our churches, but we need to go them. Jesus wants to make us fishers of men (Matt. 4:19).

23/8  Stora torget (“Great square”), Uppsala

In Uppsala, there were a lot of people who got to hear the good news about our Savior Jesus Christ and not least the people from the election booths (political party booths) just a few yards away. 

Here, I got to share my testimony open-air for the first time. Daniel beside me translated to English. I’ve preach open-air once before, though (with amplifier), but not with testimony.
It went well, even though I didn’t have an amplifier, but my voice was better than expected anyway.

When Jacob Bock preached, an aggressive man came who didn’t like the message, and Oscar got the opportunity to talk with him about Jesus and about the forgiveness of sins and also got to pray for him. The man told Oscar that he was dying and had a short time left to live and wanted to get right with God after the conversation.

During the sermon before this one, a bypassing heckler came and threw a tennis ball at Daniel when he stood at the box and preached, but it missed.

 

Josef Löwdin preaches and Daniel translates to English.

Jacob Bock holds an illustrated sermon and Kristofer Aspèn translates to Swedish.


24/8  Sollentuna, Rotebro, Stockholm

I preached and shared my testimony here. Oscar, who also preached, talked with a man (not a muslim) who told him that he had seen Jesus in a dream. It was obvious that God led him to us, to hear the preaching.
This man passed while Daniel was preaching, and he got to talk with Oscar and said “Now I understand”. Oscar got to pray for his healing, because he had pain in the body. He felt better after the prayer.

 

Daniel Lundgren preaching.

I (Jonathan Larsen) preach/share my testimony here.



25/8  Frölunda torg (“Frölunda plaza”), Gothenburg

We (Oscar & Jonathan) were at Frölunda plaza and preached. We had some good conversations. A little drunken heckler came when I was preaching, and we got to talk with him afterwards. He was an alcoholic, we prayed for him that he would be set free from this, and he felt better after this. Pray that he will be completely set free from alcoholism and get saved and that Oscar and the other people living in Gothenburg will meet him again. We also talked with a Christian man who was an alcoholic before he was saved. He told us he met Jesus as a great light in a surgery room and after this he was delivered from some sickness he had.
We prayed for his future walk with the Lord and that he’d receive boldness and power to be a witness for Him.

Oscar also got a conversation with a young orthodox guy after his preaching, who liked what Oscar said. Oscar explained that we can’t be justified through works (which he seemed to understand). This guy didn’t read the Bible, so he was given a Gospel of John and some tracts.
Oscar also told him about the importance of not keeping your faith personal, but to be salt & light as Jesus said, and to witness to others about Him.

During one of my sermons, a drunk man came towards me with a bottle of booze in his hand and it seemed like he wanted to offer me some of it and Oscar said he thought I was drunk.

All glory to God!

My testimony (English version)

I was saved some point at the end of the summer 2011, I was baptized in water 26/11-2011. I wasn’t a true follower of Jesus Christ before, I had a dead faith. I believed (only with a mental assent though), what Jesus had done on the cross and so, but it wasn’t a living faith and I never really thought about what he had done for me. If someone asked me I would certainly not have been able to answer what the cross really is about.

I almost never prayed or read the Bible. My life testified that I was spiritually dead, that I had no relation with God, which true faith involves. The computer was my god, because everything you put before God is an idol for you. I used to be gaming (playing a certain computer game most of the time) all day long, basically as much as I could. Back then I would say that gaming is my life.

When I was 15 years old, I started to read a children’s Bible that my mum gave me (well, it wasn’t so childish most of the time, so it gave me a lot). She told me I would get like 29$ (but the equivalent in Swedish currency). So I thought that if I read a little bit from time to time, eventually I would be done, like in 1 year or so maybe, and thus receive easily earned money.

