Monday, April 21, 2008


I thought that I had seen a brief glimpse of Franklin Graham at pope Benedict's side on a newscast about his papal visit to the USA yesterday. I never saw it again and wondered if I had imagined it. On another telecast I was sure I heard Graham's distinctive voice making an introduction of the pope. Please do not quote me on this, as I have as yet been unable to find any solid evidence to back this up. (Maybe one of my readers will be able to verify this).

While on the web today seeing if I could find documention of this I came across a website site called BREATHEcast which reported on April 3 that a band called Salvador had been invited to perform at the Papal Youth Rally on April 19th in conjunction with the pope's visit to the USA. BREATHEcast also reports:

Four-time Billboard Latin Music Award nominees, Salvador won the 2004 GMA Dove Award for Spanish Language Album of the Year for Con Poder. In addition to performing at the final Billy Graham Crusade in New York in 2005, the group has also appeared at Promise Keepers, Teen Mania’s Acquire The Fire youth conferences and Franklin Graham Crusades, among other events. Salvador’s radio hits include “Shine,” “Heaven,” “Breathing Life” and “Crucified.”1.

This is an example of how the Contemporary Christian Music industry has successfully promoted the ecumenical movement and apostate Christianity. The combination of a different gospel (the apostate Roman Catholic church), and a different spirit (the charismatic Teen Mania), and the mixed messages and ecumenism of Promise Keepers and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Franklin Graham) is leading this generation straight toward the interfaith movement. The Roman Catholic church is openly involved in interfaith alliances and anyone who desires to be faithful to Christ will separate themselves from it. The spiritual compromises of once-faithful believers and organizations with their spiritual alliances are leading this generation of young people straight into the arms an interfaith-style pseudo-Christianity. And isn't that the goal of Satan for the Christian church and a fulfillment of prophecy after all?

There are a good number of people who know me personally that do not understand my disapproval (to put it mildly) of much of the contemporary "christian" music that exists today. I think it is because they are unaware of Satan and his determination to infiltrate the church. His primary target is young people because they are the most vulnerable and most biblically illiterate. (I could also address the weak theology in much of this "christian" music, which makes it attractive to apostate churches and young people due to a poor understanding the character and nature of God, but will leave that for another time). The spirit of lawlessness/rebellion is fostered by the world's system and young people are encouraged to be rebellious by a steady diet of the world's entertainment culture in which they a fully involved. The cross-over of "Christian artists" has created a bridge that have caused more Christian youth to cross over to the secular side than the other way around. I have observed young people who have been brought up in a Christian environment who have abandoned their faith in a practical way (it is no longer evident in the way they live their lives).

By the testimony of my own children, they have observed that the majority of their friends who were brought up in a Christian home and listened to "christian" rock/heavy metal/grunge/emo/rap/et al, ad nauseum no longer live a life of self-denial, taking up their cross and following the way of Christ. They are virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the world by their lifestyle. How utterly sad for a parent to see this happen to their child. The results are spiritual confusion, involvement in all kinds of destructive behaviors, and sometimes suicide. How can this be a godly thing? The remnant of those faithful to Christ and the written Word has become much smaller with this generation. Unless there is repentance and separation from this world's system, this generation will probably be the final one before Christ calls and gathers His own to meet Him in the air.

While there is nothing we can do to stem this Flood of Filth and Compromise within the entertainment industry (Christian and otherwise), we must continue to teach, train and pray for our children, while we still can. (Click HERE to read my comment on another blog about some of the music that claims to be "christian rock" - an oxymoron, if you ask me. It is either the last or one of the later comments, towards the bottom of the page).

2 Timothy 3

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.

10But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

11Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

12Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

13But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Timothy 4

1I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

5But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.


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