True Knowledge of Self

What's Hip-Hop? -part 1

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Dwayne Lemon, Lance Wilbur


Series Code: TKS

Program Code: TKS000026A

00:30 Hello. My name is Lance. And I'm Dwayne.
00:33 And welcome to another episode of True Knowledge of Self
00:36 where we get to know ourselves from a biblical perspective.
00:40 It was in our last episode
00:41 that we were really looking at the Word of God
00:43 and we were understanding God's plan of salvation,
00:47 and we were understanding that
00:49 in the context of true knowledge of self,
00:51 an individual understanding their need even for salvation
00:54 in the first place.
00:56 And then how does that fit?
00:57 And how does it compare
00:59 to what is often taught through hip-hop culture
01:01 which is a concept called Knowledge of Self.
01:04 And as we were digging deeper in the Word of God,
01:05 we were understanding many beautiful things from His Word.
01:08 We were able to look at the context
01:10 of the Great Controversy
01:12 and what started in heaven and landed here on earth,
01:14 and how we are caught in the midst of it,
01:16 and how God has a plan to deliver us
01:18 through His righteousness, both imputed and imparted.
01:23 And we have to be ones that can accept this blessed gift
01:26 that God has given to us.
01:27 It was from that that we began to look at
01:29 some of the things of how we grew up.
01:32 Lance as an example, you shared a little bit about
01:34 how you were growing up
01:36 and how hip-hop culture influenced you.
01:38 I can also remember the areas in my life
01:39 where I was growing up and I was thinking about
01:42 how hip-hop culture influenced my life.
01:44 You know, I simply love to have fun.
01:47 I didn't like education, I didn't like
01:49 pretty much doing anything that
01:51 caused too much taxing of my mind.
01:52 A little bit different from you
01:54 'cause you were in a quest for knowledge,
01:55 I was on a quest for fun.
01:57 And hip-hop was definitely my channel.
01:59 It was an opportunity to express myself
02:01 with talents or skills that I had and, you know,
02:04 I can just kind of do things that I wanted to do.
02:07 And from that whenever I exercise,
02:11 you know, my talents, in this case it was dancing.
02:13 When I got the applause, when I got the praise,
02:16 when I got basically what I will consider,
02:18 you know, a form of worship.
02:20 People adoring me and putting me
02:21 up to a high level,
02:23 obviously I love that and, you know,
02:24 it fed deep inside and it made me want to dig
02:27 even deeper into some of the things
02:29 that I was seeing as a "benefit"
02:31 of hip-hop culture.
02:33 So it's from that, you know,
02:34 I found myself exalting myself in this way.
02:37 You know, I started comparing myself to others,
02:39 started getting caught up in a lot of battles,
02:41 you know, a lot of the things
02:43 that are very much connected to today
02:45 what is known as hip-hop culture.
02:46 And as a result of that,
02:48 I was very much caught up into self-exaltation.
02:50 It was only through a knowledge of Jesus Christ
02:54 which eventually, He got my attention,
02:56 unfortunately it was through the death of my nephew.
02:58 But you know, nevertheless as my nephew died,
03:02 I started thinking a little bit more about life
03:04 and that was the opportunity for God to reach me
03:06 and that was nothing
03:07 but a fulfillment of scripture anyhow.
03:09 You know, the Bible tells us that,
03:10 "It's better to go to the house of mourning
03:12 rather than to the house of feasting for
03:14 that is the end of all men and the living will lay it
03:16 to his heart," Ecclesiastes 7:2.
03:19 So it was from that death experience of my nephew
03:23 that it became an awakening experience for me
03:25 to say, "Wow.
03:26 I do have a lot of power and influence,
03:29 I'm making money, I'm on television,
03:31 I'm traveling,
03:32 I'm doing a lot in the industry of hip-hop
03:35 but at the same time I can't stop death.
03:38 Death has an appointment with every human being.
03:40 And when it comes, there's going to be accountability
03:43 after the death which we know as the judgment.
03:45 So because of that, this is something that,
03:47 you know, made me start thinking,
03:49 "I got to get my life right.
03:50 There has to be more than what I'm just doing right now."
03:53 And that was, kind of the awakening experience
03:55 where I realized, "Well, I really need the Lord."
