“Glory to God”, the new spiritual song from Wayne Marshall, featuring Tessanne Chin & Christian Minister Ryan Mark, does not bring glory to God.
Why am I doing this? There are AT LEAST 4 reasons Christians should stop celebrating and endorsing the song. At LEAST 4 reasons we should reject these kinds of collaborations between the world and the church.
Guess what? This is not about Wayne Marshall. Wayne Marshall by his own admission is not a Christian. I expect him therefore, to be confused about the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14).
You guessed it right: This is about the Church of Jesus Christ (including: the Minister on the track, the various pastors who have endorsed the song, the Christians who ‘stay’ endorsing the song on social media and the myriads of us who see nothing alarming in this union between light and darkness).
Why though should you care? I fear that many serious minded believers think issues like these are trivial, too trivial for us to waste time discussing. I strongly disagree. Here are six quick reasons those of us who love the name of Jesus and the truth of the scriptures MUST care about this issue:
We follow God. As a Christian I am passionate to be on God’s side in every issue (Ephesians 5:1-2). Here we have a situation in which people are saying so much about God, but when we read his word we see that they are clearly misrepresenting Him.
We have to ‘tek sleep mark death.‘ You don’t have to run to the doctor for every little thing, but you also can’t afford to be so casual about serious warning signs that you don’t address a deadly disease like cancer until its too late.
What has happened with this song (and is happening in gospel music across the world right now, it seems) is a sign of real biblical ignorance in the body of Christ. None of us knows how far the cancer will spread if left unchecked (Proverbs 27:12).
It’s not “just a song”. ‘The message’ of this song (the words, the ideas that birth it, the thinking of the singer in explaining it, the message shared with fans about it) denies that Jesus Christ is who He is (i.e., God, the only Saviour of the world). It denies the scriptures. It misleads people on matters of eternal significance. Such a song is deadly in a place like Jamaica where music is a master teacher.
A Pastor is on the track. On March 25, 2018 when Christians across the globe were commemorating the death of Jesus Christ, a Christian Minister took active part in launching into the world a message that violently undermines the work and worth of the cross of Christ (and to this hour appears to see nothing wrong with what has happened). That is a big deal!
Many in the church are endorsing it. Far from seeing anything wrong with the song, many Christians (and I mean even Christians that other Christians look up to) think these songs (by unbelievers supposedly ‘worshiping’ God) are great and publicly share them without a second thought. Not cool.
It’s unloving and wicked to lead the blind into a ditch. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. Real friends will fight you to take that key (Proverbs 27:6). So I have heard the argument of many that we must encourage the ‘positive’ things we see in unbelievers.
We only call these things positive because we do not know the scriptures. It is the most unloving thing in the world to mislead someone about where they truly stand with God when this very night their life could be required of them! How much more unloving a thing when those being led astray include children.
Therefore, as people of the scripture, we MUST contend for this precious treasure called the Christian faith with every ounce of energy and influence we can find (Jude 1:3, 1 Timothy 6:20). Paul made it clear that we have to hold each other accountable in the church (1 Corinthians 5:12).
With that in mind, we defend the faith by shining a big ole light on blatant error when everybody else says ‘no big deal’. We do that because we know that our enemy’s greatest desire is to go unnoticed (Jude 1:4, 2 Peter 2:1, Matthew 7:15, Ephesians 5:11).
Check this out: Here are four reasons this song DOES NOT glorify God:
1 With the resurgence of roots reggae music nowadays there is also an increase in the influence and reach of Rastafarianism;
2 Local TV is filled with advertisements from mediums, astrologists, spiritualist, palm readers etc.;
3 New Age religion and abstract spirituality in general is prominent and is especially dangerous because those who hold these views don’t classify them as such.
Jesus BLASTED the Pharisees (calling them out as hypocrites) for being people who only worship Gods with their lips/words, but whose hearts were far from God. Note the words “In vain do they worship me” (Matthew 15:1-8).
His teaching about prayer was largely a criticism of what many people taught was the highest spirituality. He said when you pray don’t be like these people, and don’t do these things – clearly showing that not every prayer was pleasing to God. (Matthew 6:5-6).
