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What is Christian Hip Hop Music?

Posted: January 24, 2012 by rickyroldan in Topical
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What Color is the Sky in Their World?

Mr. Jason Bradfield joins me for a very informative and entertaining hour on the subject of Christian Hip Hop music.

To listen to the show from the site please click the link provided below. To save this program to your portable listening device please right click the link below and select “save as”.

 http://phillyflash.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/what-is-christian-hip-hop-music.mp3

 

Show Notes and Links

Spiritual Blessings in Christ courtesy of ChristCentric and can be obtained here

Roldan versus Godzilla courtesy of Roldan and can be obtained here.

Shai Linne can be found here

 

Online Christian Hip Hop Stations

http://www.christian-hiphop.net/

http://www.christiantuner.com/channels/raphiphop.aspx

Holy Culture Forums can be found here

 

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First let me state that I will be using the Westminster Confession of Faith(a Reformed Confession) to summarize the doctrines that we are going to investigate.

WCF 9:2,3

II. Man, in his state of innocence, had freedom, and power to will and to do that which was good and well pleasing to God; but yet, mutably, so that he might fall from it.

III. Man, by his fall into a state of sin, has wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation: so as, a natural man, being altogether averse from that good, and dead in sin, is not able, by his own strength, to convert himself, or to prepare himself to it.

The position a person takes concerning the way in which God saves man will be, to a large extent, due to the view one takes in reference to sin and its effect on man’s nature hence the reason why we will begin with Total Depravity for it entails the status or condition of man’s will after the fall.

When you hear us Calvinist/Reformed speak of being totally depraved what we mean by this is that man’s nature is corrupt, perverse, and sinful throught his whole being. What we DON’T MEAN by it is that man is as corrupt and perverse as he could possibly be, this is not what we mean by “total”. The word “total” for us then means that the WHOLE of man’s being is affected by sin this corruption of sin extends to EVERY part of man body and soul. Sin has defiled the totality of man’s faculties, his mind and his WILL.

There is a point that I find is neglected in these discussions concerning this subject. Please refer to the WCF paragraph 2 that I included above. Notice what it says. Humanity was not originally made in this corrupt condition. God made Adam and Eve upright with TRUE FREE WILL. The early church father St. Augustine described this free condition as “posse peccare and posse non peccare” which in latin means that Adam had the ability to sin and the ability NOT TO SIN this was freedom in its essence. He had no natural desire to choose evil.

BUT! In the fall Adam lost the ability NOT TO SIN for himself and for his offsprings, us (this is the doctrine of Original Sin) and plunged us into spiritual ruin and death. Also destroying the ability to choose spiritual good over evil. As a result of this cosmic tragedy man will is no longer free as Adam and Eve’s will was free before the fall, instead man’s will is in bondage to his sinful nature the will now becoming a slave to sin and dead to righteousness.

Now we are all born in sin, inhereting this depravity the unregenerate (spiritually dead) person is totally unable to do anything spiritually good therefore being unable to choose God in and of himself or to do anything contributing to his or her salvation. The Scriptures teach that man in this fallen state are enemies of God by “nature” blind and deaf to spiritual truth, dead in trespasses and sin, children of satan enslaved and under his control, their hearts are corrupt and evil. Man if left in this dead state are unable of themselves to believe the Gospel, repent, and come to Christ. Man has no power to change their own nature or to ressurect themselves and follow Christ.

Man must be made alive being born again by the power of the Holy Spirit given a NEW heart in order to follow Christ.

We still have a will and the ability to choose but the problem is that we will NEVER choose any spiritual good (we’re dead spiritually) but will ALWAYS choose spiritual evil (because we are its slave and love being one).

Heart/Mind (Deceitful and Wicked)

•Jeremiah 17:9 – “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”

•Titus 1:15-16 – to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.

•Ecclesiastes 9:3 – Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

•Romans 1:28-31 – And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were… foolish

•Ephesians 4:17-18 – you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

•Jeremiah 10:7-8,14 – among all the wise ones of the nations and in all their kingdoms there is none like you. They are both stupid and foolish… Every man is stupid and without knowledge

•Matthew 15:19 – “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” (c.f. Mark 7:21-23)

•Genesis 6:5 & 8:21 – The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually… from his youth.

