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I dont think a song is wrong just because it is foreign or local. Phil 4:8 says that we should think (and I believe listen/sing too) on whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtuous and praise-worthy...
So, if the songs qualifies with such characteristics, then, I believe christians can listen to them. But if the songs dont meet these characteristics, it may not necessarily be a sin to listen to them, but, such songs aren't edifying to a christain, so why waste your precious time and why not guard your heart against wrong influences (Pro 4:23)...

In summary, only the Word of God meet all these characteristics and only christians can sing songs that contain the Word of God because the Word of God is Spirit and Life (Jn 6:63, 2Cor 3:6). Hence, our songs should minister Spirit and Life to us (not just entertainment alone, although, entertainment may be inclusive). Consequently, the songs we listen to should be led by the Spirit because we are sons of God (Rom 8:14), and also, not all so-called gospel songs are really edifying if they dont contain the Life in the Word; this isnt a function of music style (whether solo, rap, reggae, blues, RnB, country, etc) but the Life in the Word of God.

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