Why I Avoid Secular Music - Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
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Why I Avoid Secular Music

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Why I Avoid Secular Music

I know many might wonder at this post but I only express a conviction from my relationship and life with God. I share this not to compel you to adopt it, but only in hope that you would keep an open heart and give a thought to what I have to say and see if it makes any spiritual sense to you. I am a great lover of music and before I got saved I was soooo into secular music, I have ears for lyrics and it only takes a couple of moments for me to pick up the words of any song and begin to sing along. And these songs had great negative impact on me.

From the raps with all the curse and hate words, to the mid-tempos with great but empty words that made no spiritual impact then to the rhythm and blues with all the sensual lyrics, I knew them all. One thing that I believe makes me avoid secular music is because I partied a lot growing up and those were the kind of songs we danced to with all the innate vices that went with them and now I do not want to have anything to do with that life. Below are a bit more detailed reasons why I do not do secular music any more:

1.They often remind me of the world and its lusts. Now I often cringe at the lyrics I hear and I shudder at the message they are propagating. They mostly have nothing good to offer.

2.I feel like if I listen and enjoy them I am no different from the world. With such sensual, curse and hate filled words, I don’t think I should have any business listening to, singing along or dancing to them.

3.I don’t know where or who the writer(s) got inspiration from. Since they do not serve God, I know He couldn’t have inspired them, no matter how great or harmless the lyrics appear to be.

4.I don’t know what kind off spirit the writer(s) or singer(s) carry. With the dossier of the secular musicians opening up now, I cannot help but wonder what spiritual kingdom they come from.

5.Most of the love songs were not sang with married couples in mind. I hear Christians say they sing some of those songs with their spouses in mind, but that was not the intent of the singer or the message they wanted to pass across. The songs were sang for lovers, whatever kind of lovers… There are very great godly love songs for married couples, if we take the time to look…

6.Most of the lyrics promote evil. Sensual songs will make one begin acting sensually, curse-filled songs will yield nothing good in the heart or life of anybody and neither would hate-filled songs. Most of these songs promote evil; some leading young people to commit suicide and some have affected most others negatively.

7.God does not get any glory out of them. The most important for me is that God is not mentioned or praised in these songs therefore He does not get any glory out of them. So I should have no business involving myself in anything that does not give God glory.

I may seem narrow minded but I only listen to pure gospel songs, those are the ones that God gets glory for…

So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 (AMP) my emphasis

Let me end with an excerpt from a children’s Bible Song that applies to every believer:

headset, secular, music, glory, teshuva  O be careful little ears what you hear
  O be careful little ears what you hear
  There’s a Father up above
  And He’s looking down in love
  So, be careful little ears what you hear

  So how about you, what kind of songs do you listen to and why?

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Ugochi Oritsejolomisan

Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a mentor, encourager and influencer. She writes to inspire you to live a full life. Ugochi lives in Canada with her husband Benson and their children; Joshua, Joseph and Josiah.

  • Olumide Adeniyi
    Posted at 19:48h, 16 April

    Secular Music is not so good especially when celebrities such as Bob Marley,Michael Jackson, 2pac,Whitney Houston,Aaliyah,Lisa Lopes, and others lived a short lifestyle due to their different situations in a tragic way leading to their tragic deaths all around,I also listen to Michael Jackson songs but I found out that he turned his black skin to white due to plastic surgery,child molestation and many tabloids except his movie titled moonwalker for his black skin almost turning white even in my Facebook I also clicked moonwalker Michael Jackson as a movie.I Dont Want to go to hell fire May God Have Mercy On Me In Jesus Name,Amen.

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 20:41h, 16 April

      Hi Olumide,
      Secular music is not healthy for believers. We should always listen to music that edifies the spirit and glorifies God.
      God’s grace and mercy will keep you and we shall all meet at the master’s feet.

  • Olumide Adeniyi
    Posted at 10:23h, 26 June

    I mean, I repeat,I agree that secular music is evil. Therefore one should avoid every form of worldly music be it good or evil or movies. Remember Jesus is coming (Apology: my sister, sister Ugochi plz forgive me for making a mistake for a word spelt as Jasus instead of Jesus)

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 10:45h, 26 June

      Yes indeed bro! We must glorify God in all that we do. It is okay, we all make typographical mistakes, thanks for pointing out the error, I have corrected it.
      Have a super blessed week!

  • abeid
    Posted at 08:04h, 10 May

    Wow what a topic! Christians should have nothing to do with secular music coz a fresh well does not produce salty water.

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 21:15h, 10 May

      True analogy! Thanks for coming by Abeid!
      Have a super blessed day!

  • Olumide Adeniyi
    Posted at 13:18h, 21 August

    I agree that secular music is evil.therefore one should avoid every form of worldly music be it good or evil or movies.remember Jesus Is coming.

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 16:46h, 21 August

      Very true Olumide. Thanks for coming by!

    • Olumide Adeniyi
      Posted at 11:35h, 15 November

      Sorry,it is spelt JESUS,not Jasus.

