On Nov 3, grandson of famed televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, Gabriel Swaggart, informed his congregation that the “Assemblies of God” was now “demonic” and not honoring God.
Why? Find out after the jump.
At their General Council in August, the A/G hosted a KJ-52 concert for the middle/high school students that attended. KJ/52 is a Christian hip hop artist who’s been around for over 10 years in the music industry.
Gabriel calls out angrily the entire denomination saying “You know better”. It’s obvious that Gabriel is angry. See for yourself in the video below.
So what has Gaberials panties all in a wad? Well it sounds like it all revolves around KJ-52 and his choice of singing a collaboration of secular songs from Prince, Journey, Vanilla Ice, and others.
After showing the montage clip, Gabriel shouts “That is demonic”…He then pointed blame on the Assemblies of God proclaiming they had lost their way all because of allowing a rap concert for middle and high schoolers.
Just because you’re white and don’t like hip-hop doesn’t mean its demonic. It just means you don’t like hip/hop. Since when did your personal opinion become the opinion of God?
Now for the record I know KJ-52. He’s a friend. In fact, I actually created one of his many music videos.
KJ is anything, but demonic. His heart for people, especially students is short of amazing. He understands what it takes to reach a generation who is in front of Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, and Kanye all day long.
Jesus mingled with the people. He related to their everyday lives. Jesus didn’t just look or listen to the people. He touched them. In Matthew 8, Jesus heals a man with leprosy. Jesus’ clean hands touched something dirty. He touched the dirty skin. He took what was meant for evil and made it for good.
I wish Gabriel wouldn’t have taken that concert out of context. What Gabriel doesn’t show, is that entire concert there is a constant message of Jesus who wants to radically change these students lives. I wish Gabriel would have gotten to know KJ’s heart. I wish Gabriel would have known how many lives were changed radically, all because a goofy white guy sang secular songs that related to them.
So what do you think? Is the Assemblies and KJ in the wrong? Sound off in the comments below.
Gabriel and his team took down the video on youtube. You can find the orignal message over at http://www.sonlifetv.com/fwcsunam.html. It starts at an hour and 15 into the video.
And for your viewing pleasure here is a quick commercial I made for Visual Word Media