It was the same for good works. He said when you do good, when you give to the poor – don’t do it this way, do it that way (Matthew 6:1-3).
It was the same for fasting (Matthew 6:16-18).
In John 4:23-24 Jesus tells us that there is a specific kind of worshiper that God the father “desires” or is “seeking”. He then tells us that those who worship God MUST worship Him in spirit and in truth.
1 Our struggle is NOT “against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
2 That the Devil masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
3 In the last days “some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron…” (1 Timothy 4:1-2 NASB).
Note the doctrines of demons are not taught by demons. They are taught THROUGH people. Those people don’t come with a sign on their clothes or face to identify them. No, we are told to look at what they teach and judge.
1 Remember, Jesus told us that God sends his rain freely on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45).
2 Goliath the giant was invincible. He had natural ability not the Holy Spirit.
3 The Pharisees, Jesus said, would travel over land and sea to make one convert who they would then turn into “twice as much a child of hell” as themselves (Matthew 23:15). They had zeal, not the Holy Spirit. Politicians have zeal, sports fans have zeal (just watch the NBA playoffs and World Cup this year).
4 Samuel 16:23 tells us that the counsel or advise of Ahithophel was so wise it was like he spoke words directly from the mouth of God. That is how David and everyone else viewed him. Yet clearly, from his betrayal of the King and his sad suicide when his world crumbled we know he had a gift, not the Holy Spirit.
1. The Song & The Singer Deny The Most Important Truth In The World – JESUS!
Here is the thing: I don’t know what Jesus looked like and we probably never will. We do know for sure though that JESUS IS: “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15); “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature and he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3); “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16).
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
— John 14:6
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT JESUS
Fact is, the Christian message is simple and unchanging: every human being has sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Sin has separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2). After we die we will be judged for what we did in our lives, good and bad (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Because of our sin we were all “condemned already” in the eyes of God and will perish (John 3:16-18). It is precisely because NO human being can EVER get God’s approval by their own effort, no matter how “good” their lifestyle, that Jesus Christ came into the world.
Here is the real truth: NO human being can approach God in their own right (Romans 3:10-12). We need a mediator and there is only one, single, deh-geh, deh-geh, mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). Salvation is found in no other name, but the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12). The bible couldn’t be any clearer.
Furthermore, Jesus Christ is God. Jesus taught it (John 5:18). The Apostles taught it (2 Peter 1:1). He is not merely some guy who lived a good life.
WHAT THE SONG & SINGER SAY ABOUT JESUS
First, these songs encourage the view that human beings can love God, be loved by God, access God and be right with God without Jesus Christ.
Now, pay attention, the one name you never hear Wayne Marshall mention is the name “Jesus” (same with Nicki Minaj in her Tasha Cobbs verse and other secular artistes now singing songs of praise and thanks to God). They don’t claim to owe their relationship to God to Christ.
Suh here it is we putting our focus pon dis man name jesus, dis man name Jesus, suppose God say you fi be di next Jesus? Yuh go miss di calling enuh.
— Wayne Marshall, 2018
Sadly, there are people who are claiming a direct relationship with “God”, that is, God the father, independent of Jesus Christ. I can’t stress this enough, we are endorsing a deadly belief when we endorse their songs therefore as that is the VERY OPPOSITE of the gospel.
Second, Wayne Marshall doesn’t even acknowledge that JESUS is God, the Messiah or the ONLY Mediator between God and man! Basically he doesn’t even acknowledge the MOST CENTRAL things in Christianity as true.
Marshall was interviewed by Foota Hype, a dancehall selector/mc, about the song recently. This wasn’t some secret interview. The man is not ashamed of his views. He is so clear that I am at a loss as to how to process the Pastor’s involvement.
Its a long interview that you can check out on youtube, but for ease I have put just the relevant section below (video and transcript):
Foota: I am very happy that the word Jesus was not in the song and you did a explain why yuh wouldn’t put it inna di song.
