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Fal$e Teacher$

Monday, April 15, 2013

My musical taste runs to classical and baroque rather than hip hop, but a friend pointed me to this recent track by Shai Linne. The song’s message seems to anticipate the theme of the Strange Fire conference (October 16-18, 2013). After listening, I wanted to sing "Amen" in a plagal cadence. But I understand you don't do that with rap. So—

Word.

See also: Reformed Rapper Calls Out 12 Popular Pastors as 'False Teachers'

—Phil Johnson



Fal$e Teacher$
By Shai Linne

Special dedication to my brothers and sisters on the great continent of Africa:
To saints to Malawi, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe.
Don't be deceived by what America's sending y'all, man.

Let me begin
While there's still ink left in my pen.
I'm set to contend
For truth you can bet will offend.

Deception within the church man,
Who's lettin' 'em in?
We talked about this years ago;
Let's address it again.

And I ain't really trying to start beef,
But some who claim to be part of the sheep got some sharp teeth—
And cast at me when you criticize 'em,
But Jesus told us: Matthew 7:16, we can recognize 'em!

And God forbid that for the love of some fans
I keep quiet and watch them die with their blood on my hands!

So . . .
There's nothing left for me to do
Except to speak to you
In the spirit of Jude 3 and Second Peter 2.

And I know that some will label me a Pharisee,
Because today the only heresy is saying that there's heresy:
I'll dare to be specific and drop some clarity
On the popularity of the gospel of prosperity.

Turn off TBN; that channel is overrated.
Their pastors speak bogus statements, financially motivated.
It's kind of like a pyramid scheme.
Visualize heretics christianizing the American dream.

It's foul and deceitful.
They're lying to people,
Teaching that camels squeeze through the eye of a needle!

Ungodly and wicked—
Ask yourself how can they not be convicted?
Treating Jesus like a lottery ticket.

And you're thinking they're not the dangerous type
'Cause some of their statements are right?
That only proves that Satan comes as an angel of light.

This teaching can't be believed without a cost.
The lie is you can achieve a crown without a cross.
And I hear it all the time when they speak on the block.
Even unbelievers are shocked
How they're fleecing the flock.

It should be obvious then,
Yet I'll explain why it's sin.
Peep, the Bible—it's in 1 Timothy 6:9-10.

It talks about how the desire for riches
Has left many souls on fire, and stitches
Mired in ditches.

Tell me: Who would teach you to pursue as a goal
The very thing that the Bible says will ruin your soul?

Yet they're encouraging the love of money!
To make it worse, they've exported this garbage into other countries!

My heart breaks even now as I'm rhyming.
You wanna know what all fal$e teacher$ have in common?
It's called selfism, the fastest growing religion.
They just dress it up and call it "Christian."

Don't be deceived by this funny biz;
If you come to Jesus for money, then He's not your God; money is!

Jesus is not a means to an end.
The gospel is He came to redeem us from sin.
And that is the message forever I'll yell!
If you're living your best life now you're headed for hell!

Joel Osteen—fal$e teacher!
Creflo Dollar is a fal$e teacher!
Benny Hinn is a fal$e teacher!
I know they're popular but don't let them deceive ya!

TD Jakes is a fal$e teacher!
Joyce Meyer is a fal$e teacher!
Paula White is a fal$e teacher!
Use your discernment, let the Bible lead ya!

Fred Price is a fal$e teacher!
Kenneth Copeland is a fal$e teacher!
Robert Tilton is a fal$e teacher!
I know they're popular but don't let them deceive ya!

Eddie Long is a fal$e teacher!
Juanita Bynum is a fal$e teacher!
Paul Crouch is a fal$e teacher!
Use your discernment, let the Bible lead ya!

"But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep" (2 Peter 2:1-3).


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#1  Posted by Tim Eriksen  |  Monday, April 15, 2013at 3:55 PM

Great song. I really enjoy Shai Linne a lot. It is not really my style, but the lyrics are so solid. His songs Preach the Word and Expository Preaching on The Church CD are excellent. His CD entitled The Atonement also has some great songs. Also recommend the song The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Warning - Your kids or grandkids may like it better than you.

#2  Posted by Thomas Graham  |  Monday, April 15, 2013at 4:27 PM

I totally agree with is poem about false teachers, too many churches are using worldly entertainment to get them in the door & then promise a good time & more. They're using our Savior like He is some kind of bargaining chip, it is so sad to see.. I'm not sure, but I think our church is going down that road too. Sincerely, mustangtommy51

#3  Posted by Iori Kanashiro  |  Monday, April 15, 2013at 6:46 PM

The pastor is not recommending this music, but he is referring to the contents of the letter that has this song.

