“But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.”

You probably saw this article about the “Christian” rapper who left Christianity after 20 years as a professing Christian.  Here’s a sample via: Christian Rapper Renounces Christianity, Citing ‘Human Errors of the Bible,’ ‘Brutal Nature of Its God’ — and There’s More

A famed Christian rapper in the U.K. is making headlines after announcing that he has “turned away” from Christianity, with the performer unleashing the “negatives” that he claims to have found within the faith.“I need not explain myself to anyone but I feel the need to make a quick statement,” rapper Jahaziel wrote in a Dec. 22 Facebook post. “A short while ago I turned away from 20 years as a professing Christian.”He continued, “I had a good job with a church organization, a house provided by the church, a large social circle of likeminded people, a career in gospel music, a worldwide fan base, a respected reputation [and] status within Christian and non-Christian circles.”I need not explain myself to anyone but I feel the need to make a quick statement. A short while ago I turned away from…Posted by Jahaziel on Tuesday, December 22, 2015Despite losing many or all of these things, Jahaziel said that he still has his integrity, and explained why he’s leaving his faith behind. While he said that he learned some “great principles” from Christianity and the Bible, he believes that these sentiments aren’t “exclusive to any religion.”“I have met many sincere Christians, both church goers and church leaders, and although I have not seen every one of the 40,000 Christian denominations currently in existence I think I have seen enough to personally make a general conclusion regarding Christianity in the broadest sense,” Jahaziel said.He then went on to share some of the “negatives” that he claims to have observed about the faith, including: “its controlling dictatorship, its historic blood trail, its plagiarized bible stories characters and concepts, the many human errors of the bible and its contradictions, the brutal nature of its God, it’s involvement in the slave trade, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the witch hunts, it’s second class view of women, it’s masculinization of God, it’s emasculation of men, its financial corruption.”Apparently leaving christianity means I was never TRULY a christian… Only those who know me, know that’s utter bullshit.— Jahaziel (@jahazielmusic) January 4, 2016

It would be easy to pick on this confused guy who has obviously read too much of the Big Book O’ Atheist Sound Bites and not enough of the Bible.  He spent 20 years in church and as a professional “Christian” and never came across this crystal-clear passage?

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.

Indeed.  Yes, I’m sure he went through the motions, but that is where much of the fault lies: With the churches, family, friends and followers who let these celebrity Christians and Christian celebrities get away without solid preaching, discipleship and accountability.

If you preach real sermons then goats like this will either convert or run away.  But if you do world-friendly “Christian” Left “sermons” then the sheep will starve and the goats will stay.  Same thing for discipleship and accountability.  The goats have no interest in that.

And most churches are too gutless to exercise any church discipline.  They find it easier to coddle the goats and even let the wolves stay.  I have only seen church discipline done at one church, and it was amazingly effective.  Surprising what happens when you actually obey Jesus, eh?  Instead of taking Matthew 18:20 out of context they actually followed the entire passage.

And did anyone even share Romans 10:9 with him?

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

He should have realized a long time ago that he hadn’t confessed that or really believed it.  Because none of his explanations talked about why he no longer believed Jesus rose from the dead.

Of course, that doesn’t mean people can’t have doubts.  Just pray to God to strengthen your faith as this guy did:

Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

If you aren’t a Christian today, you never were one.  Once really saved, always really saved.  But there is Good News!  You can become one if you repent and believe.

Also see Once lost, always lost? about the Hebrews 6 verse that some use to argue against eternal security.

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7 thoughts on ““But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.””

  1. It’s incredible that his arguments against Christianity are completely and totally 100% incorrect. He clearly did not get them from inside Christianity as he claims, these are accusations are the same tired and wrongheaded complaints we’ve heard from atheists for centuries, complaints that come straight from the pit.

    So the question I pose is, why did he remain “in” the church for 20 years? From his interview in http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk he clearly has never read the bible, he railed against being taught to accept it’s authority without even reading it. His arguments against Christianity are so utterly historically inaccurate so it’s probably safe to assume that he’s never read a history book either.

    One thing is for sure, he mad a lot of money recording “Christian” rap. Maybe I’m a bit cynical (and who wouldn’t be after dealing with the “Christian” Left all week) but I have a feeling that there may be three magical words involved with his sudden “conversion”

    Lucrative Recording Contract

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  2. This rapper’s arguments may be facile. But they are convincing to many.

    Is everyone who claims the name of Christ a Christian? It seems a dumb question. But how many younger Christians have turned completely away from discernment as “divisive”? How many consider it rude to challenge anyone on “their personal beliefs”?

    How many younger Christians read their Bibles every day? How many have read through the New Testament 1 time, 3 times, 5 or 10 times? We know that people who read the Bible regularly most often read the Authorized Version. How many younger Christians read the AV – not many. And reading any book on a little iPhone does not have the same impact as reading an actual Bible, no matter how convenient it is to have it on your phone.

    We are witnessing a grave cultural shift. If things continue, the Bible will be a forgotten book by the vast majority. Those who take it seriously (and read and study it) will be considered far outside acceptable society.

    I hope I’m wrong.

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  3. I think sometimes people give a platform for celebrity Christians right away on account of their talents or status and miss out on discipleship…or being grounded in the Gospel. How many times have people thought they were saved because of a religious experience only get truly saved later during the course of “discipleship” when the Gospel was made clear…

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    1. I don’t know about that. Lacrae is doctrinally sound rap who definitely doesn’t hold back when the truth needs to be spoken(e.g. “Fal$e Teacher$”).

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