Before — 2011
Now — 2013
Published July 2011
Lance Goodall — Updated March 2017
Christian Nightclubs – Thou shalt party
Back in 2003, Time Magazine ran the story on a new phenomenon, The Christian Nightclub. “Club Three Degrees” in Minneapolis, Minn., boasts all the night-life staples, like pool tables, DJs and live bands. But a few things are missing, like alcohol, cigarette smoke and music with racy lyrics. That’s because the club, was the city’s first downtown Christian nightclub. Previously it was housed in an out-of-the-way spot that used to be a rock-‘n’-roll bar. “We see this as a mission,” said the Rev. Nancy Aleksuk, who has managed the club’s move to its new $3 million venue with a capacity of 1,700. 1
The relocation comes as Christian entertainment is increasing in popularity and visibility across the U.S. Russell David Hobbs, founder of “The Door”, Christian nightclubs in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, says his clubs have done so well he is opening a third, in Plano, Texas.2 In Hallandale Beach, Fla., more than 600 people attended the opening of Club Mighty, a once-a-month Christian nightclub created by insurance agent Sheldon Bland. “We get believers and nonbelievers,” said Bland. “People are looking for an alternative to the typical club scene.”
The controversial Hobbs describes how he took some time out, and received a greater revelation of God’s character, and a vision to bridge the gap between the church and the “secular” world. 3
Hobbs had a new revelation of God and a new vision, to mix the world and the church, like some alcoholic beverage that he doesn’t currently serve in his nightclubs. Has he forgotten that Christ and Belial have no agreement? – cf. 2 Cor 6:14 – 15. We are called to separation, from the world’s ways, the world’s pleasures, and the world’s lifestyle.
This is the new kind of thinking. This is the new breed of religious convert.
The room is black, the coloured lights flash all around. The atmosphere is electric, the laser lights glide through the room. All the youth are pumping! There is noise and hollering. The MC on stage shouts out, (just being heard) over the beat, the clamour, and cymbals; Oh yeah….this is good….this is good….you‘re dancing crazy…. I’m excited to be here — That was crazy!! What was he saying ? I don’t think he even knew what was coming next. What I just described to you was not on Sunset Strip, LA, or in a discotheque in Manhattan.
This was an in house event on August 2010, held at Hillsong Brisbane City Campus, for the young people at Powerhouse, just 18 months after Hillsong, Sydney took over the church there.4
The nightclub has been brought right into the House of God!
And it is all through the channel of music!
There is no longer any difference between the Church and the World, the devil has won!!! This type of ministry is appalling. Youth being lead by youth! These same young people come to church with alcohol on their breath from the night before, while the little ones are allowed to dress up in Halloween costumes, during the October vigil.
Meanwhile the adults are making sure they are catered to by having a rekindle the romance dinner this September, called -“ Wine Night Stand”? These themes link the event to drunkenness, and debauchery, even if it isn’t. The bible says not to even name such things among you – Cf. Eph 5:3
Such carnality is unacceptable to God, and as we shall see, is totally incongruous with the true worship of God.
Unfortunately the sins of the world are now wholly approved by a shocking number of professing Christians, Tozer declares:
“Young Christians take as their models from the rankest kind of worldlings, and try to be like them as much as possible.”5
We are being slowly poisoned. Like the lobster in the pot, the water temperature is slowly increased til it’s all too late. This tidal wave of profanity and corruption, is seeking to carry away every hint of genuine Christian community. These men are swayed by the fashion of Hollywood, and not the inner life of Christ.
Rick’s Rock Rhetoric – Saints of Los Angeles
There has been much concern voiced over the dangers and errors of contemporary Christian music, and it’s refusal to separate from secular party music, such as rock and rap. This is evident at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Southern California.
In chapter 8, of The Purpose Driven Life, Warren said;
“God loves all kinds of music because he invented it all–fast and slow, loud and soft, old and new. You probably don’t like it all, but God does! … Christians often disagree over the style of music used in worship, passionately defending their preferred style as the most biblical or God-honoring. But there is no biblical style! … God likes variety and enjoys it all. There is no such thing as ‘Christian’ music; there are only Christian lyrics. It is the words that make a song sacred, not the tune. There are no spiritual tunes” (pp. 65, 66).
When Warren says that God loves all kinds of music, he means ALL kinds.
Saddleback Church features eight to nine different “worship venues on the property.” There is a worship style to suit every worldly taste.
On April 17, 2005, when Warren announced his P.E.A.C.E. program to Saddleback Church at Angel Baseball Stadium, he began by singing part of Jimi Hendrix’s drug-drenched song “Purple Haze” to the congregation, accompanied by his “praise and worship” band. He said he had wanted to do that for a long time. 6
Though he is long dead, Jimi Hendrix’s influence lives on, but it is an evil influence that should be reproved rather than encouraged. His music and his life epitomized the rock and roll philosophy, which is live as you please. Music was Jimi Hendrix’s god. He attended church in his youth, but later he testified: “I used to go to Sunday School, but the only thing I believe in now is music” (cited by Curtis Knight, Jimi).
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Hendrix understood the mystical and hypnotic power of rock music. He said:
“Atmospheres are going to come through music, because the music is a spiritual thing of its own. … I can explain everything better through music. You hypnotize people to where they go right back to their natural state, which is pure positive-like childhood when you got natural highs. And when you get people at weakest point, you can preach into the subconscious what we want to say. That’s why the name ‘electric church’ flashes in and out” (Hendrix, interview with Robin Richman “An Infinity of Jimis,” Life magazine, Oct. 3, 1969).
