New Calvinism & The Sin of Syncretism
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Those who promote holy hip-hop are committing the sin of syncretism, for they are seeking to worship the Lord by means of pagan hip-hop culture.
We know from Scripture that the great sin of Israel was that they worshipped both the Lord and the false gods of the surrounding pagan nations. King Solomon set up an altar to Molech on the Mount of Olives(1 Kings 11.7), and did so despite the fact that Molech worship was forbidden to the Israelites (Leviticus 18.21; 20.1-5). This sin is known as syncretism, which is the worship of the Lord along with other gods.
Those who promote holy hip-hop are committing the sin of syncretism, for they are seeking to worship the Lord by means of pagan hip-hop culture. In reality, they have integrated the evil culture of hip-hop with the Christian faith. They want both the fleshly pleasures of hip-hop culture and the blessings of the Holy God of the Bible. But God is not mocked. Those who become friends with the world of hip-hop make themselves the enemies of God.
The problem of New Calvinism is that its heart has never left Egypt.
So dear reader let us be clear about our conclusion; the great sin of the New Calvinism movement is the sin of syncretism. They have chosen to worship both the Lord and the pagan spirit of hip-hop, and have even coined the term ‘holy hip-hop’. Like the rebellious Israelites in the wilderness, they are not satisfied with the provision of God, and yearned after the sinful pleasures ofEgypt. The problem of New Calvinism is that its heart has never left Egypt. It is a movement that is discontent with the gospel of Christ; a movement that seeks to make the Gospel more exciting by adding worldly contemporary worship and the revellings of holy hip-hop. It is a movement doomed to failure and the judgement of a Holy God, who has commanded his people: ‘Come out from among them and be separate’, says the Lord. ‘Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you’ (2 Corinthians 6.17).”
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