agrees with what G Craige Lewis says in The Truth Behind Hip Hop
DVDs. Holy hip hoppers Hazakim felt the need to respond with a controversial
rap called The
Truth Behind Craige. You can read what motivated their response
recent months, many within the holy hip-hop community have taken
up the task of answering the contentions of G Craige Lewis and his
organization, EX Ministries. The mature, gracious and gentle fashion
in which these brothers have answered this man makes us truly proud
to be numbered among them in this awesome movement. Rarely do we
see an argument refuted with such grace, humility and gentleness;
especially when the opponent being refuted has shown absolutely
no grace, humility or gentleness in his approach.
we, like many within holy hip hop, decided to ignore this man and
his inflaming rhetoric. Despite the contradictions, historical inaccuracies
and invective accusations spoken by G Craige Lewis, we believed
that a gracious response would provoke him to eventually see the
error of his ways. Even after he arbitrarily posted our ministry’s
name, among many others, on his web-site and demanded that parents
and pastors not support us until we submit to his demands, we did
not speak out against him. Even after I sent him a very brief non-confrontational
e-mail in an attempt to engage in honest dialogue and received a
response telling me to “get a life”, we still took it
with grace. Recently, however, G Craige Lewis has taken his personal
attacks on various ministries to the next level. In the December
episode of his “EX Cast”, he and his guest Rondy Long
spent at least an hour and a half mocking, condemning and name-calling
legitimate ministries; ironically, all in the name of “holiness”.
They went on record as calling the Cross Movement “backslidden”
and “ridiculous” and even asserted that they had ‘signed
the devil’s contract to make money’. In addition to
these ridiculous claims they spent a good half hour gossiping about
Kirk Franklin and, at one point in the show, shared a hearty laugh
after Craige stated that GMA (Gospel Music Association) stands for
“Gay Men With AIDS”. While his misconceptions and lies
about the origins of hip-hop need to be and have been addressed,
the primary focus is to expose him for his scandalous remarks. Put
bluntly, this man has had it coming.
Craige Lewis of EX Ministries
problem is not with Craige’s addressing the violence in
secular music or the secularisation of the Christian music industry
but with the lies, name-calling and gossip that he speaks in the
process. This man has publicly referred to certain Christian artists
as “fags” and “cross-dressers”, having
no clue as to their personal lives or what the Lord has delivered
them from. His “sermons” are filled with enough gossip
to make Joan Rivers blush!
are loud and clear on the issue of tale-bearing and gossip.
not go about spreading slander among your people... “ Leviticus
who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who
speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbour no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman”
man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends”
wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.”
you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters
nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor
thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers
will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
scriptures are clear that we must forgive our enemies and love
those who despitefully use us. Many may interpret our response
as unforgiving but Hazakim can say with a clear conscience that
we love Craige Lewis and long for the day that he repents and
puts a halt to this misled crusade of his.
to the command to forgive, the scriptures declare that it is unlawful
to tolerate a false teacher or prophet (1 John 4:1). Every messenger,
message, and method is to be tried according to the Word of God
and exposed if it is proven to be false. Sadly, in our Western
society, the church is often compelled to keep the peace and remain
silent at the expense of truth and principle.
are replete with examples of how these loving men of God addressed
dissenters and false teachers of their day. As a matter of fact,
their harshest words were almost always reserved for those who
operated in the name of God. Paul was forced to address and confront
certain of his fellow Jewish believers who were spreading the
false doctrine that gentile converts had to be circumcised in
order to be accepted by God. Here was Paul’s response: “Brothers,
if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted?