WM: Check this now, memba say Jesus was a man just like we. You know what I think about all the time, I think about that God is still sending prophets to earth, still sending messengers and in this time more than ever.
Imagine, how the world mash up right now, imagine how fada God must a think to himself say him need fi send some people fi bring certain message to mankind now…even more than dem time deh. Suh here it is we putting our focus pon dis man name jesus, dis man name Jesus, suppose God say you fi be di next Jesus? Yuh go miss di calling enuh.
Foota: (leaning back, smiling broadly with hand outstretched to ‘God’ like people in ‘worship’): Thank yuh fada God, yo. Marshall, lotta ppl say Foota mad, ailien box him, him a mad ova gyal, when mi talk knowledge. Yo dem always say, reason why dem a love Jesus suh a cause a di only son God have. Nuttin nuh guh suh man. All of us are sons and daughtas of God.
WM: (nodding along) of course
Foota: Even the animals belong to God, creatures, bacteria, germs everything –
WM: Stick a pin, and God is still telling his story so who are we to be limiting him, thinking that he is not sending back –
Foota: (interrupting) dat him thing stop a one person – yea, him thing stop a one person, dat is totally stupid.
WM: it stupid, it literally is …..
“Stupid”. That is how Marshall and Foota describe the fact that Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. This is not an interview from 1998. This is an interview specifically to discuss this song.
Do you follow me so far? What is pitiable is that Christians need to hear these words to realize that not everybody that says “God” or even “Jesus”, actually believes in Jesus Christ.
Let’s not play around here. The views expressed by Marshall and Foota are clearly what the Bible describes as being anti-Christ. The Anti Christ is not a monster in a movie…Lets stop thinking with Hollywood shaped minds and look at what the scriptures says:
22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.
— 1 John 2:22-23
Don’t fool yourself, ONLY one thing can be true. If the song is true (and Wayne Marshall is right that he has a relationship with God without Christ) then the bible is false. If you believe the bible to be true however (Including all it says about mankind’s sin and total need for salvation through Jesus), then you must reject the song as false.
Further, any person who perverts the gospel of Jesus Christ is attracting a curse to themselves (Galatians 1:8.) When Pastor Ryan Mark says on the track that “God has forgiven our sins”, what does he mean? Whose sins? By what means has God done that? If God has already forgiven Wayne Marshall’s sins without Jesus Christ then Christianity is a house divided against itself !
With restaurants modernizing nowadays to reach every conceivable customer you see strange things: patty shops that have ice cream, stew chicken, curry goat and roti, pasta salad, cakes, but no patties.
Absurd as it may seem, you can probably even have a KFC without chicken. However, you cannot have Christianity without Christ. Shut it down!
Here is the real kicker, if the truth of Jesus Christ is denied there is nothing distinctive left of Christianity. Yes, the Foota Hypes and Wayne Marshall of the world will endorse it as most ‘relevant’, but it is not Christianity. The world wants a “God” undefined.
They have no problem with a “Jah Jah” who they can define as they please. Their problems is with the God of the Bible who dictates how He will and will not be worshiped, with “Christ” who claims to be the ONLY way to God and with the “stupid” cross, the symbol of God’s justice. (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).
For this reason alone I reject this song and this collaboration absolutely. We must be bold, dogmatic, and absolutely un-accommodating of any message or song that removes the power, glory and offence of the cross. (Galatians 5:11).
2. This Confused Spirituality Gives People FALSE HOPE.
We have all come to see the chaos that fake news can cause. Want to know what the deadliest fake news in the world is though? It is simply the lie that ALL ROADS LEAD TO GOD.
“They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. “Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace.”
— Jeremiah 8:11
The song didn’t say that, I agree. However, once you deny that Christ is God (explicitly or just by cutting him out of the salvation process) the next logical argument is that everybody’s way is A-ok with God. God has no objective standard.
That however is not the message of biblical Christianity.
Acts 17:30 tells us that God commands all people everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30).
Jesus himself said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).
This message of the exclusive work of Jesus Christ is offensive but it has always been a light to the world to allow people to understand that God demands a very specific commitment from them.
