Yep, you guessed it; I have been listening to the radio again. See what had happened was (smile)….on my 30 minute drive into and from work everyday I like to keep ahead of the traffic/weather conditions so many times I turn on the radio, and since the city that I live in doesn’t have many options I keep it tacked onto “The Inspiration Station”. Silly me, this whole time I thought that this station had something….anything….to do with the Lord I serve. Well, I was fooling myself obviously because not only was there no God to be found in my 30 minutes of listening, I also was not the least bit inspired. Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself so allow me to slow down. Inspire. I saw another definition for this word that truly intrigued me; it stated: the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions. That is an incredible definition! To have the power to shift someone’s intellect (or intelligence) or their emotions would indeed be quite the power, and this is what today’s music has over us, whether you realize it or not.
This is not my first blog post about music so let me just get right into it. I have written about how gospel music is dead with RIP Gospel Music and I have written about our silence about satan’s influence in the music industry with Why are we silent… so I am definitely not a stranger to addressing the ills of the music industry nor am I intimidated by the minions sent out by God’s enemy to circumvent the truth telling about how bastardized the gospel music industry has become. What should be a tribute and testimony to Jesus’ wonderful name, works and power has become nothing more than a self-aggrandizing platform for individual success and self-promotion. Buuuuuut….I think that I’m getting ahead of myself so allow me to slow down a bit. If you’re not completely angry by now, feel free to keep reading, if you’re offended – well good, maybe this post will open your eyes – if not, please pray that God will visit you and rid the scales from them.
(Disclaimer: Not that I need anything or anyone outside of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us to “disclaim”, but I will not debate, discuss, argue, or entertain any rebuttals to this post that do not have a clear interpretation or support of the Holy Scriptures on this subject. “If this song reaches one person…” is NOT scriptural. Find scripture to support your argument or keep it. Jesus said, “If I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me“ John 12:32).How shall people be drawn to Him? Through loving-kindness, not a music industry that is controlled by the enemy of God.
With that said, many will be surprised that I excluded my “least” favorite artist in this blog – Kirk Franklin. Surprisingly, music wise we have not heard much from young master Kirk lately, but there have been others to take his place. One of my least likely to inspire is a young man named J. Moss; I have heard his music in the past and have had a very hard time separating it from the world’s music. J. Moss comes from a musical family which includes the Clark Sisters, but his success, if you want to call it that, came later in life. I heard a song on the radio that morning called “God’s Got it”, ohhhhkay, sounds good right? I only remembered the song title because it’s the only part of the song that I could understand outside of “gas in the tank, fill me up, fill me up”, and “Hold up, why?” However, the song did have a catchy beat….inspired? Not so much. Ready to hit the club? Maybe just a little bit.
Mary Mary. God bless these young ladies, seriously. They have millions of young struggling female Christian fans looking up to them as examples and…well…I pray for them. “Go Get It…go get your blessin’”. This song! I believe that I will allow the lyrics to speak for themselves:
It’s like you’re looking through a telescope you see where you gone be
Growing getting better you’re not the person they see
Can’t be mad at the things you been through cuz they built yo muscle
Now you’re stronger than you’ve ever been they can’t stop yo hustle
Yo Faith ain’t never small that’s what brought you this far
See you got your dreams and you got your prayers and you got Yo God he gone take you there
See everybody has a season and I believe this one’s yours
Cuz you been workin, waitin, this what you been prayin for…
You want your “blessin”? Matthew 5:3-10 has it for you:
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
I feel for Mary Mary but this song goes hand in hand with their last big “hit” “The God in me”; a very vainglorious affair in its own right. They attribute wealth and the things of this world as “blessings”, and are leading many astray with this thinking.