In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. As for
those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate
themselves!” Galatians 5:11-12
other words Paul, being filled with righteous anger, declares
that he wishes that these agitators who were spreading false doctrine
would not only cut off their foreskins but completely cut “it”
off!! In our western minds these words may seem too strong but
we must keep in mind that those who teach false doctrine, adding
their personal hang-ups to God’s laws, shut up the Kingdom
of heaven to lost souls. This is a serious offense! While we are
not suggesting that our opponent practice self-mutilation, it
is hard to miss the striking parallels between the logic of these
misled believers of old and that of G Craige Lewis.
passage we even find that Paul was forced to rebuke his fellow-laborer
and apostle, Peter, for setting a bad example and mistreating
Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was
clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used
to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw
back and separate himself from the Gentiles… When I saw
that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel,
I said to Peter in front of them all.” Galatians 2:11-14
we see that in cases where gossip was being spread about valid
ministries, the apostles did not hesitate to expose the culprit
and name names. In the following passage we find that, when defending
the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay
him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against
him, because he strongly opposed our message.” 2 Timothy
to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have
nothing to do with us. So if I come, I will call attention to
what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us. Not satisfied
with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers. He also stops those
who want to do so and puts them out of the church. Dear friend,
do not imitate what is evil but what is good.” 3 John 9:9-11
At any rate
we can see that exposing the error, rebuking the methods and naming
the names of dissenters who slander and cause division in the
Body of Messiah, is well within the boundaries of Scripture. We
pray that G Craige Lewis repents of his grievous, self-righteous
attitude and that he joins the true fellowship of the Spirit in
the bond of peace. Until then, we encourage pastors, parents and
all believers to boycott his efforts until he apologizes and repents.
As the scriptures declare:
I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences
contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them"
can listen to The
Truth Behind Craige, a controversial response by holy hip
hop duo Hazakim to the comments made by G Craige Lewis on The
Truth Behind Hip Hop.
of the major problems with Craige’s argument is that its
very foundation is built upon incorrect assumptions and historical
inaccuracies. His contention is that “holy hip-hop”
is an oxymoron because, according to him, hip-hop culture is a
false religion that was spawned by Afrika Bambaataa and KRS One.
This is patently absurd. Firstly, it is common knowledge that
DJ Kool Herc is largely credited as the “father of hip-hop”.
When asked by hip-hop historian Davey D what hip-hop is, Herc
gave the following answer:
Hop... the whole chemistry of that came from Jamaica... I was
born in Jamaica and I was listening to American music in Jamaica...
My favourite artist was James Brown. That's who inspired me. A
lot of the records I played was by James Brown. When I came over
here I just put it in the American style and a perspective for
them to dance to it… I'd find out where the break in the
record was at and prolong it and people would love it... the rhyming
came about because I liked playing lyrics that were saying something.”
given by the man rightfully credited by old school heads as the
“father of hip-hop”, does not mention religion a single
time. The saddest part is that G Craige Lewis has been corrected
regarding this, yet continues to willfully spread misinformation.
I guess he is “in too deep” now to recant any inaccuracies
he has already spoken.
claims that KRS is a founder of hip-hop. Hip-hop was “born”
in 1973. KRS came on the scene in 1986 and dropped his first album,
Criminal Minded, in 1987!!!! Furthermore, while Kool Herc was
on the wheels of steel (creating this sub culture), KRS One was
only 8 years old!!!! Are you telling me that, at 8 years old,
KRS helped to found a religion called “hip-hop”, 14
years before he became a part of its music!?!? Big Daddy Kane
came out around the same time as KRS, therefore, saying that KRS
is a “founder” is like saying that Big Daddy Kane
is a “founder”. This is absurd! While I respect KRS’s
musical achievements, he is an eccentric personality who has switched
his religious and social views more than once. He went from criminal
minded to socially conscious to a metaphysical guru. So he created
“The Temple of Hip-Hop” nearly a decade after his
first album dropped. What does that mean to hip-hop? NOTHING.
Craige, please answer how KRS is even relevant or qualifies as
the “spokesman” any more than Schooly D or LL Cool
What is hip-hop??