But Look What We’ve Done! The Foota Hype interview shows what happens when Christians collaborate on or endorse spiritual songs by non-Christians. The singers already think, quite wrongly, that they are great with God without Jesus Christ.
Instead of correcting that deadly error and calling them to repentance, we come along as representatives of Jesus Christ and affirm their false view. That gives them a false sense of security.
Check out this snippet where Marshall gives his views of God based on his working with Ryan Mark (“a world man” and a Christian Minister):
WM: inna di evening now me and Ryan Mark hol a deep meds, a deep vibration now, and we siddung and we put everything out there fi God now. Cause remember him a Christian enuh and me a world man so dem too yah nuh suppose to really a par but what dat really a show we say a one god, underneath it all, a one god.
Foota: (nodding in agreement) yes
Do you see that? Marshall decided to jettison the biblical view that the Christian and the world, light and darkness have nothing in common (2 Corinthians 6:14-17) which some Christian had rightly taught him somewhere before. He decided to do away with that view because a Minister for whom he had great respect saw no problem with the link.
GOSPEL IN CRISIS
Brethren, I wish I could say that this kind of irresponsibility was a one-off occurrence.
In 2017, the Dancehall artiste Bounty Killer was actually allowed on stage at the Greater Works International Fellowship Jamaica Greater Praise Gospel Concert and allowed to “minister” to the saints.
Killer’s presence on stage with a mic is one thing. What he was allowed to say is another thing. That what he said went uncorrected by the leadership of the church – and was even affirmed by Prodigal Son who was on stage with him is everything. EVERYTHING!
Below is the actual footage (and below that) a transcript of the relevant portion of what he said:
Bounty killer: “Now listen me now, as Proddi say todeh we a reason enuh and di yutes dem, we need dem, and di yutes dem is losing their ways, they need to look in the right direction, you don’t have to be a Christian enuh, but you have to memba that the almighty is all of our father (Prodigal: yea), whether you going in or yuh coming in, give praises, always give praises, he will lead you unto the right path, one day, cause everybody get them own call, God have everybody number enuh and him call yuh at him own time.
A man got on a Christian stage and said to a Christian audience “you don’t have to be a Christian enuh, but you have to memba that the almighty is all of our father.”
TELL ME THIS: If you don’t put your faith in Christ how can you have a right to be a child of God?
You don’t have to be a Christian enuh, but you have to memba that the almighty is all of our father (Prodigal: yea),
— Bounty Killer
The bible tells us that to be a child of God is a right given only to those who received Christ and believed in his name (John 1:12).
No one who accepts that false ‘all-are-already-children’ view can ever understand why John is so baffled at the love of God in calling us children of God (1 John 3:1).
TELL ME THIS: What do ‘the least of these’ take away when such a horrible error is spoken by such an incredibly influential figure and the lie is affirmed by their spiritual leaders?? (Mark 9:42)
EVEN to this day (as far as the public can see) the statement has gone uncorrected. May God have mercy on his people for not seeing this as a serious a betrayal as it is.
TELL ME THIS: If you don’t have to be a Christian, if all you need is to give praises to God who is already your heavenly father, then why all these wasted hours attending church? Why have so many Christians died for the word of God and will continue to die for the name of Jesus (Revelations 6:9)? Why do the missionaries and evangelists continue urging people to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20)?
A MOST URGENT ISSUE
We CANNOT afford to waffle on this point. Not ever, but certainly not now. We look in the culture and we see that:
We must be as clear as the man who used to blow the trumpet in cities long ago, to tell the people to prepare for war. If the trumpet sounds a muffled or confusing sound, who will prepare for battle? (1 Corinthians 14:8). There is one God. One way, one truth, one life. If every pastor, singer, parent or mentor denies it – let God be found to be true though it makes every human being a liar! (Romans 3:4).
3. God Hates Our Culture Of Empty Words.
“Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
— Romans 8:8
Doesn’t the bible say, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD?” So what’s the problem?
I knew somebody would raise that argument. Clearly that’s an argument Minster Ryan Mark thinks justifies this kind of collaboration (he posted that view on Instagram).
