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“Your Inspiration Station”

06 Jul

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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. inspire

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

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?

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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.

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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!

pw

 

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13 responses to ““Your Inspiration Station”

  1. Pastor D

    July 6, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I know what strain this may have caused to write, but I commend you for taking a stand. Of course there will be those that will defend the Mr. Carree and the unrepentant child molester. However, your point about the sacred and the profane was right on target. Mr. Kelly has shown whom he pledges allegiance to and now Mr. Carree has also. I wonder how many people will say dont put your mouth on the man’d of gawd! Well, the bible says in Isaiah 58:1 to Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

    I pray that God continues to use you through this blog (ministry). Many are being deceived so greatly in churches that promote these artists and the youth even think it is great because it has a funky beat they can dance to. Whatever happened to the days when Grandma would slap you across the back of your head for dancing “worldly” in church anyway? I guess Kirk was right when he said “For those of you that think gospel music has gone to far You think we got to radical for Christ Well I got news for you , you ain’t heard nothin yet!

    Keep up the great work!

     
    • iampastorswife

      July 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      Pastor D, first of all thank you for your comments! I had to *LOL* at the “putting your mouth on the man’d of gawd” comment because…oh….have I heard that a lot! Isaiah 58:1 is a great scripture, but I also like to say…”show me the man’d of gawd that I put my mouth on” and I will surely repent! These people don’t represent the God I serve anymore than the cast down angel that they are currently serving does – and for that I have no apologies.

      I understand people’s inherent need to defend their idols, but I am here to defend the Gospel of Christ and when I see that it has become tainted with these faux offerings I am not afraid to speak out, as a representative of Christ. Ephesians 5:5-11.

      Thank you again for reading and commenting. God bless you and please continue to pray with me for these lost children.

      pw

       
  2. The Latter Days

    July 7, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    If this song reaches one person…” is NOT scriptural.” LOL This one actually made me laugh out loud so hard that my husband asked me, “What’s so funny?” I get that one a lot too.

    And actually, my husband has a whole music CD with different versions of just that one song “In Your Will”. I don’t know where he got it. And I too think it is beautiful, but after hearing it about 3-4 times, I am kind of like, “Ummm, can we play something else now?” 🙂 As he admits, he keeps that on replay.

    We do still listen to what my friends and I call, “OLD Fred” which is before he started getting real soulish. You could even sense the soulishness seeping into some of his later Christian songs, as the spirit in those songs was changing. It is interesting how the Lord will give you eyes to see when folks are starting to go off, not for the purposes of finger-pointing, but to let you know to be aware so that you can sanctify yourself and keep those persons lifted in prayer. He always protects His children.

    I so feel you on this one. I no longer listen to the radio and had to explain to my children why what they hear on most stations is NOT Christian music. These days, we need music that has truly been inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, it needs to be God-breathed so that it glorifies the Lord and compels us into His presence.

    Be well Sister!

     
    • Pastor D

      July 7, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      Fred lost it when he did a song with kirk Franklin called “My desire”. When Kirk introduced him on the song as one of the greatest gospel artist of our time, he never seemed to be the same. I even liked that song, but Fred was never Minister Fred Hammond after that. The sappy, carnal themed love songs was just ooooover the top. Even when he tries to “lift him up” it falls flat and nothing like the anointed songs of yester year.

      We are not getting old, we just want a standard to what we put in our spirits.

       
    • iampastorswife

      July 7, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      My dear LDS,

      Believe it or not the majority of the music that I listen to comes from what you post on your site, and from Bro. Dave who posts here. I always know that it will be spiritually uplifting and glorify our Lord. My husband keeps asking me why I continually listen to “The Inspiration Station” and outside of what I posted in my OP I truly only spend 30 minutes a day listening to it during my drive. The famous morning show host and her co-hosts are truly too carnal for me and there is little difference between listening to their show vs. Tom Joyner’s or Ricky Smiley’s shows.

      I will always pray for Fred Hammond because he, at one time, seemed to embody the “Spirit of David” but he allowed the world to come in and steal the gift that God freely gave and it definitely shows in his work starting where Pastor D mentioned, his collaboration with Kirk.

      Anyway, tell your husband that I would LOVE other versions of “In Your Will” (wink wink lol). Thank you again for your comments and for always being on THIS side of the fence. God bless Sis and please keep in touch.

