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I wrote several articles a while back about a radio station in the Miami area that bills itself as Christian but the content of the DJ discussion could best be labeled as culturally tolerant and traditional Christianity intolerant. As a brief reminder of previous content I have heard from this station over the years, once the morning DJ said he doubted the existence of eternal hell and encouraged a guy who claimed to believe in soul extinguishing (a Buddhist teaching), many times the morning team has staged skits and call-in contests with careless and disrespectful references to Jesus, and several instances where the morning crew totally mislead callers with answers to questions that are much more new age than Christian in content.
Yesterday, I heard the morning guy tell a caller that he did not care for going to church! He said he preferred a more interactive experience where there was no “preacher yelling at me about how bad I am” but where someone would encourage and affirm him. Now I agree that yelling is not necessary but that is as far as I can agree with the morning DJ dude. People who are lost do not need to be affirmed and encouraged to remain lost. Immature Christians need to grow in conforming to the image of Christ and not to be affirmed and encouraged to remain novices. Nothing good can be accomplished with an “Anything goes, dude” mentality. Read 1 Corinthians if you do not believe me.
How immature and self-indulgent can you be?! I only want to hear good things about myself and I want someone blowing smoke into my ear about how great I am… Give me a break! The danger in this immature and culturally tolerant stuff lives in the fact that people on the radio claiming to be Christian carry some credibility. Others listen to the radio assuming they can trust what they hear to be true and beneficial to them. When Emergent garbage is spewed from people who are too immature themselves to be in Christian leadership, the result is confusion and even deception.
Look at the book of Acts. God’s people met together. The total truth about God’s grace through Jesus and why people need it was clearly discussed. When Peter, Paul, and others preached in the open square or in the synagogues, they confronted people about their sin and their need of the Savior. How else can lost people hear? God’s plan is for His people to take His message to the world. God never asked for anyone to encourage and affirm the lost or spiritually immature Christian to remain in their current state.
“Emergent Radio” is another example of what happens when all solid, doctrinal teaching gets removed from life. People become worldly in their thinking. To be Christian is not to simply ” be nice ” within your own self-defined concept of niceness. To be Christian is not to drift around on every wind of false doctrine that replaces truth from the Bible because it is more palatable to the flesh of the worldly.
Every town in America probably does not have an Emergent Radio like this one. However, I can guarantee you that every Christian radio station in America is under pressure to broaden their appeal and gain more monetary support. The pressure comes from without even if it does not come from within. Increasingly, more stations are scuttling teaching programs in favor of continuous music. Also increasing is the extent to which the music being played on Christian radio merges with the current worldly culture. Much music remains solidly appropriate for honoring Christ but too much of it has shifted to a style-driven sound with lyrics that are indecipherable. Does sound alone honor God? Maybe or maybe not. It is above my paygrade to make that determination. Does recording otherwise worldly music and throwing in a casual reference to God or Jesus once in a while honor God? You be the judge based upon what scripture teaches about the glory of God and His Son who sits at His right hand in splendor.
To downgrade or not to downgrade… that is the question facing America. How will she respond?
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God wants everything we do to prosper, right? Afterall, it’s all about our prospering, right? If I run a ministry and I am a Christian, then God wants me to succeed, right?
Apparently not in every case. What about the “Christian” television networks? Have you watched any of these lately? Have you seen any programming that is Biblically correct? Probably not much. What about “Christian” radio? What about the number of stations that are removing Biblical teaching programs and playing style-driven “Christian” music instead?
Now, what I am attacking is not ministries that want to succeed for God’s glory. I am attacking the notion that God wants all things that we do to succeed therefore if we need to remove properly Biblical teaching programs and replace them with heresy, flim flam artists, and almost-worldly music that occasionally mentions God, then we must do that in order to pay the bills to keep the ministry alive.
Where does it say in the Bible that God is OK with us mixing in worldly and even heretical stuff in order to cause enough people to watch/listen generating sufficient cash flow to stay on the air?
I see no teaching anywhere that justifies such a thing. As a matter of fact, I see teaching from Genesis to maps that says God’s people are not to mix fallacy with God’s word and not to incorporate wickedness into the practice of serving God.
Is the argument of “if we do not change to be more like what the world wants we will not be able to stay in business” a valid one? I don’t think so. Look at what the Bible says about compromise, dilution of truth, mixing truth with lies, combining righteousness with wickedness, and mixing fiction with truth. You will get the picture that God is not interested in compromising truth.