“Once you have some type of rhythm, like it can get hypnotic if you keep repeating it over and over again. You do that say for three or four or even five minutes if you can stand it, and then it releases a certain thing inside of a person’s head.It releases a certain thing in there so you can put anything you want right inside that, you know. i always like to take people on trips. that’s why music is magic.” (Hendrix, cited by Henderson, p. 356).
Rick Warren inadvertently agrees with the construct of music like Hendrix, “A song can often touch people in ways a sermon can’t. Music can bypass intellectual barriers and take the message straight to the heart. It’s a potent tool for evangelism.”7
These are observations, and warnings that should be taken seriously by Christians. Though Hendrix was a licentious drug user, he was also a brilliant and gifted musician and he understood the nature of rock music as few men have. Those who think that there is no spiritual danger in rock music are deceiving themselves and are leading others down the primrose path of delusion. Observe that Hendrix was referring to the power of the music itself without the words.
It is therefore inexcusable for Rick Warren and his “worship” team to perform any Jimi Hendrix song on any occasion whatsoever. The use of the song was inappropriate, carnal, and says a lot about Warren on a number of levels.
There is a long history of no separation from the world at Saddleback Church. Any sorry piece of rock or rap music is fine as long as it is accompanied by a thin veneer of religiosity.
Under the Worship section of Saddleback Church’s web site there is a “School of Music and Arts,” where you can learn to play in a band. “The best way to learn is to play with other “rockers” like you! “
This is “worship”, Rick Warren style’8
The Celebrity Driven Church – Sold Out Jesus
Hillsong Music is Christian music produced by Hillsong Church in Sydney Australia. Their albums are released and distributed by Hillsong Music Australia, the resource arm of Hillsong Church. Hillsong is one of the world’s fastest-growing ministries, with a 25,000-plus strong congregation in Australia, as well as one of the largest evangelical churches in London, Cape Town and Kiev. Hillsong also has churches in Stockholm and Paris, and recently established a new church in New York City.10
For that past twenty years Hillsong worship music has been a global phenomenon. The songs from Hillsong church in Sydney, Australia—with their quirky punk rhythms and euro pop harmonies—are sung around the world. You can even find Hillsong CDs in small town Lutheran bookstores, as I did recently.
Hillsong popularity in Christian praise and worship music stems from the inauguration of their conferences, in the late 1980s, and the first publication of choruses written by Hills CLC members, especially Darlene Zschech. Their first live worship CD “The Power of your Love” was released in 1992. Since then, live praise and worship albums have been produced each year. Other music series include the Worship series, United, Youth Alive, Hillsong Kids and Instrumental series, as two Christmas albums and several compilation albums.
Since its first release in 1988, Hillsong has recorded more than 60 albums, including live worship, and kids and youth CDs. They have been distributed in 80 countries and collected more than 30 gold and platinum awards in Australia and the U.S.11 Total revenue of Christian music in Australia in 2004: $30.2 million 12 Ok, actually it’s pretty obvious: the people in the band and all their fans are gorgeous and hip! They spend time in airports and travel the world looking cool, wearing shades and sporting The Clash t-shirts. Image is the name of the game.
The Hillsong United band is a praise and worship band that originated as a part of Hillsong. The band tours the world, performing at the various Hillsong church locations as well as general concert venues. The music style now is known as ‘Hard Worship’ or ‘Rock Worship’.13
Dr. Mark Evans (Macquarie University) states in his Ph. D thesis, “A youth band was formed from the Hillsong music team, which took what was happening in the church musically and played it louder and rockier, appealing directly to a youth demographic”.14
The Christian music industry is now celebrity driven. The is totally irrelevant. The focus is on the person, and the songs have become disposable.
Most of our ills can be directed at this circus of Christian Entertainment. These new “Christians” know nothing of seeking God. We are now seeing a crisis among today’s youth.
Today much of this error is flooding into the church under the guise of “relevance”. In the name of ‘relevance’ we are rushing around desperately trying to make our music “cool” and our leadership “cool” and our gospel “cool” and our youth events “cool”,- all in an effort to attract the world on its terms. Instead of “holier than thou”, we are”cooler than thou”. Our whole effort is aimed at proving to the world that Christianity is just as cool, just as much fun, just as much of a party, as the world has to offer. We feel we have to become just like the world, in order to impress the world. Thus, we now need to be seen in fashionable (or better-still, ‘hip’ or alternative) clothes. And our youth events become an excuse for a “party”. And our presentations become entertaining multi-media extravaganzas.
This is all in an effort to be equal, or “out-cool” the world. Which is why you now see ‘moshing’ heads, slam-dancing, and stage-diving at our youth concerts, – matching the world’s mindless hedonistic ways. We have become “Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God”. Being cool, yet full of pride, worldliness, and rebellion – all in the name of “relevance”
There is a real danger of the emergence of the ‘Concert Christian’, the semi-converted, shallow committed teenager whose Christianity means little more than that he enjoys festival-going.”
