I’ve been sitting on this for at least a week now. This is primarily link-heavy because many have put a lot of effort into showing us the fruits of people who claim to represent Christ, so I just insert their links for your convenience to see their comments.
As I was going through the many links and observing all sorts of shocking things, I realized this can quickly get tiring because of all the rabbit holes and studies that can be started from each link. Here’s the thing: Anyone that claims to be a “Gospel” singer should be addressing the “Gospel” somewhere in their message. I should hear something about sin, repentance, Jesus Christ, salvation, worship to the True God, etc. I have no problem with songs to encourage or exhort the saints. I understand songs of appreciation. However, I have difficulty when your image represents everything that is in the world, and your words can be applied to anything. (Sorry, I really, really don’t like songs that tip-toe through the tulips with Jesus.) This has gotten downright embarrassing. We have a whole bunch of fleshly, seeker-sensitive folks gyrating, switching, and wearing clothes so tight they could be skin leading choirs as they claim to be “reaching the world for Christ” when the truth is that most haven’t come out of the world to reach anyone.
I love music as much as the next person, which is why I sing, play piano, write songs, and used to dance; however, I also understand that music hits the emotion and spirit before the words have any effect to teach the person anything. People are saved through the preaching of the Gospel. When you choose to leave the gospel out of your “inspirational music” (since Matthew Knowles wants to change gospel to inspirational), then you are not ministering. You’re a musical fortune cookie. We must also not be fooled into believing that everyone that names the name of Christ or has a moving song or testimony is actually a Believer. There are people that are planted into fellowships and positions with the sole purpose of deceiving, leading people astray, and teaching their doctrine.
Look at what our attempts to be “relevant” have produced and decide if we should continue to allow this in our churches or if we should continue to promote these artists.
“Pastor” Kim Burrell “Sweeter” – video – This is what I mean when I say we have people tip-toeing through the tulips with Jesus (although Jesus isn’t mentioned at all). Is there a reason the only man shown in the video is at the beginning while she’s wearing a nightie or is this her “secular” song?
– In this interview, she mentions her remake of an Earth, Wind, & Fire song (new age group that channeled inspiration) – interview
– This interview has to be one of the oddest interviews I’ve ever read. – interview – She actually throws her church and other Believers under the bus by making statements that seem like Believers are making a lifestyle of sinning. She name drops left and right as if these celebrities like Tyrese (that calls her “Lovely”) are a big deal to us. She claims anyone not experiencing what she’s doing is judgmental for questioning why she would record (read endorse) with secular artists. Her reasoning is based on Luke 14:23 that we should go to everyone to bring them to the Lord’s house. Now, I may be confused, but I can talk to an artist, eat, and witness to them without needing to give them validation as a minister of the gospel by singing on their albums. How does “Jesus Loves Me” counter “I Wanna Sex You Up” or something similar on a cd? Who’s doing the influencing here?
“EJ: Nice. Couple more questions… I’ve asked several people who they’d most like to record with and many of them have said either Stevie Wonder or Kim Burrell. Now, you’ve already recorded with Stevie Wonder and you are Kim Burrell– so how do YOU answer that question?
EJ: PRINCE?! I was not expecting that.
KB: I wanna record with Prince. There’s still a sound… I feel the presence of God. There’s a sound to come out of Prince through submission to the Holy Spirit. Not just to God, because he has a regard for Jehovah, for God.
But I’m talking about a SOUND to come out of Prince. I feel like every time I say it, God is shooting it to him. Not for the benefit of Burrell to do a recording. We can do it and keep it in the house as far as I’m concerned. I just wanna record with the man and sit with him because God has invested something in Prince that NOBODY in the world has.
And because of that, he has a worship inside of him that is second to none. There is an album that he did within the last 5 or 6 years, and one of the songs… honey, when I tell you there is a sound on there that came very close to the Holy Spirit of God… and I know he’s been tapping in on that because of his encounters with God.
EJ: I believe that.
KB: But there is still something that is to come out of him that I want to experience, and I’d love to do a recording with him because I want to experience that moment. I want the Spirit of God to flow through him to write and say some things to God that can change some people’s lives, and change how people worship.
I believe that Prince has an element inside of him that can change the way worship is heard.”
– Help me out. How will a man that is in a false religion be able to produce a “sound” that is “very close to the Holy Spirit of God” (what does that mean?) change “how people worship”? Why would this “pastor” that claims to be doing the work of the Lord desire to work with Prince to produce a worship song? Do they worship the same god?
