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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.

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cantonIn the same way that my Berean ear is getting more sensitive to false doctrine because I take time to know what the word says for myself, it is also getting more sensitive to unbiblical lyrics in so-called ‘christian’ songs.

For example, I have listened to some of Canton Jones music and have no problem with some of his songs but with others the lyrics are way off. As a person who came out of Creflo Dollars church (I am not sure if he is still there), you can see below how being under incorrect teaching can influence the lyrics of a song.

I know you trippin’ off of this production
To preach Jesus and promote zion
To claim the death and ressurection
Go get the bible if you think I am lyin’
‘Bout to take over the nation
Sinners become a new creation
To spread the gospel is my mission
Taking you to school and pay tuition

Look we done took over the malls
We’re everywhere
Going up and down the school halls
We’re everywhere
We done took over the courts
We’re everywhere
We done took over the sports
We’re everywhere
We drive the biggest cars
We’re everywhere
We are the biggest stars
We’re everywhere
We wear the baddest clothes
We’re everywhere
And we owning all of the stores
We’re everywhere

To see the full lyrics, click here

So here is the question? Is what he is saying in the songs true? Do christians have the biggest cars? Are we the biggest stars? Do we have the best clothes? Do we own all the stores? For the overwhelmingly majority of christians, the answer is no. In fact this is an insult to those christians who are being persecuted because of their faith.

Now let’s look at some of the lyrics on his song 24s

(We ride on 24’s)
You ain’t never seen a church boy
ridin with the top down swervin
Everybody see me bend the curve

Every whip on 24’s
Every crib got 50 doors
don’t get nervous

Payin tithe
finally paid off

We ride on 24’s
we let them people know
Every city and state we go

Can’t keep that name on low
Roll eep and switchin lanes

Roll wit me and they rep
the name
Roll real don’t play no games

see the symbol on the chain
Rep tinted and ridin high
scream Jesus when we ridin by

Where you gonna be
when you die
Ima be in the sky

we ride 24’s don’t have
to sell no dro
Bust music to get that dough
preach the gospel to the po

Cadillac on 24’s
made back on 24’s
Bently Coup on 24’s
Chevy Hoop on 24’s

Drive dem then I giveaway
Why ause Go said give away
But the more I give away I
got more coming back to me

To see the full lyrics, click here

For those who have a problem interpreting what he is talking about, he is talking about car wheels……yes you heard me. The song is materialistic to say the least. Even though someone will try and defend it be saying that he is thanking God for what he has, as Lecrae would say

YOU GOT MONEY YOU GOT PAPER, SO WHAT WHO CARES?

Who cares if he has 24 inch rims? This is basically just the prosperity gospel in song which is a false gospel. As Lecrae also says:

My treasures in heaven Christ is my satisfaction
if I was broke I’d be richer than folk who never had em
God is the Gospel not a new bentley
was empty and he gave us life and that’s plenty
get me…homie I could spend six centuries
simply saying I’m satisfied in the sensie
an it’s sickening, that knowing God aint enough
we gotta tell em they can get rich quickly
now this is heresy false it’s not true
2nd Corinthians chapter 8 and verse 2

We can see here clearly Canton Jones boasting in the gifts and not the giver. You can see similar lyrics in Mary Mary’s song, God in me where they are basically saying that a christian is prospering with a nice car/house/riches is because of the God in them. So what about all the Arabs and the Sheikhs? Do they prosper because of the God in them also. Its ridiculous. Yes everything that we have is because of God and comes from God but doing well in life is no indication that God resides in that person. It gives a fuzzy picture of christianity and you can see it is as if it is a US brand of christianity and not an universal brand because again, see if christians in Pakistan can sing the same some song with the same conviction

UPDATE: Here is another song that I came across from Kierra Kiki Sheard called ‘My Boyfriend’. Click here to see the lyrics. I think the lyrics speak for themselves

UPDATE 2: My friends Doug and Steve Campbell bought to my attention this song by Canton called ‘Money Green’. I think the line “Some say I’ll rather have Jesus rather than silver and gold but I’d rather have Jesus AND silver and gold.” says it all. Have a listen and tell me what you think

In the same way that not every ‘christian’ message is biblical, not every ‘christian’ song is biblical either. Line every christian lyric with scripture and if it says something contrary to the bible, then reject it as a christian song

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)