The Loudmouth Protestant

September 30, 2009

Learn Christianese with Jin

Filed under: God,music — nickisym @ 8:00 am
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If you are a fan of hip hop you will remember a couple of years ago when a Chinese rapper by the name of Jin stepped onto the scene. He won a freestyle battle on 106 & Park and shortly thereafter got signed to Ruff Ryders. We would hear a couple of tracks from him, “Learn Chinese” being one he was most well-known for.

After that we would here a couple more tracks from him. Mostly him being a featured artist on other people’s tracks and then he would disapper for a while or so it seems. Today I happened upon a video of Jin explaining what has been going on with him since he disappeared from the spotlight. Since his re-emergence many have been saying he is a Christian rapper. He doesn’t completely own up to being a Christian rapper, but he doesn’t disown it either. Turns out our old friend Jin has been a Christian all his life, he just wasn’t one that was living a surrendered life.

So now he is living in Hong Kong and he has decided to turn his music over to God. I think that’s pretty awesome. For some reason, as I watched video where he gave his testimony about what God has done in his life and is doing, I was overjoyed. I sort of felt like the angels in heaven were rejoicing because one has come back to the fold. I also felt like the reason that Jin never found the kind of success he may have wanted when he was a secular rapper is because all along, God was waiting for him to turn His music over to Him and give Him glory. I know, this probably seems really confusing because then it would necessitate explaining why everyone else gets to be successful rapping about money, cars, clothes and hoes–yeah, I said it. But, there is just a different calling that God puts on the life of some people. I reckon that though God gave Jin the gift of words and being able to flow, He wanted Jin to use that gift, that talent, to glorify Him and draw people to Him, not himself. And until Jin came to that realization, he would never be truly satisfied making secular music. He would never fulfill his God-given purpose making secular music.

So, here we are a few years later. “Learn Chinese” has been all but forgotten and Jin is living out a new life in Christ as a new creation. As such, he made a track that has been burning up the web for a while now entitled, “Welcome to the Light Club.” It’s more fiery than any hot cipher he has been in and packs a spiritual punch. Within the first few bars I was definitely feeling it. I felt his spirit on this one and am just so happy to see this new creation at work. I pray that he will be not weary in well doing and look forward to seeing the harvest he is going to reap because he has fainted not.

God Bless You Jin

September 29, 2009

Cop This Disc: “Love Unstoppable”

Filed under: gospel music,music — nickisym @ 11:59 am
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After nearly three years since his last release, “Free to Worship”, the father of soulful gospel, Fred Hammond, is back again with his new album, “Unstoppable Love”. I love Fred Hammond like I love cooked food and cupcakes, so I’m really excited that he is back. I haven’t heard anything on the album aside from the first single, but that is all I need. I trust Fred’s ministry and his heart for God. I can’t wait to hear another album of love songs to the Father.

In celebration of “Love Unstoppable”, I wanted to share the album’s first single, “They That Wait”.

Please go out and support Fred Hammond today in record numbers. If you did it for Jay-Z when Blueprint 3 dropped, and his music isn’t even glorifying God, how much more should you do it for Fred whose music’s purpose is to bring glory to God and edify the people of God?

September 28, 2009

Put a Praise On It!

Filed under: church,entertainment,friends,randomness — nickisym @ 5:02 pm

By now we shouldn’t be shocked by the proliferation of “Single Ladies” parodies that have popped up on YouTube. The most recent one to receive viral critical acclaim is the baby standing in front of the television with what looked like a diaper full of no good, bouncing up and down to Sasha Fierce’s hit song. It’s entitled “All the Single Babies.” If I see it again, I’m going to scream, both because it is terribly cute and because one year later I can’t believe people are still watching the video  making parodies.

In the midst of Sasha Fierce’s dead horse of a song being beaten a hundred times over, a little church church in Maryland by the name of Community of Hope AME has put their own spin on “(Put a Ring On It)”. Being that the church is located in Maryland of course they had to drop the Go-Go beat. But not only that, they changed around the words to appease the sensibilities of the Christian congregation–and maybe their unsaved friends who may recognize the chord they are singing in. So for all the Christian folks, Community of Hope AME wants to let you know, “If you love him, than you ought to put a praise on it.”

Watch the full clip below and if you must get into the groove, change into your Parasucos now.