•Proverbs 10:20 – the heart of the wicked is of little worth.

•Proverbs 28:26 – Whoever trusts in his own [heart] is a fool

Mans Will a slave not free

•John 8:34 – Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.”

•2 Peter 2:19 – They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.

•Titus 3:3 – For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.

•Galatians 4:8-9 – Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?

•Romans 6:6,16,17,19,20 – We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey…? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed… For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

•Romans 7:14 – For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.

•2 Timothy 2:25-26 – God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

It would also be best to read these passages in their context….

Natural man in his dead state cannot comprehend the gospel or come to saving knowledge of God on his own will.

•1 Corinthians 2:14 – The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

•2 Corinthians 4:3-4 – our gospel is veiled… to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

•1 Corinthians 1:18,21-24 – For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles

•Deuteronomy 29:2-4 – And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders. But to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.”

•Matthew 11:27 – “no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

•Romans 8:7-9 – For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
Dead man cannot can come to God or choose salvation

•John 3:27 – John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.”

•John 14:16-17 – “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.”

•John 1:12-13 – But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

•John 6:44,65 – “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

•Romans 9:16 – So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.

•Romans 11:35-36 – “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things.

•1 Corinthians 1:30 – And because of him you are in Christ Jesus

•Philippians 2:13 – for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
It is God who must resurrect the dead man

•Colossians 2:13 – And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses

•Ephesians 2:1-2, 4-5 – And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked… But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved

And my Favorite:

•Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ahhhhhh what amazing and sweet Grace!!

This in essence is Total Depravity


Adam disobey/ as a result the spiritual death plague/ made mans will a slave/ to his sinful nature rage/ born perverse at birth condemned to eternal flames/ but Yahweh’s worthy to be praised/ for the sin wage/ was paid/ by Christ Jesus who gave/ His life to be slayed/ taken down from the cross and laid/ in a tomb cave/ then three days/ rose from the grave/ then to ascend into heaven/ and sat at the right hand of God the Father Almighty once again/ where He intercedes for women and men/ predestined/ to be conformed to the Sons image/ who by Gods grace through faith receives the gospel message/ given the sign being baptized into Abraham’s covenant linage/ sealed by the Spirit of promise/ foretold by Joel the Old Testaments prophet/ fulfill in the Church Apostolic/ chronologic prophecies perfectly comes to pass by He who holds in His fingertip the entire cosmic/ theologic mind state penetrates Gnostic hydroponic doctrine that’s demonic/ the Messiahs mission was always the crucifixion/ to secure redemption/ for those the Father chose for salvation/ betrayed with a kiss by the son of perdition/ so that scripture can be fulfilled/ infinite blood spill/ at His own will/ so the flesh can be killed/

Hook: unmerited favor which flows from the Savior seventh chamber indwells the souls dome when I manifest the Grace that’s unkown/

The New Covenant agenda/ I inject da secula/ with necta/ that flows from the Resurrecta/ separated from my mothers womb to be a Gospel defenda/ like Matthew the tax collecta/ and the Saints across the globe/ the Son of God on the cross wore my filthy clothes/ and covered my with His spotless righteous robe/ justified by faith alone/ in the works of the Christ for the sins of those blind eyes given sight to see the road home/ to the Kings dome. and bow at the Kings throne/ where the redeemed saints roam/ supreme faith is shown/ by your fruits I’ll introduce proof of the Grace that’s unknown/ to satans cloned/ walking bones/ Gods judgment postponed/ til the day He has saved all His own/ foreknown predestined and called/ irresistibly drawn/ to persevere til the end of the Babylonian society/ where antinomian philosophy tragically penetrates humanities mental cavity/ the Gospel enemies diligently/ seek to dethrone our majesty/ but eventually will fail/ to steal our Holy grail/ at the end times the remnant shall victoriously prevail/ the sting less gates of hell/

Hook: unmerited favor which flows from the Savior seventh chamber indwells the souls dome when I manifest the Grace that’s unknown/

From my first Reformed rap ever written 17yrs ago

All Babies Go to Heaven?