  • Jane
    Posted at 23:10h, 07 February

    Hi Ugochi.I stumbled upon ur website a few days ago and can’t get enough.God is working wonders through you! About the topic I try as much as I can to avoid secular music and get it outta the house.And the times I get carried away and hum a catchy tune ( secular), its my kids that call me to order ! Lol….I just apologise and sing some good Christian song.praying that God delivers me fully from this…

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 09:31h, 08 February

      It happens to me too, if I go to a public place and hear those songs, they just keep ringing in my mind and I have to listen to something healthy to help me take it out.
      I guess it is something we have to keep dealing with since we cannot totally control some of these things outside our home.
      I am glad you are finding Teshuva inspiring. Praise God for a good “stumbling”
      Keep reading and sharing…
      Thanks a lot for coming by, do have a super blessed week!

  • Ese
    Posted at 11:32h, 22 October


    I used to love rock songs but knew God was nudging me to let go. I struggled with deleting my over 100 rock songs, my rock artists etc. But God helped me and it was a gradual process until I stumbled into Klove when I travelled.

    Klove is a christian radio station that lives and practices Philips 4:8 -whatever is true, goddly noble …….. they play only christian songs of all genres be it rock, soul, jazz, rap, R n B, pop, hymns, etc and discuss only positive and encouraging news.

    Please check them out on http://www.klove.com and listen via the online player.

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 11:59h, 22 October

      Prasie God! I know about them too. Hopefully some of my readers will find them now.

  • Pastor Cleadar
    Posted at 18:53h, 23 November

    I’m so blessed that a young person like yourself is being lead by the Spirit & not influenced by the world & what others think of you! The word of God says to be an example of the believer in word, in conversation & in love. God bless you & continue to let Him use you sister!

  • anita ivette ferrer1
    Posted at 22:43h, 07 April

    hello sister,
    Thank you for a deeply though-provoking article. My husband & I are in the process of getting rid of our secular CDs and albums. Both of us have strong foundations in music,him as a sound engineer for New Jersey’s TOP rock bands and I as a well-respected entertainer, songwriter and recently worship leader. A pastor emailed me a YouTube link on Rock stars and rapper who sold their souls to satan.I was so shocked I knew I had to talk with hubby and wondered if my deliverance from a movement disease had something to do with those satanic spirits! Being a worship leader the past severs;l years has certainly been an important reason NOT to have”questionable” secular msuic around. Father has called me to come up higher! So We continue to seek out “cursed” objects also. Thank U for an insightful article, sister Ugochi! You are a sensitive and bright lady and may Abba bless you and your children. What about songs about animals, patriotic songs or about adventure in life, (like songs Dan Fogelberg wrote about.) The Reach, a song about life as fishermen? He was a devoted and gifted Christian.. Bless you.

    • Ugochi Jolomi
      Posted at 12:42h, 08 April

      Hello Anita, the pastor is right. Some of these musicians sell the wrong spirits through their music.
      About your question, I believe when a devoted Christian sings about the kind of things you mentioned it is okay to listen. Thanks a lot for coming by and God bless you too!

  • Jennice
    Posted at 14:05h, 08 June

    I think certain secular songs are okay for saved people to listen to. I think it’s okay to listen to a sensual song as a saved couple because sensuality should be apart of a saved couple’s life. I find that old school RnB speak more about real love than the RnB of today. Visiting from #SITSsharefest

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 14:10h, 08 June

      Different strokes for different folks; for me, listening to secular music will be too dangerous as I know how it affects my spirit. I want to be focused on ensuring my everything gives God glory. Thanks a lot for coming by Jennice and leaving your thoughts, do have a super blessed weekend!

      • Katie
        Posted at 18:18h, 28 January

        This is interesting because I have sang in church for years and a friend asked me to sing at open mics with him and it has been such a struggle. I’ve been wondering if the Holy Spirit is convicting me. I don’t enjoy singing any of those songs. They aren’t necessarily bad songs but I just feel nothing and have the urge to just quit singing them and have been confused as to why. I think I get it now. Thank you for this topic.

        • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
          Posted at 17:29h, 29 January

          I am happy it provided solution for you. God does have a way of getting to us, He loves us too much to watch silently while we make a mistake.
          Thanks for coming by and do have a super blessed day!

  • Mothering From Scratch
    Posted at 16:20h, 08 June

    {Melinda} All these reasons are so right on. I really struggle with my oldest teen who really likes this music (as do all of her friends). I limit it when she’s around me, but I can’t control what she listens to when she’s not with me. I pray that the eyes of her heart will be opened.

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 18:52h, 08 June

      I know how this can be and I have a feeling the enemy really aims at destroying our youths with this kind of music but God does answer prayers Melinda and I will join you with Ephesians 1:17 Thanks a lot for coming by, do have a super blessed weekend!

  • LydiaF
    Posted at 15:34h, 08 June

    You write with great conviction (I’ve read a couple of your blog posts while I was here 🙂 )! You are absolutely right about the emptiness of most lyrics in today’s music. Where we differ is I feel the same way about a lot of contemporary Christian music, with a few exceptions. I don’t listen to music the way I used to anymore. I feel like I’m assaulted by it where ever I go.