First I started to read merely for the money, but God grabbed ahold of me, His word grabbed ahold of me, I was touched by much of what I read. A spiritual hunger was awakened inside of me, and God drew me Himself.
When I read the children’s Bible I would experience peace and joy. My eyes were opened, I knew what I read was true. I was usually very anxious and afraid in the night since I was a child, and I took medicine for my anxiety and for sleeping problems for many years.
I was also very afraid of the dark and had to have a light on, and I would also often sleep with the TV on. But I was delivered from this when I read the children’s Bible and when I got saved.

I used to follow my dad to the church that he goes to, for the joyful, peaceful atmosphere that I remember from the time when my dad would offer to bring me to a hamburger restaurant, if I followed him.

I would often watch pornography, but once at a meeting in my dad’s church, I noticed how the desire for this was gone after the meeting. During the meeting, I was touched by the worship and would cry and experience peace, joy and freedom. However I wasn’t completely free from pornography, I still struggled with it, so I started seeking freedom from this, from Jesus. I had deep conviction over this sin in my life, for example when I read at a Christian website about how this is a sin before God. The Holy jesus set you freeSpirit convicted me of this sin. After falling back into porn a couple of times, I was completely set free – Jesus set me free!

After I was saved, I started getting drawn away from the computer game more and more, because it didn’t give me the same pleasure any longer, no real pleasure compared to God. I also felt that God drew me away from this life of gaming. I was hungry for more of God, and nothing of this world can satisfy that hunger, none but God. Eventually I stopped completely with computer games. In autumn 2012 I sold my gaming computer.

I started reading Christian teachings, Christian books and spent a lot of time in prayer in communion with God, especially in the night, surrounded by His presence and love, and I rejoiced in worship to God within me.

Once, my mum told a woman (I wasn’t there at that moment and I’ve probably not talked with her before) that I have become a Christian, and this woman said she had shivers when she said that (so the Holy Spirit touched her that way).

Healed from food problems, problems with the growth and social phobia

I’ve also had problems with the food even since my childhood. I ate very little most of the time, in my childhood, however, it was better in my teenage years many times, but still bad. I had very bad appetite, but some of it was because of medicines I took. But I still had problems with it even in my teenage years, when I stopped eating some medicines. I also had problems with the growth. The doctors said I would only be like 4,9 ft tall, but my mother proclaimed that in Jesus name I wont. Today I’m around 5,7 ft tall!

I also had a hard time in school, in my childhood and early teenage years. I often got into fights with people, I would also bully people many times for no real reasons and was a generally hateful guy towards others many times. There were many phone calls home from school, from teachers, to my mum. But when I got saved, I got filled with God’s love towards people, and received a new heart.

My salvation also resulted in transformation at the social level. For example, one of my spiritual counsellors from my church prophesied that I’d blossom like a plant/flower. What’s cool is that just that dat, I told my dad that I wanted to have a plant in my room (trust me, I’m not that kind of guy who goes and buys flowers just like that, as far as I know I’ve never taken such initiative before). So I got to chose a flower that I wanted to have in my room. This was before this counselor came to my house and prophesied over me (he had never been in my house before), and this was before he saw the plant. So he had not seen it before I told him that we bought it on that same day. So this was a confirmation of his prophecy.

Some months later, someone who spoke with my mum said something like this about me to my mum: “he’s like a flower that has blossomed”, so I saw that as a fulfilling/confirmation of the prophecy, since she used the same words. Apparently the one who said this could see a transformation in me.

Someone else expressed that he had seen a change at the social level in me, compared to when we first met. I used to have a bad social phobia before I was saved, but after I got save, the transformation began.

My vision of Jesus

Something that has contributed a lot to my faith is something that happened to me when I was around 5 years old:

I saw Jesus when I was around 5 years old. It happened as I woke up crying after a nightmare. I saw Jesus (the room was dark), and he was shining. He had a light around his face/his face shone. But not as bright as His eyes shone. He looked straight at me, and his eyes radiated so much love, grace, humility and compassion towards me. I couldn’t see his eyes because of the light from His eyes/in His eyes. Bible verse: “His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” (Matthew 17:2 NKJV)
This verse about Jesus in the Bible described it really well. He didn’t shine as bright as the sun though. Also these verses below:

“Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty,Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,” (Psalm 104:1-2 NKJV)

He said to me: “You don’t have to be afraid, Jonathan”. With a rather still voice, the most humble and nicest voice I’ve ever heard. But at the same time mighty and echoing. It could be described like this (except the part about the feet then):

“His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;” (Revelation 1:15 NKJV)

I looked at my parents, and saw that they were still sleeping.

