“The Time Will Come …
by Dr. Garry Pate
… when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to ear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
Admittedly I’m not into Christian hip-hop, so the online article that Christian rapper Jahaziel had renounced his Christian faith of the past 20 years was news to me. I read the article of a man reportedly popular among certain Christian circles who stated, “You can believe the bible and its God all you want but to me he just demands my fear because he cannot earn my respect. I cannot possibly agree that he is love unless I ignore all the men, women and little children he has slaughtered throughout the entire bible. But maybe some peoples’ Christian lenses won't allow them to see that - cool. Mine didn't either for a long time. I have tasted and seen - and my conclusion is that Christianity (it's flawed book, bloodthirsty god and mythical savior) I have found unsatisfactory and unworthy of my allegiance or worship unless by threatening to kill me if I don't - as Christianity does." [i]
Wow!? “Cannot earn my respect”?
Questions immediately popped into my mind, like: “Did this person not have a genuine relationship with a God Who sustains us, guides us and comforts us for all of life? Or, was he just a ‘shallow Christian’ who basked in the spotlight for a time because it served his ego? Didn’t someone ever help him sort through the theological questions he raises and give him answers revealing God as immensely merciful? Or, has he fallen into such deep sin that it’s just easy to ‘throw God under the bus’”? Obviously there are other questions with no answers to which we will never know.
I am very sorry for him. I am sorry this young man has lost the only hope he could ever have of both the help God gives for everyday of life, and the hope of eternal life. But, “ … as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
[i] Veronica Neffinger, Christian Rapper Renounces Faith, Says He Can't Believe the Bible is 'Infallable Word of God'. ChristianHeadlines.com | Monday, January 04, 2016