How can Craige go from stating that KRS is the “prophet/spokesman
of hip-hop” and that Bambaataa is the father of hip-hop,
and then use an example like the Ying Yang Twins or some gangster
rapper to state that hip-hop is violent, despite the fact that
KRS and Bambaataa would consider these guys an AFFRONT to hip-hop
culture? As we speak, KRS One and the Zulu Nation are attempting
to boycott MTV and BET until these media outlets stop glorifying
violence and show a more balanced view of hip-hop. How can it
be both ways?? Don’t get me wrong, I agree that the religious
views of Bambaataa and KRS are nonsense doctrines, but their hip-hop
is not the hip-hop of 50 Cent. If Bambaataa is truly the originator
and KRS the “prophet”, as Craige claims, he must define
hip-hop according to their terms. So, is hip-hop a socially conscious
metaphysical religion of "black empowerment" or a dumbed-down
“slave” culture of black on black violence? Craige
tries to have it both ways for the sake of convenience.
God give a man a "message" that is built upon false
beliefs and historical inaccuracies? Surely God knows about the
aforementioned facts. God would NOT give a message built on falsehood;
therefore, we believe that God has not spoken to G Craige Lewis.
Couple this with his comments on other valid ministries (conveniently
before he drops his own “gospel rap” album), we assume
that G Craige Lewis is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A man
who disguises his own hang-ups in holy garb. I post the following
scripture: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which
cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye
have learned; and avoid them" Romans 16:17. Shalom.
Anthony of Hazakim, Contending for the Ministry
do you think of Hazakim's comments on The Truth Behind Hip Hop?
Do you think they were correct to answer him with their rap?
cannot understand how G Craige Lewis has made it so far in the church
without being held accountable for his assumptions and invective
rhetoric. Good job Hazakim. Thanks for the info Clarky.
music is from God period. Why must the devil have everything? If
its not sounding like “precious memories” or “how
great thou art” then its evil or of the world. And then there
are the same people who sing these songs. There are too many closed
minded people. Just because the song is sung in a certain way doesn’t
mean we should say it’s not of God. I listen to Crossmovement
and I find nothing wrong with them at all. Maybe hip-hop didn’t
come off holy but like I said before music came from God and if
we give it back to him and he receives the glory... who should be
the one to put up a front. I don’t know what God is doing
in the Christian rap artist life or how their ministry came about.
How the secular artist portray rap music is their business. It shouldn’t
have anything to do with the character of those who use it for the
glory of God. Sometimes I just believe people are closed minded
and they need to seek God first before they talk trash about other
people. Gospel rap is not sinful... what part of gospel rap is sinful
when they are talking about God in a righteous way. And what is
wrong about Kirk Franklin? Nothing! Further more we don’t
know where this man got his information from, I don’t know
and I cant say. We give the devil too much credit, why can’t
we just be glad that young men are doing something for the lord.
Don’t be closed minded people.
reading comments and articles regarding the issue, I can't understand
why the love of Christ hasn't provoked a summit of some sort to
dismiss the weaknesses and use the strengths of both views to further
the Kingdom of God. For too long the Christian artist has had to
walk the fine line of being a minister and providing means to support
themselves while under constant attack, especially from the so called
body of Christ. While viewing a website for a prominent ministry,
I came across a link to EX Ministries. What I find odd about that
is EX has named many artists and many theories, but didn't mention
the name of an artist who has toured with many of those mentioned,
discovered IN THE CHURCH by a hip hop producer and the son of the
pastor of this prominent ministry! (Yes, I checked to be sure before
I sent this). I believe that Christian artists must be accountable
for what they sing, what say and the image they project, but let's
be truthful, if God says there is nothing new under the sun, why
can't hip hop be used? Please do your research, stop playing favorites
and let's stand against Satan and not each other.
absolutes are rare, if possible I choose to follow the reasoning
and thinking of those who comprehensively defend the cross. Those
who tally and weigh the amassed amount of facts may miss the forest
for the trees. Hip hop as a culture is beyond redemption by man,
any man. Rap should be used as any tool, but when a sheep wears
wolf clothing, what message is that sending?
