Jesus said that we should rejoice because he has overcome the world. He also tells us that by our faith we overcome the world. So, does this mean that by faith Christian bands called to serve Jesus in Christian music should crossover into the mainstream music scene? Here are some of the arguments in favor of this practice: We can reach more people with the gospel in the secular music market. People who would not hear the gospel message in a Christian concert would listen to it in a bar or some other secular setting. Jesus has called us to be in the world not a part of it.
Yes, Jesus has called us to be in the world but he did not say to be a part of it. Romans 12:1-2“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” The key points in this verse point against Christian Bands crossing over into secular music. The Lord tells us here to offer our bodies as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God. This is our spiritual act of worship to remain true to the call of staying in Christian music not to crossover into the secular field. Our minds need to be transformed by God’s Word and this cannot happen when Christian artists switch over into the worldly system of music.
The artists are conforming to the pattern of this world when they write Christian lyrics and set them to music and then release them into the non-Christian market. The songs are no different than the other myriad of songs that are flooding that market on a daily basis. Sure they have faith based lyrics but they lose their anointing and power when they are set in the mainstream environment.
The verse in Romans states “this is your true and proper worship” true and proper worship is what pleases God not false and improper worship which falls under the category of crossing over from Christian Music into mainstream music. The call of God is irrevocable and when a Christian Band crosses over from their true call in Christian Music to perform in the mainstream market this is revoking the call of God on their lives.