And the tragic fact is, that such ‘Concert Christians’ are now found in their multiplied thousands,
around the globe. It is not just the large festivals, and concerts, that have succumbed to this spirit of entertainment. 15a
We now find this ‘entertain-them-at-all-costs’ approach to youth ministry everywhere, from local church youth right up to large regional gatherings. This spirit has pervaded everything, particularly those areas in the church that are connected with young people. In fact, it has become increasingly rare to find gatherings of Christian youth now in which these attitudes do not prevail.
Many Christians may not realize that in America, every one of the major Christian music companies is now owned by a secular corporation. EMI owns Sparrow, Starsong, Forefront and Gospocentric, Gaylord Entertainment owns Word Records, and the Zomba Group owns Benson Music, Brentwood Music and the Reunion label.
You cannot serve God and EMI – Takin’ care of Business
Hillsong’s Music industry(HMI) has joined forces with EMI. In April 2010 EMI CMG Label Group and its Sparrow Records label started marketing and developing Hillsong Music annual releases, including the best-selling Hillsong LIVE, Hillsong UNITED, and Hillsong Kids recordings, as well as their other music and video products. The plan is to extend its reach into North and South America. 15
It raises the all important question as to whether these Christian labels are now essentially profit-driven or ministry-driven entities. And it also gives a pointer to just how much MONEY is involved in the Christian music industry today.
Today the largest Christian publishers are owned by secular corporations or have shares held by Wall Street investors. As ministries turn into big businesses, theological integrity can easily give way to marketing considerations…
The Christian marketplace thus follows the lead of the world’s pop culture. A common saying in the industry is,” Whenever a trend emerges in the secular arena, wait six months and a Christianized version will appear in the religious bookstores.”
The early songs of Hillsong such as Power Of Your Love (1992) covered some basic Christian themes. An acknowledgment of God, the need to change, our weaknesses, God’ grace, our need for Him, the power of God’s love to forgive and overcome in our lives.
But in this past decade, we have seen a steady well orchestrated decline into the worship of entertainment.
Hillsong United – Break Free (Abridged) 2007
Would you believe me, would you listen if I told you that
There is a love that makes a way and never holds you back?
So won’t you break free, won’t you break free
Get up and dance in his love (repeat)
Who would have thought that God would give His one and only Son
Taking a stand up on the cross to show his perfect love?
Now we have a Christ, whose love doesn’t hold us back, and a love that is “taking a stand” on the cross. When you look at the importance of songs in conveying a message, this song falls far short of the traditional Christian canon. In fact, it is downright repugnant!
Christ paid our price on the cross. He took our place. He took our penalty for sin, and received the very wrath of God poured out on him. He died a physical death, as the Eternal God, He who had no beginning, ever present with the Father, he was cut off for the first time from God. He who knew no sin was made sin for us. He endured agony, emotionally, physically and spiritually. All for us!!
Not quite the same as “making a stand”, to show His love.
“Christ demonstrated his love, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:1
“For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”– (2 Cor. 5:14, 15)
The Cross and the Phoenix – Talking up the cross
Hillsong United have just released a new studio album – called “Aftermath” – 15 Feb 2011
When I read this title, I was disturbed, and questioned the name with a great deal of unease.
The meaning of the word aftermath is linked to the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event); “the aftermath of war”; in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured. A consequence, especially of a disaster or misfortune: famine as an aftermath of drought.
Aftermath, by the way, doesn’t feature as a word in the bible. Back in 2001 Youth Alive produced an album called – Elevate. Again Elevate is not a word in found in the bible .It is a term linked to evolution and the ascendancy of man, and is found in Masonic literature.
Let me make it loud and clear, the cross of Christ and His choosing to go there has nothing to do with Greek or Roman tragedy, calamity, or some sort of cosmic fallout. Christ, on the cross declared, it is finished! He was not the Christ, Mary Magdalene, and the disciples thought he was. To them, his death was a tragedy. All their hopes and dreams lay silent with the Lord in the tomb. But — he the Son of God, rose up that Sunday morn, conquering the grave, just as he said!
“For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” – Ps 16:10
The Lord Jesus did not experience decay or ruin.
“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” – Col 2:15
Christ rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of God. He has defeated death, sin and the devil. Let me repeat this so I’m clear – there is no aftermath with God, and there are no surprises. He makes all things new –Hallelujah!!
The unusual name of the Album, and single, are even more pronounced by its association with other songs of the same title.
Other Songs entitled – Aftermath 16
- “Aftermath” (R.E.M. song)
- “Aftermath”, by Adam Lambert from For Your Entertainment 2009
- “Aftermath”, by Edge of Sanity from Crimson II
- “Aftermath”, by Phish from Phish
- “Aftermath”, by The Rolling Stones; an unreleased song credited to Nanker Phelge
- “Aftermath”, by Sonic Syndicate from Only Inhuman
- “The Aftermath”, by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band from Like a Rock
- “The Aftermath”, by Iron Maiden from The X Factor
- “The Aftermath”, by Kashmir from Zitilites
- “The Aftermath”, by Origin from Antithesis 2008
- “The Aftermath (G3)”, by Escape the Fate from Escape the Fate Nov 2010
Adam Lambert, (listed above), this modern Elvis look- a- like, had photos surface showing him romantically kissing another man while he was competing on the eighth season of American Idol. Lambert confirmed that the photos were of him, stating he had nothing to hide and has always been open about his life. Mainstream media speculation centred on Lambert’s sexuality; presuming he was gay, he would be the first gay American Idol.[32 17
He recently appeared on Australian idol as a guest singer.
