The Blasphemy Awards for Music
The greatest force now unfolding on planet Earth – driving all the events of history – is the Church abandoning Christ.
With a few important exceptions, the Christian Church has stopped being Christian. The Ex-Church doesn’t really believe in an actual God at all anymore. That’s why any god will do: If none of the religions are real, then they are all equal. The focus has become exclusively on our human efforts. America’s new national motto is “In Ourselves we Trust.”
In modern America, the majority of Christians now reject the actual gospel of Jesus Christ. Sin doesn’t matter anymore. You don’t need to repent these days. Just like the joke about how to get rich in your sleep without even trying, now we can be forgiven without ever feeling regret, without changing our behavior, and without making restitution to those we have wronged.
Where Jesus emphasized repeatedly “Go and sin no more,” modern Christianity says “Sin however you like.” The forgiveness of Jesus means sin no longer exists.
And of course society is following this downward spiral into depravity and darkness.
As my father is fond of quoting from various evangelists and Albert Einstein, there is no such thing as darkness. Darkness is the absence of light. When the light wanes, darkness creeps in. As society retreats from God, everything in society falls into gathering darkness.
However, there is a massive, dominant mechanism for spreading a message throughout the churches of America: Christian music and Christian radio. Christian radio should be a bastion of God’s truth, a stronghold for the Lord’s army. But instead it is starting to spread secular humanism, the importance of mankind above God, and salvation by human effort (the social gospel).
WGTS in Washington, D.C. still promotes only one major project: To encourage Christians to pay for the fast food for the car in line behind them in the drive-through. The “Drive-through Difference” project reeks of good works instead of salvation through the sacrificial death of God on the cross.
Earlier this year, the founder of one of America’s biggest Christian music bands renounced Christ. If that surprises anyone, they haven’t been paying attention. George Perdikis of the News Boys admitted his focus was never on God: “All I wanted to do was create and play rock and roll… and yet most of the attention I received was focused on how well I maintained the impossible standards of religion. I wanted my life to be measured by my music, not by my ability to resist temptation.”
So the News Boys founder was never in it for God. And describing Christianity as “maintaining impossible standards” proves that Perdikis has never experienced genuine Christianity. How can a musician worship or promote a God whom they have never met?
So I am pleased to now announce the June 2015 Blasphemy Awards for Christian music.
First, the Honorable Mention goes to “Speak Life” by Tobymac. Despite the title, the song promotes only our own human power to cheer people up. There is of course no mention of God, Jesus, or anything remotely having to do with Christianity.
The song has nothing to do with telling anyone about God. So Tobymac’s “Speak Life” wins the Honorable Mention for June 2015.
Second Place for June’s Blasphemy Award in music goes to “Someone Worth Dying For” by Mikeschair. This song preaches the blasphemy that God saved us because of our own importance and value, not because of the goodness of God and God’s love for us. This is a song built upon pure, raw pride.
The lovely song, sung with a belabored voice of compassion, reassures people that they are worth Jesus Christ having died for them on the cross. Such encouraging sentiments appeal to our sinful nature. But they are lovely ideas only in the ears of our wicked, fallen nature. What is Christian about appealing to one of the seven deadly sins – vanity (pride)?
But worse, the song is a spiritual snare threatening enormous danger and harm. When we struggle with life’s doubts and trials, trusting in our own value cuts us off from the blessing, life, grace, and power of God. By putting the emphasis on ourselves instead of on God, we are the losers, and just when we need God the most.
The song beautifully appeals to our vanity and self-importance:
Am I really something beautiful?
Yeah, I want to believe
I want to believe that I’m not just some wandering soul
That you don’t see and you don’t know
Yeah, I want to believe, Jesus help me believe
That I am someone worth dying for
But the Bible is crystal clear: We are not worth dying for. Our trust must be in the goodness of God, not in our own importance. Romans 3:10 tells us “There is no one righteous, not even one.” God told the nation of Jacob (Israel) that we are a worm. Isaiah 41:14.
Peter reminds us that we are nothing but grass of the field, which withers and dies. 1 Peter 24-25. We must lean on God, not on our own vanity. We are saved because God is good, not because we are so valuable that God can’t bear to do without us.
And finally the First Place winner of the June 2015 Blasphemy Award is Tobymac again for “City on Our Knees.”
The song promotes a non-Christian religious pluralism. “Many people today confuse traditional Western religious tolerance with religious pluralism…. the latter assumes all religions are equally valid, resulting in moral relativism and ethical chaos…” explains Robert E. Regier & Timothy J. Dailey.
These lyrics preach that all religious beliefs are equal (indeed, equal with no belief at all). A throw-away line “A city on our knees” is swamped by its “all roads lead to God” message of religious pluralism. Everyone has automatic entrance into heaven, sinners and saints alike, without the need to become a Christian.
So the chorus teaches that all roads lead to God, a key blasphemy dominating our world today:
Tonight’s the night
For the sinners and the saints
Two worlds collide
In a beautiful display
It’s all up tonight
When we step across the line
We can sail across the sea
To a city with one king
A city on our knees
Note that nothing else in the song alters that message. The heresy that everyone will go to heaven, whether a sinner or a saint, is the song’s core message. Everyone will go to heaven and will together “sail across the sea, to a city with one king.” There is no need to repent of sin. There is no role for trusting in Jesus Christ as savior. There is no salvation experience.
There should be no expectation that every song has to contain the complete Christian gospel message from start to finish. That isn’t possible, time-wise. Any song can only touch on a few thoughts worshipping God or about Christianity’s meaning.
But the messages of these songs are distinctly anti-Christian. These secular artists are engaging in trademark infringement to call their music Christian.
Jonathon Moseley is a co-host on the Conservative Commandos Radio Show broadcasting in Philadelphia on WNJC 1360. He supports his political habit working as a real estate agent and occasional lawyer in Virginia. Contact@JonMoseley.com
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