The Barren CCM Industry
By David J. Stewart
“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon
me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” —1st Corinthians 9:16
Photo to Right: Apostate Christian rocker, Toby Mac, who is an enemy of God (James 4:4).
Please understand that I don't condemn anyone, for the Bible condemns all of us as guilty, dirty, rotten, hell-deserving sinners. My salvation solely rests in Christ's righteousness, because of the precious blood that He gave for our sins. My intention is not to be unkind; but rather, to expose the demonic nature of so-called "Christian rock" and "Christian Hip Hop" music. The issue is not about the performers personally; but rather, about the worldly music they claim to sing in Jesus' name.
The Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) industry is saturated by Satanic Rock 'N' Roll and is evil to the core. As a consequence, America has become infested with religious mutants (evil fruit). I don't know of any so-called Christian "rockers" who are loyal to the trustworthy King James Bible. Just like modern corrupt versions of the Bible, so have CCM rockers erred from the Biblical faith. I don't know any so-called Christian "rockers" who have built any churches or done anything meaningful for the cause of Christ. It's all about the love of money, worldliness and serving the Devil, which is why the satanic El Diablo hand sign is flashed by millions of fans at all the CCM concerts.
Romans 12:2, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." God tells us not to be conformed to this world. The Greek word for "conformed" here is "suschematizo" and means "to fashion alike, i.e. conform to the same pattern." Is this not what Toby Mac and other religious Hip Hoppers are doing? Yes, exactly so! They are fashioning themselves to the sinful world. The lame excuse is that worldly music will lure worldly teenagers to Christ, but that is a lie of the Devil. Worldly music only lures worldly teenagers to more worldliness. Those teens aren't coming to Jesus Christ, they're coming to repackaged worldly music.
The heathen world has actually invented a new, contemporary religion that is based in contemporary marketing techniques and expressed in contemporary entertainment genres. It is inherently narcissistic (i.e., Characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance), because it is worship the way I want it, in ways that please me. In designing this sort of worship, we ask the question, "How would a congregation of secular people like to be entertained?" We never ask the question, "How would God prefer to be entertained?" In this sort of worship, the congregation has usurped the role of audience, a role that properly belongs to God. In effect, the congregation is worshiping itself!
There's not a more unfruitful group of professed Christians in the world than the modern worship CCM gang. It's apostasy! Jesus said in Mark 4:18-19, "And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful." Jesus' Words describe contemporary Christian artists today exactly, i.e., they have been CHOKED by the cares and riches of this world. It's all about money, fame, and playing the game to get ahead. These people are imposters, out to make money, and could care less if anyone gets saved, and admit so...
Amy Grant, queen of the apostate CCM world, said...
"I’m a singer, not a preacher. I’M NOT LOOKING TO CONVERT ANYBODY. I feel people come to hear my music, not to hear me talk" (Amy Grant, St. Petersburg Times, Florida, April 7, 1984, p. 4).
What a lame cop-out Amy. How could ANY professed Christian, who believes that there is a Hell, say that they're not concerned about lost souls? Amy's been choked by the riches, pleasures and cares of this world (Luke 8:14), and she'll be a pauper in Heaven if she's even a Christian. Amy Grant has spent her life making light of sin...
"CHRISTIANS CAN BE SEXY. What I’m doing is a good thing" (Amy Grant, interview, People, July 15, 1991).
Amy Grant is a horrible influence upon young Christian woman everywhere. God only knows how many lives Miss Grant has destroyed with her heathen influence and rebellious attitude. Listen to Amy's twisted mentality...
[The following is Amy’s own description of her actions before a crowd of 30,000 young people in Kissimmee, Florida, in 1978.] "We’re sitting there, I do my sound check. All these girls are in halter tops, great figures, everybody's wearing nothing, we’re in Floriday [her way of pronouncing Florida]. I’m eighteen, and I know what they’re thinking. I said, ‘I really want to know Jesus and I really want to love him except … my hormones are on ten, and I see you all … sitting out there getting chummy and praying together -- and WE’RE HORNY. MY FEELING IS, WHY FAKE IT? I’m not trying to be gross, I’m saying let’s be honest about what’s coming down’" (Bob Millard, Amy Grant, 1986, p. 103).
Amy Grant claims that God isn't big enough to solve everyone's problems...
"I’ve become disillusioned, and that’s why my lyrics are less idealistic. I’m realizing that the world isn’t a perfect place, and GOD CAN’T SOLVE EVERYONE’S PROBLEMS" (Amy Grant, interview, Family Circle, September 9, 1986, p. 24).
Well, she's definitely disillusioned, I agree with that. Amy Grant is a classic example of just how barren the CCM gang is. They don't truly care about winning souls to Christ. All they care about is making lots of money. In case you don't realize this, MOST of today's professed "Christians" are as lost as the city of Atlantis.
Many people "think" they are Christians because they've joined an organization, prayed a prayer, or because they simply decided to call them self one; but they've never come to the Savior as a hell-deserving SINNER, trusting upon the blood of Jesus to FORGIVE their sins. It is EVIL that billions of dollars in profits are made by a heathen industry that exploits Christianity to do so. Where is their fruit? Where are the souls saved? All I see are hordes of worldly people idolizing their CCM gods.
"A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit." —Matthew 7:18
I Challenge You
Here's a challenge, and I triple-dog dare you to prove me wrong. Every CCM artist today, and don't miss this, refuses to speak out against the sin of homosexuality. I dare you to show me one website where a CCM artist blasts homosexuality. You can't show me one. In fact, I dare you to show me even ONE mainstream Contemporary Christian Music Artist who presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ on their website. You can't. I mean a clear Gospel presentation which stresses the importance of NOT adding works to faith. I haven't even found even one CCM website that presents any type of Gospel. If you take the challenge, plan to spend months looking.
Today's CCM fakes are all out to make a buck—fame, fortune, and prosperity—all from the Devil. Proof of this is the FACT that the CCM industry is very silent about sin and evil. I challenge you to find any CCM artist who exposes the sin of homosexuality. If they did, it would jeopardize their career in the music industry, and they KNOW IT! So they dip their sails in sinful compromise, saying that God only called them to be a singer, and not a preacher. Soulwinning is not a call, it is a command for every Christian believer (Proverb 11:30; Matthew 28:19-20; 2nd Corinthians 5:11).
Since when did living a holy life, contending for the faith, and taking a stand against evil become only the preacher's job? You can't show me that in the Word of God. God expects ALL believers to obey Ephesians 5:11, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." This applies to ALL Christians.
The world has no place in the New Testament church. This means that Relient K, Toby Mac, Avalon, Jeremy Camp, Dead Poetic, Demon Hunter, Newsboys, Whitecross, MxPx, Third Day, Passion, Delirious, Bride, The Almost, Disciple, Kutless, Inhale/Exhale, PFR, Emery, Robert Pierre, Chris Tomlin, Marsha Stevens, Further Seems Forever, Switchfoot, Soul P., New Life Worship, DC talk, Echoing Angels, Matt Redman, Katinas, Michael W. Smith, Lincoln Brewster, GRITS, Geoff Moore & The Distance, Thousand Foot Krutch, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Mercy Me HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING IN ANY NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH! They are ALL friends of the world and; therefore, enemies of God (James 4:4).
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." —1st John 2:15-17
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