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A few years ago, I posted an article called The Sad State of Gospel Music today. Well I saw an article by H B Charles Jr which also talks about this and also touches on the current trend of Christian reality shows.  I have posted the article below and added some of the videos that he is talking about as well

I love Gospel Music. Traditional. Contemporary. Praise & worship. Choirs. Groups. Solo artists. Old and new. From Rev. So-and-So Presents… albums of the 80s to today’s Bishop So-and-So Presents… albums. I have even started to listen to some quartet and Christian hip-hop.

I love music. And I especially love music that exalts the Lord Jesus Christ. But my true love for Gospel Music has broken my heart.

In two ways…

First, I am grieved by the excessive commercialism of contemporary Gospel Music. I can cite various examples of this illicit love affair with the world. But there is an explicit seduction of the world on Gospel artists that burdens me: reality TV. What is this about? Why are Gospel artists joining the ranks of these mind-numbing reality TV shows? Don’t you now know that “reality TV” is an oxymoron?

Mary Mary

The Sheards

Of course, Gospel artists are not the only ones joining this parade of worldly foolishness. It’s also preachers, preacher’s wives, and preacher’s daughters. More and more religious personalities are nakedly pursuing fleeting celebrity. We want to be famous, rather than promoting the name, message, kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Sisterhood

Preachers of LA

Please to tell us you are doing this to expand the influence of Christ in culture. If that’s what you think, you are extremely confused. Deceived. Out of touch with “reality” (pun intended!). It is easier for the world to pull you down than for you to pull the world up. And in leaning over to reach the world, the church often falls in. And we are dragging the precious name of Jesus down with us.

Where did we get the idea that Christ wants us to help him be relevant in this God-ignoring society? The Lord commands us to be holy, faithful, obedient, wise, and loving. The Lord does not want us to show the world that we are regular people just like everyone else. The world already knows that! That’s why they don’t respect the church. We need to be different. Light. Salt. Our influence in the world happens by the difference Christ makes in our lives, not by blending in. The world cannot see our good works and glorify the Father in heaven by watching so-called Christian leaders divas argue, boast, shop, covet, date, lust, and complain on TV. Get real!

My heart is broken for another reason.

Not only are Gospel artists fallen in love with the world; even worse, they have fallen in love with Word of Faith theology. Prosperity Theology used to be on the fringes of the Christian landscape. Now these faith teachers are the mainstream. And many prominent Gospel artists have digested their unbiblical teachings and regurgitate them in their music.

As I listen to the new Gospel Music released, I am blown away by how talented Gospel artists are. The music, singing, and production can rival anything “secular” project. Unfortunately, I am hearing more thoughtful reflection in some Pop and R&B music than among those who claim to sing for the glory of God.

I buy a lot of Gospel Music. But I can commend very little of it for worship, private or corporate. Too much Gospel Music has too little gospel in it. It is not God exalting, Christ focused, or biblically saturated. It is fixated with self.

“It’s my season…”

“My harvest is coming…”

“What’s to come is greater than what’s been…”

“I don’t look like what I’ve been through…”

“Praise him till you get your breakthrough…”

“Speak those things that are not as though they were…”

“I’m taking back everything the devil stole from me…”

“Speak it into the atmosphere…” “

“I’m claiming my destiny…”

On and on it goes.

Just because you use biblical phrases does not mean you are communicating biblical truth. Cults play that game. Christian musicians and singers should not.

We need music that teaches truth (Col. 3:16), not just cherry-picks phrases that sound good. We need Gospel Music that proclaims the gospel! We need reverent, bible-rooted music that will lead worshipers to think deeply about Christ. We need musicians to record music that will lead us to sing to the glory of God, not just cheer-lead to get an emotional response.

Don’t look now, Gospel Artists, but the upstart Christian hop-hop artists are lapping you. Now, I am not a big hip-hop fan. And I don’t know any of these artists personally. But I am encouraged by their willingness to rap about God and Jesus and the gospel and holiness and doctrine. They are daring to compose and perform truth-driven messages, not mere foot-tapping music.

Gospel artists, please wake up! We are in a storm. And you are playing the Jonah, sleeping your way to Tarshish when you should be headed to Nineveh. The church – and the world – needs you to wake up and give up music about the true and living God!

It is for this reason that I hardly listen to the new gospel music today. I would rather listen to some old Commissioned songs than listen to the unbiblical Christian lyrics that I hear today. I also listen to Christian hip hop which to me are like the hymns for this generation as a lot of it is saturated with sound theology and doctrine.

Am I saying that all gospel music today is bad? No. But it needs a discerning ear. If you cannot discern the false doctrine coming from the pulpit. You will not discern it in the ‘gospel’ music lyrics.

To get a bit of a background to this topic, please listen to Flame’s song #1 spot

Flame then goes onto the Wade-) radio show where he discusses the following:

- (1:23) – His experience at SXSW 2013
- (2:02) – Workshops he enjoyed at SXSW
- (2:25) – Attending the Kendrick Lamar interview at SXSW
- (3:07) – Flame’s expectations for “#1 Spot” prior to releasing it
- (4:18) – Has Flame had an opportunity to have conversations with those who dislike the song
- (5:00) – Who Flame was talking about on “#1 Spot”
- (7:22) – The History of CHH and the ministry philosophy discussion
- (8:31) – His concern for the direction that many new artists are taking with their music
- (10:16) – The status of his relationship with Lecrae
- (12:37) – Has he dialogued with Sho Baraka and J.R. about these topics
- (14:30) – The importance of having a public forum to dialogue these issues
- (17:00) – The importance Christian Hip Hop Artists preaching the gospel in their music
- (18:15) – His challenge in sharing the gospel when he is doing mainstream media
- (20:30) – How he has seen sharing the gospel in interviews modeled
- (23:20) – Young Noah’s status with Clearsight Music
- (25:07) – The Blackout Circuit Tour

Then to cap everything off, Flame tries to put everything into context about engaging the culture biblically

What do you think? Has the pendulum gone to far the other end when trying to reach out to the lost or have we got the balance just right?

