Christian Rap… What’s the Big Deal?

Another pictureless post which means another very debatable topic. I sit here really debating on whether to post this or not. Obviously if you are reading the post than I did indeed “jump off” and push the publish button! ;) I post what I do in all humility and love. Hm. Perhaps I should start another blog for these type of posts?!?? Today’s post is my belief “Christian” rap is spiritual harmful! I recently viewed a blog post stating Christian rap to be the most biblical form of music. That left me extremely burdened to post on the subject. Please read and let me know your thoughts! Also remember, I am no writer and am still growing in Christ and posting what He has put on my heart to share. So, forgive my lack of grammatical grace and if you find any biblical error, please correct me. :)

“O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!”
Deuteronomy 5:29

Christian rap. Is it really right for a Christian to listen to? I have to say no! And I would have to say it is spiritually harmful! Actually, rap can not be labeled truly Christian. Rap is rap. I took a few minutes on youtube to look up a well-known “Christian” rapper thinking perhaps there is something I am missing or I am misguided. I would not suggest you do the same. His music video was chaotic(“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…”), filled with seductive(barely dressed) women, and vulgar body movements on both the part of the rapper and the those who filled the set. I saw no form of Godliness in this rapper though he has labeled himself as “Christian”. Pants sagging, golden chains around his neck, and a since of pride adorned the man. His appearance was sadly, to put it honestly and simply, worldly.

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”
Ephesians 5:6-8

Secular rap is demonic. Not necessarily in words alone but in the rhythm/beat. That fact is coming straight from a well-known singer, Michael Jackson. His direct quote is:
“It happens subliminally. IT’S THE MUSIC THAT COMPELS ME TO DO IT. You don’t think about it, it just happens. I’M SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM.”-The Evening Star, Feb. 11, 1993

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?”
2 Corinthians 6:14-15

You may be thinking can’t you change the wordage in demonic rap to make it Christian rap? No. You can’t repacked rap music and label it as being “Christian,” just as you can’t repackage witchcraft. Witchcraft is sinful, no matter what form it appears as. Even if they call themselves “Christian” witches (yes, there are people who label themselves that) and use the name of the Lord they are still involved in witchcraft. Likewise, rap is sinful, no matter in what form it appears. When we seek to take something that is defiled and corrupt, and from devil or the world and we seek to use it to “motivate people for God”, what are we saying? The Bible says what the best way to reach unbelievers with the truth is:

1 Corinthians 1:17 “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

1 Cor 2:1 “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

Just like those singing “Christian” rap, many people in the bible have attempted to worship God, not according to His standards but their own standard. Following their own heart’s desires. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jer 17:9. Cain (Genesis 4) knowing what the acceptable sacrifice was rebelled and offered a sacrifice that was right in his own eyes. Though he offered a sacrifice, it was not acceptable in the sight of God. Saul, in 1 Samuel 13, offered a sacrifice to God. Though he offered it to the Lord, he did not do it according to God’s standards. “Christian” rappers are offering up their music but it is not matching God’s standard of worship or call to holiness but rather the world’s standards. They are flying a banner that reads, “Christian” but are conforming to the world. Hebrews 12:28-29 urges us to “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire.”

You may be thinking rap music has been made holy by adding the good words to the rap. But 2 Corinthians 6:14b shows that is impossible:

“For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”

and in Isaiah 5:20 ” Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

and again in Matthew 7:18 “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.”

We are warned in God’s holy word not to be deceived in thinking there is a better way to serve God than He has already given us:

Colossians 2:8Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”

2 Corinthians 6:17 “Therefore
“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.” 18 “I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”

Instead of conforming to the world as by accepting the world’s music, God calls us to be transformed:
“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.” Romans 12:2

“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:24

“But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” Romans 13:14

And lastly I leave you with 1 John 4:1 “believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

We, as children of the living God, are a peculiar people. We are told to come out from darkness into light. To throw off the weight and sin that so easily weighs us down. To present ourselves a living sacrifice. To be lights in this dark world. Let run this race to win!!

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

1 Corinthians 9:24

Well, this turned out to be a bit longer than I expected and I have but quite a few verses/points I would still like to post but will leave it at that for now. I pray Lord will take my poor form of writing and use it for His glory. Would love to hear your thoughts!

“for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:16

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“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 1:18-20

13 thoughts on “Christian Rap… What’s the Big Deal?

  1. Thank you for writing this, Rachel. I read a similar post recently (if not the same one :) and have been thinking more about music and my listening choices. I agree with you about “Christian rap”. Satan quotes scripture and disguises himself as an angel of light, so does that make him holy? Absolutely not. In the same way, rapping to lines right out of the Bible doesn’t make the rapping or rapper holy either.
    I know it’s easy to get desensitized to music (as with other things of the world), so it’s a hard line to draw for me. One friend told me, “There’s no “Christian” or “non-Christian” music, it’s just who performs it.” Maybe he didn’t mean it this way, but here’s how I take it : ) – The music we play is just another outward manifestation of what is in our hearts – like our attitude, what we watch, the jokes we laugh at, or the words we speak. Chaotic, disruptive, fragmented music may be telling us about what’s going on inside. If we are at peace with God then we will be reflecting that peace and that same peace will be reflected in our music.
    Just kind of thinking out loud here, so I hope it makes sense. :D Your words have strengthened me though. Thanks again.