Lambert released his album “For your entertainment” in Nov 2009, but “The Aftermath” Remix single is being released in March of this year. The timing, with Hillsong United’s release date of February 2011 for their album, raises some speculation that it was more than a coincidence.
If you research the above list most of the groups are either – rock, hard rock, metal, heavy metal.
Origin is a Technical death metal band!!
How can a seemingly innocent title of a song stir up some much questionable connections and controversy?? There must more to the name than meets the eye.
Aftermath –Feb 2011 (abridged lyrics)
In a moment of glorious surrender You were broken for all the world to see Lifted out of the ashes I am found in the aftermath
The above lyrics are taken from the single “aftermath” by Hillsong United.
Firstly I want to say these lyrics seem as though they were intended to be metaphorical. However there must be concern over lyrics that refer to Christ’s death as an aftermath. Christ’s death can no way be considered a disaster, or some human tragedy.
Christ’s death was a propitiation for our sins, to deal with God’s righteous justice against our sin and rebellion. His death was part of the overall plan of salvation. Christ the victor gives us life through His life. In no way do we come forth anew, raised out from Christ’s death, or from Christ’s ashes? If that was what was meant, then the analogy smacks of a modern day take on reincarnation.
We are buried in Christ, and we are raised again with him. Cf.- Romans 6: 4 – 11
4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. “
To be” lifted out of the ashes” is a weighted reference to the Phoenix. The Phoenix bird symbolizes rebirth, especially of the sun, and has variants in European, Central American, Egyptian and Asian cultures. In the 19th century, Hans Christian Anderson wrote a story about the phoenix. Edith Nesbit features a phoenix in one of her children’s stories, The Phoenix and the Carpet, as does J.K. Rowling in the ‘Harry Potter’ series. In one volume of Harry Potter, the phoenix does its resurrecting routine. JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix in 2003
A new phoenix always rises from the ashes. 18
Manly P. Hall, in his book entitled, The Secret Destiny of America, 1958, p. 176-177 wrote:
“All symbols have their origin in something tangible, and the Phoenix is one sign of the secret orders of the ancient world, and of the initiate of those orders, for it was common to refer to one who had been accepted into temples as a man twice-born, or reborn. Wisdom confers a new life, and those who become wise are born again.”
A former witch had to say regarding the occult belief in the Phoenix Bird. “The Phoenix… is believed to be a divine bird going back to Egypt… This Phoenix destroys itself in flames and then rises from the ashes. Most occultists believe that the Phoenix is a symbol of Lucifer who was cast down in flames and who they think will one day rise triumphant. This, of course, also relates to the rising Hiram Abiff, the Masonic ‘Christ.’ [Source: Dr. C. Burns, Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, p. 123]
Thus what we have here is a bird, the occult Phoenix Bird that has its root in Ancient mythology. It actually symbolizes the New Age concept of being born-again.19
It is synonymous with the rising of a “New World Order” as illustrated in detail, on the back of the United States One dollar bill. The new order rises up out of the ashes of the old regime.
The Lotus flower, the egg, the swastika, and the Ying Yang, are all symbols for birth and rebirth.20
These symbols of rebirth, and the “phoenix” alluded to in Hillsong United’s “Aftermath” is totally misguided, linking Christian thought with new age mythology and symbolism. And just to make sure I wasn’t reading into this song, I read on and found these additional lyrics….
And in that moment You opened up the heavens To the broken the beggar and the thief Lifted out of the wreckage I find hope in the aftermath
It is this merging of two ideas or philosophies into a homogenised heterodoxy. We are quickly departing from the faith, and we don’t even know it!
This same theme of chaos and disorder have become overarching ‘doctrine’ within Hillsong to the point last year ( July 2013) a new album “Glorious Ruins” again trumpeted this theme of ruin and decay. This is not Christian doctrine, and yet Brian Houston on the DVD Collector edition gave a 25 min message on the New Age Pseudo Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!
It is ironic that at the writing of this article, Hillsong United are having their most successful concerts in the United States ever! They are selling out tickets, by selling out Jesus, and the message of the gospel.
Now some 3 years later they have planted a church in New York, and Benjamin Houston, pastor at Hillsong Church, Sydney, Australia and son of its founders Brian and Bobbie Houston, has announced that the first gathering for the new church plant in Los Angeles.
The pastor further explained that the first Hillsong LA gathering would be an opportunity for supporters “to meet/hang out/have fun” (that’s all they do anyway) with each other and some members of the church team he is leading with his wife will take place at the end of January 2014.
A New Salvation – – Highway to Hell
One of the most tragic aspects of this ongoing departing is the reality that the whole world lies in the hands of the evil one. Condemned in darkness, and spiritual blindness, our condition is such that the devil has blinded the eyes of unbelievers. We are born part of this world system, dead in trespasses and sin, cut off from God, hostile and wayward in our response to Him.
Without God’s intervention we are eternally lost, set on a course for Hell and destruction. Without God, we are without hope in the world. Yet the majority of the church wants to use the methods of the world to bring about the new birth. Who do we fool? We massage the message, and manipulate the multitudes, using natural means like rock music to bring about spiritual outcomes. There can be no new birth, no new creation, no sanctification apart from the life and activity of the Holy Spirit. This use of worldly concepts only brings about false conversions, dare I say, “still births”.