Posted: January 10, 2012 by rickyroldan in Topical
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There is much debate when it comes to the topic of the eternal destiny of dying infants. Whether one holds to the view that only elect infants or children are saved or if one affirms all infants and children who die are part of the elect we must remember to be respectful and not strawman or misrepresent those they disagree with.

I, with many within the reformed faith both historically and in modern times, believe that the scriptures teach by necessary inference that ALL babies who die go to heaven because I believe they are part of God’s Elect. In the same way that Faith is a gift to Adults, I believe that God imparts this same gift to babies before entering heaven since all men are born in sin.

Faith is a Gift, that’s the whole point. If God Grants Faith to an Adult who didn’t deserve it, who committed vile and wretched sins, how not much more to an infant? I know that what I just stated is more of a philosophical approach and argument but I will demonstrate the biblical logic for it from good and necessary deduction. Christian philosophy based on proper theology is vital.

I believe its through Faith. It is Faith that is given by Grace unto salvation not just Grace, Grace is the starting point that leads to faith that then leads to justification.

So then on what basis do we who hold to ALL infants going to heaven? I also affirm the Synod of Dort declaration and the WCF but my only contention with it is that it is vague and many attempt to limit the term “elect” to infants of believers only. I believe that it is ALL infants of believers and unbelievers alike.

We believe that Scripture does indeed teach that all persons who die in their infancy are elect. This cannot be based on emotional reasoning or only in our hope that it is true, but in a careful reading of the Bible and proper exegesis. We must start with the Scriptural affirmations before dealing with the rest.

First and foremost, the Scriptures reveals that we are “brought forth in iniquity,” and therefore we bear the stain of original sin from the moment of our conception. Thus, we face directly with the sin problem. On the other hand we also affirm the clear distinction the bible makes concerning Original Sin and Actual Sin which the reformers and especially John Calvin made.

Second, we acknowledge that God is absolutely sovereign in salvation. We do not deserve salvation, and can do nothing to earn our salvation, and so it is all of grace. Furthermore we understand and affirm that our salvation is only established by God’s election of sinners to salvation through Christ.

Third, I affirm that Scripture teaches that Jesus Christ is the sole and sufficient Savior, and that salvation comes only on the basis of His blood atonement.

Fourth, I affirm that the Bible teaches a dual eternal destiny – the redeemed to Heaven, the unredeemed to Hell.

My first starting premise of course is Gods Eternal Decree and a text is concerning the Deut. 1 passage.

After the children of Israel rebelled against God in the wilderness, God sentenced that generation to die in the wilderness after forty years of wandering. “Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to give your fathers.” But this was not all. God directly and specifically exempted young children and infants from this sentence, and even explained why He did so: “Moreover, your little ones who you said would become prey, and your sons, who this day have no knowledge of good and evil, shall enter there, and I will give it to them and they shall possess it.” The key issue here is that God specifically kept these “little ones” from the judgment those who “have no knowledge of good or evil” because of their age. These “little ones” would inherit the Promised Land, and would not be judged on the basis of their fathers’ sins.

I believe that this passage deals directly or at least indirectly on the issue of infant salvation, and that the accomplished work of Christ has removed the stain of original sin from those who die in infancy. Knowing neither good nor evil, these young children are incapable of committing sins in the body – are not yet moral agents – and die secure in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. In other words this is the distinction made between “Original Sin” and “Actual Sins” that the reformers made with respect to the spiritual and physical aspects of mankinds sin. Infants are guilty of “original sin” but are not guilty of “actual sins”.

Notice what it says about their physical innocence and knowing right from wrong. Adults are guilty of both original sin and actual sin while infants are not. If God would allow such to enter a physical land that really doesn’t mean nothing HOW MUCH MORE would God do for them in regards to the True Holy Land in Heaven.

