Purpose-Driven Rapper Crosses the Line to Blasphemy
By Ingrid Schlueter - July 12, 2006
Reverence in church is in short supply these days. Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas is featuring a Laugh the Night Away event and they're selling tickets to the community. The church of Jesus Christ is no longer interested in all night prayer meetings. All night laugh-ins, however, are big. On Sunday mornings things are little better. The idea of God's awe and transcendence or the idea that our God is a consuming fire, (that's the Bible speaking, not me) is a pretty outdated concept now. Evangelical churches don't have chancels or sanctuaries any longer, they have stages and auditoriums. Rather than worship being viewed as a command performance for one consumer, the Lord of Hosts, worship is now about the adoration of our own bellies, our own preferences and our own adulation. Perhaps this explains a short, three minute rap video that was produced by Minus Media for Rick Warren's 2006 Purpose Driven Worship Conference. Watching it, it is evident that we have entered a new zone in sacrilege within evangelicalism. We are now openly featuring blasphemous mockery in Christ's name and the church is so blinded by disobedience and idolatry that Christians are posting this rap video on their web logs to share with friends. We should be on our faces.
The sneering, mocking expressions and tones of voice in this video have to be witnessed to be understood for what they are. By his speech and manner, the rapper takes the name of the Holy Son of God in vain, but the video contains something more. There is hatred here, hatred for who God is according to the Scriptures. The spirit of this video, ironically shown at a so-called worship conference, is anti-Christ. You cannot know the Lord of glory, the living Word of God and speak of Him in this manner. When St. John the Apostle encountered the risen Lord Jesus Christ, he fell at His feet as dead. The monstrous treatment of the name of God under the guise of worship is evidence of the hearts behind the video. The grimace when the rapper says, ewwww, I feel this divinity... is manifestly evil. The name of the Lord, by whose mercy we live and breath and have our being, is to be revered above all earthly names. Anyone who can listen to the spirit of mockery and ridicule in this video and not feel a holy anger needs to return to the Bible and learn who God really is. He tell us exactly who He is in His Word.
Isaiah 8:13 says, Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
Jesus Christ said in Luke 12:4-5, And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear. Fear Him, which after He hath killed has power to cast into hell. Yeah, I say unto you, fear Him.
God says in Jeremiah 5:22, Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence?
We are told again and again that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and that the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. There is no fear of God any longer and this explains the terrible desecration of God's name and the ever worsening levels of foolishness from those who claim to follow Him.
This video should cause all of us who love our Savior to expose this Purpose Driven blasphemy for what it is. The spirit behind the entire movement is anti-Christ. This video perhaps says it better than anything else. The link is here. Watch and weep for what has happened to the American church.
© 2006 Ingrid Schlueter
Ingrid Schlueter has been producer and co-host of the Crosstalk Radio Talk Show on the VCY America Radio Network for 18 years. She is author of numerous articles on current issues and is a regular columnist for Wisconsin Christian News. She has also authored, Parent Police: The UN Wants Your Children. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://sliceoflaodicea.com
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