If we were made in God’s image, that would mean that we have some of his creative attributes. If that is true, what is man able to create? Watch the amazing video below to find out. It is truly out of this world.

As a side note to my atheist friends, do you think it is possible that this could ever happen by chance?

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This is the new music video from my good friend Gyamma. Take a listen and you can see more information about him and download his mixtape free (YES FREE) here

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

Tedashii’s third release “Blacklight” is now available for pre-order. Place your order today and get a free instant download of Tedashii’s first single “Riot”! Featuring Lecrae, C-Lite, Shane & Shane, PRo, KB,  and many more.  Available in stores May 31st.  Pre-order the CD, CD Deluxe, Vinyl, Blacklight Package Deal, or the Blacklight Deluxe Package Deal. Click HERE to pre-order.

Check out this promo video for the single “Riot” 

To find out more about Blacklight check the video “The Message”

Live with the end in mind 5.31.11

Just in case you didnt know, Jahaziel is one of my favorite Christian rappers here in the UK and he has a free mixtape coming out on 2 May called Still Livin’ which can be downloaded from Forerunnaz.com

However, he has released an official leaked song called Broken which can be downloaded free by clicking here . (Note: this will not be on the mixtape). Not many people are this transparent to their friends but Jahaziel has exposed himself in this song explaining the past problems that he has had in his marriage and by putting ministry before his family. As per UK Gospel:

Jahaziel considers his new song ‘Broken’ as a statement and heartfelt repentance to the Lord, his family, friends and followers of his ministry.

This is an honest and transparent account of what Jahaziel has been going through as a minister, the real battle with sin off stage.

Jahaziel exposes his sin in the song and speaks of God’s healing and restoration of his marriage and his life.

An example from the lyric: ‘I’m gonna talk about stuff, I don’t wanna talk about, even though it’s in the past and it’s sorted out. If I ain’t gonna share my experience then what’s it all about? My heart’s broke, let me pour it out’

Take a listen.

Jahaziel, I salute you

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GospelCypher: Jahaziel [Freestyle]

Jahaziel – Rapping for God

In October of 2005, Timothy Brindle released his second album, Killing Sin. One month later, he stopped rapping.

What happened?

Find out in this exclusive forty minute interview, hosted by Lamp Mode’s own deejay essence.

If you look at my music category, you will see quite a few posts from artists on Reach Records. The reason for this is because I love the theology packed lyrical content in their music. Two artists on this label are Lecrae and Trip Lee. Below is a video where they talk frankly about their ministry.

00:00—3:35 // Trip’s testimony
3:35—9:00 // Lecrae’s testimony
9:00—12:35 // Trip’s path from conversion to today
12:35—16:20 // Lecrae’s path from conversion to today
16:20—17:45 // Lecrae on Reach Records and Reach Life as soundtrack and resources for the movement
17:45—21:35 // Trip on hip-hop as an in-your-face content-heavy art form
21:35—25:11 // Lecrae gives an example of content-packing from “Don’t Waste Your Life”
25:11—27:15 // Lecrae on the origins of Christian rap
27:15—28:57 // Lecrae on the poetical elements of the genre
28:57—30:00 // Trip gives an example from his songs
30:00—32:50 // Lecrae on Reformed theology and race relations
32:50—33:55 // Trip on the diversity of their audience
33:55—36:40 // Lecrae and Trip on being an indigenous missionaries to the urban culture and Reformed theology
36:40—38:00 // Trip on what’s next for him in the next five years
38:00—41:55 // Lecrae on what’s next for him and the opportunities ahead in the cities
41:55—46:20 // Trip and Lecrae on the need to deflect adulation from fans
46:20—47:15 // Trip on Christian hip-hop as one stream of the Reformed resurgence
47:15—49:05 // Lecrae on how folks can be praying for them

For those interested, Lecrae’s new album, The Overdose, is now available . And here’s a blog post from Trip explaining that he’s taking a break from music to become an intern at Capitol Hill Baptist Church.

Around every corner is the lure to consume. A desire to be satisfied. Unfortunately no human being has found anything under the sun that brings satisfaction. So we consume more, and more, and more.  Eventually, we overdose. However, there is hope–if Christianity is our Rehab. In Jesus, satisfaction can be found. Grace, love, peace and hope can be found…and there is always more. Consume more of Jesus. Overdose. 

Rehab: The Overdose officially hits stores and online outlets 1.11.11.

Check out the promo video below.

Also, place your order today so you can be among the first to get an extra dose! 

To pre-order Rehab: The Overdose album go here.

To pre-order Rehab: The Overdose combo packages go here.

To pre-order the new The Overdose Tshirt go here.

Get ready for The Overdose on 1.11.11!

Following my two challenges here and here, below is a video from Level 3:16 which simply encourges us to ‘Tell Em’ and as we approach the Christmas season, let’s grab the opportunity to do just that.

You can download this song free here