September 22, 2009

Quote of the Day: Francis Chan on Purpose

Filed under: Uncategorized — nickisym @ 8:00 am
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I am reading this awesome book right now entitled, “Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit”. The book delves into many topics concerning the church universal’s and the church body’s neglect of the Holy Spirit. Mostly how there is no emphasis on the Holy Spirit. No focus on teaching people that they need to be lead by the Holy Spirit. Not even anything in our weekly services and the busyness of our church lives that would suggest that we are being lead more by the Holy Spirit then we are by our own agendas. Right now I am on the chapter about why do we want the Holy Spirit. Is it for personal gain? Or is it for the common good of the people? It is here that Chan starts to talk about the part the Holy Spirit plays in regards to our purpose. This quote which I am about to share made me say ouch and I read it over a few times. I’ll most likely be meditating on it throughout this week because it is so apropos to my life right now. So, I thought I’d share it with you:

“It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But, it is absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live your life in comfort and superficial peace.”
Francis Chan, “Forgotten God”

September 21, 2009

Beyonce’s Best Week Ever

Filed under: entertainment — nickisym @ 9:21 pm
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Beyonce’s best week ever, which started on the night of the VMAs when she gave her spotlight to Taylor Swift following the Kanye debacle, has continued. On Friday night, during her concert in Sydney Australia, Beyonce brought her biggest fan on stage. Her biggest fan that night was no grown woman or man in healthy standing. No, that night, her biggest fan was a little girl by the name of Chelsea who is suffering with cancer. Chelsea of frail stature, chemotherapy-thinned hair and angelic face had the opportunity to stand on stage with Beyonce as Beyonce singing “Halo”. Beyonce customized the lyrics for Chelsea, the most beautiful of which was, “I pray you don’t fade away.”

Watch the video for your own personal waterworks production.

September 10, 2009

The Vigilant Christian Campaign Intro

Filed under: christianity,entertainment,God,life — nickisym @ 6:08 pm

A few days ago, a friend sent me a blog post from a site called Vigilant Citizen. The purpose of this site is the expose the occult in some of today’s most popular music, places and people. My introduction to VC was through his analysis of Jay-Z’s “We Run This”. Earlier that day, before I had even read the post, and actually before I even knew the post existed, I tried to watch the video on YouTube. But as I sat there and watched the opening scene of the video, it didn’t sit well with me.  Next I tried to just listen to the song, but my computer or my God would have none of it as the song stopped, started and sputtered to play. So I gave up on listening to it.

Later on that night I read the post where VC would analyze the video and songs lyrics and claim that Jay-Z has some connection to the Illuminati, Freemasonry and Ordo Templi Orientis. The friend who sent it to me said she was blown away and after I finished reading it I was too. Not so much because I believe Jay-Z is a member of any of these societies. I am unsure of that and honestly will never know the truth. I am more blown away by the fact that an artist that we all have listened to for so long openly embraces darkness as a tool to sell his music. But why should I be shocked?

It’s not about Jay-Z being an alleged member as much as it is about him being ok with playing with the notion in his music. Which leads me to believe that he’s not thinking about his music being beneficial to anyone but himself. My friend who sent me the VC post had purchased the Jay-Z album earlier that day told me she was going to return but also remarked about how difficult this faith walk was getting simply because we have to turn our plates under from alot of the things that used to be perfectly normal and so-called harmless to us. But I posed the question to her, “When Jay-Z made the album, do you think he thought it would bring people closer to God or closer to him?” I think we can all rightfully answer that question since Jay-Z is the same man who calls himself “Hova” or “J-Hova” an obvious one off of one of our father’s holy names, Jehovah.

So confronted with this knowledge of Jay-Z and other artists in the secular industry being possibly connected to the occult, displaying everything opposite of the fruits of the spirit we are called to display, and pondering that they glorify darkness through subliminal and obvious messages in their music, I was compelled and even convicted to suggest a fast from the world to all who would in the body of Christ.

This has been on my mind for sometime as music has always been a struggle of mine. Years ago, I remember getting into it with a group of Christian young adults who asked me why I still listen to secular music. I told them that the music I listen to is harmless and I didn’t see anything wrong with it. But they shouted me down that afternoon. They told me that it made no sense to entertain secular music. I didn’t agree at that time. And after that time I’ve gone through many transitions where I didn’t listen to any secular music, didn’t listen to it much and started listening to it all over again. But there’s always been this distinct feeling that much of what I listen to, watch, read and consume, in its harmelessness is actually quite harmful to my spirit, subversively.