Our growth over the last three decades has been nothing more than the work of man on the back of a philistine cart. With the church in decline, someone decided to keep the ark from falling, by the introduction of marketing, and a man centred gospel, but we have touched the Holy. Though we have seen this way sweep the world, there has been no change, no repentance, no fleeing from the wrath to come, just come to Jesus, and pray a simple prayer. The Holy Spirit’s influence is more or less ceased. Instead we use the world’s music, theatre and other forms of entertainment to draw men, which is nothing more than appealing to the carnal.
The Homosexual community tapped into this idea years ago, with their annual Mardi Gras. Give the people what they want, fun, and entertainment, and we will make them believe our lifestyle is acceptable. The church is using the same worldly methods without blushing.
Today true salvation is rarely understood. We have gone down the slippery slope of offering the masses a repackaged modern day version of Catholicism. Atonement is now defined as a forgiving of yourself. Emerging is a Romish reformation of form and flattery. God’s wonderful plan for our lives according to scripture is, death to self, denying the flesh, taking the path of suffering, the cross, with its shame.
Instead we feed the prodigals the husk of health, wealth, and prosperity, cheap grace, your best life now, while still leaving them wallowing in their pigpen. We have preached the message of a “Golden Ticket”, a Christ purchased salvation, so we can live as we please, our best life here, and our best life there.
We are fulfilling Christ’s words again in our generation, going across seas to make proselytes twice the sons of hell we are. Robert Schuller, and his band of reformers have blazed a trail that is bringing in a new dawn of apostasy. Grieved men who put no trust in the flesh cannot stand by and watch this storm of deception roll in.
Culture Club – Church of the Poisoned mind
We have given in to the culture of celebrity. We have fallen into the error of Lucifer who became proud of his place and position, within God’s Hierarchy. How many men of God have allowed power, and position in their ministry to corrupt God’s purposes? And this is the whole reason we have the decay and this crowds by any means mania in the first place. This world is all about money, fame and fortune, and all its vices in between. How then can the church take that which is tainted by the world, and use it for the kingdom of God, except we have fallen backwards.
Yet again with all the brash sacrilege it could muster, Hillsong put on an end of year musical production of “Someone has stolen the Star”, this last December, based on the theme of Christmas!? 25 They included characters such as Mr. Incredible, Gingerbread Man, Tooth-fairy, Batman and Superman along with Santa Clause to present to us the meaning and message of Christmas – that Jesus was God’s present from God to us?
Have I missed something? There is also the story of Cinderella thrown in. But isn’t that a story of romance? And there you have it. Love and romance are the drawcard, not the nativity scene, with its serenity, reverence, and wonder over the Son of God come to earth. No – were over that! That’s been done. Give us something different, something new! Let’s make it all about a girl who’s down on her luck, a mere after thought, until the prince comes to bring her hope. You know; a good old tale of rags to riches. This was a production that Glee would be proud of. To the casual observer it was all about the entertainment. Oh, by the way there were some carols thrown in. It was billed as a church service, but tickets were sold, so it was all about the money. By their fruit you shall know them. We need more of the Holy Spirit, not more money. It is because we have no Holy Spirit, that we need more money.
When are we going to wake up? Making the gospel a vehicle of enterprise! Do we no longer read our bibles? Will Jesus not come again, take up the cords in His hands, and throw over our tables of merchandise, and marketing? It’s only a matter of time – See 2 Peter 2: 1 – 3
Twilight Christians – Nights on the Broadway
Brian and Bobbie Houston at one time had this vision. “I see a Church whose heartfelt praise and worship touches heaven and changes earth. With worship that exalts Jesus Christ through powerful songs of faith and hope. I see a Church whose altars are constantly filled with repentant sinners responding to His call to salvation.
Yes, the Church that I see is so dependent on the Holy Spirit that nothing will stop it, nor stand against it. A Church, whose people are unified, praying, and full of Spirit-filled believers.” 22
We can now say that we have produced nothing close to repentant sinners, dependent on the Holy Spirit, praying, Spirit-filled believers, mentioned by Brian and Bobbie Houston, but instead a brood of twilight Christians, living half in the world and half in Christ. Dancing with the devil in the name of Christ, divided in the twilight of commitment, and conviction, nightclubs, and disco halls, Usher and United. We have Christians facing both ways, halted by two opinions, enjoying Christ and the world. We become enemies of God, but that no longer seems to matter, the warning falling on deaf ears. We cry, God will not reject his people? – cf. 1 Sam 12:14 -25
When I was still part of Hillsong, I would hear the leaders talk about the upcoming “Encounter” weekend. This was where over 140 young people would get together to meet God. You know, to set aside the weekend, to seek God, and be filled with His Holy Spirit! But not as you would anticipate. A youtube clip of the weekend (Oct 2010) , leaves you dismayed and heartbroken.22 Once more the room is pitch black, the coloured lights flash all around. The green strobe laser lights, the crowded room, the youth pumping! The noise, the beat and licentious sound. We have made entertainment the new god. Like Xbox, Wii, and every other form of self gratification, we have replaced the true God, with a god we are comfortable with. We do not know what has become of this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, make for us gods we can worship, after the gods of Egypt. ( – see Ex 32:1)
Young & Free — Real Love — The new nightclub worship
Satanic Church Anyone? – Hillsong London 2016 Easter
Like the children of Israel, in the wilderness of sin, we have Christianized our idolatry, and sanctified our blasphemy. We do not know what has become of this Moses (type of Jesus), we cannot see Him, or touch Him, so the cry is “make for us gods we can worship, the gods we know, that we are familiar with.” So we bow to the gods of this world. We rock with the best of them, and get away with as much as is socially acceptable. If it’s not mentioned in the bible then we should be fine. Everything else goes, and the values that Christ scorned, are being used to attract people to the gospel today.