03:57 I just didn't see it at the time but of course,
04:00 God brought me out of the darkness,
04:02 entered me into His marvelous life,
04:03 and this is how I've now, thank the Lord,
04:06 become a new creature in Christ.
04:08 And I'm grateful for that.
04:09 And there are a lot of people,
04:10 there are a lot of our viewers out there that,
04:12 you know, they're wanting to know,
04:14 listen, there's categories,
04:17 there're some viewers that may be thinking,
04:19 "You know what?
04:20 I love hip-hop, I am hip-hop," you know, and I need to...
04:23 "If it's wrong, I need to know why it's wrong."
04:26 Then there are others who may say, "Well,
04:27 I know it's not the best for me but at the same time,
04:31 how do I get out?
04:32 What's the other alternatives?"
04:33 And there's a lot of different concepts,
04:35 a lot of things going on in people's minds,
04:37 and that's part of the reasons why these programs exist
04:39 is to impart a true knowledge of self
04:41 that if we receive that truth it will do
04:44 what John 8:32 says.
04:45 It's going to make people free.
04:47 So with that being stated,
04:49 really and truly at the end of the day,
04:52 what is hip-hop?
04:53 Because, you know, when you say hip-hop,
04:56 somebody is thinking about a guy
04:57 with his hat turned sideways, wearing baggy pants,
05:00 and big boots, and walking with a funny looking limp,
05:03 and talking a certain way and some people say,
05:05 "Oh, that's hip-hop, right there."
05:06 But we know that it's broader than that.
05:08 So that we can help even our viewers,
05:12 how can we understand exactly what is hip-hop.
05:16 All right.
05:17 Well, I mean, it's kind of going to be
05:18 a long-winded answer
05:20 'cause we got to flush some things out,
05:21 we got to look at some history to kind of, try to understand.
05:24 Number one, hip-hop is a culture.
05:26 When we were coming up, you know,
05:29 all people really understood about hip-hop was rap music.
05:32 Right.
05:33 And they thought rap was some kind of fad,
05:35 you know, like disco.
05:37 Not a lot of people listening to disco music right now.
05:39 It's not used to sell in market things right now,
05:42 like it was when it was, you know, popular.
05:45 And so when rap music came along, which is, you know,
05:49 how people identified it instead of as a culture,
05:51 they considered it as just another fad.
05:54 And they thought it would just come and go away.
05:57 We know that it never went away, in fact,
05:59 it has grown and grown and mushroomed now
06:02 where there's really no area of society
06:05 that you're going to not see hip-hop
06:07 discussed in some way,
06:08 whether it's a selling of a product.
06:10 You know, the president of the United States talking about
06:12 who's his favorite rappers, you know, social media,
06:16 all those kind of stuff, it's out there right now.
06:18 It's pretty much the most popular form of music
06:22 on the planet
06:23 and has been for many, many years.
06:26 In fact, I remember a time that I actually saw a video clip
06:30 and I have never seen anything like this in my life.
06:32 It was during the time of the Late John Paul II
06:35 and when he was alive that
06:37 there were actually break-dances
06:39 that was dancing
06:40 probably no more than 10, 15 feet away from him.
06:44 And I'm thinking to myself, "Who would have ever known
06:47 that the thing I used to do,
06:49 when I used to cut a box open
06:50 and pour some talcum powder on it
06:52 and just start spinning on my head and my back,
06:54 who would have ever thought that this way of dancing
06:57 would find its way in front of popes,
06:59 you know, in the world."
07:00 And Pope John Paul II was blessing them
07:03 and, you know, all these things.
07:04 I mean, this just shows hip-hop is not a fad,
07:07 it's not something that's just kind of like this thing
07:10 that's here today gone tomorrow.
07:11 It has penetrated every area and every phase of life.
07:16 That's right.
07:17 And so, you know, we talked about it
07:19 and we keep calling it a culture and it is.
07:21 And I can't elusively define culture,
07:23 but I'm just gonna go ahead and read a definition
07:25 for the word 'culture'.
07:27 So, culture literally from any generic dictionary
07:30 says that, "It is the arts, beliefs, customs, institutions,
07:36 and other products of human work
07:38 and thought considered as a unit,
07:41 especially with regard to a particular time
07:44 or social group."
07:45 So this is what we were talking about.
07:47 We are talking about hip-hop as a bonofide culture.