And with this recent questioning of Jay-Z and his connection to the occult–along with a slew of other popular artists like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, etc I’ve been wondering how I am edifying myself by continuing to support their music. Even in small doses it can be damaging to my spirit.

So you sit and listen to Jay-Z sing about how rich he is, how he’s married to the hottest chick in the game, how he thinks other rappers are lame, how he and his Roc nation will run this town tonight and you walk away from the music with a trumped up sense of self. A false one. Or you listen to Beyonce sing about having a big ego that she can back up, or being a diva or you watch her serpentine moves and you emulate them in the comforts of your own home and you ingest that sultry, sensual, lascivious nature and put yourself in danger of creating and feeding a Jezebel spirit. You listen to Kanye sing about how great he is, how stylish he is, how there is no one as hot as he is, you watch him be a self-obsessed fool in the midst of the media and you eat it up but also don’t realize that you take on some of that persona yourself. The list goes on and on for the numerous artists we let have entry into our minds by way of their music and media presence.

But this is not just about music. This is about every godless creation out there. There is so much out there that can wrongfully fill us. The music, the movies, the books, the magazines, anything that we can consume will wrong fill us. On the train on Tuesday morning, a man came on and started to preach, but his preaching was so wrought with despair and pain. It was unlike any other street preacher I’d heard. He was practically sobbing as he told us to steer clear of the evil of this world and he told us, the passengers on the train, to let go of the godless music, movies and books and anything that would create a barrier from God getting to us. I felt him deeply on this. More than words could express. So it’s not coincidental to me that after hearing his mini-sermon, trying to play the Jay-Z video and then reading the VC piece that all arrows are pointing to me making a concerted effort to cut the crap. (more…)

The Vigilant Christian Theme Song

Filed under: christianity,God — nickisym @ 5:08 pm
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I am sure this will be one of many theme songs to arise out of the Vigilant Christian movement, but today this stuck out to me as the primary song of a campaign that will be coming to you soon.

Want to know what the Vigilant Christian campaign is. Check back later on today or early tomorrow to get information on what inspired it and what it will be. It will take a community, break an individual, and upbuild the kingdom. More coming soon…

September 4, 2009

You’re My Little Secret…in Church

Filed under: christians,church,love,relationships — nickisym @ 9:14 am
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Earlier this week I was having a discussion with my roommate about romantic relationships in the church. Specifically, people’s need to keep their relationships secret until they announce their engagement. Why is that necessary? I’m not knocking the process and truth be told, I may do the same thing. But I want to know why people find it necessary, almost like it’s a part of some unofficial protocol, to keep their relationships within the church a secret.

I have heard from some people that they keep it secret because they don’t want the haters intercepting their relationship, but really, if it’s a relationships that God ordained, no man can put it asunder. All this coming in separate cars, walking in at different times, sitting on opposite sides of the church, and the like seems tiring.

Some people stay undercover because they are still trying to figure out what they are. Ok, that’s fine, but in the midst of trying to find out what you are to each other, wouldn’t it be helpful to let some folks know so at the very least they can offer wise counsel and pray for you?

I think that people think that as soon as they get into a relationship in the church they automatically think people are going to be in their business. Not just people, an entire congregations worth. Maybe I am naive, but I just don’t believe that many people care. Yes, there will be naysayers and there will be people who will still try to try their luck with you, but I know we are all stronger than our adversaries. Who cares what other people think about your relationship? Outside of your pastor, your parents and your closest friends, everyone else’s opinion is inconsequential.

And maybe there is something I am missing, like a Bible verse that says when a man and woman meet and date in the sanctuary they should hide it from the world outside of them until that time when God has let them know that it shall be a union in marriage. I don’t know. It’s just one of those things that makes me go, “Hmmm…”

Plus, when men and women who are dating each other, don’t at least send a smoke signal that they are in a relationship–like the ones who are dating but have yet to change their Facebook status to “In a Relationship” they are deceiving us single folks that are still looking at them like there is some hope. So if not for the haters, let folks know you are dating–we don’t have to know who–but just let us know so we can keep it moving.

But really, can someone explain to me the romantic church relationships shrouded in secrecy?

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