Very well articulated by Hazakim. Point blank: Craige is inaccurate.
to 1 Sam 16:7 you should not look upon the outward appearance of
man — God doesn't do this — he looks at the heart. An
illustration was given using three men in church. Brother X was
in a suit and tie, Brother Y was dressed in a nice shirt and had
a cellphone and a planner, brother Z had matching Tims, blue jeans,
a gold chain and a Bible in his hand. When asked opinions of who
was what — people thought that brother X was a deacon or preacher
(not realizing that he was a sexual predator). Brother Y was thought
to be organized but he really had no time for Christ and was placed
on the deacon board and used his abilities to cheat the church out
of money. Brother Z was thought to be thug — they noticed
the chain, Tims, and clothes but not the Bible — he was the
one sold out for Christ. If you are look outwardly to regard spirituality
maybe we need to revisit the scriptures.
Craige doesn't get it... or he does! If he does, then he is nothing
more than a pimp, and his message is a piece of the Gospel twisted
up into his ho. He is pushin’ this on believers and since
most don't believe the Bible, they believe what someone tells them
about the Bible, they will believe and follow G Craige Lewis and
his message. Hazakim put it in the plainest statement of truth.
God will not give man a message based on something other than the
truth. What is opposed to truth? A lie. His historical inaccuracies
make his message a lie. Period. If I could find one... I tell you
one inaccuracy in the Bible and validate it... I would leave Christianity,
and so should you, for Christ would be a lie.
still agree 100% with Craige Lewis. Not every Gospel rapper is doing
things like this. We have people in the Gospel community today telling
the youth that it is okay to listen to nasty secular music. As a
youth that goes to high school, I can honestly say that nobody wants
to hear this type of stuff. They view it as fake rap. And the next
thing you know, they’re saying put on some real rap.
Craige, Hazakim has good points. I believe until "we"
as a society decide to read, study, and practice Bible teachings,
we will continue to be mislead by people with hidden agendas. We
are in an age when deception is strong and sin saturates the air.
I ask of anyone who reads this to always research and question the
doctrines you are being fed no matter who speaks it!
made a lot of valuable points, hip hop "gospel rappers"
out there. I just want to say to you that maybe you shouldn't dress
like them or even try to be like them in terms of the way you act
on stage. I can't tell the difference between a gospel rapper and
a worldly one without listening to the lyrics. To me that should
not be the only difference — we should be able to differentiate
you a mile away. Don’t try to be like the world in order to
win souls. —
must agree with Isabella. Lyrics should not be the only thing that
differentiates you from the the secular hip hoppers. Craige's message
may be extreme, but it's real enough to have an effect on your ministry.
Not only that, I don't see him gaining any support from the world
by preaching this message. His conviction can't be coming from the
devil, because he is coming against him. I believe his message comes
from God. —
point is not about dress or how you act on stage, ‘cause that's
just you being you. Are we to conform to how Craige wants us, or
God? Craige has made some valid points, and I guess if you are a
believer in him then you're his supporter. But Craige has also stated
a number of fallacies about the culture and other men and women
in the faith. How can we deny the ministries and move of God in
these urban missionaries, then say we support a man who condemns
them then puts out a rap CD? I’m not judging him but the spirit
behind him. Craige is making tons of money unlike the emcees he
tries to discredit. These people love the music and culture but
hate the lyrics and sin that has long been in it. They want to create
something that glorifies God, edifies the body, ministers to the
lost and makes people get back to good music. Wearin’ a suit
doesn't make someone holy, for there are many in the church that
dress up but are going to hell. Rapping and singing like Yolanda
or Dottie Peoples is not the answer. Having a heart for God and
doing His Will is the answer! We need to stop making excuses and
get at the root of the problem and not the surface values. Keep
preaching the truth Hazakim and continue to glorify God in all you
do. — Joseph
100% agree with Brother Craige, there is no holy hip hop. I have
done modelling for hip hop and have listened to it. Before we even
go to the Word of God just check out their beliefs and get an understanding
of them. I think that’s where a lot of us are missing... may
God reveal these things to you.
have recently watched the videos of G Craige, and I must say that
they were very impactful. The bible makes several references to
seeking truth and holding fast to it. I have researched some of
the matter and plan to research the whole matter. Yes there were
some discrepancies, but there were also some valid points. Hazakim
has made a very compelling argument, but I ask one question. What
were the origins of Hip Hop Holy? I can not find where it states
that Hip Hop's original state was ever something that was used to
sanctify or magnify God. Can we just take the very things that are
destroying God’s people and use them to "Magnify God"?