07:49 Right.
07:50 We can argue whether it's a counter culture
07:53 or what have you, but the bottom line is,
07:54 it is a culture.
07:55 And you know, when we consider hip-hop those of us
08:00 who are deeply entrenched in it
08:01 and went beyond simply the rap music
08:04 because there's many, many forms of music
08:07 that are considered hip-hop.
08:08 And so it's not bound to any musical genre,
08:11 it's kind of an amalgamation of all genres.
08:14 And all the different elements, in the dress, in the talk
08:17 and all this stuff is all, kind of molded in,
08:21 and melted into hip-hop culture.
08:24 So when you consider these things
08:27 and authorities in hip-hop, in other words,
08:29 there is thought leaders just like in any other culture,
08:31 there are thought leaders in this area,
08:33 thought leaders in that area.
08:34 Pundits, you know, experts, historians,
08:37 now we actually have hip-hop historians.
08:40 Now we actually have, you know,
08:42 authorities in the realm of hip-hop.
08:44 There is college, major colleges, universities
08:46 that offer courses now in hip-hop education.
08:49 There is people that tour, you know, former or not,
08:52 I don't know if it they are called former
08:54 but artists, you know, that were part of the fad
08:56 back then are now on a lecture circuit
08:58 going to Harvard and Yale and giving these lectures
09:02 in major colleges and universities.
09:04 And so, when we are talking about some of this stuff
09:07 and some of the technical aspects of the culture,
09:09 we are not just pulling stuff out of encyclopedia.
09:12 This is the stuff that we lived but it's also things
09:16 that the chief authorities,
09:17 if you will, and that thought leaders
09:20 and we are not talking about the most popular people
09:21 out in the world,
09:23 so some of these names people might not even know
09:24 who I'm talking about.
09:26 So we are not talking about the people that are on,
09:27 you know, the billboard list or the hot 100 right now.
09:30 We are talking about people that lead the ideology
09:33 and the culture of hip-hop.
09:34 So one name that comes to mind is obviously Afrika Bambaataa.
09:38 And Afrika Bambaata is,
09:40 you know, arguably the catalyst to,
09:43 you know, the hip-hop culture developing.
09:46 He was a former gang leader in New York City
09:50 and he, slowly, you know, developed this thing called
09:55 'the Zulu nation',
09:56 'the almighty Zulu nation' which was a kind of a movement
10:02 to try to curb some of the gang violence
10:05 that was taking place in the Bronx,
10:06 in the New York at that time.
10:08 And so he would create parties to bring all of the, you know,
10:12 this gangs and all the people
10:13 from different neighborhoods together
10:15 and they would use a form of music
10:17 and all these new techniques and elements for the...
10:21 that were coming from that same community
10:24 and it morphed into, you know, hip-hop culture,
10:26 they created these things.
10:28 So we think of Afrika Bambaataa,
10:29 he is considered the Godfather of hip-hop, if you will.
10:33 And, you know, some years ago, they did a tribute.
10:37 You know, on television they have these, you know,
10:42 they're calling it hip-hop honors.
10:44 It's like ceremonies where they commemorate the careers
10:48 and the legacies of various hip-hop figures in the past.
10:53 And so they had this one that was focusing on
10:54 Afrika Bambaataa and you know,
10:57 there is video clips online that show another individual
11:00 who's considered a thought leader
11:02 and an authority in hip-hop culture
11:04 by the name of KRS-One and most of us, you know,
11:06 you know who KRS-One is, most of us.
11:08 If you don't know then it's not important
11:10 but nevertheless he comes out
11:12 and kind of gives the introduction to the honoree
11:15 Afrika Bambaataa.
11:17 And he articulates some things that we refer to as,
11:20 or refer to as the elements or the cornerstones of hip-hop.
11:24 And so he highlights what he refers to
11:27 in that segment as the cornerstones of hip-hop
11:30 and they are as follows:
11:32 Knowledge, wisdom, and understanding
11:36 but also peace, love, unity, and safely having fun.
11:41 So these are considered the cornerstones
11:44 of the culture.
11:45 We're going to talk about that obviously.
11:47 We're going to spend some time talking about that
11:48 peace, love, unity, safely having fun, knowledge,
11:52 you know, wisdom over standing.
11:53 And then there is something called the elements,
11:55 you know, again this is all, you know, wordplay and tellers.