So, why do so many compromise…? Should a ministry close down instead of mixing with ungodiliness? If these are the only choices available, I would say to close down. It is more important to honor God in what you do than to dishonor Him in a ministry that carries His name.
Hosea 6: 3-6 says, “So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.”What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? For your loyalty is like a morning cloud And like the dew which goes away early.Therefore I have hewn them in pieces by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth; And the judgments on you are like the light that goes forth.For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
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Is Christian Radio Still Christian? part 2
Last time, we briefly discussed what is apparently a new trend in America: Christian Radio that plays music and chit-chats about everything except Christ…
Ok. Like I said last time, I am not against heavily stylized music played on the radio because teens like this kind of music and I like some of it as well. I don’t want to hear it on Sunday morning in the worship service but that is another story…
I must admit, however, that only some of it is great in sound and lyrical quality. A clear message can sometimes be heard. The majority of the music, not so much. Just noise with a “He’s awesome” thrown in. Who is the He? That is my real sticking point with the Christian rock music. When the “He” never gets defined, everyone can conveniently mold their own golden calf…
I heard a short ad on Way FM this morning where they were encouraging callers to leave a voicemail about how God has changed their lives. Ok. I hope God is changing the lives of young people but it sure ain’t happening due to Way FM! There is no message of any sort to be found there! When the sum total of your theology is songs that say “God is love, He is awesome”, you are not communicating anything of any value. “Love” and “awesome” will mean many different things to different people because there has not been a definition given.
Do you like knockwurst? Well, if I have never had knockwurst but I sincerely believed that knockwurst is lamchops and I like lambchops then my answer would be yes; however, the question is not about lambchops, its about knockwurst…
Once we got to the place in America where we became afraid to talk about the Bible and JESUS and God’s rules and regs, His sovereignty, and His grace…we went bankrupt and lost the ability to do God’s work. I’m sorry to tell you this but you cannot simlutaneously shield God out of the picture to avoid offending someone and change their lives by opening God’s truth to them!
One more question for the new “Christian” radio… where is Jesus? He apparently is not found on your station unless you hear a garbled mention of Him in a rock song between the guitar riffs.
Wake up relevance-loving neo-liberals. You cannot peddle salvation like a used Chevy Nova. God is not mocked, we will reap whatever we sow. Take it to the bank.
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Is Christian Radio still Christian? That may sound like a silly question but bear with me for a few minutes.
We have a Christian radio station in our area that is unlike anything I have ever heard. Traditionally, Christian radio is where music, both contemporary and traditional, honors God and preachers speak from Bible passages. The on-air personalities talk about many subjects but these subjects always honor God and show how He is sovereign in life’s events.
We have a station in our area that is young and hip. It is called Way FM. They play hard edged rock style music that has some sort of spiritual message to it. Some songs are better than others at calling God or Jesus’ name. Usually no name is mentioned just attributes. Another thing I noticed is the music is so style heavy that it is difficult to understand the words. I had to work very hard to even determine the words to many sings in order to attempt to perceive a message.
Now, before you write me off as some old geezer, I grew up listening to Styx, Kiss, Boston, Kansas, and others. I appreciate musicianship and lyricism. It is hard to determine the lyrics to most rock music as well.
I do not have a problem with Christian music that has a beat and modern style when played on the radio. Teens like music with a beat and that seems fine.
My issue is this. The radio station has no talk whatsoever about God, His attributes, or His word. I have listened during the morning and the afternoon. I heard God’s name mentioned once and I do not believe I have heard Jesus’ name at all by the on-air people. The time they mentioned God, it was not in the best of situations. Someone had mentioned the Bible is a less than respectful way and the other personality said, “God does not call us to have a relationship with the Bible, He wants us to have a relationship with Himself.”
Ok, so God wants us to have a relationship with Himself. How do we even know about God unless the Bible is what we use for revelation? Why should someone show disdain for God’s word and claim to have a relationship with Him?
The chit chat on the station is very sterile. There is no cursing or course jesting. It is just idle chatter about clothes, TV shows, social outings, and so forth.
Is this Christian? They say on the radio that the message is in the music. However, there is not much if any message in most of the songs they play. (Some songs are great in sound and message but most are forgettable)
Since when did having a party for God and ignoring His presence and attributes become ‘Christian’. Does anyone else have a similar story?