I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I have been singing for the Lord for a little over 20 years. I don’t listen to much music around the house or in my car. In my car I mostly listen to Talk Radio and some sports. I don’t keep up to date on any music. Every now and then I hear a song that grabs my spirit and those are the songs I enjoy singing.
I have been out of music ministry for some time now; I honestly prefer teaching God’s Word. As I returned to singing in church, I noticed very quickly that, is about impossible to be a part of any “contemporary” church and escape Hillsong, Bethel and Elevation music. Well, little did I know, that each one of these names represents the names of three Mega Churches. Little did I know that these three churches are teaching heresy:
This is an Assemblies of God Church located in Sydney, Australia under the leadership of Pastor Bryan Houston with a membership of over 20,000 members. They started making music in 1983. Bryan Houston strongly subscribes to the Prosperity Gospel. They adopt a Joel Austin approach to the Gospel. This is a watered down gospel of self-help that avoids addressing sin. Please watch the following video for more details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6nSe8tPYw0.
This is a charismatic non-denominational mega church located in Redding, California under the leadership of Pastor Bill Johnson with a membership of over 11,000 members. They started making music in 2001. My Lord, this guy is crazy! Bill teaches that Jesus was all man when he came to earth, not God and, that Jesus’ perfect relationship with God gave him the power to do all the miracles he did. They also practice Grave Sucking: this is the idea that you can go to the grave of whomever and suck the anointing out of their remains. How did these folks come up with that stuff? Please watch the following video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SmYzDIXekk.
This is a Southern Baptist Denomination church located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The church started in February 5th, 2006 under the leadership of Pastor Steven Furtick with a weekly attendance of about 25,000 people. Steven Furtick denies the trinity; he teaches that Jesus was transformed to the Holy Spirit. This guy is extremely talented in twisting the Bible and making it sound intelligent and entertaining. Young folks love him! For more details on the heresy or this church please watch the following videos, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKuP9BJ3448 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvKrO-hYpyE
We have to particularly pay special attention to music. The big problem with music is that is closely related to our worship and worship flows out of the innermost part in us, our spirit. If I corrupt my worship, I am corrupting everything else. Jesus stated in John 4:24, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (NASB).
Some folks may say, “but Angel, they have some good songs that are biblical.” I am sure they do and, I expect for them to do so; after all the devil is a deceiver (Revelation 12:9). The devil does not tell us 100% lies, he mixes in truth with lies; that is why he is effective in deceiving people. These three churches are dominating Christian music around the world. To support their music is to support their ministry and to support their ministry is to support the false gospel they are preaching.
The Apostle Paul stated in Galatians 1:8 that “…even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!” (NASB) After doing my research on these churches I will no longer sing any of their songs; not because I feel that I am holier than anybody, but because I am already a mess in certain areas in my life and, I don’t need to knowingly, add anymore.