12:00 Yeah, cornerstones, elements where these are the things
12:03 that comprise that make up hip-hop culture
12:05 and that is MCing or what we would refer to
12:07 as rapping, right?
12:08 MCing, B-boying which is like the dancing side,
12:11 the break-dancing and all that, DJing, right?
12:15 We think of the scratching of the turntables
12:17 and all these things.
12:19 Graffiti writing which is, you know, we know the,
12:23 you know, now it's a mainstream art almost in some areas.
12:26 But the stuff that used to be on the walls,
12:28 and the murals, on the subways there in the '70s in New York.
12:32 And then they have this street knowledge,
12:35 this street language,
12:38 and the street entrepreneurialism
12:41 that has been added in the fashion as well.
12:44 So these elements of hip-hop, these pillars,
12:46 these cornerstones, all these things.
12:48 Now, I want to spend some time talking about the history
12:52 'cause we kind of got to understand
12:54 where this stuff came from.
12:55 We know from scripture, when we looked at Genesis 3
12:59 and the deceptions of the Satan
13:01 used through the serpent in trying to convince Eve,
13:04 I guess successfully convincing Eve,
13:06 that by going against God, she could better herself.
13:09 She could improve, she could advance
13:11 in her intellect, in her cultural development
13:14 would be raised by going against God.
13:17 So we know it's ancient.
13:19 However, there were certain...
13:22 certain environment that kind of bred,
13:24 the Petri dish if you will, that bred hip-hop culture.
13:27 So we got to kind of go back, we can spend a lot of time
13:30 going back even further than I'm gonna go.
13:33 But if you think of the Bronx, New York,
13:36 this is kind of the birthplace of hip-hop,
13:38 the South Bronx in particular.
13:40 And if you think of the South Bronx
13:42 really in the 1960s,
13:44 there was a large construction project,
13:47 'The Cross Bronx Expressway'.
13:49 When they built that expressway,
13:51 they bulled those and removed entire communities.
13:54 I mean, entire communities were literally wiped off the map
13:58 to make way for this expressway.
14:00 So there was a lot of displacement
14:01 and the removal of a lot of those middleclass
14:04 and upper middleclass families, kind of, left poorer people,
14:07 kind of strapped there a little bit.
14:10 If you think of all the other things
14:11 that were happened culturally, the Civil Rights Movement,
14:13 the build up, you know, the assassinations of John F.
14:17 Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X,
14:19 all of this stuff happening, you know, in society.
14:22 A lot of shifting and changing, the cross cultural revolution,
14:25 the counter cultural revolution with the 1960s, you know,
14:29 the Hippie Movement, all that stuff.
14:30 All of that's happening
14:32 and literally when the '70s come
14:34 and the big Sulphur War, Vietnam War,
14:37 you start having veterans coming back,
14:39 heroine is introduced heavily into communities and, you know,
14:43 poverty is really becoming a serious,
14:47 you know, issue especially in the inner cities.
14:50 Especially now, in a community where landlords and, you know,
14:55 the various criminal organized crime element
14:59 that was in the city were looking at the Bronx
15:02 and saying, "You know what?
15:03 We got to try to recoup some money here."
15:06 The property value is dramatically going down,
15:10 the upper class, you know, what they call white flight,
15:14 you know, we all know what that is,
15:15 well, may be a little later we'll talk about
15:17 re-gentrification where those, you know,
15:19 the upper middleclass, the upper class
15:21 are moving back into these urban areas
15:24 and the poor people are being forced to get out
15:26 because of the increase of the property value.
15:28 Nevertheless, you had what we call white flight,
15:30 you know, referred to sociology as white flight.
15:33 And the landlords are like,
15:36 "Well, we can't sell these buildings.
15:37 We can't get rent."
15:39 Section 8, you know, comes into play.
15:41 So now you just have a situation
15:43 where it's entrenched poverty, people that own the properties
15:47 are trying to get rid of them
15:49 and the solution is burn them down.
15:52 So you run into a situation, I'm going to quote it,
15:55 think of this, "In the 1970s,"
15:57 you know, consider the war years.
15:59 "In the 1970s,
16:01 to 12, 000 fires per month
16:05 in the South Bronx."
16:07 In the Bronx, in the Boroughs...
16:08 That's incredible.
