You Can't Make Hip Hop Holy!
By David J. Stewart
"Be ye holy; for I am holy." —1st Peter 1:16
Says the Rev. Efrem Smith, a senior pastor who holds hip-hop services six Sundays a year at Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis...
"Traditional churches often are suspicious of hip-hop's sinful side, but I'm not ready to give poetry, creativity and visual expression up to the forces of evil when they can be used for God,"
Pastor Smith's reasoning is unscriptural and flawed. Pornography could just as easily be considered "visual expression." Kittredge Cherry's new book Jesus In Love, which fictitiously presents Christ as a flaming homosexual in love with the disciple John, could just as easily be categorized as "creativity."
The truth is that believers are supposed to follow the Word of God instead of culture. When poetry, creativity, and visual expression CONFLICT with the teachings of God's Word, then Christians are to OBEY the Bible. Hip Hop is the expression of street gangs—thug punks! Christian rappers may change the words, but the EXPRESSION of the music itself is still gang style.
Is Christian Hip Hop really Holy? Be honest with yourself... you know it's not! Holiness means moral perfection. Is there better music which today's youth could be hearing, than the street punk, gang style, music called Hip Hop? You bet there is! There's nothing "holy" about Holy Hip Hop.
Nowhere in the Bible did God ever lead men to compromise with the wicked to appease the heathens. When Korah rebelled against Moses, God caused the ground to open up and swallow the rebels into Hell (Numbers 16). When the Egyptians charged after the Israelites into the Red Sea, God caused all of the Egyptians to drown. When the prodigal son left home, the father didn't go after his son. The entire notion that the church needs to become worldly in order to attract the attention of today's rebellious youth goes 100% contrary to everything the Word of God teaches!
If God wanted us to compromise our standards, music, and beliefs in order to reach the lost for Christ, then why didn't He write the Bible in a much less offensive manner? Let's be honest, the Bible is the most offensive Book on the planet. Many people refuse to come to Christ because of the Word of God. So why do churches today try to diminish, water down, alter, and apologize for the Words of God? We need not feel ashamed that the Bible calls homosexuals "sodomites," or abortionists "murderers." We need not feel ashamed that the Bible calls alcoholics "sinners," or Rock-n-Roll fans "idolaters." The Bible says what It says!
It's like a Christian who sees an Ouija Board in the garbage. What if he decides to paint over it and call it an Angel Board instead? He then donates it to the youth group at his church? Should the church accept it? Although it's words and name have been altered, the FUNCTION of the game is still the same. Likewise, Hip Hop is inherently sinful, and cannot be made into something holy. What if a lady wins the Big Lotto and wants to donate $100,000 to your church?
Should your church accept the money if they know where it came from? What if Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, called your pastor and said he wanted to donate a million dollars to the church? Should the church accept the money? Absolutely NOT! I was disappointed when Jerry Falwell accepted $2,000,000 from cult leaders Sun Myung Moon. Many professed Believers today have sold their soul for money. Hip Hop is Satanic!
Gotee Records (established 1994) is a record label founded by dc Talk member Toby McKeehan (professionally known as tobyMac), Todd Collins, and Joey Elwood. The label is now part of EMI Christian Music Group and is also an RIAA member label. Toby McKeehan is currently the president of the company; however, Toby does not publish his own albums under this title; instead he publishes his own records under the same label as dc Talk: ForeFront Records.
Mr. McKeehan has done more to promote apostate ecumenism, sinful compromise, and worldliness to Christian youths today than any other individual. TobyMac is in big trouble with God, for leading today's youth away from the Scriptures and into the world. The truth is that you won't find the Gospel of Jesus Christ on TobyMac's website.
Such imposters claim they are simply providing an alternative to reach worldly teens for Christ. The opposite is true, they are reaching Christian teens for Satan, by leading them across an ecumenical bridge that tolerates homosexuality, bares no cross for Christ, and idolizes music above the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Truly, the love of money is the root of all evil (1st Timothy 6:10).