My mum had prayed to Jesus that He would tell me that I don’t have to be afraid. Because I had been afraid many nights and dreamed nightmares. But I didn’t know she had prayed this, until I was 16 or 17 years.

The narrow path, a path of suffering

IMG_4906“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. How narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it!” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Satan and false prophets wants one to think that the path to heaven is easy and talks about prosperity and other things which entice many people. Sure, God can give us prosperity, but for His glory. But it’s not so that we should only be motivated by that and sit back and live how we want to.

When you look at pictures that are supposed to depict “the narrow path”, it often looks like a beautiful and easy path (see two examples below, that I found at Google pictures). Some people depict it with two ditches at each side of the path.

 

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But to portray it as beautiful and harmless is unbiblical. The path to heaven in the Bible is not described as easy and harmless. There are many allegories in the Bible which show this. If it was easy and harmless, then why’d Jesus say that you have to strive?

(Luke 13:24 NKJV) Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”

The greek word here for ‘strive’ is “agōnizomai” which means ‘agonize’, contend as it were in a contest and an agony, exercise your utmost power and might as in a wrestling match, as if for life itself.

(1 Corinthians 9:25 NKJV) “And everyone who competes [for the prize] is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a perishable crown, but we [for] an imperishable [crown].”
We have our own flesh to strive against and the temptations of the world and Satan’s temptations.

That we have to suffer to enter the kingdom of God is confirmed at other places in the Bible:

(John 16:33 NKJV) “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

(Acts 14:21-22 NKJV) “And when they [Paul, Barnabas (v. 20)] had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting [them] to continue in the faith, and [saying], “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.

(Romans 8:17 NKJV) “and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with [Him], that we may also be glorified together.

To “continue in the faith” as it says in Acts 14:22 above, is necessary to be able to cope with tribulations as a follower of Jesus Christ, otherwise you can fall away from the faith during tribulations (cf. Matthew 7:24-27). Suffering can weld us together with Christ more, sanctify us under the fires of trials or make us fall away from the faith.

Matthew Henry, a theologian, says this in a Bible commentary on Matthew 7:13:

“We must go through much tribulation. It is hodos tethlimmeneµan afflicted way, a way hedged about with thorns; blessed be God, it is not hedged up. The bodies we carry about with us, and the corruptions remaining in us, make the way of our duty difficult” (http://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/mhc/Mat/Mat_007.cfm)

The path is narrow, since you can’t live for yourself, but must have your eyes fixed at Jesus (cf. Hebrews 12:2).
It’s narrow, least tossing to the side is dangerous, there’s no place for compromise here and there. It’s not so appreciated, since to IMG_2279_01-nggid047531-ngg0dyn-0x600x100-00f0w010c010r110f110r010t010follow Jesus costs!

Therefore, it’s dangerous if you only portray the Christian life as something which has blessings, prosperity and so on with it, and preach a diluted “gospel” that doesn’t have any conditions; repentance.

Jesus said, (Luke 14:28 NKJV) “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has [enough] to finish [it]–“

To follow Jesus costs! Read what Jesus said a few verses before:

(Luke 14:26-27 NKJV) “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

It’s not just that the path is hard, but to find it is also hard! Jesus said:  “there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14 NKJV) 

To walk the narrow path, one has to find it first. However, you don’t have to seek for the broad way, since it presents itself readily. There are many who walk in it, thus, it could be easy to also do it yourself if you’re constantly with wrong fellowship. It’s easy and popular to “go with the flow”.