I’ve already addressed Holy Hip Hop here – (link currently unavailable) In case you don’t remember the note, here’s a sample – “Baby Got Book” – “Christian remake”
EX Ministries has an excellent collection of dvds that details the hip hop movement and its infiltration into the church – http://www.exministries.com – Hip hop is a religion.
Lecrae exposed pt 2 – video
– Reach Life on tattoos – statement; Lecrae on tattoos – video
- Are we really endorsing getting tattoos now? It’s one thing to have tattoos coming in. It’s another to be a minister of the gospel and teach people that God basically now approves of the practice as long as it’s not for a dead man.
Do I really need to address Tonex/B-Slade? – page
Kirk…Franklin…well, let him smile for you – video remix
Calls Jesus “cocky” – Kirk “teaching
Kirk acting like a big baby – page
- Now, what is a grown married man doing kneeling on the ground, hopping onto a married woman’s lap, and kissing her cheek after she curses him out?
Error of Man “Kirk Franklin & the industry”
Kirk franklin on Monique show – show
Very first man you see is extremely effeminent. The opening song says, “Do it! Do it ‘til you’re satisfied.” Now, we don’t really have to go into him bowing upon entrance (seems to be something with him bowing to her) because it could be seen multiple ways. However, I’m just going to say that I don’t see too many Black men bowing. A head nod upwards maybe…but not downwards. (not really feeling this whole nerdy movement, but hey, that’s me).
I recognize people like to bring gifts to folks, but this phrase caught me offguard. At 7:20, he tells Monique that her spa will take care of her from the “rooter to the tooter.” I first heard it from my grandmother, and her meaning dealt with childbirth. I looked it up and saw it meant everything, but was that expression really necessary? The look on Monique’s face looks like she wasn’t quite sure how to respond to that comment. Moving on…
“Thank you for letting us know that God is accepting of all. Thank you, brother for putting that out there. . .thank you for not being afraid to get out there and introduce us to God.” So, Kirk Franklin is being credited for introducing the world to the tolerant Jesus who accepts people no matter what kind of sinful lifestyle they keep, and Kirk just sits there accepting her accolades without bothering to correct her understanding or his misrepresentation of the God of the Bible.
The Blueprint – regardless of where we are, God wants us to live.
She believes in talking and walking and that he properly represents Christ. He ignores the cursing, which I guess we all do, but everything he feels is important is in the book he’s promoting. Why does he start addressing her as “ma’am” and “Miss Monique”?
This time, he says “God” and mentions inspirational and gospel music, but short of being told he’s the biggest gospel artist of our time, nothing he says represents the gospel.
Kirk and Mary Mary on Monique – show clip
They’re praised for making gospel music accepting to everyone.
On each show, she’s not the least bit reserved about cursing. They laugh about the “stanky leg” and that you don’t have to get naked to dance. “Just dance for the Lord.” Monique thanks them for taking people through emotions but always brings it back to “love.” It’s a shame nobody feels that they brought people to Christ.
Mary Mary…where do we start?
They like to sing about the “god” in them, but “who” is their god? No, seriously. Nothing about that song says gospel, Christ, salvation, Christianity, repentance, or anything Biblical. The only thing that would suggest it’s remotely Christian is them saying “it’s the god in me.” If I replace “god” with strength, vitamin, focus, will (my determination), or herb/drug. Is there anything in the song that will point me to Jesus or let me know who you worship since people can pray to anything?
Is this really the gospel? – examining the content
Satanic symbols in their videos – video clip – People will claim that artists have to wear what the director says, but by the time you reach this status, you have input on whether or not everyone is going to arrive in different colors to change into all black. If you’re the only one wearing strange symbols, you should take it upon yourself to ask why your dress has weird “peace” signs on it (if you don’t already know).
Mary Mary & LL Cool J – video – Were you “blessed”?
Infidelity seems to have increased, too. I’m not going to continually hold a sin over someone if they are repentant, but the idea is to repent – not to push the blame on others or try to divert attention from your sin to what you believe others are doing.
