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The Gospel According to Jay-Z


What is the difference between the Prosperity Gospel movement and hip-hop as it is currently portrayed?

Nothing!

In the version of hip-hop, or rap music presented by 50 Cent, Ludacris, Nelly, Li’l Bitty Kim, Paul Wall, the Cash Money crew, P. Diddy, or just about any of the “artists” of the last 15 years, from the Notorious BIG, and Mase to now, the genre is all about materialism. That is: what you have, how much money you got, and how many women you got.

In the current aberrant version of Christianity being thrust down our throats by such luminaries as, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Juanita Bynum, Kenneth Copeland, John Hagee, Joel Osteen, Rod Parsley, Paula White, and the whole TBN, Daystar, Word Network cabal, the focus is all on materialism. That is: what they have, how much money God is tryin’ to git to you, and how many women they got.      In their congregations. (‘Scuse my grammar)

In hip-hop, you are bombarded with images of expensive exoticars, champagne bottles spilling over with the nectar of the idol gods, multi-thousand-dollar watches, million-dollar rings and necklaces, fur-clad beauties, mansions, and lear jets.

In the Word of Faith milieu, you are bombarded with images and stories of (say it with me…) expensive exoticars (just look at Jamal Harrison-Bryant’s website), $25 vials of anointing oil, jewel-encrusted watches, flashy suits and milti-million-dollar edifices, fur-clad CO-pastors, ostentatious mansions, and privately owned lear jets.

Wowww… this is spookily similar!

In hip-hop, the focus is not on art, but on self. Self-promotion, self-indulgence, self-reliance, self-importance, and self-satisfaction.

In this prosperity trash, the focus is not on the Divine Artist of all creation, but on self. Self (I really could just “copy and paste” from here)-promotion, self-indulgence, self-reliance, self-importance, and self-satisfaction. Here, I will elaborate:

They promote themselves and what they have, and rather than spreading the ill-gotten wealth, they tell you to go get it from God.

They indulge themselves on the helpless sheep, from whom all their blessings flow. They indulge their own greed, and instruct you to do the same.

They are relianton their own “Faith” to get their personal will done. God, to them, is “illegal” (Myles Munroe, Hinn, Dollar, Copeland, Hagin, and on…) in this Earth realm without man’s assent. How blasphemous!!! HE relies on Creflo, et.al.

Of course they are self-important! All those titles! Apostle this, Prophetess that, Bishop the other… Call T.D. Jakes, mister Jakes, call Juanita, missus Bynum-Weeks, and you might catch a dirty look and a beatdown from their security cadre– I mean- “Armor Bearers.”! With Juanita, you’ll get TWO dirty looks!

Self-satisfaction? Their game is all about self-satisfaction! This enterprise is not about loving God, the beautiful and wonderful Creator of the universe. It is all about getting needs met, never about getting saved. It is about getting that job, that car, that MAN, that healing, that MONEY. As Creflo says, “You ain’t gone HAVE no peace unless you got some MONEY!” God is a by-product. God is a side effect. God is the Middle man. The only use for God, in their economy, is to facilitate the transaction!  God is just the bus that takes them to the bank! (sorry, Lord.)

Hip-hop seems to be inundated with rump shaking strippers, euphemistically re-termed “Video Vixens.” (I guess I know too much about this junk…)

The current Charismatic, Pentecostal, Prosperity movement (sadly, these all seem to transmogrify-to use a COGIC-style word- from one to the other) appears to advance the notion that if they can keep you dancin’ in the aisles shakin’ that “money-maker,” you won’t have time or energy to learn how to read and interpret Scripture, or to watch your wallet!

          note: David danced, for sure. But he knew his Word!

Gangster rap/hip-hop has prostituted and diluted the significance of the term “art” for personal gain.

Crooked preachers have pimped and distorted the image of the true Word of God for personal gain.

Hip-hop proponents tell us that if we criticize the genre, we are un-hip, and neglecting to notice that Elvis did the same thing and that they are only ghetto journalists. They label naysayers, “haters.” You might get shot.

Prosperity junkies tell us that we fail to realize that Jesus was rich, and wants us so. They warn that if we “touch God’s anointed,” we are judging, and in danger of hellfire. 

 This is amazing! Hip-hop and Prosperity preaching are conjoined twins! I can’t tell where one begins and the other ends!

 They were doing this in the earliest days of the Church; prostituting the Word for sordid gain. The current hip-hop brood has learned their trade admirably.

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September 16, 2007 - Posted by | Art, BET, Charlatans, Christianity, Creflo Dollar, False Doctrine, False Prophets, False Teachers, Frederick Price, Gangsta Rap, Hip-Hop, Humor, Joel Osteen, Juanita Bynum, Kenneth Copeland, Music, Paula White, Prophetess Juanita Bynum, Pulpit Pimps, Religion, TBN, Televangelists

12 Comments »

  1. I could not have said this any better. It is scary to see how much they are alike….Keep up the good work My Brother.

    Comment by Annie | September 16, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thanx.

    Comment by maxdaddy | September 16, 2007 | Reply

  3. Great Post…

    Comment by Jennifer | September 16, 2007 | Reply

  4. Well spoken brother. Perhaps they have missed the Lord’s teaching in Matt 20:16? Or, if we read the Prosperity Bible, this verse is interpreted to say that the last will be first in line for the goodies! God bless…

    Professional horn player! I laid down my Selmer almost 30 years ago and have regretted it often.

    Comment by Pastor Warren | September 17, 2007 | Reply

  5. Hey! Good to see you back! Thanks. Well said.

    Yeah, I play sax for a living. Trying to make a record. Pick your horn back up! Take care. Derrick.