Joseph made a statement stating "Are we to conform to how Craige
wants us, or God?" But I dare to ask the question, Are we conforming
to the image of our own imagination and dare to say it is God? If
so this is a very dangerous position to be in. Craige presented
some very valid points and he also presented some historical facts
that were not accurate. But what man on this earth is perfect. I
don't even care for hip-hop but I do sense that there is a lot of
anger and that there are some people whose feelings are hurt from
this video. Seek the Truth and walk in the ways of God!
has made false claims in this thing. But the claim that continues
to bother me is the claim that Sony Music have 'Devil Parties'.
What’s that about?
let me state I am a Christian rapper and singer. I started rapping
and beat boxing back in 1984. I bought Rapper’s Delight when
it first came out and loved it and that record is not the first
mention of hip hop but that is what made it blow up "a hip
hop the hibby the hibby". In the south we did know Afrika Bambata
until Planet Rock. Now as far as religion goes Craig is right but
that is not the root .Zulu Nations/Holy Tabernacle, 5 Percenters,
all used rap as a vehicle to recruit. But it was the dj taking those
turn tables and playing the break beat back and forth, basically
turning these turntables into bands, voodoo drums that cause people
to go crazy. The drums are not evil; it is the heart of the drummer.
Change his heart and he will play those same drums with a different
anointing. If your perspective or position for correction is not
rooted in love then all you will get is hate. Let us look at successful
street ministry or prison ministry; you better have love for the
people that you are trying to change. Or you are will be defeating
your purpose. So Craig wants to clean up the church he has to start
with his mouth before he gets at those foul mouthed rappers. I have
heard preachers call homosexuals faggots before and I know it is
their flesh and the hate in their hearts manifesting for the person
caught up in the sin. What do you do when the person becomes delivered
oh God cleaned him up look at him he use to be a flaming faggot.
Christian rap,holy rap, holy hip hop it is the heart of the rapper
that counts not the title of the genre of music and to those who
love calling themselves holy hip hoppers choose your battles wisely
if God is with Craig you will be fighting God not Craig and if Craig
is off with his crusade God will chastise and correct him. Think
of it as some free publicity. If you want to rap so bad hit the
club with that anointing and turn that night club into a light club.
— Brother P
is sad that you guys don’t want to hear the truth. I am a
music producer and after hearing Craige, I knew I had to change
my ways. The guy is 100% correct. Will you call what Jesus did to
the Pharisees slander? Or what he called Herod? The truth is always
going to be bitter and I can understand you guys’ anger. But
it is still the truth. I had to go do some research myself after
hearing Craige's message and found out from secular sites that the
guy was completely right. HipHop is a religion and it is only Christians
that are denying that. The circular guys all know that. I found
tons of info on the web on this. You cannot try to change the devil’s
tool and make it God's tool. That’s why the Israelites were
always instructed to destroy the stuff of the Canaanites. It really
doesn’t matter if the church accepts what he is saying but
it will always be the truth. Imagine what happened at Megafest.
It was a real mess. It doesn’t matter that it was organised
by people we like. It is still a mess. That does not mean we stop
liking these men of God. But we have to draw the line. You cannot
profess God with the devil's tool. God does not need the devil’s
tool to change men. Can’t you see the compromise is not changing
anyone? It is only making Christians backslide back to the world.
would like to contribute my 2 cents to these responses. It seems
that Hazakim has made every effort to resolve this dispute according
to what the Lord has set forth in His Word. I really respect that
and commend them for it. I must say that G Craige has done something
very well though- IF he truly believes that true and Christ-centered
gospel hip hop is sinful, he has taken a stalwart stand against
it. This is admirable. This is exactly what Hazakim is doing (though
I must say they are going about it far more by the Spirit than G
C Lewis is). However, this is all dependent on whether Craige truly
believes gospel rap is sinful. If he is just using it to make a
name for himself or make money... well, anything I could say is
very obvious in that situation. We just need to pray that God would
see this dispute be resolved, because illness in any part of the
Body is crippling to the Kingdom agenda of our loving King.
don't believe you can eat the meat and spit the bone with this one!