The way to destruction goes through the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life:

(1 John 2:15-17 NKJV) “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that [is] in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Such will pass away, but the narrow path leads to life!

Here’s a great song about “counting the cost” (Luke 14:28)

2 Mac software, 2 Mac/Windows extensions that are A MUST for Christian apologetics

1. Clipmenu

Clipmenu is a must for any apologetic, well for any Christian that uses Bible verses a lot on the internet. Unfortunately it’s only available for Mac, however, you can google terms like, ”Equivalent of clipmenu for Windows”, ”Clipmenu for Windows” or similar, and see if you find a good similar equivalent, if you have Windows.

With Clipmenu, you can make your own ”Snippets” (see the picture, to see how it looks like as a pop-out menu, most of it is in Swedish though, since I’m from Sweden), which you can access quickly with a shortcut. I use Ctrl+Alt+Cmd+6 for the Snippets menu. You save a lot of time, so you don’t have to search for Bible verses and copy and paste them all the time. Especially if you don’t always use the same Bible version. Skärmavbild 2014-02-11 kl. 19.38.22From Clipmenu’s website:

You can also register texts you frequently use, like e-mail addresses, user IDs and so on, as snippets. You can paste these snippets from the menu, too.

I have several categories, like ”Baptism”, ”Eternal life” in which I have important verses about the subject, so I can be quick with verses when defending, explaining and proclaiming the Faith on the internet, especially Facebook.

However, this is not the only function Clipmenu has. Taken from Clipmenu’s website:

 ClipMenu can manage clipboard history. You can record 8 clipboard types, from plain text to image.

To paste a recorded item, you just pop up menu by invoking the shortcut key, and select a menu item from the menu.

2. TypeIt4Me

It’s only available for Mac, however I believe there’s similar ones for Windows.
From their website:

Define a number of abbreviations and the full text (or picture) clippings that they represent, then watch the Mac expand them on the fly even as you continue typing.
Type a short abbreviation and have it expand to a word, a phrase, even several pages worth of text in the blink of an eye.

Some examples of abbreviations that I use:

“ths” = the Holy Spirit

“3inity” = the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

“jc” = Jesus Christ

“ecf” = Early Church Fathers

3. Adblock

When you are on the internet, it’s easy to be distracted by annoying or sometimes tempting ads. But with Adblock, you can get rid of such! It’s only available for Google Chrome, and Adblock Plus for Mozilla Firefox browsers (both for Windows and Mac), as far as I know. However, there are probably some similar extensions for Internet Explorer.

Adblock for Google Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom

Adblock Plus for Mozilla Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

4. Stylebot

Stylebot is an extension that is only available for Google Chrome as far as I know (both for Mac and Windows), but I think there are similar ones for Mozilla Firefox, if it’s not available for that.

With Stylebot, you can change the appearance of websites, and remove certain elements that could be annoying or tempting. For example, if you’re a Facebook users, you might have noticed that some pages that your Facebook friends have “Liked” aren’t pleasant, or some recommended Facebook friends (however, the ones in my picture is not an example of that) to see as recommendations for you. However, you can get rid of that.

Before, and after:

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To remove something, press “Open Stylebot”, then hover over an element that you don’t want, for example the one above and to the right on Facebook, as shown on the pictures.

 

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Suffering and Revival in the Congo – the Story of Helen Roseveare

Another great story of revival in Congo, with some similarities with some accounts in my last post regarding revival in Congo, read it here: Suffering and Revival in the Congo – the Story of Helen Roseveare.

Full story: HERE  and  HERE

There are also books written by her and there’s also an audio sermon series by Helen Roseveare: http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=26238&forum=16

I also read another article earlier today about revival in Congo: http://www.heraldofhiscoming.com/Past%20Issues/1996/April/they_paid_the_price.htm

The gift of tongues in our time, like on the day of Pentecost

I read about a Swedish Baptist missionary called Aron Andersson (1901-1985), in his book “I kärlekens tjänst” (in Swedish).