16:09 ..10,000 to 12,000 fires per month in that '70s decade.
16:13 And so I actually pulled up a quotation from an article
16:16 that was written in the New York Post
16:18 a few years back called "Why the Bronx burned?"
16:22 And notice what it says,
16:23 "In total over 40% of the South Bronx was burned
16:27 or abandoned between 1970 and 1980
16:31 with 44 census tracks," you know, that's like,
16:35 you know, areas through which they
16:36 how they measure the population.
16:38 "44 census tracks losing more than 50%
16:41 and 7 more than 97% of their buildings to arson,
16:45 abandonment or both."
16:48 I mean, that's absolutely mind-blowing.
16:50 That is incredible.
16:51 You know, here is what I'm thinking.
16:54 If a community is going through this level of poverty,
17:00 destruction, persecution even etcetera,
17:03 it poises the mind to say,
17:05 "We need to be delivered from this,"
17:07 you know, it's like, when you are knocked down
17:08 to your lowest place,
17:10 that's when you are mentally prepared
17:12 we need deliverance from this circumstance
17:14 because things are getting really bad
17:15 and it's not getting any batter.
17:17 So I can really see how,
17:20 with this level of trough going on
17:22 in people's lives in this area, certainly the people are ready.
17:26 They're poised, they are ready to see something happen
17:30 that's gonna get them to a "higher place".
17:32 Yeah.
17:33 So, I mean, and to add to that, if you look at the statistics,
17:37 there's articles written about this like the one
17:38 I just quoted from, all major crimes,
17:42 you know, murder, rape, theft,
17:44 robbery, you know, arson all that.
17:46 The south Bronx at that time was the capital
17:48 for all those crimes in the United States.
17:50 So it was literally, I don't know, I mean,
17:53 it could be equative, some people, some are,
17:56 you know, journalist likened the appearance,
17:58 just the appearance of the South Bronx
18:00 in that era to post Berlin, you know,
18:04 post World War II completely bombed out
18:07 and destroyed by the allied powers.
18:08 That's what it looked like.
18:09 And it was as terrifying as it looks.
18:12 So people are looking for a solution.
18:14 People are looking for a solution
18:16 and what happens is, as we talked about,
18:20 you know, some of these gang leaders in a effort to,
18:25 you know, quell the violence and stop all of the killing
18:28 and all of the crime and just an area where people
18:31 who could not leave were kind of forced
18:33 to remain had to change, something had to change.
18:36 So they started this thing and then they started it,
18:38 you know, this peaceful movement,
18:40 if you will, where, again, as I mentioned,
18:42 they started hosting these parties,
18:44 bringing in some of these new musical elements,
18:46 these new cultural developments
18:49 that took place with the graffiti writing.
18:50 I mean, there was a time you can't tell now in New York,
18:53 but there was a time in which literally every single train,
18:57 you know, every car of every train
18:59 was completely covered in graffiti,
19:01 inside and out and you couldn't go anywhere.
19:04 And so the mainstream, you know, Manhattan started,
19:07 kind of, getting hold of it and started popularizing it,
19:10 bringing those dancers from the Bronx
19:12 down to the clubs in Manhattan.
19:14 Bringing those artists down to the, you know,
19:16 clubs in Manhattan.
19:17 Bringing those graffiti artists down to some of the galleries
19:19 in Manhattan
19:21 and really doing stories and almost like,
19:23 cultural exposes like someone going to the Amazon,
19:26 that's how kind of people who are journalists and stuff
19:28 and historians were coming in
19:30 and documenting what's going on there.
19:32 So it apparently looks like something good, right?
19:35 Yeah. And I'm... I was just gonna say that.
19:37 If you are saying these elements of hip-hop
19:41 that we talked about, the breaking,
19:43 the MCing and etcetera,
19:44 if all these were birth out of people
19:47 going through oppression and individuals
19:49 are trying to help individuals to keep the heads up,
19:53 if you will.
19:54 Don't give up, don't give in
19:55 and bring about unity and peace.
19:57 Naturally, somebody is going to say, "What is wrong with that?
20:00 Why then would hip-hop culture be bad?
20:04 Why would it be something for individuals
20:06 to be cautioned against and warned against, why?"
