Shai Linne: Things Used for Evil to Glorify God
‘Holy’ hip-hop is not a venue in Christianity. It’s an excuse to bring worldliness into the Church, and it’s working. – Joel Taylor
To those who say, "How can you take that thing that is used for evil and glorify God with it?" My two word answer is "The Cross." The central act of redemptive history involved God Himself doing that very thing! (See 1 Cor. 1:18-25) …. Once God has redeemed a person, it’s fitting for the Christian to take the "genres" or vehicles…that he or she once used for evil and now use them to promote the glory of God. – Shai Linne
Brethren, I Corinthians 1:18-25 encourages no believer to take anything once used for evil and to glorify God with it.
Shai Linne wants you to believe that Hip-Hop is like the cross, that you and God can use it to glorify Himself.
You have two obvious problems:
- You’re not God
- The Word of God never tells you to do that, in fact, God says do the opposite.
Let’s say a career criminal is born again. According to Shai, what that criminal once used, knew and was familiar with, can now be used to glorify God.
Biblically speaking, that dog won’t hunt.
If Shai’s thinking is biblical, why not kidnap a child after school – which the world uses for evil – so we can tell that child the Gospel and glorify God?
Why not rob someone in the grocery parking lot – which the world might use for evil – so we can tell them the Gospel?
Why not beat a war veteran in a wheelchair close to death – which the world would use for evil – so we can verbally stress their need for Jesus?
Let’s have sex with a prostitute so we can share the Gospel. Why not? We’re redeemed, so we can use that, right?
Shai Linne, in the above statement says clearly it’s ok to use something evil to the glory of God. So why not use something the world uses for evil so that we can glorify God?
Because God tells you not to. To wit:
- 3 John 1:11; Do not imitate evil. ‘Holy’ hip-hop does that very thing, imitating the world.
- I Thess. 5:22 Abstain from every form of evil. Does holy hip-hop look, smell, walk, talk or seem like the worldly version? Yes, it does.
Because you’ve been crucified to the world, and the world has been crucified to you if you are truly in Christ, you will reject this ‘holy’ hip-hop eventually.
Think. ‘Holy’ hip-hop is not a venue in Christianity. It’s an excuse to bring worldliness into the Church, and it’s working.
After the Lord Jesus was taken down off the cross, the cross was still an instrument of death. It wasn’t redeemed from the culture to the glory of God. It was still a chunk of wood that rotted. The cross, in the end and of itself, was nothing. Shai Linne uses this reasoning to justify his career. Maybe you use it to justify something else. He as well as other ‘holy hip-hop’ artists also use the cross to justify their excuses for looking, acting like the world.
Grammy anyone? Do not be deceived.
Some straw men arguments need to be burned, and theirs is one of them, for the sake of the Church.
Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy." – Revelation 22:11