Lecrae: “My Artistry Generates A Platform”
“My music, my artistry, is really generating a platform for me to be able to articulate the revealed will of God, and His manifold wisdom in that He desires to accomplish His work in and through the Church.” – Lecrae
Well, Lecrae, that sounds great, except God never ordained nor instituted behaving like the world, using worldly attractions like hip-hop and/or rap music – which the world loves – to “generate a platform” so that you can “articulate the revealed will of God.”
This is hypocrisy run amok. Lecrae, and those who follow his example, are a friend to the world.
It is deceitful, in that, were articulating the revealed will of God truly his – and those like Lecrae – the true goal, then the plain, spoken word in everyday witnessing by word and deed, without the flamboyant stage, without the fame and fortune-seeking lusts of the flesh, without the culling of followers of a musical genre, would both be sufficient and honoring God’s Word in humble obedience.
But, that’s not the case here. It never is. Neither Lecrae, nor any other ‘holy’ hip-hop artist – a genre that alone claims to seek the redemption of culture – is out to spread the Gospel according to God’s Word and according to God’s ordained means. No, they will have their own way. They will proclaim the Gospel and get famous, maybe even rich, doing it. That is the real goal.
This is about money, fame and careers. This is about being a celebrity and all that goes with it. It is a road of deceit within and towards the visible church leading to spiritual destruction. This is using religion for personal profit, and it is a sham.
Lecrae is a young a man, wearing ear-rings like a woman, and the people take his advice and counsel seriously? Really? Please.
The true body of Christ rejects this nonsense en totem. The true Church recognizes this for what it truly is – apostasy, false religion and a ruse against the bride of Christ.
Would Lecrae have the same goal of “articulating the revealed will of God” to the world if his music and his hip-hop “generated platform” were taken away from him by God and all he had left was his single voice and all loss of worldly attention? What if no one knew his name, would Lecrae and other hip-hop artists even continue in the faith? Or like the unregenerate masses, would they be as those whom the Gospel fell upon rocky soil, but had no root, and when the sun rose they were burned and withered away?
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. – James 4:4
Tell it brother! And THANK YOU.
Joel, I have to assume that your intentions are for good. So, I feel like you are missing a big part of this picture. Men who desire fame and worldly success DO NOT pour their hearts out about their depravity and desperate need for a savior…regardless of the medium.
And, for the record…Jesus wore dresses (which we call robes to keep our legalism in tact). You have missed the point of Deut 22:5.
As a side note, do Lecrae’s earrings offend you as much or more than Scottish kilts?
I have been taking a real hard look lately at this. I read somewhere that the ‘New Calvinism’ movement has a need for contextualization. I think I tend to agree with the author of this article. God has never called us to build a platform to articulate His revealed will, but to simply proclaim it in the preaching of His word.
In anything we do we must look at scripture to see what it says on the issue. Here is a good article I read, by Peter Hammond, from a missionary in Africa.
“If to reach a culture you have to violate the Law of God that is the wrong methology” ~ Doug Phillips (White Unto Harvest Conference)
For the Glory of Jesus Christ!
Yes. God’s work done in God’s way will net the results that God desires.
Sorry, forgot to post the article. 😦
Hmmm, I don’t agree. There is nothing inherently wrong in the sound waves of hip-hop or rap hitting your ears. Albeit, there are some sounds that have always been attached to a sexual nature or something depraved like that. Kind of like how a specific style of Jazz can be attached to strippers in a nightclub, but jazz in general isn’t wrong, and a Christian song may be in jazz form. Would that be wrong? That being said, there are one or two songs that I think bleed into some known depraved styles, and I do not agree with, but for the most part, would only appear as “worldly” to some, most likely his intended audience. Otherwise, if he can glorify God with incredible lyrics that passionately glorify God with biblical truths with a method that doesn’t dishonor God, I say he’s doing well! He’s a humble man with good insight. I don’t think we can claim his deepest motives are fame and wealth, simply because we dislike that style of music.
It is a matter of preference and not causing a brother to stumble. I don’t think with what we see in our perspective, that he is sinning.
Quote: “There is nothing inherently wrong in the sound waves of hip-hop or rap hitting your ears.” Who said that? Why didn’t you actually read the post instead of assuming?