Now, the most striking text is Matthew 18:1-4, 14

“18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

“14 So it is not the will of my [5] Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

Now these are very important words and very clear as to their meaning. If God takes them out of this world as little ones they will not perish, NOT ONE OF THEM. It would make no sense for anyone to say that Jesus refers only to some particular and privileged class of little ones. It is obvious that He is talking of children as children, irrespective of what or despite of whose children they are.

And even more striking is the fact that Jesus refers to these little ones as among the SHEEP=Elect, one must catch that.

So very clearly Jesus states “So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

Thats the icing on the cake for me on top of starting at God’s Eternal Decree leading to His unconditional saving grace.

I leave you with these words from some very respected Scholars……

“John Newton, the great minister who wrote the hymn Amazing Grace was certain of this truth. He wrote to close friends who had lost a young child: “I hope you are both well reconciled to the death of your child. I cannot be sorry for the death of infants. How many storms do they escape! Nor can I doubt, in my private judgment, that they are included in the election of grace.”

The great Princeton theologians Charles Hodge and B. B. Warfield held the same position.

Such, for instance, was the position held by Charles Hodge, W. G. T. Shedd, and B. B. Warfield. Concerning those who die in infancy, Dr. Warfield says: “Their destiny is determined irrespective of their choice, by an unconditional decree of God, suspended for its execution on no act.

B. B. Warfield may have expressed it best when he beautifully affirmed, “If all that die in infancy are saved, it can only be through the almighty operation of Holy Spirit, who works when, and where, and how He pleases, through whose ineffable grace the Father gathers these little ones to the home He has prepared for them.”

My favorite and one of the most eloquent and powerful expressions of this understanding of infant salvation came from the heart of Charles Spurgeon. Preaching to his own congregation, Spurgeon consoled grieving parents:

“Now, let every mother and father here present know assuredly that it is well with the child, if God hath taken it away from you in its infant days.” Spurgeon turned this conviction into an evangelistic call. “Many of you are parents who have children in heaven. Is it not a desirable thing that you should go there, too? He continued: “Mother, unconverted mother, from the battlements of heaven your child beckons you to Paradise. Father, ungodly, impenitent father, the little eyes that once looked joyously on you, look down upon you now, and the lips which scarcely learned to call you father, ere they were sealed by the silence of death, may be heard as with a still small voice, saying to you this morning, ‘Father, must we be forever divided by the great gulf which no man can pass?’ Doth not nature itself put a sort of longing in your soul that you may be bound in the bundle of life with your own children?”

John Calvin, the sixteenth-century Reformer for whom Calvinism is named, asserted, “I do not doubt that the infants whom the Lord gathers together from this life are regenerated by a secret operation of the Holy Ghost.” And “he speaks of the exemption of infants from the grace of salvation ‘as an idea not free from execrable blasphemy'” (cited by Augustus Strong in Systematic Theology). He furthermore declared that “to say that the countless mortals taken from life while yet infants are precipitated from their mothers’ arms into eternal death is a blasphemy to be universally detested” (quoted in Presbyterian and Reformed Review, Oct. 1890: pp.634-51).

Charles Hodge was a 19th-century professor of theology at Princeton Seminary, which was in those days a foremost American bastion of Calvinism. He wrote: “All who die in infancy are saved. This is inferred from what the Bible teaches of the analogy between Adam and Christ. ‘As by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.’ (Rom. v.18,19.) We have no right to put any limit on these general terms, except what the Bible itself places upon them. The Scriptures nowhere exclude any class of infants, baptized or unbaptized, born in Christian or in heathen lands, of believing or unbelieving parents, from the benefits of the redemption of Christ. All the descendants of Adam, except Christ, are under condemnation; all the descendants of Adam, except those of whom it is expressly revealed that they cannot inherit the kingdom of God, are saved. This appears to be the clear meaning of the Apostle, and therefore he does not hesitate to say that where sin abounded, grace has much more abounded, that the benefits of redemption far exceed the evils of the fall; that the number of the saved far exceeds the number of the lost” (Systematic Theology, vol.I, p.26)

Based on these arguments, I believe that we can have confidence that God receives all infants into Heaven and are among the Elect.

Grace and Peace