I now understand more and more about this so-call world of "Hip-Hop". I understand now why "Hip-Hop"has really no place in our churches and yet it's slowly creeping in our church doors. After hearing all of this, I will stand behind fellow clergy members by NOT allowing "Hip-Hop" into our churches.

Pastors,Ministers and Church Leaders, would you allow "Hip-Hop" in your churches? Is this a way in keeping our youth in church? I am interested in all feedback concerning this issue.

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Finally, sounds like someone has done their research. Bravo, my dear sister. History is simply repeating itself. We must be careful to not make the same mistakes our ancestors made. Church history, especially in the African-American church is important and one must study to show themselves approved.

Thomas Dorsey was considered a radical in his day, he was not accepted by the mainstream gospel artists at the time, because of his Jazz and Blues influence. Today, many of you religious folk that have been mislead, sing his music as if Christ sung it himself (i.e. Precious Lord, Take My Hand). While at the same time criticizing someone else for doing Christ-centered rythmic poetry to a contemporary beat (rap). There is only one word for that: HYPOCRITE.

Sis. Yahweh,
Thank you for educating those with a lack of understanding and knowledge.
I believe that every generation has a sound that draws them. What we have to distinguish is the difference between Hip Hop and Gospel Rap. Without getting too deep, Hip Hop is a culture, not a sound. If you don't have anything in your particular ministry that is not appealing to the youth, or even a sinner for that matter, then it is hard to draw them. We must remember that satan is the "prince of the air", so we have to be mindful of what we allow in. There are plenty of Gospel rappers who proclaim Christ in their lyrics. If their lifestyle lends to their credibility as a Christian, then I'm all for it.
" Brother by not allowing hiphop in your church you are gonna lose out on a lot of young lives that need to hear the word of God..."

Thats it?
If hiphop is not in his assembly - young people will be lost and go to hell?

Who knew that the belief in Jesus' death and resurrection hinged on whether or not a certain type of music is played/sang amongst the Body of Christ?...Amazing indeed.

I see why the Islam are drawing young people to their crazy religion - they are serious about serving their false god. There is a solemnity and a seriousness about serving their false god.
Us - on the other hand is entertainment culture driven.
As a youth minister i listen to hip-hop and it is not that depending on who you listen to. See it can be in church as long as we know how to control it. See a hip-hop church sevice is good so the youth with talent can show it off. See youth sunday is the day for the youth to show you how there church would be. So it's ok to have it if you know how to control it i say.
Minister Charles Campbell
Please; tell me how to control the devil??? I rebuke him and remove the things he brought with him...what's your way of doing things?
Check out the video on my page where I was brought in to minister via hip hop ministry. Not all gospel hip hop is biblically based nor has any place in the church, but there are some exceptions. I have seen souls saved, lives changed and people really enjoy themselves during one of my concerts. Whether you stand behind it or not, it is one of the ways God is speaking to our youth generation. When I was young I had Commissioned and Bebe Winan's to look forward to because the traditional gospel just didn't speak to me as a young adult. There is a standard that should be set and maybe it will not fit the sunday morning worship format, but try it at a Friday Night youth outreach and see what happens....You may think the youth listen to James Cleveland and Shirlet Caesar but the truth is they do not....! They will turn on the secular stations right after church, saved or not....

For more on my ministry go to www.lujoministries.com
God Bless
I think you make a great point! Use it to minister to them where they are but do not bring it into the sanctuary! Everything has a place! Music which is a part of my ministry, is a very touchy SUBJECT EVEN TO THIS DAY! Ultimately God will judge all things and motives!
Gods message never changes but the methods in which we use to deliver it will.

Prime example is "Hip-Hop". Who could have imagined 15 years ago that same musical art form that created 2Pac would give birth to Lacrae? How awesome is God? Just because He felt like it, He took something as raunchy as rap and transformed it into a tool that young saved folks use to spread the gospel. WOW!

Old heads like you and I must never forget who God is and what He has called us to do. We are made for His pleasure and commanded to go, find the lost, spread the gospel and win souls for Him. If we are to reach the next generation of believers we must learn how to allow GOD TO INFLUENCE HOW WE SEE THE WORLD and NOT LET THE WORLD INFLUENCE HOW WE SEE GOD.

Being closed minded about Christan HIP HOP is a mistake because it allows the world to influence how we see God which can make us miss just how BIG our God truly is.

Well Minister Jenkins...that's my two cents.

Praise God,

Tracy J. Brown, CEO
Urban Awareness USA


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