This is like the day of Pentecost, but in our time (you could say).

The gift of tongues haven’t ceased. Here’s evidence of it in our time:

Revival in Basakata, Congo in Africa (1934)

After a fetisch priest had been converted and was together with Aron Andersson and a teacher, the Holy Spirit fell. The teacher began to speak in new tongues and delivered a message that the Spirit of God wanted to visit them. The converted fetisch priest began prophesying out of the Old Testament, even though it had not been translated to their language yet. He quoted men in the Bible, and spoke about their experiences.

What is remarkable is that a few days before this happened, they had spoken about the Book of Acts chapter 2 in a Bible study.

This led to a greater revival where both christians and pagans fell into distress over their sins. Piles of idols and troll medicine were gathered to be burned up, which happened in many villages.

A friend to Aron at the same missions station tells how the distress over sin got so big for many, that they almost feared they would lose their mind. Hundreds of people had their hands raised towards the sky and cried over their great sin. There were big, strong people that shook with weeping. Many fell to the ground and rolled about or laid down like they were unconscious. All cried at the same time: “Our sin is so awfully great!”

NOTE: That people fell unconscious due to guilt of sin is said to have happened once when John Wesley was preaching.

People began to recompense for stuff they had stolen. A man saw an axe between him and God each time he tried to say a prayer. After they had made up with these thefts, they got peace with God.

People began speaking in new tongues, and this happened in languages that the missionaries there could understand. Flawless French, and also English were spoken. Someone delivered a prophetic message in Swedish. All those languages supernaturally given by the Holy Spirit.

SOURCE: The book “I kärlekens tjänst” by Aron Andersson.

SOURCE for the event that is said to have happened as a result of John Wesley’s preaching: Bible Teaching Ministries

How to pray for unsaved people in accordance with God’s word

To pray for unsaved people is pleasing to God:

(1 Timothy 2:1 KJV) I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable [pleasing] in the sight of God our Saviour;

Words within [ ] are mine. It’s an alternative translation, see ESV.

Here’s a piece of advice of how one can pray for unsaved people in accordance with the word of God:

I lift up (name of unsaved person(s) ) before you, Father, and pray that you will lead (name) to salvation, that you will draw him/her to Jesus (Joh. 12:32) through your Holy Spirit, and give him/her knowledge of sin and of the truth (Rom. 3:20;1 Tim 2:4;2 Tim. 2:25), conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment (Joh. 16:8). I pray that he/she will receive a receptive heart for your word, and that it will fall in good soil, be received, and bear good fruit (klicka här). I pray that you give him/her repentance, that he/she may recover her/himself out of the snare of the devil (2 Tim 2:25-26) and that you open their blinded minds, so that they see the light of the gospel (2 Kor. 4:4).
I pray that he/she will receive time to repent, according to your grace and mercy. I also pray that you will send out laborers into your harvest (Luk. 10:2). In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray, Amen (Joh. 14:13).

Other verses: klicka här. Which means ‘click here’ – I translate from a swedish version that I wrote first, and it takes too much time to add new/change hyperlinks, I think.

I usually don’t pray exactly like I wrote above, but in a similar way. I also add some stuff, which I’m not sure if ALL of it can be supported by the Bible, but neither do I believe it’s unbiblical (that it goes against the Bible):

– I pray that the Father sends warrior angels, guardian angels and angels of service to do fight for them and to be around them.

– I pray that they receive (that God gives them) a spiritual hunger and thirst after God’s word, and after Jesus. (For example, if someone seems to be drawn by God, or especially muslims, or hindus or people involved with occultism). Hindus and muslims – especially in accordance with their feasts/festivals, where they in some/all of those (or at least muslims) engage in more prayer, fasting. Then I believe this is a good thing to pray for them.

– If I know/think that someone is being drawn by God, or similar, I usually pray that they will seek the Lord with all their heart (Jer. 29:13).

– I pray that Jesus will reveal himself to them, and meet them. Through a dream/vision or another way, like the revelation of The Holy Spirit, is what I have in mind.