Brother Craige has good points and exposes secular artists, but
when you are unwilling to be teachable and stand corrected, then
you got to go, and this brother gots to go! If he believes he is
right then why won't he allow a debate? Is it because he knows he
messed up and does not want to look stupid? His whole history of
hip-hop is wrong and he is a hypocrite! Why? Because he condemns
Christian rappers for using the platform of hip-hop for making money,
but he is doing the same thing, just opposite. We are praising the
Lord with it and he is using that same platform to bash Christians,
and, like Hazakim says in the song, he's making a killing! And,
also for me where I tune him out is when he starts talking about
"the brothas" see blacks like hispanics have a big problem
and that is separating ourselves from the body of Christ. Once we
start talking about "my brothas" or "mi gente"
now we are not just part of the body of Christ but the body of separated
Christ, being only black, white or hispanic. See if there is one
thing I know it is this that I was born a Puerto Rican man but I
was reborn a Christian. That is my race, those are my people, and
the word of God is my language.
fam, here is the question that I hope we all can at least agree
on. This should be the major test to see if a "prophet's"
message is on point because, according to scripture, a prophet made
no errors when they spoke on behalf of God. And according to the
lips of G Craig, he hails himself as God's prophet. God cannot tell
a lie, it is his nature. We all agree, I hope, on this. So in light
of Craig's claims of hiphop's history, which many agree are not
true from historic evidence and the founders who speak today, what
does that make G Craig Lewis? If he lived in Biblical times calling
himself a prophet and telling people "God told me that hiphop
is of the devil because of its founders", which many have disproven
time and time again, do you think he would have been stoned? Speaking
in the name of God and being in error was considered worthy of death
in the Old Testament. That was how serious being labeled a "prophet"
was; it was not to be taken lightly. Today I notice that if it feels
good to church people it is easily accepted. That is scary to me.
That means that we can so easily be misled by any new wave of doctrine.
Many times I have heard people say "I don't necessarily agree
with how Craig does it and I would even agree that he is wrong about
hiphop's history, but I still agree with what he is saying."
How can this be when many in the body have shown his accusations
to be false? If I give you food and it has 5 percent poison in it,
you will be killed. I believe that Craig Lewis is in error and many
have believed him. They have not even tested the spirit but instead
accepted it at face value. It doesn't take G Craig to tell me that
we as the Church need to truly repent. That is nothing revolutionary
and Craig has brought nothing new to the table by saying that. Please,
if you are honest with yourself ask this question, "Can a true
prophet of God lie in his name?" That should answer this whole
have been studying all sites on the claims made by Craige Lewis.
I am typing this to just say to all reading study to show thyself
approved. Do not attack your brothers in Christ but uplift them
with words spoken of God so that all may come to know him. I am
concerned about the direction of Hip-Hop and any other music, poetry,
written or spoken word that tears down and does not lift up, to
expose Love as God directs. God's word is about reconciliation and
Love. There is only one Gateway and that is through Christ. It is
so easy to conform to the ways of the world through various mediums
and some of our folks don't know the difference between the two.
Please be careful in how you express your terms to each other in
seeking to reach the lost, for we can damage some more in our efforts
with the best intent. Before seeking the medium seek God through
God in the Spirit as confirmation of the message. I can not see
how using half dress women, platinum in the mouth and through chains
around the neck can promote God's agenda. I am still learning and
praying for understanding and I would ask those that are coming
to these sites to pray for understanding to speak the truth in love.