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” is merely an invitation to praise God. We haven’t read the Bible if we assume that everything we offer will qualify as praise to God or that everyone CAN praise God as they are! It is not every and every praise that God accepts. We can actually offend God in how we try to praise him. It is not every and everybody that can praise God, we must come to God through Christ.
What must they do to praise the Lord? Is it just to mutter a string of words? Or go in a certain posture? It is saying “Lord, Lord”? No, God is only praised when our words and actions align to God’s revelation of WHO he is and WHAT he says pleases him.
Take these examples, from the Old and New Testament (God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)):
I. NADAB AND ABIHUH
In Leviticus 10 we read of two men who were killed by God because they offered an offering they had no business offering. They were not idol worshipers. Their offering was to God but they were NOT authorized to make it. God killed them. Why? What do we learn from this about the character of God? We get our answer in what Moses said to Aaron, Nadab and Abihih’s father, about their death:
Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron,
took their respective firepans,
and after putting fire in them,
placed incense on it and offered strange
fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them.
And fire came out from the presence of the Lord
and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.
“Then Moses said to Aaron,
“It is what the Lord spoke, saying,
‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy,
And before all the people I will be honored.’”
So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.”
— Leviticus 10:1-3
The point: God is Holy (was, is and will forever be Holy). Those who approach him MUST treat him as Holy therefore and we don’t define holiness – he does!
II. THERE ARE WAYS OF WORSHIPING THE LORD THAT HE ABSOLUTELY HATES!
Moses warned the children of Israel in Deuteronomy not to copy the worship practices of the peoples around them because they did things in worshiping their false gods that the true and living God would never accept!
“You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way,
for every abominable thing that the LORD hates
they have done for their gods, for they even
burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods.”
— Deuteronomy 12:31-32
The point: God has standards! He has likes and dislikes. We can’t just come to him with any and everything we pick up from our culture and other religions.
III. THAT TIME DAVID WAS ANGRY WITH GOD, THEN SCARED OF GOD, THEN IN LOVE WITH GOD AGAIN.
The story of Uzzah’s death during the moving of the Ark of the Covenant is perfect on this point. David was of the very mistaken view that because he was doing a great thing ‘for God’, he could do it any ole way. David and the religious leaders ignored God’s word about how the Ark should be dealt with that resulted in a misguided young man being killed.
“And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon,
Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark,
for the oxen stumbled.
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah,
and he struck him down because he put out his hand
to the ark, and he died there before God.
And David was angry because the LORD
had broken out against Uzzah.
And that place is called Perez-uzza to this day.
And David was afraid of God that day, and he said,
“How can I bring the ark of God home to me?”
— 1 Chronicles 13:9-12
We can make God look unreasonable and wicked when we defy his law. God has revealed his will for us in his word. If we obey it, all will go well with us. That is what David came to learn. In 1 Chronicles 15 David decided to try to move the Ark again but the second time around he did it by the book and God blessed EVERYONE involved.
Then David summoned the priests Zadok and Abiathar,
and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah,
Eliel, and Amminadab, and said to them,
“You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites.
Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers,
so that you may bring up the ark of the LORD,
the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it.
Because you did not carry it the first time,
the LORD our God broke out against us,
because we did not seek him according to the rule.”
…And the Levites carried the ark of God on their
shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded
according to the word of the LORD.”
— 1 Chronicles 15:11-14
You ever heard about how David danced off his clothes? Well this was the time. When he approached God in the way God had ordained God blessed their effort and made them very happy. A same suh it guh today.
The point: Let’s NEVER fool ourselves that because we’re doing something ‘for God’ he will drop the bar. God is HOLY – he can never not demand reverence from His people.
IV. A BILLION VERSES IN ISAIAH.
Please read Isaiah 1:11-20 and you will see how God EXPRESSLY rejected even sacrifices his own law demanded because the people were insincere.
When you come to appear before me,
who has required of you
this trampling of my courts?