    Comment by maxdaddy | September 17, 2007 | Reply

  6. Thank you for your obedience to speak up so that those who don’t quite make the connection, you made it plain to see! Please continue to defend the faith as God leads you. There are many of us who need to be bold and tell the Truth in these last and evil days.!!! God Bless you!!!

    Comment by Wake Up | September 18, 2007 | Reply

  7. Thanxalot.

    Comment by maxdaddy | September 18, 2007 | Reply

  8. Clearly you are not listening to their message at all. Apparently you are hearing tidbits and making huge assumptions. Their point is that God LOVES us. He LOVES us enough to sacrifice His Son on the cross. And He loves us enough to bless us if we are obedient to Him. If that’s not the case, then why are there over 200 scriptures in the Bible about prosperity, that we are the head and not the tail, etc? And more importantly, God wants to bless us so that we can in turn be a blessing to other people – be a light of His love in this dark world and win more souls to the Body of Christ. That is what they preach. Perhaps you should pay more attention then judging them and making false assumptions. The Bible says you will know them by their fruit (paraphrase of Galatians 5:19-23) Can you deny the number of people they have brought over to the Body of Christ? Can you deny how they have spread the Gospel to nations all over the world? I see no love in your posting. In fact, I see the opposite. Someone willing to tear down another person (or group of people) because of their lack of knowledge – which interesting enough the Bible also says “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6). Do you now want to deny that Abraham was exceeding rich? And the blessings of Abraham now belong to us if we belong to Jesus (Galatians 3:14). I recommend that instead of finding fault with your brothers in Christ, you listen to what they are preaching as well as READ the Bible for yourself. Everything they said is based on the Word. I pray that you will receive the Truth.

    Comment by Sadden | January 13, 2008 | Reply

  9. MAN! You SURE have judged ME while telling ME not to judge! How did you pull that off?

    CLEARLY you are not listening to or reading what I have said either. I have listened to these guys EXTENSIVELY over the years, and their message and focus is the same: the use of God for the accumulation of personal wealth, the use of God for the acquisition of personal health, and the use of the children God made to buy jets and Phantoms.

    DON’T YOU SEE!!! THEY DIDN’T GET THIS STUFF FROM GOD!! THEY GOT IT FROM YOU!! HOW CAN THE AVERAGE MAN WITH NO CONGREGATION OF THOUSANDS, OR EVEN HUNDREDS, WITH OPEN POCKETS AND EMPTY HEADS DO THE SAME??? THEY HAVE BUILT-IN CASHFLOW RIGHT THERE ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEATS. THEY DIDN’T USE THE “PRINCIPLES” THEY TELL US TO USE! THEY JUST SAID, “GOD SAYS, ‘GIVE IT TO THE MAND OF GOD, AND HE’LL GIVE IT TO YOU’.” (I’m not yelling at you out of anger, but out of urgency.)

    Please don’t insult me by trying to say that I am saying that God wants no one rich! That is only a straw-man.
    You have taken only tidbits of what I have said.

    I don’t make false assumptions. I judge by a right standard, which, since you have read the Bible, you know we are called to do, right?

    They have spread something over the nations all right, but it is NOT the Gospel!

    If YOU don’t see that all these guys focus on is self, and that they arrogantly flaunt their possessions, and lie on God, and elevate FAITH to deity,I can do not much more than pray for your eyes to be opened.

    Fine. You see no love in my posting. How is it not love to stand at the cliff over which countless mindless cattle plunge to their ruin and shout, “STOP! DANGER AHEAD!”?

    I read the Bible, but, PERHAPS different than you, I read it in CONTEXT.

    Comment by maxdaddy | January 14, 2008 | Reply

  10. Hello Sadden,

    I would like to ask you a question in reference to this statement

    “Do you now want to deny that Abraham was exceeding rich? And the blessings of Abraham now belong to us if we belong to Jesus (Galatians 3:14). I recommend that instead of finding fault with your brothers in Christ, you listen to what they are preaching as well as READ the Bible for yourself. Everything they said is based on the Word. I pray that you will receive the Truth.”

    I am not patronizing nor atagonizing you but did you read the rest of verse 14 to see what that blessing or promise was here is the verse I want you to focus on the last part of it.

    13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

    The statemnent “that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith” is the blessing Paul is referring to here. The point Paul is making in Chapters 3-4 is one that we are the offspring of the promised seed (Christ) through faith, just as Abraham received this blessing. The entire issue is one of Law versus Grace and that a reconciled relationship comes through the Spirit and not works of the flesh. Let me know what you think when you come back. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Comment by lionelwoods7 | January 15, 2008 | Reply

  11. Thanks for the help! One thing they DON’T do is read the context.

    Comment by maxdaddy | January 15, 2008 | Reply

  12. TO ALL WHO LISTENS AND GIVES ‘AGREES’ WITH THE BLASPHEMY OF THIS PERSON, MAY I REMIND YOU OF THE FOLLOWING IN THE NAME OF JESUS….THE NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES:

    Mat 24:3

    And as he (Jesus) sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him (Jesus) privately, saying, “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? ”

    Mat 24:4

    And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”

    AND TO JZ HIMSELF I LEAVE THIS MESSAGE IN JESUS’ NAME:

    Mat 18:6

    Jesus also said “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

    THUS….YOU THINK YOU CAN CHALLENGE GOD…..YOU’VE GOT A BIG SUPRIZE COMIN’ unless YOU REPENT PROPERLY!!!!

    Comment by Marita | March 17, 2009 | Reply


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