Updated: Nov 2
Welcome, friends, to another week. Many of us listen to Christian or gospel music. Sadly, some artists left Christ, their first love, and are now deceived. They have gone the way of the world in their private and professional lives. However, at times they project an outward appearance of Christianity; however, their life and doctrine do not match. Therefore, it has become more difficult to pick singers who truly embrace God as their savior. I never thought I’d see those who proclaim Christ through music live like the world. It is as if they have forgotten their first love, Christ. (Revelation 2:4) Lately, these performers are drawing attention to their beliefs- Jars of Clay, Kevin Max, Amy Grant, and Kirk Franklin. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 and Galatians 6:7)
Jars of Clay (Matthew Nelson and Dan Haseltine) is an alternative Christian rock band who do not believe “stories about Jesus are compelling.” They believe in versions of Jesus and that Jesus has flaws, and that he is very relatable. (We know Jesus is perfect, without sin. Hebrews 4:15). Dan Haseltine also accepts homosexuality. It is about how people feel rather than the word of God. “This Jesus gives people something to relate to.” Matthew believes Jesus injected imagination. Both singers believe Jesus told stories. Therefore, the Bible is “full of stories.” They also believe in ZEN (Buddhism). https://www.zenspacemusic.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Iz6ltRn1FY
https://www.christianpost.com/news/dan-haseltine-of-jars-of-clay-clarifies-comments-on-homosexuality-and-bible-following-backlash.html Haseltine backtracked his statement; however, the damage was done.
Amy Grant endorses the gay lifestyle. She proclaims this through her album covers. “She has one foot in the world and the other in Christian music.,” Brylan commented. (Host of the YouTube channel Brylan and Lisa.) Amy believes it does not matter if the person is gay or straight or how they behave or are wired. However, as evident in these verses, God disagrees, Lev 20:13, Lev 18:22, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and 6:1; Romans 3:23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q0SedwCQ3s
Kevin Max was a part of DC Talk. He now endorses Pride month. His actions prove that a person can walk away from Christ. Kevin chose to walk away. (Hebrews 10:26) He no longer believes God is righteous nor has faith in him. Kevin now believes in a universal Christ. https://universalchrist.cac.org/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxK0-xLseQE
Kirk Franklin has been in the business for many years. He now wears pink lip gloss on occasion. However, now Kirk sings this: “The lion and lamb will bow down to the goat.” Remember, the goat is Satan. He attempted to define goat using an acronym; however, his explanation comes across as insincere and not creditable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33xQu-_sZO0d
Today, many tickle the ears of those listening. It has become a society of “Tell me what I want to hear instead of what I need to hear.” Somewhere along the line, they lost their first love, Christ, and have been deceived by Satan. When a person loses love for Christ, their hearts turn cold. They do not want anyone to correct their actions and will gravitate to those doing the same things they are doing. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:3-4) God will not be mocked.
Paul tells Timothy about the apostasy and doctrines of demons within the church body. We see that here. Many are turning away from the truth of God and going after their own worldly lust. As a result, they are taking many with them and nailing Christ to the cross again. (Hebrews 6:6) We cannot straddle the fence. Either we believe in Christ and live a life pleasing to him, or we don’t. Jesus called us out from the world. (2 Corinthians 6:17) I am not attacking these individuals; however, awareness helps us make more informed decisions concerning our entertainment choices.
Praying for salvation is easy; trusting God is hard. I pray that those who have left God will return to him. Therefore, I always include scriptures for salvation for those who do not know him. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) reads: Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day, which is the gospel of our salvation. Once we believe from the heart, Christ saves us. To this end, I watched one of the most powerful sermons by the late Rev. David Wilkerson on Spiritual warfare. Please link here to watch.
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