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 18:47h, 08 June

      Very true some christian music do not truely minister to the spirit. But there are many many songs by christians that minister the Lord and heart. Thanks for coming by and leaving your thoughts, I hope you will come by often. Do have a super blessed weekend, love.

  • Yvonne Chase
    Posted at 15:30h, 08 June

    Visiting from SITS. I can’t tell you the last time I listened to the type of secular music you mentioned in this post. My ears don’t want to hear it and my soul won’t receive it. The Bible tells us to “Guard our hearts for out of it flows the issues of life.” One way to guard our hearts is by guarding our ears. What we allow in comes out for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. As we mature in our walk with God, there are certain things we won’t do anymore, certain places we won’t go and in this case certain music we won’t listen to. Its all about maturing in our walk with God.

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 18:42h, 08 June

      Very true Yvonne, we must guard our hearts and what we allow in. Maturity is really key here like you have pointed out, we won’t feel comfortable with certain things anymore as we grow.
      Thanks a lot for coming by and leaving your thoughts. I hope you will come by often, do have a super blessed weekend!

  • Val
    Posted at 23:48h, 07 June

    Couldn’t agree more!

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 13:58h, 08 June


  • Andrea
    Posted at 18:34h, 07 June

    If one is married why does it matter who the song is written for? Once you sing it with your spouse in mind does it not make a difference? I’m truly wondering. I understand your reasoning for not listening to secular music. There is some music I don’t listen to and some television programs and movies I don’t watch because it does nothing for my spirit or my mind. Visiting from SITS. SN: Do you know of any good women’s devotionals?

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 20:39h, 07 June

      Here is where individuals differ. Like I said earlier in the post, it is a conviction I have. Knowing they didn’t mean it for those who are married and most especially that there is no God in them would hinder me. And remember music does have a great impact in me and it IS a conviction I have from God, all songs I have anything to do with must honour God. Thanks a lot for coming by Andrea and leaving your thoughts. The Women Of Faith Bible is great for devotionals.

  • Chubani
    Posted at 16:08h, 07 June

    In honesty,I can’t do witout music it heals n infact its d secret of my joy n 1of d reasons y I win wen life issues com threatnin.But i play any kind of song am nt a luva of blues bt i luv rap,rnb n soul music to b honest i feel gud wt dem n am a gud christian.so i lik to ask wil listenin 2dis songs,hinder me 4rm makin it up to heaven?pliz be honest wit me,cos I feel lik d wost tin dat culd hapen 2me is nt listenin n playn music tnx.

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 13:57h, 08 June

      I love music too my brother and music soothes me a lot. There are loads upon loads of christian music of all genres: rap, RnB, reggae… I do not feel comfortable listening to godly music, The Spirit of God in me frowns at it.
      As to whether or not it will make you miss heaven… I only know that God frowns at His children doing anything that does not edify our spirits and does not glorify Him. Please seek God and ask Him to reveal the truth to you as you search scriptures.

  • Ernest Emah
    Posted at 17:05h, 07 June

    What you are saying is the truth, secular music belongs to the world, God’s children are not permitted to love the things of the world, its unfortunate that the church is drifting towards the world these days, we sing and dance the world’s songs and dance, I pray that people like you should voice out louder to the church cos we are going worldly.

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 17:09h, 07 June

      It is quite unfortunate my brother, but we do need to trust God as we pray for a revolution by The Holy Spirit. Thanks a lot for coming by, I hope you will come by often and share your thoughts.

  • Mare
    Posted at 01:23h, 07 June

    I agree. secular music just feeds the flesh. I haven’t listened in 20 years. Christian music for me all the way. 🙂

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 14:07h, 07 June

      Wow! That takes serious discipline I must say, in public places I am compelled to except I have my ear plugs with me… but then I fight the lyrics off my mind by singing healthier songs in replacement. Thanks a lot for coming by and leaving a note, do have a super blessed day!

  • Ikenna Nwosu
    Posted at 18:06h, 06 June

    Bless you Ma. Again, you touched me with your great write, simple conveyance of intent and realistic views of this easily overlooked aspect of the Christian walk.

    This is very timely at a time when one wonders the line between believers and the world. I am particularly concerned about points 3 and 6 especially regarding young people. When you juxtapose points 3 and 6 from the standpoint that our words (a believer or not) are life and define our future experiences, you get the reasons of most challenges people go through. It is basically people singing and proclaiming violence, immorality and evil as contained in the words and inspiration secular music breeds. God help us.

    The end is near, leaving the devil in fierce effort in feeding his agenda via every media out there. But I bless God for using vessels like you to pass this knowledge to the world.

    God bless you Ma. This is very strengthening and illuminating.

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 20:22h, 06 June

      I am glad it made some sense to you Bro, we are indeed leaving in the end and we better keep watch and refuse the devil’s tricks.

  • Annnmarie
    Posted at 17:50h, 06 June

    Ugochi, I thought I was the only one who feels this way. I find those music very sad. Because it doesn’t represent true life/love relationships. Thank you for confirming my thoughts. Bless you 🙂

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 20:23h, 06 June

      Amen Annmarie! I am glad I have a witness about this.