#4  Posted by Tameka Wright  |  Tuesday, April 16, 2013at 2:18 AM

Pastor MacArthur you are the best! The fact that you looked past the genre of this music and focused on it's content just makes me respect you even more, and I honestly didn't think that was possible, but you've again exceeded my expectations of you. This is not normally my type of music either, not since I submitted to the Lord a year ago this month, but this young man definitely spoke truth in his lyrics. I praise God the Holy Spirit convicted Shai Linne to not be silent about it. God bless you all and Grace to You!

#5  Posted by Tameka Wright  |  Tuesday, April 16, 2013at 2:24 AM

I just saw this was from Phil Johnson instead of John MacArthur, but thats ok my words stand for you as well sir, thank you for sharing!

#6  Posted by Miska Wilhelmsson  |  Tuesday, April 16, 2013at 3:22 AM

Great track with a very much needed message. Glad to see it posted here on the Grace to You blog. Looking forward to the Strange Fire conference.

#7  Posted by Allen Stilwell  |  Tuesday, April 16, 2013at 4:10 PM

Thank you for posting! I don't listen to those false teachers mentioned, but would like to have the point of offense to help the people that I do know that do listen to them. I met Shai Linne in an elevator at a 9Marks conference at Southeastern. Blessings in Christ~

#8  Posted by Gary Lee Fennimore  |  Wednesday, April 17, 2013at 1:30 PM

Rap is not really my style, but the WORD of GOD is always on my side. Naming names the Apostles all did and did not succumb to any popular whims. Keep it up my men Phil and John Mac.. and warn all the flocks that are so easily deceived by names that are unnamed, men that seek their own fame.

Thank you for the great lyrics

Gary Fennimore

#9  Posted by Bryan Leed  |  Saturday, April 20, 2013at 7:45 AM

I read this blog this week, so I went to iTunes to buy the song "Fal$e Teacher$" by Shai Linne. I am glad that I did. I ended up buying the entire album, (and then the previous album by Shai Linne), because most of this new album is a non-stop stream of solid, conservative teachings from the Bible. It is very impressive to hear a musical artist quoting and teaching God's Word in such an intense way.

Sometimes the album rewords Bible teachings that make me consider and see it in a way that is easier to grasp and explain to others. For instance, it explains original sin by comparing a basketball foul by one player, (Adam's sin), as applying to the whole team!

The song titled, "Take Up and Read," even mentions (John) "MacArthur" when it lists contemporary Christian authors and books to read. This song becomes a positive recommendation of what to do, to balance the negative warnings about specific Fal$e Teacher$.

I think it is important to support Christians in the media who are doing the best job of presenting the teachings of the Bible.

#10  Posted by Bryan Leed  |  Saturday, April 20, 2013at 8:02 AM

Oh, on the same rap album, "Lyrical Theology," by Shai Linne, (John) MacArthur is mentioned among other recommended authors, in the song called, "All Things Are Yours Interlude," at 1:09, (one minute and 9 seconds into this spoken word song).

#11  Posted by Bryan Leed  |  Saturday, April 20, 2013at 8:30 PM

In the song called "Take up and read," they mention Johnny Mac and his book "The Gospel According to Jesus." These rappers listen to a lot of John MacArthur, like I do. Johnny Mac is the nickname from John MacArthur's high school football coach. And we know that Johnny Mac wrote a book called The Gospel According to Jesus. It appears at one minutes 30 seconds Into the song.

#12  Posted by Allen Stilwell  |  Monday, April 22, 2013at 1:42 PM

http://carm.org/joyce-meyer

I found this link to give points of offense. In case anyone needs to point out the false teaching of Joyce Meyer. Hope this helps to edify the body of Christ. Blessings in Christ~

#13  Posted by Eric Chiaraluce  |  Monday, April 22, 2013at 3:26 PM

Can someone answer a question for me, it kind of goes along with this. Is being false Teacher a sin god won't forgive? What happens if they later want to get saved and they repent? I ask this because of Revlation 22 18-19. If someone adds or takes away from the words of that book (or any book in the bible) Would they commit a unforgivable sin? I ask this because... Im pretty sure I commited this sin. I intentaionally misintrpeted a bible verse because I didn't like it so I said in my heart, maybe it really means this, and I knew what it really ment in my heart.

#14  Posted by Cameron Buettel  |  Wednesday, April 24, 2013at 2:01 PM

Eric (13),

Your question reflects a tender conscience. That is an encouraging sign that usually points to the Holy Spirit’s work in the life of a believer. The Scripture seems to indicate that people who, through continual rebellion, are “given over” (see Romans 1:18-32), are people who are abandoned by God to pursue their sinful desires without the restraint of their conscience. These people are not burdened with the worry of whether they can find forgiveness.

Furthermore, we know that false teachers can repent and be converted so it is not an unforgivable sin. Paul instructed Timothy:

The Lord’s bondservant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will (1 Timothy 2:24-26).

You certainly sound like someone who has been granted “repentance leading to knowledge of the truth.”

I thank God that my salvation was never restrained upon the enormity of my crimes against Him. But rather, it was completely caused by God’s Spirit because of the finished work of His Son.