ARGUMENT – What’s wrong with Gospel artists getting famous, making them secular dollars and signing contracts on secular labels? After all, the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just, right?
RESPONSE – First of all, there is a price for fame. Jesus himself didn’t want to be famous because of what it would cost him. That’s why after he performed miracles, he would always say, “Don’t tell anyone”. Are we better than Christ that we should seek fame? Should anyone carrying the name of Christ desire to have their name higher than his? Who are we glorifying, his name, or our name?
Second, signing a secular contract sells away your right to make your own decisions about your music. How can a person that is governed by secular ideas, marketing strategies, and demonic influences, be in position to hear from God? The record company has the final say! You have put yourself in a position to be governed by the enemy and not God. Whatever they want from you, you are legally charged to give. Wherever they say go, you must go. Whatever they say do, you must do! All for the sake of fame and “getting out there”. The saddest part is that the mentalities of our nations musicians are changing. Now, before they ever hear from God, before they even get seasoned, or many times, get saved, they are searching for a record deal and trying to “get out there”.
Third, this scripture has been taken out of context. The key to the whole Proverb is the word “Laid up” or “Set aside”. That means that it is “detached” and stored up for the just. God is not going to use you to prosper the wicked! God is not going to use a gospel artist to promote a sinful artist. He is not going to let you use his name to validate the lifestyle of a sinful artist! God forbid. If the wealth is still attached to the wicked, God doesn’t want it. Since these wicked artists are hurting his people, they are cursed. And their money, as long as it’s attached to them, is cursed. So, don’t use this scripture if you are talking about money you are “making” for the wicked. God will lay it up, or set it aside for you.
PROOF – Remember when Saul tried to keep the wealth of wicked and offer it to God? 1Samuel 15:2 God didn’t want it because it was from the very people that were destroying his people! Or what about Achan! Joshua 7:1 Was the wealth he kept “laid up” for the just? Well, the very people that are destroying the minds and hearts of our youth today are Hip Hop artists! Do you think God wants you to make them prosper even more? God forbid!
SCRIPTURE – 1Corinthians 10:20 But I say, that the things, which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
ARGUMENT – But I’ve got to have my music! What am I supposed to listen to? You are taking away the fun of living. Why can’t we just stop being so picky about things?
RESPONSE – This thing is Spiritual. If you are thinking naturally, you will never understand the message of EX! You will not understand what God really has for you. And you will not make it heaven without being “Spiritually minded”. If you desire secular music, secular clubs, sinful movies, and sinful things all the time, you really need to check your lifestyle. Are you really saved? Has God really come in and changed you? Are you free from demons? Are you free from curses? Please, my friend, look into your life. Check it out.
What has happened in America, is that the people with curses, demons, or serious emotional issues and problems are famous now. They are making the music that the world is buying. They are spreading confusion and the very hidden issues in their lives to the public. So, people with issues love and desire to be with people with issues! Even in Gospel, artists with demons, emotional problems, and dysfunctions are famous now! And they are causing many others to follow them without even addressing the hidden issues of their own lives.
PROOF – Just like Lucifer in heaven. Remember that, he did not leave the presence of God alone, but he convinced 1/3 of the angels to follow him. How in the world can you convince anyone to leave the presence of God for evil? MUSIC!
SCRIPTURES – (Read it all, thoroughly!)
Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10* And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
ARGUMENT – Jesus ate with sinners and was around them all the time. That’s how he reached them. Why can’t these Gospel artists go to the world by recording with secular artists? What’s the difference?
RESPONSE – Yes, Jesus did reach out to sinners to win them. He did eat and spent time with them. This argument had me stumped! I searched for an answer to this argument and couldn’t seem to find one. But the Holy Spirit answered me very clearly one day. He told me to go to this scripture: Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. I still didn’t understand the answer. But the Spirit spoke to me and said that the key to this verse is not the word “fellowship” because Jesus did spend time with unbelievers. But the key is the word “Works”. The Lord asked me what does BMI called a published song? A “work”! I was shocked. The Lord said that he indeed fellowshipped with sinners, but he never produced unfruitful “works” with them. When you record on a secular CD, you are apart of an unfruitful work of darkness. When Christian artists record on these sinful Hip Hop albums, their intentions may be good, yet because the content of the rest of the cd is sex, drugs, and sin, it is an unfruitful “work” of darkness! If you call BMI and ask them about that CD, they will refer to it as a “work”. And because of the sin, the CD is promoting the kingdom of “darkness” right? So is this the type of fellowship of an unfruitful work that the Lord was referring to? You bet! If it hurts the minds of people in anyway, it is not a work of Christ.
PROOF – If you are riding in a car with someone and they get pulled over for having drugs in the car, guess who goes to jail? Even if you didn’t know, you will go down because by riding with that person, you are saying “I agree” or “I condone your actions”. People of God, when you record, listen to, or in anyway support this Hip Hop movement, you are in agreement with it fully. You are condoning by association!
SCRIPTURE – 2 Corinthians 6:14 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,
ARGUMENT – God can still use the Gospel artists even though they are recording with secular artists right?
RESPONSE – This is a very good question. Many feel that we are asking people to destroy their Gospel CD’s as well as their secular CD’s. But you have to be careful how you handle this information on our site. We own and enjoy Gospel music from certain artists that have recorded with secular artists. But we do no encourage the support of projects that are in support of secular artists. For example, we love Fred Hammond’s project “Purpose by design” and we support his own projects because he doesn’t use secular artists, nor does he use secular producers. However, we will not support his collaboration with P.Diddy on Bad Boy records because we don’t want our money to support the enemy’s weapons against our nations youth! We do believe that the “anointing” can be compromised and lost by these artists if they continue to compromise their integrity and join themselves with these explicit artists in the name of Christ. Recording for and with these Hip Hop artists says one thing and one thing only. That you are in agreement with them and what they do! Jesus never produced “works” with sinners. To do that, you must join yourselves with them spiritually and agree with their spiritual state. After all, if you disagree with their lifestyle and method of making money, how can you join yourselves with them to prosper them and help promote their cause?
PROOF – The word of God was very clear in its dealings with the prophet Ezekiel and the sin of Israel. In the book of Ezekiel, God’s people began to close their eyes to sin because of prosperity and they begin to teach and promote sin. The prophets and ministers began to join themselves with prosperous sinners and began to embrace the sins of the people without standing up and teaching the true Word of God. They even began falsely prophesying to justify their actions. Sounds like our Gospel Music industry? Homosexuality was ignored and not dealt with. Vanity and self promotion was ignored and the norm. Mixing and mingling with sinful, secular people that claimed God and yet worshipped idols and other gods was and still is an abomination to the living God! How can you join your ministry to that? So we do believe that good music can be created by many of these compromising artists, but you must allow God to lead you in your support of them. After all, Lucifer was allowed to make music in Heaven, but when he crossed the line, he was removed. Many gospel artists are crossing the line by supporting the secular industry and it’s up to us as a church to take a stand. So do not allow sinful secular artists, producers, and writers to prophecy their doctrines of sin upon your ears. Even though their lyrics may be gospel, they are joined to Satan and are workers of iniquity! And since music carries their spirit, you may be inviting an evil presence into your church, home, or into you mind! God does not want any part of it. Check out what he told Ezekiel about this same subject:
SCRIPTURE – Ezekiel 4:11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.