Bring no more vain offerings;
incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—
I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
Your new moons and your appointed feasts
my soul hates; they have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands,
I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
your hands are full of blood.
— Isaiah 12-15
Please also check out Isaiah 66:1-4.
The point: MERE WORDS of praise don’t ‘praise’ God. In fact, words without substance are an ABOMINATION to God. HE HATES THEM!!
V. MR NO WEDDING CLOTHES.
Jesus tells an amazingly relevant parable in Matthew 22 about a King who was having a wedding banquet for his son and his guests stood him up. So he sent his team out to invite ANY and Everybody.
When the place was jam packed the King entered and noticed among all the guests this man who hadn’t worn any ‘wedding clothes’. Probably just hauled on his work pants and boots and a mesh merino. The King stopped and addressed him directly.
“And he said to him, ‘Friend,
how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’
And he was speechless.”
— Matthew 22:12
Come on – the man must’ve been thinking. The messengers from the Palace had said everybody should come, just come! They said they wanted both the bad and the good and here was this man who had responded! He couldn’t say a word and the King was livid.
Look what happened and the lesson Jesus taught from it:
“Then the king told the attendants,
‘Tie him hand and foot,
and throw him outside, into the darkness,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
— Matthew 22:13-14
The Point: God calls the whole world, but we are doing God no favors. We still have to come to Him aware that he is Holy – which is why we NEED to be clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
VI. MORE FROM JESUS.
Jesus clearly rubbished the view that every act of worship or praise could please God:
The point: We have to worship God in spirit and in truth or what we are offering IS NOT praise! Everything that has breath therefore CANNOT praise God simply because they have breath! It takes more than that.
VII. THE ULTIMATE – ROMANS 8:5-8.
I think the final verse on this issue should be Romans 8:5-8. Everything that has breath CANNOT praise God as they are as “…the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Those who are in the flesh can SAY all the right words, “Glory to thee, O God”…but they cannot please God.
Yes the singers can be ‘good’ in the world’s definition of good, but they cannot please God.
What they sing is not praise to God, because – Romans 8:7 says, they are hostile to God whether they know/sense/admit it or not.
BUT THEY’RE CLEARLY SINCERE. HOW CAN THEY BE WRONG IF THEY’RE SINCERE?
Its quite easy for people to sincere and wrong at the same time. In Romans 10:1-2 Paul says all he wants for the Israelites is for them to be saved – clearly showing that they were un-saved or lost.
Then he goes on to testify about them that they “have a zeal for God” but that it was based on knowledge. They weren’t just sincere, they were FULLA ENERGY, but they were misguided.
Second, sincerity doesn’t mean a leader is right! I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of Minister Ryan Mark, but James 3:1, 2 Cor 2:16, 1 Timothy 4:16 and other such verses exists for a reason. Sincere people can teach WRONG doctrines that ruin people eternally.
Third, sincerity doesn’t give us license to break and deny God’s word. What justification is there for the collaboration between light and darkness? How can the two collaborate when we our clearly don’t agree (2 Corinthians 6:14)?
Sincerity is not enough. One of the greatest struggle we have as Christians must certainly be formalism in worship. That is, the danger of saying things to God that we do not mean. If formalism is a challenge for us who are redeemed, how can we encourage it in non-believers??
Jamaica is already full of this deadly blindness. This is the country where you play gospel music on a Sunday morning for an hour before you really start the day, or a even as the first song in dancehall session. Here everybody talks about their love for ‘fada God’ but have nothing to do with Christ.
We cannot support this blindness. No, we should be doing everything to PROVE to them how true the scripture is that they are HOSTILE to God (Romans 8:7).
WHY THERE IS SO LITTLE TRANSFORMATION AT THE END OF OUR “PRAISE”.
Our hatred of doctrine in the church today is a blatant refusal to love God with our all of our MIND. Sadly, we are reaping today the fruit of our divorcing ‘worship’ from doctrine.
The highest point of spirituality in the church today is “worship”, by which we really mean singing. God is ALWAYS “showing up” in “worship”. I fear that in much of our services we are like Samson, unaware that God is NOT with us (Judges 16:20). Unaware that we have driven God away from us (Ezekiel 8:6).
