Discernment of Music


The following discernment fills an important gap - of bringing the findings of discernment ministers together. I systematically went through their work and filtered the relevant cases of discernment from questionable discernment or simply from moderately problematic content, in order to generate a list that only includes artists and songs with truly problematic lyrics or background. I did not go as far as to consider if a song should be played in a church or not - this is the sole responsibility of the respective church elders and ministers. The focus of this summary is to have a guideline for the 'average' believer, who wants to protect him- or herself from negative influences.

Let us recognize the obvious and specific problems, but never lose the joy of worship over secondary issues.

Musicians To Avoid

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Andrew Peterson  (Promotion of witchcraft)

Audrey Assad  (ormer Catholic believer)

Bethel Music  (Bethel Church)

Bono (U2)

Brandon Lake  (Bethel Music)

Brian Doerksen (former Vineyard, The Bridge Abbotsford)

Carolyn Arends

Carrie Underwood

Charity Gayle  (Oneness Pentecostalism, Modalism)

Chris Tomlin

Cory Asbury  (Bethel Music)

Cypress Spring  (See songs below)

Dante Bowe

Darlene Zschech  (Catholicism, Hillsong United)

David Crowder


Dolly Parton

Don Moen

Elevation Worship  (Elevation Church)

Family Force 5

Felix Mendelssohn  (Freemason)

Franz Liszt  (Freemason)

Grace Baldridge  (Semler)

Graham Kendrick

Heather Clark

Hezekiel Walker

Hillsong United  (Hillsong Church)

Israel Houghton & New Breed  (Lakewood Church, Unification Church with Mother Moon worship)

Jack Hayford

Jackie Hill Perry

Jai-Jagdeesh  (New Age, Yoga)

Jake Hamilton  (Promotes Passion Translation)

James Fortune  (Violence)

Jesus Culture  (Bethel Church)

JGivens  (Left the faith)

Josh Garrels  (Catholic)

Keith & Kristyn Getty  (Calvinists)

Kevin Prosch  (Vineyard, adultery)

Lincoln Brewster

Masha Stevens

Matt Boswell  (Calvinist)

Matt Maher  (Catholic)

Matt Papa  (Calvinist)

Maverick City Music

Michael Gungor  (Former Christian)

Michael W. Smith

Misty Edwards  (alcohol abuse, adultery)

Nichole Nordeman


Porter's Gate

Sarah Hart  (Not Sarah Pearson)

Sting  (Catholic)

Tasha Cobbs-Leonard  (Sow-A-Seed manipulation through fabricated prophecies)

Tauren Wells  (Pastor at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church)

Taylor Swift  (Witchcraft)

Tim Hughes (Holy Trinity Brompton)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (Freemason)

Yolanda Adams  (Unification Church)

Songs To Avoid

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All I Need is You  by Lecrae

Are You Ready  by Hillsong United

Beloved  by Jordan Feliz

Beneath The Waters  by Hillsong United

Break Every Chain  by Tasha Cobbs

Broken Things  by Matthew West

Burning  by Mike Bikle and Misty Edwards

Chainsaw  by Family Force 5

Closer  by Bethel Worship

Country Boy Swag  by Cypress Spring

Dance With Me  by Jesus Culture

Days of Elijah  by Robin Mark

Deep Cries Out  by Bethel Music

Do Something  by Matthew West

Ever Be  by Aaron Shust

Exhale  by Plumb

Eyes On Tha Prize  by Czar Josh

Feel It  by TobyMac

Fill Me Up  by Antioch Music

Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)  by Brian Johnson, Kari Jobe

Fresh Wind  by Hillsong Music

God's Great Dancefloor  by Chris Tomlin

Great Awakening  by 4Him

Hallelujah  by Leonard Cohen

Hard Love  by Need to Breathe

Head To The Heart  by United Pursuit

Heart Like Heaven  by Hillsong United

He Is Jealous For Me  by Crowder

Higher  by Unspoken

Holy Fire  by Jeremy Camp and John Mark Comer

Hymn of Heaven  by Phil Wickham

I am Mountain  by Gungor

I Believe  by John P. Kee

Impossible  by Building 429

In The Garden  by Alan Jackson

I Worship You  by MercyMe

It Is Well  by Bethel Music

King of My Heart  by Sarah & John McMillan

Kisses of Your Mouth  by Heather Clark (Bridal Paradigm)

Love Has Come  by Mark Schultz

Move (Keep Walkin')  by TobyMac

My Year  by Aaron Cole

No Man is an Island  by Tenth Avenue North

Obsession  by Nathan Shaver (Bridal Paradigm)

Old Church Choir  by Zach Williams

Open The Eyes Of My Heart  by Paul Baloche

Priceless  by For King & Country

Raise A Hallelujah  by Bethel Music

Raise Up  by Semler

Real  by Nichole Nordeman

Reckless Love  by Cory Asbury

Rescue  by Lauren Daigle

Say I Won't  by Lecrae

Seasons  by Hillsong United

Set a Fire  by Will Reagan, United Pursuit

Simple Gospel by United Pursuit

Spirit Of The Living God  by Meredith Andrews

Take Me Back  by Cypress Spring

Take Me To Church  by Hozier

Tell Your Heart to Beat Again  by Danny Gokey

Testify  by NeedToBreathe

The Cross Has The Final Word  by Cody Carnes

The Father's House  by Cory Asbury

The More I Seek You  by Gateway Worship

Touch The Sky  by Hillsong United

Way Of Life  by Cypress Spring

What A Beautiful Name  by Hillsong United

What If  by Prince

Your Love Never Fails  by Jesus Culture