20:09 I mean, we'd been kind of talking about it but I mean,
20:11 the simple answer to me is those elements like
20:13 we talked about, you know, peace, unity, love, you know,
20:17 safely having fun, you know, and the MCing, the B-boying,
20:21 the DJing, all that stuff.
20:23 Those... those simple...
20:25 the human effort, you know, the human-based principle,
20:29 the human effort and human forms of expression,
20:32 however creative, and intelligent, and ingenious
20:35 they are cannot purify the human soul.
20:38 They cannot solve the problem of sin that we've talked about.
20:40 They cannot make you righteous.
20:43 You know, this is a good point because at the end of the day
20:47 and even though you talk about what happened in the 1970s
20:51 these are things that's happening
20:52 even now in the 2000s.
20:55 We are seeing a situation where
20:58 people are constantly trying to solve problems, real problems.
21:02 Perhaps with very, very good, genuine intense,
21:05 but they do not have the wherewithal
21:07 to truly solve the problem.
21:09 As an example, what is the problem?
21:11 You know, I believe that that's an issue.
21:13 I don't believe we have so much of race problem,
21:16 or we have a gender problem in our world,
21:19 or we have an issue of gun control etcetera,
21:22 we have one problem and one problem only.
21:24 And if this problem can be solved,
21:26 every other problem is solved.
21:27 It's called the sin problem. Yep.
21:28 Once, you see, if you deal with gun control,
21:32 you can take a gun away from a person,
21:33 they'll just replace it with a knife
21:35 or bow and arrow or some other instrument.
21:37 You can't legislate evil. Yes.
21:39 Therefore, God wants to really deal
21:42 with the root of the problem.
21:43 And that's why this context of hip-hop, you know,
21:46 trying to solve the problem, the truth of the matter is,
21:49 if you're trying to do it exempt from God,
21:51 you actually are not solving the problem.
21:53 And now, to even take it deeper,
21:55 you actually are part of the problem.
21:56 Yes. All right.
21:58 So, go ahead then and you know.
21:59 And so that was like then and like I said,
22:01 that was to consider just, "Oh, you know,
22:03 kids being kids and kind of something
22:05 that's never going to really happen."
22:06 Well, it went mainstream obviously and, you know,
22:09 now it makes people, you know, the first hip-hop billionaire,
22:13 you know, Dr. Dre, you know, recently with that deal
22:16 he made with Apple.
22:19 And we have these hip-hop figures now in the six,
22:25 you know, and eight figure
22:27 and ten figure categories of wealth
22:31 and now they are not just, you know,
22:34 kids in a poor neighborhood.
22:38 Now they've kind of transcended all of these things.
22:41 So it's not the way it used to be, so now it's advanced.
22:44 So what does it do?
22:45 What is the culture do when it transitions from,
22:47 kind of something that the world dismisses
22:49 to something that now has a seat
22:51 at the world's table?
22:53 Well, it has to, kind of adapt itself
22:55 and it has to say something a little deeper about itself
22:57 because it still hasn't solved the same problems
22:59 that are apparently was raised up to do.
23:02 So I got a quotation here from, again,
23:05 that individual name KRS-One
23:06 who is one of the primary thought leaders.
23:08 He's referred to as the teacher,
23:09 right, in hip-hop.
23:11 He actually wrote a book, if you call it a book,
23:16 a treaty if you will call the gospel of hip-hop.
23:19 And here is what he says about it
23:21 because lots of people wrote about it, lots of critics
23:23 and people don't know really know what to do about it.
23:25 But notice what it says here
23:26 and this is quoted from a article,
23:28 kind of critiquing, commenting on a book,
23:30 interviewing KRS-One about the release of the book
23:33 from a particular website.
23:36 It says, "I'm..."
23:37 this is a quoting KRS-One directly
23:39 in the interview, right.
23:41 It says, "I'm suggesting that in 100 years
23:44 this book will be a new religion on the earth.
23:47 I think I have the authority to approach God directly.
23:50 I don't have to go through
23:51 any religion or train of thought.
23:54 I can approach God directly myself
23:56 and so I wrote a book called 'The Gospel of Hip-hop'
23:59 to free from all this nonsense garbage right now.
24:04 I respect the Christianity, the Islam, the Judaism
24:08 but their time is up.
24:10 In 100 years everything that I'm saying to you
24:13 will be common knowledge and people will be like,
24:16 'why did he have to explain this?
