Is it a sin to listen to satanic rock groups?

I’m a practicing Christian and listen to mainly 70s/80s rock and heavy metal. Nothing wrong with that except there are a few bands that I really like but I wonder if it is a sin to listen to them because of lyrical content and stage theatrics - particularly King Diamond and Mercyful Fate. I freaking love the sound but the lyrics are not sitting well with me. I guess my question is whether or not it’s a sin to listen to them. I don’t feel like I’m doing anything wrong but maybe I am

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  • All these modern musical relativists have no clue what their talking about. The vast majority of people who have answered so far aren't even Christian, so, I'm just going to warn you there.

    It is certainly a sin. Let's, say, that, instead, you were reading books, and you found a book, and the contents of the book bother you, but the way they're written is intriguing. Now what is the correct thing to do? The correct thing to do is to put the book down and stop reading it.

    I, unfortunately, tend to suffer from a sort of morbid curiosity for that sort of thing, so I don't even know if I would necessarily put that book down, but it would be the correct thing to do.

    The same thing applies to music; if you are bothered by the contents of the music, you should not be listening to it, particularly if it is immoral.

    I am reminded of this description of those sodomites who dwelt near the Temple of Israel during Jeremiah's time:

    "[they danced] to the exciting din of drums, flutes, and inspired songs [and] cut themselves on the arms; and the effect of this act, and of the music accompanying it, was so strong upon mere spectators, that all their bodily and mental powers were thrown into a tumult of excitement, and they too, seized by the desire to lacerate themselves, deprived themselves of their manhood by means of potsherds lying ready for the purpose. Thereupon they ran with the mutilated part through the city and received from the houses which they threw them into, a woman’s gear."

    Music is not harmless, unlike what many of this place's users would have you believe.

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    • I remember when i was younger id listen to young jeezy and 2pac a lot and it really normalized selling drugs and even glorified it to me. It certainly has influence.

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    • Christian rock is complete ass though, literal torture listening to it.

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      • All rock is garbage. The only rock music I've ever liked was alternative, and it was only because I'm a very sentimental person, and my father used to listen to that type of music in the car, so I became sort of sentimental for it. Of course, he also used to listen Fractured Soul, but that stuff is... no. At one point I had one of those songs stuck in my head from my childhood, so I looked it up on YouTube, and just... no.

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        • No, it's objectively great, unlike rap music. ( Not the specific band you mentioned though. ) Especially old-school stuff, such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Queen, etc. Why are christians so obsessed with bashing on rock/metal when rap/mainstream shit is so much more degenerate? Anyways, what kind of music do you like? When it comes to religious music, I really dig gregorian chants personally.

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          • Rap music being considerably worse does not make rock any better. There are certain songs that would be considered to be of the rock genre, of course, that are fine, but, in general rock is garbage.

            Rock and rap are both results of the same problem. Fundamentalist Protestants are particularly fond of bashing on rock because that's what they grew up with, while rap is a new thing that they don't have much experience with. Rock, metal, and rap are all garbage musical styles that rarely have anything good come out of them, though its' worth noting that there is more good rock than there is rap or metal.

            "What kind of music do I like?" is a good question, because I'm not exactly certain. Motown was fairly good. Classical music is good. I've always been partial to instrumental solos, in particular those on the piano. Medieval music is very good.

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  • Who cares? It's music.

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  • Black Sabbath are christians themselves, so shouldn't be a problem listening to them.

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  • Yes it is a sin.

    Also a point of interest Satan was also a musician. Musicians have a lot of power because of their influence over culture. It hypnotizes you in a sense. Satan was able to wage war in heaven by turning angels away from God. He probably used his music to do so although theres no scripture about that detail.

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    • I would be curious to what that music sounded like. But honestly might not be too far off from this guy...

      https://youtu.be/Y2SGfMcemaM

      Which is low key the most amazing use of voice I've heard.

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  • never take metal seriously - it's all over the top and campy. I don't think you're gonna go to an eternity of burning because you listened to a band with some silly lyrics about the devil or anything. More people get repelled from christianity by those overwrought contemporary christian groups than by metal music.

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  • In many Christian denominations, it's a sin to listen to rock and heavy metal music, but I say you should do what you feel is right. You're going further into no sins being obedient to your Church, thus said normal-rebellious.

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  • I don't think listening to it is a sin in itself. But you have to ask yourself if you want to be effectively training yourself to associate these lyrics with pleasure, which you will be doing, as long as you listen to the songs for pleasure. We are certainly responsible before God for what we knowingly foster in ourselves.

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  • Mm I remember feeling a similar way when I just loved mourning palace by Dimmi Borgir, I’m not even religious but it was just so satanic, there was a discomfort there with it. It helped me that I eventually saw these things as a gimmick, and I knew my true reason for liking the music was not it’s connection to Satan. I think it strongly depends on how you relate to your faith, that’s something I cannot comment on. But maybe understanding the association in these acts will help, I’d recommend a documentary called until the light takes us

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  • Do as you will.

    Surely you must be too old to be asking such silly questions if you listen to King diamond and his overly high pitched voice.

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