When we see God show up in the book of Acts and in particular points in the history of the Christian church the effect was always a lasting one. For all our individual victories the church in Jamaica is in clear statistical decline.
Is that the power of God?! Christianity is supposed to make us different people. We are supposed to live such good lives among the people of the world that even though they hate us and speak bad of us they must admit that God is good, and glorify him (1 Peter 2:12).
Worship is supposed to be a ‘means of ‘grace’. That is, a conduit through which we get power from God to live our Christian lives. Yet today we have more “worshipers” and less impact than ever. Why is that?
It seems to me that while the church looks and sounds better than ever our concert-like worship is no guarantee of impact. Certainly our worldly collaborations with those who deny the name of Jesus Christ is not what is going to impact this world.
Let’s not be surprised that there is so little transformation in the country after our weekend services therefore, when who knows if half of who are “praising” are actually surrendered to God.
4. The Singer Misrepresents The Holy Spirit (& That Says ALOT About Our Discernment).
This song was performed in a church. Just let that sink in.
We hear Wayne Marshall discussing it with Foota Hype. Marshall is convinced, as it appears the other worshippers in the church that day were, that the emotions experienced during the service was a genuine work of the Holy Spirit.
Check out the clip below (the bit about the church is at about 2:00 minutes in but I have given you the before and after so you can see that he literally describes the church scene RIGHT after denying Jesus as God. He sees the work of the ‘Holy Spirit’ in the church as support of his blasphemous views):
I have no hesitation in saying that what they all felt in that church on that Sunday morning was raw emotions, at best, or some other spirit at worst. For reasons I will give you below – IT COULD NOT have been the Holy Spirit of God.
Marshall talks about the ‘Spirit’ at other parts of the interview. He is convinced that the Spirit came upon him and empowered him specially during the recording of the song.
He is convinced that the reaction in the church, the fact that Foota called him for an interview and the love being expressed by many people for the song is proof that “the force” is real (his words), and that what he felt after he prayed in the studio was God’s Holy Spirit.
Check out this other clip:
What is sad is that many Christians also believe that this is the work of the Holy Spirit without a doubt. One gospel artiste actually commented on Wayne Marshall’s Instagram, “This song is coming from a sincere place. Many gospel artists caan find an anointed song fi put out but this…“.
But this? Is this song anointed? What makes the song anointed? Sincerity? Sincerity is no proof of a genuine work of the Holy Spirit. Neither is success or tears or popular support.
Some religious leaders thought they were slandering Jesus when they said that he drove out demons by the power of the devil (Mark 3:22). Jesus showed it was not him but the Holy Spirit, by whose power he had driven out the demons, that what they were really slandering!
When we associate the Holy Spirit with things that he’d never associate with, isn’t that slandering him? Let’s remember with dread the warning Jesus issued about slandering te Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28-30).
Let us also remember that we can grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).
Based on the scriptures, it is perfectly clear to me none of this (the song, the link between Marshall & Minister Ryan Mark, the vibe Marshall felt as he recorded, etc.) could even possibly be the work of the Holy Spirit for these reasons:
I. NOTHING IS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT…DOESN’T GLORIFY CHRIST.
He will glorify me, for he will
take what is mine and declare it to you.
— John 16:13 ESV
Jesus told us PLAINLY what the Holy Spirit’s role would be in the world in that passage. The primary work of the Holy Spirit is to Glorify Jesus Christ. How could the Holy Spirit, who is sent to glorify Christ, be given to a man whose whole aim (whether he intends it or not) undermines Christ? Rubbish. Do di maths.
II. NOTHING IS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT….IS OF THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTI CHRIST.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit,
but test the spirits to see whether they are from God,
for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit
that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.
This is the spirit of the antichrist,
which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.”
— 1 John 4:1-3
The bible explicitly describes the spirit of Antichrist. It clearly applies to Marshall and Foota and all who do not confess Jesus as Lord. You cannot be led by both the Spirit of the Antichrist (who is AGAINST Christ) and by the Holy Spirit of God (who is to glorify Christ).