It’s one thing for the world to go head long into Hell, but for the church to follow suit is complete madness. We are close to losing our evangelical birthright!
Worship in these churches, like Hillsong has become nothing more than a sanctified nightclub, without the booze and ecstasy. In fact it can no longer be called worship, but strange fire in the nostrils of an angry God. The sanctuary has become so denigrated that the gods of Moloch and Dagon are at home. The church has become a synagogue of Satan. God created us to be worshippers of Him, but we have corrupted the music, and made the “worship” into entertainment, about us, and for us. Hillsong in particular has churned out song after song, love ditties, lyrics nothing more than what you would hear on secular radio, the product of a Christless Christianity. The standard is so low that Van Halen, and Keith Urban could be Christian. You are hard pressed now to find “Jesus” his name at all mentioned in any of the new “worship” songs. Its “You”. We have a lot of biblical language, but not necessarily anything biblical.
These new worship songs could easily be sung to a girlfriend/boyfriend as to Jesus. Over the last decade this style of lyric has become part of the ever-expanding “Jesus Is My Girlfriend” genre.
Take out the line “I’ve got a Saviour and He’s living in me” and “What The World Will Never Take” is one of those songs: You would never really know it’s about Jesus:
One of the most obvious signs that there is no worship in the Church, is that true worship requires the humbling and prostrating of ourselves before a holy God, who dwells in unapproachable light. Isaiah’s God is not our God. Worship today is nothing more than Pentecostal X Factor. The Pentecostals and Evangelicals of this current dark hour have become the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Judas Iscariots, worrying only about the poor, and the money bags. True worship has been relegated to a non essential for the modern Christian. We know nothing of worship except, the putting on a religious rock concert. We now have the worship team run by session musicians and an assorted corral of dixie chicks.23
The Worship of Entertainment – Your own personal Jesus
We have talked about revival to the point we should have turned the world upside down by now, but let me say it, God cannot and will not send clouds of revival to a stubborn, hard hearted, stiff necked people. We have made church a party playground for prodigals instead a place of prayer. There has been no repentance, no sackcloth, nor ashes, instead we have had our revivals that have brought nothing but Bentley bedlam, Houston Heterodoxy, and Hinn Hysteria. These impostors, clouds without rain, and others like them, have brought God’s judgement of deception, and drought of the word of God to God’s people. In fact the extent of this rift is such that it has been a systematic tearing down of the foundations of our faith. We have desecrated the temple with our own bare hands! We have committed two sins before God, forsaking Him – the fountain of living waters, and digging cisterns for ourselves, broken cisterns that hold no water. We have chosen to dig for our own water, when Christ the living waters, has been our source, all the time.
We have made music and entertainment our new refreshment. In heightened treachery we have carried on our programmes regardless.
Regardless of what style of worship, the music and lyrics have left God out of the picture.
Tozer said “we took a downward trend when we left the great objective hymns that talked about God, and began to sing the Gospel songs that talk about us. There was the day when men sang “Holy Holy, Holy”, and “O worship the King”… then we backslide into the gutter where we still are, where everything is about I. “I’m so happy”, “ I’m so blest”,” I’m so good”, ……always I. The difference between Heaven and Hell is the difference between God and I. Jesus Christ by cancelling his “I”, was the Christ of God, not as I will, but as thou wilt. ..”. (Sermon: Ezekiel)
It was this reality of singing the mantra of “man centred” worship, that woke me up to the need to reassess my being involved long term with Hillsong Church. I was standing on stage one Sunday morning, up in the choir, singing about freedom, and my heart changed the words so that I could lift praise to God instead. I left 6 months later.
Christian Metal in diverse places – on shaky ground
Within the world of Rock-n-Roll, and specifically in heavy metal bands, musicians are idolized. These bands promote immorality, Satanism, suicide, sadomasochism and masochistic behaviour, drug abuse, obscene language, and even direct blasphemy of God and His Holy name.
In the 1980’s, Christian metal-glam rockers Stryper, pranced around wearing mascara, lip gloss, eye shadow, earrings, spandex and women’s hair styles, deliberately mocking 1 Cor. 6:9-10 (“No effeminate. . . shall inherit the kingdom of God”). Stryper’s popularity and perversion of Christian music garnished a Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)-record-breaking, two platinum and four gold records!