      Nita

       
      • The Latter Days

        July 11, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Just email me your mailing address Sis and I would be happy to forward you the CD. I would forward the original one, but my husband would kill me. LOL So I’ll make a copy. 🙂

         
  3. BornAgainJerry

    July 7, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Sis-Thank you for your bold stance in Christ!
    I thought it was just me that noticed the “watered-down worldliness” in these songs, these songs are deliberately ambiguous as “not to offend” I say this not to be pugnacious, but the message of the cross is suppose to offend!
    “As many desire to make a showing in the flesh….only that they may not suffer persecution for the Cross of Christ” Gal 6:12

    When the offense of the cross is removed, there is no conviction of sin, that’s why the general public feels so comfortable with listening to this “inspirational” music (that’s another reason it gets so much air play on secular stations because it blends so well)
    one can be ‘inspired’ by God or the Devil..!

    Nowadays, anything that’s ‘feeling oriented’ is called anointed by todays church…Remember, Lucifer (aka) Satan was once the ‘anointed’ Cherub that covered-!
    Ezekiel 28:14

    Discernment is out and ‘dumbed down-ness’ is in, too many professing Christians are
    “hobnobbing” with the world for acceptance, because they LOVE this world and all that it offers!
    Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”

    The church at large is too busy taking its cues from the world-
    “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel
    of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners” Psalms 1:1
    they are allowing themselves to be lead on the broad way that leads to destruction, instead of showing them the narrow way (Jesus) that leads to life!

    As believers, “we are not to ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes!” Rom 1:16
    (there is no saving power in inspirational music) obviously its sales, not salvation that matters!
    This style of music speaks only of God in the generic sense, that leaves it up to the listener
    to determine ‘who’ God is to them, which in reality is ‘no god’ at all!

    Today when you use discernment you are “judgmental, holier than thou, touching Gods anointed, putting your mouth on the ‘Mand of Gawd’ ” (I’d like to put my foot somewhere 🙂 )

    Jesus never compromised with the Pharisees & Sadducees or told the disciples to just pray for them, he said leave them alone for they are blind leaders of the blind- and to beware of their leaven (influence) because it leavens the entire lump, that’s not a call to be “snobbish” but to “keep oneself unspotted from the world” James 1:27

    God requires his people to “distinguish between Holy and unholy between clean and unclean
    Leviticus 10:10

     
    • iampastorswife

      July 7, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Bro. Jerry,

      All I can say is “PREACH”….*waving the sanctified hankie*. I cannot add much to what you’ve so eloquently stated above but each and every scripture that you listed is relevant to the post. It breaks my heart that many churches are bringing these unclean songs into the sanctuary and teaching them to impressionable children so that they can “minister in song” to the adults during service. What a DISservice to the Spirit of God. Many churches are wrapped up in the relevancy of the latest gospel chart-topper than soul-saving passages of scriptures.

      You thanked me for my bold stance and I appreciate it, but I know that time is running short because satan is becoming more bold and in your face; it is our children who are the targets of his attack. Please continue to pray with us that our words are more than just words, and that we reach more than just a few readers here. Thank you so much for being a continual support and encouragement Bro. Jerry…even my daughter loved your response. 🙂

      pw

       
  4. HIS

    July 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Amen to all!!!

     
  5. Dave

    July 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Sista B!

    Thank you for sharing this. To be painfully honest……. When I first started reading this, I rolled my eyes. My thought, at first, was, here we go…… someone looking wayyy to deep to find fault. Like BornAgainJerry said, I thought you were being “judgmental, holier than thou” I’m sorry. My thinking has been way too permissive. I was one of those that would say, “but, if it helps just one person”…sheesh. One of my favorite Christian(?) rock bands, Red, is very ambiguous, which I thought was a good thing. I was wrong. I see now that you cant bend, or try to shape, the truth. The truth, is the truth. There is no gray area. If a musical group wants to call themselves Christian they need to stay true to scripture and not try to mold it into the worlds version of God. God doesnt want us to “kinda” share His word. Or share what our version is. His truth is the only truth that is absolute. I know that conviction is part of growing in Christ but, man! I think that the Lord used a sledgehammer today. Thank you so much for posting this. Thank you all for the responses too! God be with you all 🙂

    Dave

     
    • iampastorswife

      July 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Bro. Dave,

      My friend! I can only imagine your initial reaction lol and to be perfectly honest with you, when I finished writing this particular blog (two paragraphs three weeks ago, and the rest within 1 hour on the day of posting) I too, rolled my eyes and said, “here I go again”. Seriously! But you know God, in His infinite wisdom, knows exactly what we need and when. Seriously, I told your buddy that I was emotionally exhausted after hitting “submit” on this one because when God has me write this way I feel as if I am standing alone on one side of the fence waiting for bricks to be thrown at me. It’s that lonely when you have to deliver what God wants you to deliver. I would ask for you to reference the writings of “Latter Days Ministry”, as I am certain that she will validate what I’m saying.