It's the Music by Itself that Promotes Fornication
Even a casual observer will have to conclude that music alone, without the assistance of lyrics, does affect mankind. And, that different styles of music affect mankind in different ways. Anthems stir us to pride and duty. They make soldiers serve willingly in the cause of their country. Dixieland sets our hands clapping and our feet tapping. Hymns make us reflective and appeal to the higher senses of God and spirit. What does Rock and Roll do to man? What has Hip Hop done to man? Let's find out from the artists themselves:
"The throbbing beat of rock provides a vital sexual release for adolescent audiences." ...Jan Berry
"Pop music is sex, and you have to hit them in the face with it." ...Andrew Oldham (recording manager for the 'Rolling Stones')
"Everyone takes it for granted that rock and roll is synonymous with sex." ...Chris Stein, lead guitarist with 'Blondie.'
"Rock music is sex. The beat matches the body rhythms." ...Frank Zappa, superstar of 'Mothers of Invention' fame.
"I'm in rock music for the sex and narcotics." ...Glenn Frey of 'The Eagles'
"Rock 'n' roll is 99% sex." ...John Oates
Dr. Ronald Spranglet, chief school medical officer in Nottingham, England, charged that teenage pop music was probably to blame for the mounting obsession with sex. And Dr. Masterson, head of the adolescent outpatient at Payne-Whitney Psychiatric Clinic says,
"The music is, in a way; a kind of sexual expression. The beat has genuine sexual implications."
Did you get that ... THE BEAT! Frank Zappa of the Mothers of Invention put it very plainly,
"Rock music is sex. The big beat matches the body's rhythms."
Again, it's THE BEAT!!! ALL Rock music, Hip Hip, Disco, Rap, or other forms of music that mesmerize (i.e., strongly attract like a magnet) the body are worldly, and an enemy of the Word of God (James 4:4). Listen to what the Bible teaches in Romans 8:8, "So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." The Word of God magnifies the spirit, NOT the flesh.
The flesh is weak, and sinful, and corrupt. Hip Hop mesmerizes the fleshly body. In sharp contrast, the Word of God directs us to WALK IN THE SPIRIT ... Galatians 5:25, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." You see, so-called Christian rappers want to live in the spirit while walking in THE FLESH. That's not what Galatians 5:25 tells us to do.
The Bible says that those who LIVE in the spirit (i.e., born again believers), should also WALK in the spirit. Romans 8:5 clearly condemns Hip Hip, "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." Hip Hop is clearly appealing to THE FLESH, not the spirit. The Bible clearly states that THEY THAT ARE AFTER THE FLESH mind the things of THE FLESH. Hip Hip is of the flesh.
Any music that is of the flesh displeases God, because we are commanded to mind the things of the spirit in Galatians 5:25. Oh how blinded are so many Christian youths today by Christian Hip Hop and Christian Rock music. Jesus said in Matthew 6:23, "...If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!"
If young people today read an article like this, which exposes the evils of Christian Hip Hop from the Bible, yet they choose to continue supporting Hip Hop, then they are well nigh hopeless? Jesus is simply saying that if you've heard the truth, but think it's a lie, then you are seriously deceived. There's not a more deceived group than those who buy, support, produce, and promote Christian Hip Hop. This includes most Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) today.
Judgment Day is coming upon such wickedness; God will not be mocked!... "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit."
There is NO such thing as Christian Hip Hop. All Hip Hop is of the Devil. Hip Hop oozed forth out of the crime infested ghettos of New York in the 1970s, and only a worldly believer who doesn't love Jesus Christ would dare repackage such vile filth with a Christian label. Calling Hip Hop "Christian" just because the lyrics are better is like calling Playboy magazine "Christian" just because you added some Christian words. The pictures are still the same! The bottom line is that America's youth are a rebellious and sinfully proud bunch, you can't tell them anything nowadays.
No wonder America is headed for imminent destruction. I get lots of hate mail from Christian Hip Hoppers and Rockers, trying to justify the Devil's music. The fact they are so angry with me is proof that God is convicting them. The problem is that not enough Pastors and youth ministers are exposing the rotten scum of Christian Hip Hop and Christian Rock. Join me in the fight against the Devil, in the fight against Unholy (so-called Christian) Hip Hop!
Ye Must Be Born Again!