Robert Sweet of Styrper, makes a startling admission about Christian rock in RIP magazine:
“As a matter of fact, the band was one thing that was making us turn and walk the opposite direction from Christianity. . . If you’re doing something you like doing, and God says not to do it, then you’re not going to pay attention.”(RIP, April, 1987 p. 49) 24
Tim Gaines of Stryper, revealed to HM magazine,
“From the end of 1988 ‘til February of this year , I was drunk every day.” (HM Magazine, Mar/Apr 97 #64, p.47)
“We’re not religious fanatics who are trying to convert everybody we meet.. .We honestly believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior, but we’re about the most unreligious Christian band you could imagine. . . ” Robert Sweet, of Stryper (Hit Parader Nov, 1986, p. 21)
Stryper’s latest 2011 CD are covers that run the gamut from 1970’s era classic rock (Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” Deep Purple’s “Highway Star,” Kiss’ “Shout It Out Loud,” etc.) to 1980’s era of heavy metal (Black Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell,” the Scorpions’ “Blackout,” “Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper,” etc.).
That’s right you read it correctly – They are doing covers of Christ hating heavy metal bands – these men are deceivers! They have never turned away, but instead have returned to their vomit.
We must agree with the word of God that by their fruit you will know them. What fruit is the tree of Heavy Metal producing? From the frank admissions above, these men were not able to make any solid commitment to Christ. We now begin to see that music is more than a few tunes, and some lyrics. Music moves men’s souls for good, or for bad.
So we have this other branch of the contemporary wild stock – Planetshakers. They are a Christian youth movement that began as an annual conference in 1997, and grew into an international ministry and large church in Melbourne, Australia.
The conference was born out of Paradise Community Church South Adelaide, Australia run by Pastor Russell Evans, – “Planetshakers” expanded, and in 2004 moved to Melbourne to begin a church ministry. The 2003 Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian was part of the Planetshakers band for several years, taking both lead and backup vocal parts on the 2002 and 2003 albums and conferences
Their stated mission is to “empower a generation to win a generation”.26
They may have produced some songs of intensity, and dedication over their short history to bring to a new group of young people a glimpse of God. They may have begun in sincerity, and with a zeal for God, but in the last few years they have quickly pushed through all plausible barriers of legitimate Christian worship, and have the rest of the church careering down a cliff of musical genres – hard rock, heavy rock, metal, thrashing Guitars, and club mix. They have become a mild softer version of Stryper.
This group of young people have produced their own personal Jesus.
The methodology of the modern Church, has raised up a new breed of demigods, young people still caught up in the idolatries of the media, and music worlds, who have come from obscurity into stardom, on the back of today’s Christian music. Gone are the days of not putting novices in places of leadership and responsibility. A young convert no longer wants to follow Christ, “The cross before me, the world behind me”, but coverts the place of the Christian Rock Star
Planetshakers recent songs, “Jump around”, “Get Up”, and “Dance now”, “Boom” have all the hallmarks of Bon Jovi, Metallica, Guns ‘n Roses, AC/DC, and Nirvana, the modern equivalent of groups – We are Kings, Friday Night Boys, and The Downtown Fiction, all Pop Punk, Alternative Rock, and Power Pop bands .Their performances are now fully fledged concerts with all the equipment – LED panels, Light show, smoke, and guitars, amps, keyboard, and drums. These stage sets cost thousands of dollars.27
Planetshakers’ Pastor Rob Bradbury says, “It’s important that we connect with youth culture,” 28
But a recent blog said;
I love this song!!
I am a guitarist!!
and that’s the reason I love the Planetshakers!! Because most of your songs are rock type!! and I love rock music!!
So much for reaching this generation!
Now metal is mainstream!
We should have no appearance of evil, we should reprove, not approve of darkness!
These albums of Hillsong, and Planetshakers are now all over world! It seems like this musical mayhem has spread like a cancer.
And supposedly all this “great music” from the shores of Australia!
We have become rebellious people, reprobate silver, undisciplined children.
(See Heb 12: 6-8, Jeremiah 6: 10 – 30)
To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it. … 17Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. ….28They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters. 29The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder melts in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away.
30Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them…
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. -Isaiah 1:2 (KJV)
Satan’s Saints Rock Rocketown –Each man a god unto himself
Michael W. Smith’s Rocketown Franklin, TN, and downtown Nashville, part nightclub, part coffeehouse, and part activities centre, for young people, held a night of heavy metal bands in 2009. The club’s mission: to share “Christ’s love with youth through creative programs and mentoring relationships that are culturally relevant and eternally significant.” Rocketown’s website is full of references to ministry and Christ.
Yet Rocketown hosted a night of Hardcore Satanic Metal bands on Oct 27th, 2009, with a lineup that included – The Black Dahlia Murder, Toxic Holocaust, Skeltonwitch, and Trap Them.
One of the bands, Toxic Holocaust, says in their bio that they have a “deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world” and their songs are “unforgettable anthems that could be the soundtrack to civil unrest in a post-apocalyptic world gone mad.” That might explain their song -“Nuke The Cross.”29
Did you pick up on what they said “a post –apocalyptic world” or a world in the aftermath of destruction, and devastation!
To have these young kids come to hear about Christ, and then giving them a lineup of bands who hate Christ is beyond comprehension.
I don’t want to say it —- “but I told you so” We have come full circle.
This is where we will all end up, at the bottom of the spiritual cliff. If we do not repent and follow the old paths, and walk in them, we will have lost the fight. All this is serving God with strange fire that He never condoned or permitted! We have been going in the way of Cain bringing unacceptable worship. We bring to God worship from lives that have never been placed under the blood.
God has given us over to believing a lie – We are under God’s judgement!
