I did not think innovation was possible in musical concerts until I saw the Christian rock band Gungor in 2011. Most artists just appear on stage, either alone or with their bands, and play some songs – first fast, then medium, and finally slow. They think the purpose is to create an atmosphere for worship. Although this is important, these artists do not try to convey a point or give their concerts a subject. In the concert I attended, however, Gungor went from Genesis to Revelation in placards, songs, and slam poetry. The experience was exhilarating.
Yet after researching this band online, I was disturbed. Michael Gungor, founder and lead artist, believes the Bible contains no prohibition against alcohol. I disagree. But that was six years ago. In August 2014, I learned that Gungor subscribes to the heretical teachings of Rob Bell and Rachel Held Evans, who helped create his latest album. According to Stand up for the Truth and Christian Post, Gungor “does not … believe in a literal Adam and Eve as the first people” and thinks Noah’s flood “has been disproven by science.” He also thinks Christians should base their faith on Jesus Christ, not “the Bible before Enlightenment.” Gungor even calls one of his blog posts “A Worshipping Evolutionist.” Denying the truth of God’s Word is heresy. If he were ever converted, which I seriously doubt, then he is apostate. More likely, Gungor has never known salvation. So he should remove the Christian label from his albums.
Sadly, Gungor is not alone. The Christian music industry is now rife with heresy and immorality. Jars of Clay and Natalie Grant support same-sex marriage (here and here). Ray Boltz and Jennifer Knapp are homosexual. The doctrinal beliefs of most other artists are a mystery. So how many artists with “Christian” labels on their CDs are truly Christian in word and deed? Why are we letting them influence us by welcoming them into our homes and churches?
I have doctrinal issues with Geron Davis and Wintley Phipps, who belong to the United Pentecostal Church (UPC). They do not believe in the Trinity, which is heresy. Still, I love to hear Phipps sing “My Heart Belongs to You,” from the Saviour oratorio (1994). I also love Davis’ song “Holy Ground.” These men may hold heretical doctrines, but it has not affected their moral characters or the integrity of their music. Gungor, however, is a different story.
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us
Gungor’s “Beautiful Things” (2010) equates creation with conversion. So how did someone who questions both the Author and origin of Genesis write such lyrics? Maybe he should humble himself, repent, and start believing them.
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