If you are like me, then you’ve probably been asking yourself what has happened to many of our gospel music artists. Why are so many of them partnering with profane artists? Where has the standard gone?
Lately there has been a mixing of the sacred and the profane (Ezekiel 22:26), with artists such as Lecrae partnering with Ty Dolla $ign (“Blessing”), Marvin Sapp with R-Kelly (“Listen”), Tasha Cobbs with Nicki Minaj (“I’m Getting Ready”), Yolanda Adams with Bone Thugs & Harmony (“Order My Steps”), Kirk Franklin with Kanye West (“Ultralight Beams”), and Fred Hammond with Snoop Dogg (pending release) -- the latter being most disappointing, personally speaking. These artists have unfortunately used their talents to collaborate with profane artists. What gives?
Time will not permit this blog to exhaust this subject of compromise within the industry, but it is my goal to shed some light on the faulty thinking and teaching that has contributed to this vortex of foolishness.
In I Chronicles 15:12&14, we see the Ark of the Covenant being brought from Obed-Edom’s house to the City of David. An important factor that should be viewed in this specific Scripture is “consecration,” which means something that is dedicated, sacred, holy, and set apart for God’s purposes. In verses 12 and 14, the priests, the Levites, and their relatives consecrated themselves to carry the Ark of the Covenant. They set themselves apart because of the duty that was required of them to carry the presence of God. After they consecrated themselves, King David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives that were musically inclined as singers and skilled with instruments to participate.
What I consider a flaw in many of our current gospel music artists is they do not see gospel music as a distinct art form consecrated for the Lord. On the contrary, they see it as just another genre of music, such as hip-hop, R&B, country, etc. Unfortunately, due to the lack of biblical teaching, some of the artists have not been properly instructed on the vitality of using their musical talent for the glory of God.
Gospel music cannot be mixed with those who are not true followers of Jesus Christ. Artists who are not true followers of Jesus Christ have not been consecrated before the Lord; therefore, they are disqualified from partnering with people who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. No matter how skilled they may be, talent is not the anointing. It is a skill. Gospel musicians should be consecrated before the Lord, as they have the major responsibility of ushering the presence of God to His people and glorifying Jesus as Lord.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:24, “No man can serve two masters; for he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can not serve God and mammon (the god of money).” The god of money will always cause compromise when those who call themselves Christians seek and desire its wealth instead of truly loving Jesus and obeying what He commands in His Word.
Many of our gospel artists have been influenced by a false "Word of Faith” doctrine. This movement of heresy is led by false preachers and teachers that teach “name it and claim it” as well as “whatever YOU say, that which God MUST do.” This corrupt teaching is taught as God’s favor over an individual’s life instead of the Word of God being taught holistically. God’s desire for our life, and His ultimate will for our life, is that we are saved from sin and live a life of complete obedience to Him.
Many artists sign record contracts with major recording companies and become slaves to the music industry, the very industry the devil has ultimate control of. I’ve noticed that when gospel artists are interviewed, they often seem to somehow defend artists who are vile. And once they have partnered with these artists, they tend to come against the Church for calling out the sin of mixing what is supposed to be set apart for the Lord with the world.
As stated above, Matthew 6:24 says they will love one and despise the other. For example, Tasha Cobbs has defended her work with Nicki Minaj and used her Twitter account to go after believers who questioned her about this ungodly partnership.
Unfortunately, Western Church culture has overemphasized monetary increase as the sign that God has His stamp of approval on what you are doing; the more money you have, the more blessed God has made you. This deception (1 Timothy 6:5-7) has caused many gospel artists to believe that God has approved what they are doing. But as the Bible shows us, the devil can give wealth and great success. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness (Luke 4: 5-7), the Scriptures reveal that the devil offered to give Him his worldly kingdom if He would worship him.
The answer for people who are lost is repentance. Not collaboration. Jesus’s answer to Satan’s temptation is found in Luke 4:8:
“Get thee behind me, Satan; for it is written Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
Did you catch that? The answer is to worship God and serve Him.
Let us continue to pray for our musicians, singers, and psalmists -- that they will have ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying in this last and evil hour. And if they refuse to hear the truth spoken in love, then we should stop supporting them and only give support to artists who have refused to take a knee to Baal.
If you are an aspiring gospel artist reading this post, make the decision now to not taint your talent with profane artists. Truthfully speaking, you may never become wealthy and well-known doing it this way. You may have to work a regular full-time job and produce your music on the side. However, in making the decision to solely consecrate your gifts and your talents for the Lord’s purposes, you are protecting the body of Christ by not sending mixed signals with validating profane artists. Honor Jesus by not emptying His name of value; bring value and glory to His name -- His and His alone.
Wesley Alexander is a follower of Jesus Christ, husband to one woman, and father to three children