J. Moss – page
Tye Tribbett – Not only is the gospel not presented, but the gospel of inclusion is not corrected. This is the episode on which they appeared. – full show
– Notice she states at the beginning (intro monologue) that she states they’re “all family” and that she’s talking to ALLTHE RELIGIONS and everyone from every walk of life. She goes on to list adulterers, fornicators, drug addicts, streetwalkers, etc. and says “We are ALL the same. We are all just ONE RELIGION. Just ONE! . . . I am the religion of love. . . When you’re the religion of love, there is no judgment.” – Bam! That’s it right there. Monique, and many others like her, doesn’t want the truth of the Gospel because it forces them to look at their sins. The show starts off talking about one world religion and a comedy spot pretending to be a minister preaching on all religions being equal and loving one another.
– During his interview, he talks about “God” and mentions verses and personal struggles, but the focus is on “love” and not having too much sin that God’s grace can’t cover it. What I don’t hear is repentance.
– About the other portions, yes, Carlton has changed his beliefs, which is why he is considered apostate and teaching a false gospel that says there’s no hell and everyone goes to Heaven. Monique invited him specifically because he refuses to confront or judge sin. She’s moved by what speaks to her emotions (flesh). She addresses Biblical truth of hell as “being sold” a story. He insults God and says He obviously has an anger management problem. Because Carlton can’t accept the fact that relatives he loved went to hell, he came up with a way to convince himself that God wouldn’t send them there. The interview is just painful to watch because he teaches so many antiBiblical things.
– Her summary is that the message from the show is to follow your heart (that God said is deceitful and desperately wicked – Jer 17:9) no matter who or what you believe in as long as it doesn’t harm others (“do what thou wilt” – satanist/new age/occult/pagan motto) because “love” is all that’s important. Neither “Jesus” nor “Christ was said by any person being interviewed.
Yolanda Adams…I know some people see her as a queen “diva” of Gospel…well, not so much anymore. I noticed a very strange pose on the picture of an album given to me.
Yolanda Adams posing with 3 rings sign – picture – Try posing like this at home. This is a very uncomfortable, unnatural pose. There is no way a hand naturally makes the 666 symbol with an arm outstretched above the head.
Very odd Part 2a – video
Has Gospel Music Gone too far? – commentary
“13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” – 2 Cor 11:13-15
Hidden Luciferians within the Christian community (ministers and musicians) – in-depth study – This is part 1. This is an extremely in-depth look at several prominent individuals and groups. A pdf file accompanies the studies so you can see the pictures as he describes them. You will need to use the search box to direct you to the additional studies or search under dedicated teachings.
We are instructed to go out, witness, make disciples, and then bring them to the house of God. There is not one verse where Jesus instructs us to blend in, act like the world, then pop the Gospel on them as if we’re on some undercover mission. How will they hear and understand if we don’t present them with correct information? Better yet, why would they want to be Christian when your testimony is the same as theirs? Even better still, if you feel you need the world to inspire you, should your unconverted self be speaking as an authority on a subject you refuse to embrace? There’s a difference between interacting with sinners and making your life revolve around them and their approval.
“14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Cor 6:14-18
Alright, let’s just look at what this movement to “reach the youth” and be “relevant” has produced. Do we see any of these ministers leading anyone to the truth of Jesus Christ?
Marvin Sapp Compromiser – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS1rVh05H0U
Are we making a positive impact on the world at large by using our platforms or positions to encourage them to ask about our Jesus, or have they made us look foolish by conforming to them?
Las Vegas Mass Choir Tweet Song – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONVsCU7D8ig
“Selected of God” Choir sings a gospel version of Eminem’s Lose Yourself…for Chrysler –http://www.billboard.com/column/chartbeat/eminem-s-lose-yourself-goes-gospel-hits-1005315822.story#/column/chartbeat/eminem-s-lose-yourself-goes-gospel-hits-1005315822.story
What about dancing? Krumping for Christ…to lil wayne’s “I am Not a Human Being” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5zTBvz7s_M
Does any of this belong in a church?
“Lady V” says the Holy Spirit has anointed her to rap…about drugs – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4g0xumTUuw – “Whatcha gettin’ high fo’?”
Worldliness in all its arrogance – http://www.readychurch.webs.com/
Has Gospel Music Gone too far? – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn3L8VOfJN8&feature=related
It’s not just gospel but contemporary Christian music (CCM) and its attempt to be relevant to the culture altogether. Christian Rock: Exposed – http://www.av1611.org/crock/crockex1.html
EX Ministries Trojan Horse/Pride of Life