Even Satan knew the word.... And we all have fallen short of the
Glory of God, brothers and sisters seek to focus, pray, and uplift
each other as Gods message will go forth. I will continue to pray
for those such as Kanye West, 50 Cent, and even my brother in Christ
Mase, as I ask that you all do so that the influence that they have
will further the Gospel because it is Life Changing. For the brother
who stated that if he found an error with the Christian message
he would leave Christianity, persevere in God’s word for there
is more on this earth for us to do according to God’s purpose
and will. Continue all, to Love God will all your Heart, Mind and
Spirit and your Brothers and Sisters. May God reveal the intent
to us all through his spirit in Wisdom. Blessings.
keep reading people write that music is from God. To a point that
is correct, we quickly forget that Lucifer was in charge of music
before he was cast out of Heaven, and even after he was cast out,
he still had the gift of MUSIC. Just because the Bible says, "Make
a joyful noise unto the Lord" doesn't mean that every noise
we hear is for the uplift and glorification of God. Our ONLY mission
as Christians is to teach the word of God to all the earth, that
means we teach the BIBLE, music cannot and will not REACH anyone,
it is the HOLY SPIRIT that draws man to acceptance and full obedience
to Christ. We must not "conform to this world" instead
we must be "transformed by the renewing of our minds"
in Christ Jesus. I know it's hard to give up the catchy lyrics and
beautiful voices hip hop provides, but we are foolish to believe
that the Holy Spirit is the only one that is working hard to capture
the souls of man, even in the church. Satan has no shame and using
the very same music that is meant to "REACH" someone and
have that be the very same tool to lure them back into sin. Let
us remember that God is NEVER the author of confusion, and the very
fact that Christians are torn and confused about whether or not
Hip Hop is of God, should at least tell us something. Whatever happened
to turning away from stuff, we as Christians must remember that
when we are baptised, and yes that is a requirement, we are to shed
our old selves, and we have become a new creature. We don't have
to attempt to be like the world changing up what they are doing
and put our own "HOLY" spin on it. Obedience is better
than sacrifice, and the only thing that we (Christians) need to
introduce to the world is the Word of God, the Bible; music should
only be used for the glorification of and celebration of the goodness
of God. We have put music above the Bible, and that is truly sad,
because our people perish because of a lack of knowledge, not music.
is 100 % right. Even if he wasn't, God is going to judge him. Every
hip hopping gospel artist needs to repent and seek God with prayer,
praise, fasting and worship. There is no backing for hip hop in
the bible. Holiness, righteousness, sanctification and deliverance
living is what saves a generation. Obey God and live hip hoppers.
Need help! Call on Jesus.
entire song is of Satan. Would Jesus record this song? Look how
quickly the “holy” hip hop artist converted back to
the world’s way of doing things. A diss rap, what a shame.
I have no respect for whoever wrote this! You guys are so blinded
by your worship of hip hop that you don't even see what you are
doing. Tell me who you are going to convert to Jesus with this song.
This was all about self glorification, and trying to protect your
name (but trying to call it your ministry). First of all, you have
no ministry. You are supposed to be about your Father’s business.
Since when did God turn his business over to you?
your seatbelt and prepare to experience the explosive world of spiritually-enlightening
holy hip hop ministry, music and entertainment glorifying God! Director
and producer Christopher Martin professionally known as Play from
the rap and acting duo Kid 'n Play is the feature's host and invites
you to meet some of Holy Hip Hop's trail blazin' artists and Ministers
of the Gospel, who are a part of a movement that began in the late
1980s and thrives worldwide as one of the fastest growing music
genres today, with over 2000 active emcees and legions of fans worldwide.
Peep this video and see what these souled out Christian souljahs
for the Lord are doing to change the face of music for generations
to come with powerful lyrics and bangin' beats — and bringin'
nothin' but the Truth. A must see video for any ardent lover of
music who wants to be tuned in to the cutting edge, whether you
are within or outside the four walls of the church.