Ahhh I used to love “Minister” Fred Hammond when he was actually “Radical for Christ”. Now he’s making messy love songs and collaborating with the world for sales. His latest with radio show host “James Fortune & his background singers Fiya” have teamed up with R&B diva Monica for the “inspirational” hit “Hold On”. It’s a pretty song filled with very little substance. Sure God is mentioned once and the word “prayed” is in the song too, but for all intents and purposes this song could be played on a secular station and no one would notice God, faith or prayer anywhere near it. However, they may be inspired to buy it because of Monica being prominently featured. The bridge and final verse:
I’ve been where you are
Almost at the breaking point in my life
I know you say it’s impossible
But you’ve got to hang on cause it’s just about over
All of your dreams
All of your desires are coming to pass
So I’m telling you don’t lose your faith
Hold on to His word don’t give up.
Well, I’ve saved the best for last, and trust me I have seen angry, angry posts about this one all over the Internet, but…..iampastorswife and opinions do not matter, only God’s Word does.
Isaac Carree…one of the original “Men of Standard” group members. I guess the brother lowered his standards in order to gain more fame, notoriety and success. In 1999 MoS made a song called, “In Your Will”, a beautiful testimony with very simple lyrics:
I won’t give up or give in
I’m holding on till the end
I will be steadfast, unmoveable,
Always abounding in You
Lord, I’m staying in Your will
I’m staying in Your will
I’m staying Lord
I’m staying in Your will
I’m staying in Your will
I’m staying Lord
Said, I’m staying in Your will
Promise You Lord
I am staying in Your will
Beautiful, lovely, scriptural. Apparently all of that wasn’t enough. Several group members have gone on to solo (worldly) success, or have become Pastors or both, but I was stunned lately by Isaac’s latest offerings, notably his R. Kelly-esque “Clean This House”. I’m old, not dead…not even really middle-aged but I remember R. Kelly well although I was never a fan of his when I was in the world. I always found him creepily offensive. So when I heard Clean this House on our “Inspiration Station”, I immediately thought that R.Kel was back in an “I Believe I Can Fly” manner, but to my surprise the morning crew joked and laughed about how Isaac was “channeling” R.Kel on this song. Channeling? Isn’t that witchcraft?
Honestly, I believed it because I too thought that it was Kelly. I tried my best to “not judge” the song but listen to the content.
I’m calling on you heavenly Father,
I’m down on my knees,
you said call on you no matter the hour
Lord I’m in need.
I’ve been messing up, done lost my house,
done lost my job, wife walking out?
these church folk say they my friends
but I’m all they talk about
I’ve been doing wrong, I’m so sorry
Lord please forgive me
We confess to him he’ll remove all wickedness
the blood from Your son will wash me from my sins
Reads good doesn’t it? It reads like a prayer that many of us have prayed to Jesus because of our filthy lifestyles and the sin that we encounter everyday correct? I give Isaac kudos for that; HOWEVER, I cannot, simply cannot, get past the R. Kelly, music, inflections in the singer’s voice and all that he “channeled” to sound just like this man. On my second listen I didn’t even hear the words, it was the memories of R.Kelly songs that stuck in my head. And THIS my friends and brethern is the danger of mixing the sacred with the profane. It cannot be done as a blessed offering to God. What made this song worse? Isaac Carree’s subsequent deal to “remix” the song with R. Kelly himself and it being played on the “Inspiration Station”. Stop the madness! We cannot be so blind as believers to not reject this blasphemy can we?
“He dropped so much wisdom in me, knowledge…” – Quote from Isaac Carree regarding R. Kelly.
That to me said it all. We should have listened to Isaac in his last big hit….he told us that he was “In the Middle”. Lukewarm!
As I stated earlier, I have read all of the defenses for these artists that I need to, but I have yet to hear a defense of the Word of God that states:
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Cor. 6:14.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 2 Cor. 6:17.
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked; Rev. 3:15-17.
We have a bunch of lukewarm “gospel” artists who satan has deceived into “inspiring” instead of lifting up and exalting the name of Jesus Christ, but I ask of you who truly know the Lord, to tell the truth to all who will hear and receive it. It’s not too late. It is the finished work of the cross that should “inspire” change, not a bunch of sell-out lukewarm singers. I know that this may seem harsh, but I do pray for these artists to see the true light of the living God before it’s too late, and that they will stop being deceived into deceiving others. Please pray with me. God bless you!