– If you’ve prayed for an unsaved person for a longer time, that you’ve already shared the gospel with, you can pray that God sends someone to ‘water’ (1 Kor. 3:6-9).

When praying for mission- or evangelisticefforts, a country, or similar, one can pray for example:

I pray that your word will prosper and grow through your power, and that it will be confirmed with signs & wonders, be received, and bear good fruit in (name of place/country), through (for example – name of a missionary/evangelist) and that your word will multiply, so your kingdom can expand and so your name will be glorified, and so that souls will be saved. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.

Based (a part of it): klicka här, including a few verses that I already linked to/cited above.

A biblical approach to secular music

The devil was a worship-angel (read verse below). He therefore knows exactly how strong influence music has and can therefore affect people’s music. He wants to soil the music – it was meant to worship God with it and so. He wants to use it for his evil plans. We understand that pride / haughtiness is probably the devil’s greatest attribute? Since it was pride that caused him to fall and get thrown out. Most secular music is marked by pride. Some artists/groups may even want to be worshipped in one way or another. One thing’s for sure, that the devil gets worshipped in a way – by pride and people seeking fame and fortune by people. It is an abomination unto God, why would we go to such concerts, which is like an idolatry fest. There are many people who have artists and / or groups as Idols and posters etc of them. We as Christians should not have posters of groups and artists. We are not to have any idol either. God hates idolatry, so we should not have such posters etc. Idolatry goes against the First and Second Commandment.

“Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” (Ezekiel 28:13).

Satan was thrown out from heaven. (Eze. 28:17, Isa. 14:12, Rev. 12). The Bible also says that he has wiles (Eph. 6:11) — He perverts and mimics much of God’s pure works, even the music, which is to be a tool for God’s glory to praise and worship Him. For example – Pharaoh’s magicians could turn their staffs into snakes, just as Aaron could (Exodus 7:11-13).

In 1 Samuel 10, Samuel said to Saul that he would meet with a group of prophets coming down from the high place with stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them, while they prophesy. “Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.” (1 Samuel 10:6 NKJV).

When Saul was among those people/prophets who worshipped God and had God’s Spirit upon them, then there was a presence of God, and Saul was affected by that. He began to prophesy with them, and was transformed into ANOTHER person.

Elisha says in 2 Kings 3:15 “But now bring me a musician.” Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.”   Then Elisha started prophesying. See, what spiritual significance music has.

If worship has such a strong impact, how strong NEGATIVE impact doesn’t secular music have? The unbelievers, those who are of the world, who don’t have the Spirit of God. Then which spirit does one have if one is a son of disobedience?:

“in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,” (Ephesians 2:2 NKJV).“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12).

Thus, the person who plays music / sings affect people negatively through their music because it is carnal music, because those who are unbelievers and/or children of disobedience got the spirit of the world. Music has spiritual influence – as we can see above when Saul was affected so strongly through it. I will also give another example below. Carnal music appeals to the flesh and if we are born again and follow Jesus, we don’t have the spirit of the world, but the Spirit of God, and our spirit is born again, right. Therefore, we wouldn’t feel good when listening to such music, since the spirit of the world is active there. Although we might not feel any bad influence, it still affects us badly.

“And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.” (1 Samuel 16:23).

Just as the Holy Spirit worked through this music that David played, so can Satan work through music. Most famous artists etc are even dabbling in the occult in one way or another and thus they are tools used by Satan, whether they like/know it or not.

Marilyn Manson for example. He says “Music is the strongest form of magic.” Marilyn Manson also encourages suicide in a song. I’ve heard of someone who was called from across the country to help counsel a 13 year-old-girl who suddenly had veered into lesbianism and suicide attempts after becoming obsessed with Manson’s music. He said he would soon find that this was taking place in several households, as his (Manson’s) poison was worked into the fabric of many families.[1]

It proves that music has a strong influence. People will not commit suicide just because someone is telling them to do it? Thus there are evil spirits that work through music and people. A lot of music encourages sex, drugs, partying and other immorality. Which has made people become drug addicts etc. We should not listen to such music as Christians.

