Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hop-Hop, Idolatry & The Church Pt. 12

The Deception

Genesis 3:1-7 ~ "1-Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2-And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3-But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4-And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5-For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6-And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7-And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons."

The scripture referenced is fundamental toward developing our understanding of the nature of the devil (serpent) and his method of evil (deception) Many lose focus, claiming that God didn't call the serpent the "devil", and that teachings toward this are somehow invalid. We know that, although the relationship of the devil to the serpent was a later ascription found within Judaism, the point was not to confuse that this correlation was meant to indicate the personification and literal existence of the devil and evil.

As scripture clearly ascribes, the devil, satan or in this case, the "serpent" was not just a fantasy, or a myth, he was a literal reality. The devil, personifying evil, had a motive and a means to damage mankind. His aim was the subjugation of men to him, and his plan was to use deceit distorting what was plainly seen and known, claiming that God refused to share certain things with his creation and that he had the key to certain knowledge that God had not distributed.

In the early second century this type of thought gave rise to the teachings of gnosticism, claiming that the God described in the Old Testament was an evil God who withheld knowledge from the masses. In 140 AD Marcion presented his version of the cannon of scripture claiming that nothing pertaining to God in the Old Testament was authentic and that the God described within it was a demiruge or an evil God. This was the basis for "secret knowledge" or what the Greeks termed as "gnosis" in which the goal was to arise to a higher consciousness or state of mind among other things.

Soon it was thought that the generally accepted scriptures were an incomplete record and unable to communicate the personality and nature of God. The true nature of God was revealed in other religious writings and could be combined together to create a new more understanding God.  The nature of God would only be available IF one would follow certain gnostic instructions and beliefs. Thus, in essence, knowing God was a "secret rite" or something not known to everyone.  

John 8:44 ~ "Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth because there is no truth in him When he speaketh a lie he speaketh of his own for he is a liar and the father of it"

The church cannot forget that the aim of the enemy is to confuse, conflate, lie, exaggerate and dumb down the masses so that he won't be seen. Proclaiming that God has withheld knowledge is  a way to do this. Another way to do this is to make individuals believe that God doesn't exist. If God doesn't exist then the likelihood of the devil's existence is lowered if not eliminated,  and what better way to control an audience than to subjugate them and seduce them into believing that he is simply not there or is a figment of one's imagination.


aka: Bobby Ray Simmons Jr.
In my previous post I basically asked us to take a fresh look at what is actually being said within modern hip-hop music through the hands and certain other forms of communication. I hope that we can all see that hip-hop has developed far beyond mic battles and is actually communicating a message to those that will hear or become ensnared by it. This becomes important because through the use of this music a spell has been cast upon our entire community. Many urban settings are in crisis within black and urban America. Many of you don't feel safe outside of your own home at certain times of the evening. Some of you just chalk it up to changing times. For some reason the church thinks that it escapes, while at the same time it keeps burying it's young black men and women, ministering to an ever increasing population of incarcerated individuals and ultimately supporting them that are raising a new generation of children, many of whom have no concept of family yet alone fatherhood and in some cases no clue as to who God is. 

Waking Up

Yet some of us are awaking to the truth that these "spells" are being cast and that the power of Christ is the only thing that will reverse this curse. So now there is a PR campaign to spin what is being said and to divert attention away from truth and even obscure it with further lies.

Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh, Adanoi, Saboath

One such effort is that of a rapper known as B.o.B. (Bobby Ray Simmons Jr) in his song called "The Watchers" in which he is claiming that what me and others like me are seeing is only an illusion and not a real truth. At the same time he tips his hand by saying that we as a people cannot handle the "real truth" because it would simply blow our minds. In other words the real truth has been "hidden" while he  simultaneously contends that it is not being hidden.

In order to provide context, here is the unedited version of this song:

B.o.B. claims to "basically be a  resident of Pluto" (see my explanation of this below) Then he concludes his episode with what seems to be a blessing "Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh, Adanoi, Saboath". This seems innocuous at first and it's interpretation is "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord of Hosts". However, there is something wrong with this picture. He has stated this is AFTER he has spent the entirety of his song saying that hip-hop is his cause and that it was going to outlive it's critics and that they, the promoters of hip-hop, were better than all men and should be handsomely paid or rewarded for what they do. So we need to ask what is really being blessed here? I think we will find out that it's not a biblical or Christ centered blessing. It's a blessing of Merkaba where one is raised to a higher state of higher consciousness or to a revelation of  "secret knowledge". As proof I offer the following:
Here is the edited version so to unravel the mysteries of what he is actually saying:

Now, you tell me what you think. Is B.o.B. from "Pluto" which, according to Greek mythology, was a ruler of the underworld or HELL, is telling the truth or blessing God...the God of the bible in any way??? Why is what they are doing so valuable that one of teh foremost rappers in the industry feels that they have to defend themselves from us that see what they do and reveal it to those looking on?


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