Psalm 81: 8-12 KJV
Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me;
9There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
10I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
11But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.
12So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsel.
Did you hear what God said? If we had sought Him, he would have given us the lyrics, the sound, the songs to sing. But we chose to drink from a different font, a different stream.
A different Jesus, a different spirit, a different” Godspell”
Remember Rick Warren’s rhetoric – “There is no such thing as ‘Christian’ music; there are only Christian lyrics.”
Now we have neither!
In his article, “match the music to the people,” Rick Warren goes onto say, “It’s the words that make a song spiritual. If I were to play a tune for you without any words, you wouldn’t know if it was a Christian song or not.” 30
Has he never watched a Metallica concert?
Listen again to the prophetic words of Jimi Hendrix
“Atmospheres are going to come through music, because the music is a spiritual thing of its own ….you hypnotize people…. That’s why the name ‘electric church’ flashes in and out” (Hendrix, interview with Robin Richman “An Infinity of Jimis,” Life magazine, Oct. 3, 1969).
There is a solemn warning here that the church has not heeded. Atmospheres are going to come, and one of the major vehicles through which it will come to this new generation of young rockers, is through the Electric Church. The Church of God playing the music of the world, in the name of God! Deceived by seducing spirits, we now are no longer in control of the way the music is going.
When they introduced this new type of music, but it was never just to have a new style of music, it was to lead us away from everything sacred, and everything that had a scriptural basis.
2 Corinthians 11: 1 – 4 I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness; but you are already doing that. I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
Whatever the inspiration for the music and with its subsequent industry, that has produced album after album, year after year, we know that something has changed in the attitude, style, lyrics and overall message of the music.
Receiving “another” Jesus also entails the receiving of a “different spirit” (v. 4b). And if the “Jesus” they believe and the “Spirit” they receive, are not the ones Paul preached then clearly the “gospel” they have embraced is false and damning!
There isn’t “another” Jesus. There’s only one.
These heavy metal bands have become the new benchmark of inspiration for the modern church. This rampant deterioration brings a deep sense of foreboding, when reflecting on the sound and the lyrics now coming out of the Hillsong , and Planetshakers music machine.
A different spirit is now taking over!
2 Corinthians 11: 12 – 15
12And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. 13For such men are(Y) false apostles,deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
Why are we pushing the envelope? Or perhaps a better question who is pushing the envelope?
Guy and that Girl – Tattoos and Parables
Australia’s latest Christian sensations Brook Fraser and Guy Sebastian have gained success in the secular charts, with the fans, as well as respect from the world. It’s called — influence. God calls it apostasy and backsliding.
Guy spent his formidable years at Adelaides Paradise City Church. In 2003 one of Paradise’s worship leaders Guy Sebastian became the inaugural winner of Australian Idol.
On his rise to success Guy got himself a tattoo. The bible condemns the branding, or marking of our body.“ Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 19:28.
Guy got the tattoo in 2009 – So what was his tattoo? You guessed it, a Phoenix!
No doubt an attempt to toughen up his boy-next-door image as he continues to court fans in the US, Guy spent hours in an artist’s chair getting his phoenix design filled in.
You can spot irrefutable evidence a society has embraced Satanic values in many ways, but the visible evidence of multiple body piercings and tattoos are the strongest of all. Few people understand the use Satan makes of piercing and tattoos to control the person!
Chris Brown (American R&B Singer) and Todd Bentley (evangelist/ preacher Lakeland Revival, FL) are two obvious examples why you don’t get a tattoo!
A tattoo is the latest fashion statement within the teen and youth culture driven by celebrities, and pop stars.
Joel Houston worship leader with Hillsong United has a tattoo on his upper right arm.
Famous witch and author Laurie Cabot writes of the tattoo:
“The origins of tattooing came from ancient magical practices.” (Laurie Cabot, Power of the Witch, cited in Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated by Dr. Cathy Burns, p. 301) 32
Even today, in many countries (including the United States), the tattoo is believed to be a bridge into the supernatural world.
Brook Fraser spoke in an interview regarding her position on being Christian music artist;
She doesn’t want to merchandise the gospel, but is happy being a Christian artist in the secular world .She said some in the industry were upset about the merchandising of the gospel. Who was she meaning? I hope she wasn’t meaning – Hillsong?
Although she writes worship songs that are for the building up of God’s people in the Church,… at the same time she recognises the importance of other songs as being like parables… taking the Church to people who would never walk into a church…
Sincere I’m sure, but deceived. Here we go again… saving the world through music. They are just going to hear our great tunes and lyrics, and come flocking to Jesus. Oh yeah that’s right….Jesus told parables too. But it was so the people wouldn’t understand – see Matt 13:10,11; Mark 4:10
So there you have it, Christians giving the world our version of their music. We have conned ourselves into believing a lie that we can serve and save the world through a relevant message and a guitar solo. But this is something even the world doesn’t believe, and all we have done is pollute the Church of God to its very core. This belief has lead to several Christians entering talent quests like Idol, all in the name of Jesus. These Christians run around in the name of Kingdom now, when all it is, is the going after earthly rewards, with little concern or impact for the kingdom of God.
We are promoting the church as the hope of the world, and not Christ. We have gone from a Contemporary Christianity to Cool Christianity, leading to a Christless Christianity; and the end result – a Counterfeit Christianity. Without doubt the great falling away is well underway!
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