I've seen this debate on another forum I go to, and it's been a difficult process for me since I've given my life to God several weeks ago. I haven't seen the discussion here, and I realize all may not be Christians on this forum, but that may be good for alternate insight. The question is basically if secular music is ok to listen to if you are a Christian. This becomes especially pertinent when the lyrics of a particular band are blasphemous or overtly anti-Christian. How do you dictate what is good and what isn't? Are bands with neutral lyrics OK? The best example I can think of is Blind Guardian and Hansi Kursch. Kursch is openly Christian, but none of his band members share his faith, nor is the band's lyrical content about religion ( it is mostly fantasy; however, his side project Demons and Wizards does contain religiously charged lyrics ). So, would that justify listening to BG, or any other band? The passage that most people refer to in this situation is in Phillipians, and a crude paraphrase is that whatever is good and true is OK. However, that too falls victim to subjectiveness. I am especially eager to hear Matt's opinion on this matter, and how his feelings on it have evolved. I know in the end it is between God and I, but I've been praying for guidance, and I hope he decides to deliver some of that through all of you. Post your opinions!