The ungodly spirit of hip-hop culture is well documented and beyond dispute:

"Rap was once a subculture that most adults thought would be a passing fad. Now, hip-hop has become the dominate youth culture and a multi-billion dollar industry of music, clothes, jewelry, movies, and more. But the culture has denigrated into an embarrassing bastion of filth—promoting violence, drugs, irresponsible sex, excessive materialism, and delinquent behavior."1

It is not difficult for a true believer to discern that hip-hop is a worldly culture guided by the spirit who works in the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2). It appeals to the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and is grounded in rebellion and lawlessness. Almost all hip-hop, gangster or not, is delivered with an aggressive, arrogant, confrontational cadence. Rap music mirrors the brutality of rap lyrics in its harshness and repetition; it is the music of the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 5:6).

The idea that this wicked culture can be redeemed, brought into the Church, and turned into "holy hip-hop" is against the teachings of Scripture. Because hip-hop music cannot be separated from its immoral associations, it invariably corrupts God's people, for they have disobeyed His command to separate from evil. Our Christian duty is to abstain from every appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22). Therefore, as Christian believers, we are not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? … Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate," says the Lord. "Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters," says the Lord Almighty.

As already noted, the uncleanness of hip-hop culture is beyond dispute, and Scripture is clear that Christian people are to separate themselves from the works of wickedness and every appearance of evil.


Adapted and slightly edited from Albert Mohler and Hip-hop.

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Notes

  1. ^David Muhammad, Hip Hop: Culture of Death.

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