Hip-Hop Church: Connecting With the Movement Shaping Our Culture
culture is all around us: in the clothes youth wear, in the music
they listen to, in the ways they express themselves. It is the language
they speak, the rhythm they move to. It is a culture familiar with
the hard realities of our broken world; the generation raised with
rap knows about the pain. They need to know about the hope. Enter
the hip-hop church. Like the culture it rises from, the hip-hop
church is relevant and bold. And it speaks to the heart. In this
book, pastors Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson show the urgency of connecting
hip-hop culture and church to reach a generation with the gospel
of Jesus Christ. They give practical ideas from their urban churches
and other hip-hop churches about how to engage and incorporate rap,
break dancing, poetry and deejays to worship Jesus and preach his
Word. Hip-hop culture is shaping the next generation. Ignoring it
will not reduce its influence; it will only separate us from the
youth moving to its rhythm.
and Spirit: The Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities of Rap Music
music is often seen as a Black secular response to pressing issues
of our time. Yet rap has deep connections to African American religious
traditions. Noise and Spirit explores the diverse religious dimensions
of rap stemming from Islam (including the Nation of Islam and Five
Percent Nation), Rastafarianism, and Humanism, as well as Christianity.
The volume examines rap's dialogue with religious traditions, from
the ways in which Islamic rap music is used as a method of religious
and political instruction to the uses of both the blues and Black
women's rap for considering the distinction between God and the
Devil. The first section explores rap's association with more easily
recognizable religious traditions and communities such as Christianity
and Islam. The next presents discussions of rap and important spiritual
considerations, including on the topic of death. The final wrestles
with ways to theologize about the relationship between the sacred
and the profane in rap.
and the Hip-Hop Prophets: Spiritual Insights from Lauryn Hill and
organized into seven short "tracks" instead of chapters,
this slim volume offers reflections on the lyrics of two popular
recording artists, Lauryn Hill and the late 2pac Shakur. That Teter,
director of two More Than Conquerors campus ministries, and Gee,
pastor of Fountain of Life Family Worship Center, are knowledgeable
fans of hip-hop and admirers of the two featured lyricists is unmistakable.
Equally evident is their desire to enable their fellow fans to discover
the spiritual truths embedded in the lyrics. The book suffers from
the typical awkwardness of the first-person narratives of two writers-the
"I, Alex" and "My (John's)" type of construction.
Still, the book offers a valuable look at the connection between
the harshness of urban life and the prophetic warnings from two
singers who managed to find hope amid difficult circumstances.
Hip Hop Prayer Book
powerful evangelism tool, developed at Trinity Church of Morrisania
in the South Bronx, The Hip Hop Prayer Book offers a means to worship
that will draw in the young and speak to those not generally spoken
to by the Church. Containing daily prayers, psalms, a variety of
services, and a selection of bible stories all designed with the
enlivening power of Hip Hop in mind. The Hip Hop Prayer Book features
Psalm 23 as adapted by Ryan Kearse: "The Lord is all that,
I need for nothing. He allows me to chill. He keeps me from being
heated and allows me to breathe easy. He guides my life so that
I can represent and give shouts out in his Name. And even though
I walk through the Hood of death, I don't back down for you have
my back. The fact that you have me covered allows me to chill. He
provides me with back-up in front of my player-haters and I know
that I am a baller and life will be phat. I fall back in the Lord's
crib for the rest of my life."
||You may have
heard of a controversial series of DVDs called The Truth Behind
Hip Hop. These are produced by G Craige Lewis of EX Ministries,
and are proving to be remarkably popular with young people. However,
many take issue with Lewis's claims.
Truth Behind Hip Hop Exposed
||Is it possible
to have holy hip hop? According to G Craige Lewis of The Truth Behind
Hip Hop the answer is no. He claims that hip-hop is not music, but
a religion. However, many take a different view, believing that
the church can use rap music to reach out to young people.
||If, like me,
you were surprised to see Pastor Mason Betha rapping with 50 Cent
on his single Window Shopping, you might be wondering what's going
on. Mase's conversion to Christianity in 1999 is well documented,
not least in his autobiography.
Ma$e exchanged Creflo Dollar for half a dollar?
seems to follow the rapper 50 Cent, who has himself been shot nine
times, and always wears a bulletproof vest. Now it's claimed that
'Fiddy' makes a profit out of the misery of parents who are burying
50 Cent Bulletproof?: Rap Music and Violence