III. NOTHING IS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT…IS OF THE WORLD.
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper,
that He may be with you forever;
that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive,
because it does not see Him or know Him,
but you know Him because He abides with
you and will be in you.
— John 14:16-17
Did you read that? “…the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive”. You get it again in 1 Corinthians 2:14.
By his own lips, Marshall identifies himself as a “world man‘. Why do we even need a discussion on this?? Whatever he felt could not be God’s Holy Spirit or the scripture is rendered worthless (2 Corinthians 6:16-17).
IV. NOTHING IS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT….IS NOT TRUE (LIKE LYING ABOUT JESUS, SALVATION ETC).
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit,
but test the spirits to see whether they are from God,
because many false prophets have gone out into the world…
We are from God; he who knows God listens to us;
he who is not from God does not listen to us.
By this we know the spirit of truth
and the spirit of error.
— 1 John 4:1,6
The Holy Spirit is not the Spirit of goose bumps and tears. That is how we have perverted the blessing of Pentecost. He is not the spirit of jumping – even though he may make us jump and sing etc. What he is ABOVE ALL is the spirit of TRUTH (John 14:13, 1 John 4:6).
Wayne Marshall’s views about God the father, about Christ the Son and about salvation are all false. They are based on deception, errors and lies. None of them are true. Minister Ryan Mark’s endorsement of them does not make them true. No human endorsement of a lie is God’s endorsement. Therefore the spirit working with Marshall is not the Spirit of Truth but the spirit of Deception.
V. NOTHING IS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT….IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE TEACHING OF THE APOSTLE.
“They are from the world;
therefore they speak from the world,
and the world listens to them. We are from God.
Whoever knows God listens to us;
whoever is not from God does not listen to us.
By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
— 1 John 4:5-6
The Spirit of Truth validates and leads us to obey the teaching of the Apostles. Who am I and who is any modern teacher to go beyond the scriptures? No. Anyone that tells us that there is another way to God besides Christ is preaching another gospel, which is not even a gospel and is judged already (Galatians 1:8). That message CANNOT be of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.
Urgent: Holy Spirit Misconceptions
The speed at which so many Christians believed that this was all a work of the Holy Spirit tells me that we have forgotten some things.
I. THERE ARE UN-“HOLY” SPIRITS
Newsflash, God is not the only one that has a plan for your life. The Bible warns us:
Do not trust every spirit (1 John 4:1).
II. THERE IS SOMETHING CALLED “COMMON GRACE”.
There is talent, emotions, psychology, eloquence, strength, zeal in ungodly people. Not everything that appears good has to be from the Holy Spirit. Because people like a song doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit was behind it. Tell Drake success doesn’t mean it was #Godsplan.
Goosebumps!? Cold sweat!? You know how many teenage pregnancies come about because of ‘butterflies’ in the tummy, weak knees, blushing cheeks and ‘cold bumps’? Go on YouTube and watch how many people faint at the mere presence of Michael Jackson. Emotions are a serious thing.
Let us pray for wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God and be diligent to gain the knowledge we need to be able to discern and distinguish between spirits. Let us stop relying on our selves, our emotions and ‘intuition’ and learn from the scriptures just exactly who the Holy Spirit is.
Let us therefore be zealous and turn away from these untrue views.
Repent. Reject. Reach Out In Truth.
Too many in the church today are absolutely ecstatic to support ANYTHING that just barely hints of the “G” in “God”. It is as though we think God, had a 2000-year-long streak of luck and is now somehow incapable of maintaining the church another minute without the help of this or that thing or person. With that misguided enthusiasm we test no spirits (1 John 4:1) and disregard every distinction that makes us ‘a peculiar people’ (1 peter 2:9).
I pray that we will repent of this madness without defensiveness or delay.
Let us reject every lie that sets itself up against the knowledge of the truth (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Let us THEN reach out to the world , with love yes, but ALWAYS with truth (Ephesians 4:15). There can be no real love without truth. The issue is urgent, lets not delay.