    1. Thank you for encouraging me with your comment, Hannah! God is constantly refining His children in all areas of life…. Including music! :) “For you, O God, have proved us: you have tried us, as silver is tried.”Psalm 66:10

  2. Thanks for the post. I totally agree. I believe we should take a good look at all the music that we listen to as followers of Christ . Does it truly glorifying to God? Are we conforming to the world or being transformed to the image of Christ?

  3. I agree some rap is not glorifying to God, even some CHRISTIAN RAP. But there are some out there that are SO glorifying to God that they SHAME other forms of music. THESE exceptionally godly rappers should be considered. You should NOT lump them all together with those who are falling away.

    These are Holy Spirit filled men of God, reaching out to the lost. They speak AGAINST much of what worldly rap EMBRACES, which is sexual promiscuity, drug use, selfishness…Shiloh has been the MOST awesome of all in my opinion. My husband was first introduced to christian rap through a traveling street evangelist (who is WHITE), who witnesses to ANYONE and EVERYONE he can, including those living in slums, like gangsters and prostitutes.

    I believe you are falsely judging these men, lumping all the GOOD AND BAD together, and you haven’t EVEN heard their music! They LOAD their songs with scripture, they even teach TRUTH in DOCTRINE! It is SO deep, as I said before, and I’ll say again, they put other WORSHIP MUSIC TO SHAME! My husband listens and cries, in worship to the Lord, the WORDS are SO beautiful, you have NO IDEA!

    My children listen to it, and what is so very funny is when they end up memorizing scripture because of the rap songs, and just this morning in our daily Bible Study, I read from Exodus 34…and once I got to Exodus 34:6-8, the kids proclaimed “the SONG! The SONG!!!” It goes like this “6 Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”8 Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship.” The name of this song? ….”Consuming Fire”…shall I toss out some lyrics beyond blatant scripture? ….”Our Lord is an all consuming Fire, burning away our false desires” …
    Judge righteous judgement, as Jesus says. If you are a new christian, then you really are in no place to judge on this in the first place, because you do not understand what you have not looked into. You do not even understand the scripture that encourages not to judge certain issues (Col 3).

    If you must judge, judge what is BLATANT SIN. JUDGE what is CLEARLY SIN, such as ADULTERY, IDOLATRY, LYING, MURDER, STEALING, MALICIOUS GOSSIP, FACTIOUS BEHAVIOR, RUDENESS, SELFISHNESS, COVETOUSNESS, LOVE OF MONEY, LOVE OF THINGS, LOVE OF ANYthing MORE THAN GOD ALMIGHTY, whose name is to be praised forever, AMEN! Be specific. You KNOW these are sins. Turn your attention to these. Turn your attention to rappers who live like this, or act like this, or are like this, but not ALL of them are. Lumping them together in judgement is evil, just as racism is evil, as racism lumps all people together in judgement. Because these Godly men are preaching God in all His Holiness and righteousness, and even teaching fear of His holiness and wrath. He is a just God. Amen. You are not justified in this judging. Repent and find something else to judge that is worthy in the eyes of God to pass such judgement. Do your homework and find all the facts before you blog, and before you judge. This is foolishness according to Proverbs. You attack your own true brothers in Jesus Christ unknowingly. Be a Berean like those mentioned in the book of Acts. They searched the scriptures to see what was true or not, before they would dare to say “Aha! I know it!”

    1. Thank you for taking time to comment. No, I am not a new Christian. Praise the Lord, I have been saved for close to 18 years. I have looked into all christian rap before posted this post and posted with fear and trembling before our God, being careful not to falsely accuse{Exodus 20:16}. I will just re-instate what I have previously said. Nowhere in the Word of God does it say cloth yourself or the Word in worldliness in order to win the lost. We are not called to mix God’s Holy Word with something that started out satanic in origin. That is blasphemous in my opinion. It actually says the exact opposite:

      “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6

      Isaiah 5:20 ” Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
      Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
      Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

      Matthew 7:18 “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.”

      Praying the Lord reveals His truth to us as we grow in Him! Thank you again for your comment. God bless you!

  4. I’m sorry, actually, I looked them up because I wanted to see a youtube song from them, and found you, that’s why I found you by typing “Shiloh”. But the rap group is “Shai Linne” …I have such a hard time remembering how that is spelled and said. I want you to look up Shai Linne rap music on youtube and tell me it does not bless your soul, and glorify God with every word spoken. No gold-clad barely dressed rappers or dancers here. Don’t you worry. ;)

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