Is Christian Radio Still Christian? part 3
Is Christian Radio Still Christian? Part 3
I mentioned to you in previous posts about a cool and hip radio station in my area that promotes itself as ‘Christian’ but there is rarely ever a mention of God, almost never a mention of Jesus, and never any teaching or preaching from the Bible. Something there is plenty of, however, is VERY STYLE-HEAVY music, and lots of it.
They have a short sound clip that says “Way FM, where the message is in the music” that runs every so often. To that I say, “Oh, really?” You cannot even make out many of the words to these style-driven rock songs much less make out a discernable message.
Anyway, today I want to talk about something I heard this morning. They were using Jesus’ name somewhat casually (in my opinion) and playing a game where a caller would ask Jesus a question. The set up was this. You are on an elevator and Jesus gets on and shows you his Galilean drivers license (their words, not mine).
Now, the revealing thing is what I will talk about next. Several silly or inconsequential questions were asked, then came a revealing question/answer. A caller said they would like to ask if hell is eternal or if it is merely a metaphor for destruction. The DJ said he also wondered if hell meant that people just got immediately destroyed and never had any knowledge of anything else for eternity…? Duh, what?
I wonder if the DJ has ever read the Bible. It has much to say about hell but it never mentions the theory postulated by the DJ and caller. This is what I was fearing all along about this type of ‘Christian’ radio. They are not really Christian, they are just nice, appealing, and tolerating. They may even be of the heretical emergent/emerging philosophy. They apparently are not aware of the Bible or worse, just do not believe it so they replace its truth with their theories.
If a Christian is asked a question about Biblical concepts, that person is to tell the whole truth. God does not need for us to repackage Him in order to make Him relevant to today’s culture. God is relevant. Today’s culture is lost.
How does God reach the lost world? Through His word and His Spirit. If we suppress His word, we are being disobedient to Him. Can anyone show from the Bible how anyone came to Christ in any other way except being chosen and surrendering to Christ through believing Him and His teachings? How did the church form in Acts? The chosen people responded to the gospel message.
The ‘modern’ idea that we coax and placate someone with lies and half-truths until they ‘make a decision’ is preposterous. I seek to call out 88.1 Way FM due to its lack of Biblical adherence. Their house is built upon the sand. I pray God will expose them and give them the opportunity to repent and become useful for His purpose.
In their vernacular, I would like to say, “sha, dude, check out the Bible. It’s Awesome. It has killer details about some heavy truth. To miss out on it would be gnarly.”
(This is not the first such quasi-religious shananigans I have heard from them. This is the best example I have encountered however, so I chose to use this one. Please compare their approach to what the Bible teaches.)
August 13, 2010 at 4:19 pm
Very good. I’ve got to come back to read the other parts!
August 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm
Hi, Petra. Thanks for visiting and for reading this series about “Christian” radio. I am amazed at what passes for Christian these days. Thank God that He is sovereign and none of this catches Him by surprize.
January 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm
I think you provided a partial answer in your article, which I really liked. Maybe the DJ is the local pastor at a Seeker friendly church.
January 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm
Thanks for visiting and for commenting Dominic.
The Narrowing Path
September 23, 2013 at 9:08 am
Just so you know you aren’t imagining it…
Like the emergent church and cotton candy. Artificially sweet, very unsatisfying, slightly nauseating and in the end just makes you crazy.