Be Filthy Still
"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." Revelation 22:11
We cannot take things from the world, change it up, and label it Christian.
If all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - which is NOT of the Father - then why do so many professing Christians try to take the ways of the world and use it for ministry?
Some may wonder why I keep harping on this. It's because there is a failure in much of the churchworld to separate that which is the soulish from that which is of the Spirit of God. As a result, many continue to be blind and deceived while believing that such is Christianity.
This is part of what is addressed in Pastor Zac Poonen's message below entitled "Christian Rock: The Devil's Music." How can he say that this is the devil's music? Because of who birthed it.
"For ALL that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." I John 2:16
Whether it is Christian Rock, Christian Rap, Christian Hip Hop...so many times people will ask, "Why can't God use this to glorify Himself and win converts? Why does it matter that this genre was first created by the world?"
The answer is because God is the Creator, not Satan. God doesn't have to take what Satan establishes in the world and "use it" to minister to His people. In fact, we know for sure that He does not. This is way beyond simply genres of music, but is about our very attitude, our lifestyle, our nature before God. Have we truly become partakers of the divine nature or are we still trying to dress up the fallen nature to look like Christ? What is inspiring us? As Jesus rebuked His disciples, "Consider what spirit you are of." (Luke 9:55). God has no fellowship with the works of darkness.
One way to understand God's attitude towards the things of the world is to look at the Adamic nature. God's answer for the fallen nature of man is not to reform it or clean & dress it up, but to crucify it. There is nothing salvageable about that which is of the world and God borrows nothing from it.
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4
That which is of God's Spirit it pure precisely because it has been birthed or fathered by Him. May our love for God - and our very existence before Him - transcend the soulish and the sentimental to be truly holy...for He is holy.