      I think that when I posted “Why are we silent…” a couple of years ago I addressed ambiguous music; it’s my belief that God doesn’t have to hide behind ambiguity because praise and worship originate in the heart. The video that you sent me was clear worship, and there are many artists that LDM posts on her site who worship in spirit and in truth. The problem arises when these deceitful “gospel” and “christian” artists from all genres hide behind a worldly premise and offer tainted music as pure. We have young people buying into it, from holy hip hop to rock gospel when the music behind the message is what is drawing them, yet it is the same thing that they were delivered FROM. Why would God tell us to “come out from among them and be separate (2 Cor. 6:17)” and then use music to draw us right back to it? Right….He wouldn’t. But do you know who would? Yep…ole slewfoot, that dragon, your enemy.

      I said all of that to say this, watch what you put in your spirit because Satan’s job is to keep us in bondage and as the world continues to devolve his attacks are growing more intense and direct. Listen to the music, turn on the television, read the news….it’s everywhere. However, God has provided a way of escape. It’s up to us to take it. Thank you for your comments.

      God bless you…hopefully see you soon, I miss you guys on this end!

      pw

       
  6. Dave

    July 16, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Sister B!
    I think that I am mad at you! 😉 I have been thinking about this since you posted it. What are your thoughts about secular music? If a song doesnt appear to have any evil intent, does that make it ok in Gods eyes? Lets go one step further….. Is any form of entertainment (tv, radio, internet, etc) that doesnt glorify God, wrong? I do know we have to be careful about what we let into ourselves, and I understand why. What I am curious about is, if God doesnt like when we do, or listen, or watch anything that doesnt glorify Him specifically….. .

    Love in Christ,
    Dave

    p.s. Thank you so much for this blog and the work that you put into it 🙂

     
    • iampastorswife

      July 19, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      Brother Dave,

      I hope that you’ll forgive me for taking such a long time to answer this post, but as you know our lives have been super busy at the moment, and I did not want that to interfere with the answer that God wanted me to deliver to you. With that said, I have a fellow blogger pal who broke down the word “entertainment” for his readers a while back, and he said that satan uses entertainment so that he (satan) can enter us so that we can be detained. Detained for what? So that he can inhabit our minds instead of God; think about it, when you are watching television or movies are you thinking about God or about the plot, script, actors, etc? Exactly! That’s exactly what satan uses so-called entertainment for.

      Let’s look at scripture: Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things”.

      When we are choosing what “entertains” us, unless it meets the standards of Phil. 4:8 it probably won’t line up with what God wants for us. Also Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth”. These scriptures parallel because they both speak to your mind and your thoughts. Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee”.

      The thing is Dave that you can tear the bible apart from front to back and you probably will not find a scripture that says anything against types of music…as a matter of fact David was a musician and King Saul used him to get rid of evil spirits. Ephesians 5:19 even tells us about speaking to ourselves in songs, hymns and spiritual songs and making music in our hearts to the Lord, so obviously the Lord is not against music. However, when you consider the lyrics to the music is when we need to go back and reference Philippians 4:8; if the lyrics aren’t true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, or kind then they probably won’t glorify the Lord.

      Satan’s job is to attack the mind and that is why there are so many scriptures where God talks to us about our minds and keeping it on Him. If our adversary can get to our minds then it will be easy to get to the heart and destroy us from within. This is why video games are so dangerous; kids are zoned out “playing” games where they are killing others, beating up prostitutes, gambling and other degrading things, yet when the same kids get older and commit heinous crimes we wonder where we went wrong. The mind!

      I would say that if it’s difficult for you to discern what is good, lovely or pure then you should fast and pray and ask the Lord to guide your heart and mind where that is concerned. One final scripture: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5)”. This scripture comes right after the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; those strongholds would be the enemy’s use of “entertainment” to detain us and make our minds captive to his will instead of God’s will.

      I truly hope this answers your questions Bro Dave…love ya like a First Cousin! 😉

      Be blessed.

      pw

       

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