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Troubled Many good points, but I fear some presuppositions have blurred the application of the Scriptures. What instrument, rhythm, harmony, melody, etc. has not been used for carnal or worldly purposes? If all things have, in one way or another, been tainted by the world, how does one determine which of these are worldly and which are available for sacred use? Why give the world so much credit? Who says the world owns this or that style of music? If it sounds angry, it sounds angry. Avoid it for that, not for the fact that the world "used it first." Whether first or second, the world has used everything for evil purposes, even the names of
Father and Son! Should we, therefore, avoid using God's name in a sacred context? Does not man look on the outward appearance while the LORD looks on the heart? The LORD looks on the heart, yet nothing was said about love for God and neighbor (the greatest commandment) as the essential component of what is truly sacred. "But the greatest of these is love." Honest discernment and self-examinations for the both the messenger and the hearer.