If we are to be the LIGHT of the world like Jesus said, then we aren’t to have fellowship with darkness like that? “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). 

Thus, we should not associate with people in their evil deeds and evil contexts like concerts with worldly. If we are Christians we are / are to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). Many concerts are idolatry fests, which I talked about in the beginning. Christians have nothing to do there, except for evangelistic purposes.

God tells us to be holy, to live holy. It also means to be set apart for him, separated from the world etc. (1 Peter 1:15 NKJV) but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written,“Be holy, for I am holy.”


(Ephesians 5:8 NKJV)
 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

So how does one find out what is acceptable to the Lord (v. 10)? Well obviously one simple method at least is by the fruit of it (see v. 9). Would you say that music where they exalt themselves and seek honor and fame is acceptable to the Lord? Or maybe where they sing about sex, drugs and money? No, that’s unfruitful works of darkness!

We should not have anything to do with such secular music about Partying, Sex, Immorality, violence and other things, and other sinful lifestyles. Music that can give rise to works of the flesh like Lust etc and to satisfy the carnal side of our nature. We are to live after the Spirit, seek to “feed” our “spiritual man.” As Romans 8 speaks of, that we are to live after the Spirit.

William Booth said:

“Music affects the soul in the same way the wind does to the boat, it helps it forward in the direction, in which it is heading, If it sails downwards the stream of passions directly to the waterfalls of condemnation, then music will accelerate the speed and keep the cheerfulness alive during the ride.”

(translated from Swedish, since I couldn’t find it in English on the internet).

 

(Ephesians 4:29 NKJV) Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

Here in verse 30 above it says that we should not grieve the Holy Spirit of God. The context (verses 29 and 31), indicates that there are deeds that grieve him. Verse 29 talks about not letting corrupt words proceed out of our mouths. Well, most secular music has corrupt lyrics, and so it doesn’t impart grace to the hearers (v. 29), then what does it impart? Obviously curses. But it’s another thing if we are in a shop or something, and they have music playing. But if we deliberately feed us with that kind of music, then it can open up a door for Satan and so.

We grieve The Holy Spirit by deeds. IF we grieve the Holy Spirit we can open us up for Satan. Music with lyrics about Partying, Profanity, Sex and other wickedness etc. We aren’t to listen to such music. If we have the Spirit of God in us we are to stay away from secular music, so we do not grieve the Spirit of God or wake up the flesh. If you are not sure something is right, don’t do it AT ALL “…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23).

Music has strong spiritual influence, whether we notice it or not. “…Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” (Romans 12:9).

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8).

If that’s the things we are to think on, then obviously we aren’t to invite things into our minds that are contrary to these – profanity etc.

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

“Casting down imaginations” – Λογισμους· Reasonings or opinions. There’s a lot of these in music. Secular music has a lot of lyrics exalting itself against the knowledge of God, opposed to Christ. When one listens to secular music it can become strongholds, in several ways. For example, if one listens to a song in a shop, that melody can get stuck in one’s mind and become a stronghold. It can appeal to the weak flesh.

“that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” (Colossians 1:10 NKJV).

(Colossians 3:1) If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4 NKJV) “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8 NKJV).

Greed is called Idolatry in Col. 3:5. Greedy desire for more of the world. We aren’t to seek that which is on earth – pleasures and so on. It is enmity against God, to be carnally minded is DEATH and Enmity with God (Rom. 8:6-7). We can’t halt between God and the World, it’s to be double-minded. Our hearts must be clean before God – we must seek him and not things that are of the world. We can not have our hearts separated from God and seek our portion in this life and say that we should “live life” and enjoy all that the world offers.

[1] — SOURCE for the story about the teenager: http://www.goodfight.org/a_m_manson_marilyn.html  (If everything on that site is correct, I don’t know).

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