24:18 Wasn't it obvious?'"
24:20 This is absolute.
24:22 Quite honestly, I'm just gonna speak frankly,
24:23 that's blasphemy.
24:25 And one of the reasons why is because
24:27 when you read the Bible and you read Isaiah 6.
24:31 It says, "Even angels
24:34 that have the privilege of being in the presence of God,"
24:36 it says, "They even veil their faces
24:39 when they stand before Him in His glory
24:40 and they cry out Holy, Holy, Holy."
24:42 And yet we have basically another individual who,
24:47 in very common terms is another sinner
24:48 like everybody else, saying,
24:50 "I can just go directly to Him."
24:52 Again, we are not simply stating
24:54 that these individuals are evil but they are incorrect.
24:58 And these things that have been taught
24:59 are being perpetuated in the minds
25:01 of young people of every culture
25:03 and what have you throughout our world.
25:05 These are the things that need to be put in check
25:07 especially if these are "Pillars"
25:10 very foundations of this movement of hip-hop culture.
25:13 That's right.
25:14 And it's not, you know, this is not something
25:17 that's kind of behind-the-scenes.
25:19 This is something that is out in front.
25:21 I wouldn't say it's popular
25:23 because people are listening to,
25:24 you know, people look at,
25:26 and when they think about hip-hop,
25:27 they just think about music.
25:28 So they just look at whoever popular artist
25:30 and that ebbs and flows, you know, over a time,
25:33 who's popular and who's not.
25:34 And most people listen to the popular people.
25:37 But you don't really hear the popular people out there
25:39 vocalizing any principles of religion,
25:42 and writing books that are destined
25:45 to replace the Bible and all this.
25:46 So it's still there and the real individuals
25:49 that are members of that culture
25:51 are interested in this.
25:53 So what we're gonna have to do
25:54 when we're talking about culture
25:56 and we have to reiterate culture is needed.
26:00 Culture is something that God created.
26:02 Culture is something that God wants.
26:03 But culture is something that is dictated by God.
26:06 It's a living reality, it's a way of life.
26:08 It's a lifestyle that God dictates.
26:11 He represents Himself
26:13 and then He dictates to others how to live.
26:14 So we're gonna look at culture
26:16 and kind of the underpinning of biblical culture is in a verse
26:21 that I want to mention
26:22 will have to, you know, pick it up in our next episode
26:24 but 2 Peter 1.
26:27 We're going to look at 2 Peter 1,
26:29 there is something referred to as Peter's ladder.
26:31 And we're going to walk through that thing
26:32 and see what is biblical Christian culture
26:35 really look like.
26:37 And does that fulfill the human need for culture,
26:41 and advancement, and creativity, and all these.
26:45 Does it fulfill that need?
26:46 Because I do not think and I came to know this,
26:49 you know, in my own life but we do not need human beings
26:54 to create this sense of fulfillment.
26:58 God created us, He knows exactly what we need,
27:00 and in fact, the thing that we're missing is the thing
27:02 that He can provide and only He can provide.
27:05 So He acknowledges what we need.
27:07 He acknowledges what we have to have
27:09 and how we have to live.
27:11 The problem is where are we gonna get it from.
27:13 Are we going to trust something that is of origin from God
27:18 or we're gonna trust something that's originated in man?
27:21 And that's ultimately
27:22 what we're gonna have to come to rely.
27:25 And this is the reason why Jesus warns about vain worship
27:28 because people were teaching for doctrines
27:30 the commandments of men.
27:31 Yeah. Mind-blowing.
27:33 Well, folks, we have a lot to study,
27:36 we have so much more to give, and we have a lot more
27:39 that the Lord is gonna speak to our hearts.
27:41 God is making His foundations known
27:43 so that when these foundations
27:45 and the efforts there of
27:46 are trying to be taken away from us,
27:48 we will know how to stay
27:49 on the firm platform of God's truth.
27:52 We thank you for joining us today.
27:53 We look forward to you coming back
27:55 and always remember to bring a friend.
27:56 And please remember those wonderful words
27:58 of Proverbs 2:6, that tells us,
28:01 "It is the Lord that gives us wisdom
28:04 and out of His mouth comes knowledge
28:07 and understanding."
28:09 God bless you. See you soon.


Revised 2017-02-24