Both the skill of singing and that of playing instruments are therefore part and parcel of the art called MUSIC.
In the Bible, we see the first musician and the first mention of music in the book of Genesis (chapter 4, verse 21). His name was Jubal, the son of Lamech. The bible describes him to have been a player of stringed instruments and the father of all who do so (as the first to play them).
Reading the old testament scriptures, it isn’t uncommon to find one form of music or the other talked about. Music (songs or instruments or both) was used for ceremonial purposes, thanksgiving to God, lamentation, etc. In fact, music played spiritual roles also. Prophets often used it to flow in prophecy. We also see David in the old testament scriptures bringing relief to the demon-possessed Saul by playing a harp.
However, after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we see very little mention of music, especially in connection to the roles they played in the old testament. We also see no mention of the phrase ‘gospel music,’ although Paul in Ephesians 5:19 Instructs believers to speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with their hearts to the Lord.
Although the new testament teaches singing spiritual songs and making melody to God from our hearts, it doesn’t place much emphasis on music and it doesn’t accrue to music most of the roles and significance placed on it in the old testament.
This is important to note because this post addresses ‘gospel music,’ and not just ‘music’ on a general note.
According to the Bible, the gospel is a single message; the message of salvation by faith in Jesus, the Messiah and son of God (John 3:16-18, 20:31). The gospel is the message of God’s plan for humanity to partake in immortality with him in paradise by believing in the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of his son Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 1:16-17). A believer of this message then receives the Holy Spirit as a proof of his salvation/righteousness (Ephesians 1:13-14).
This is what the gospel is (the good news of how God saves through Jesus).
With all of these put into consideration, what then do you believe should be called GOSPEL MUSIC?
Also having in mind that sounds of instruments are also music and not just songs/singing, do you consider any particular instrument sound to be gospel?
IN GENERAL, WHAT IS GOSPEL MUSIC TO YOU AND WHAT ISN’T GOSPEL MUSIC?
THE NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD STORY OF LECRAE’S LOSS OF FAITH AFTER THE EXPERIENCES OF HIS PAST THREATENED TO RUIN HIS CAREER AND LIFE.
Two-time GRAMMY winning hip-hop artist and bestselling author Lecrae had inspired millions with his redemptive and gut-honest art. But when his personal life spun into chaos, he was forced to face the buried impact of the unhealed wounds–sexual abuse, physical trauma, addiction, and depression–that threatened to tear it all apart. Along the way, he realized the wounds we all carry have the potential to be unlikely guides to healing and freedom for ourselves, and others.
With vulnerable honesty and transformational yet simple steps you can apply today, Lecrae shares the personal practices he uses in his daily life for mental, emotional, and spiritual health. With powerful prose, he gives an unflinching look at the personal and public spaces that sadly hurt us so often–culture, politics, family, church, personal failure–and reminds us that learning to let go and forgive is the birthplace for the life of creativity and freedom God has for us.
I Am Restored is an inspiring charge to embrace the lasting healing and restoration available now, and that we all desperately long for, because no matter what you’ve experienced, God is near, He hears, and He’s not done with you yet.
Fast rising Gospel music minister Yadah has topped the June edition of the Official Nigerian Gospel Music Top 10 Chart, compiled by The International Association of Christian Media Practitioners [IACMP], with her wavemaking recent single titled “Onye Inaputara.”
With +18K views on the music video released on the 12th of June and an overwhelming number of votes from 54 Nigerian Gospel music blogs all across the nation, add to the nods from IACMP Top 10 Chart Panelists, the Abuja based Gospel artiste has whisked the spot off Dunsin Oyekan’s “At All Cost,” which dropped 6 steps to the Number 7 spot, for the month of June.
“Obinasom,” by Mercy Chinwo, Ada Ehi’s “Fix My Eyes On You” featuring Sinach and GUC’s “All That Matters,” all made their way back to the chart in order of mention due to recent demands and the vacuole created by lack of stronger contenders for the month. “‘All That Matters” by GUC pushed “On God” by Eben a step down from the number 4 spot which the single held last month.
The IACMP Official Nigerian Gospel Music Top 10 Chart uses popular votes from about 54 Gospel music blogs & online radio stations all over Nigeria, online music statistics such as charts from Gospel music blogs all over Nigeria. Also views, downloads, streams, external Gospel music charts and the decision of 2 panels (a 4-man and a 6-man panel) as criteria to determine the song that makes the monthly chart. The chart is the most credible Gospel music chart in Nigeria.
Let Us Assume that: 1) The cause of this pandemic is the 5-G technology.
2) The only answer to the pandemic is a vaccine to be administered with a chip.
3) The chip will be the fulfilment of the biblical prophecy of 666, the mark of the beast.
4) Anyone whether he is a believer or not, who takes the vaccine (with the chip) which is mark of the beast will be automatically lost forever!
5) Any one who refuses to take the vaccine will die from the virus or from hunger but he will be saved whether he is a believer or not!
Such a person will not even be allowed to buy or sell because he doesn’t have the mark of the beast but he will be saved forever! .
So, the only way out of the pandemic is to take the vaccine. The vaccine is the only way to survive now!
What is the Implication of all these?
If the above 5 points are correct it means that:
Salvation now is purely based on receiving or refusing the mark (the vaccine).
Even if one is a believer but takes the mark he will be lost. So, salvation now is purely based on what we do with the mark! If you take the vaccine you shall be lost. If you reject the vaccine you shall be saved!
Salvation by faith in Christ Jesus is no longer valid. Christ died in vain. Jesus is no longer the message.
The vaccine is now the message!
Do you understand now?
Rev. Joshua Izugbara Nwokedi is The Senior of The Living Ambassadors Church Kubwa Abuja, Nigeria. He is an author of several books. Visit https://izugbara.org/for his books and Articles