Belieber? A Call to Discipleship and Outreach

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“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the Will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:15-20

Justin Bieber
In 2007, a record company stumbled upon the Canadian-born, Justin Bieber. Despite his mother wanting him to become a Gospel singer, the 13-year-old sky-rocketed to world-wide fame singing pop songs with a mix of R&B. Justin Bieber has sold over 100 million records, making him the best-selling male Canadian artist and one of the world’s best-selling music artists.

Are you a Belieber?
Followers of Bieber fondly think of themselves as “beliebers”, a word used to describe an avid fan of the young musician. The term mixes the word believer with Bieber. One’s beliefs will ultimately define one as a person. For some, following Bieber may be a part of their identity, for others, it may just be a fun expression of enjoying Bieber’s music. Either way, this leaves a very important question for people who admire, celebrate, and are influenced by Bieber to ask: What does Justin Bieber believe in?

Bieber’s Beliefs
His mother’s faith certainly impacted Bieber and he has often made reference to his Christian upbringing. However, over the years, Justin has sent a very mixed message about his faith out to the public. Despite recent reports of Justin’s conversion and baptism, his overall public conduct is questionable to say the least. One wonders what would happen if people decide to “accept” the Christian message and follow Bieber as an example of Christianity.

Of course, it is easy to point fingers at someone who claims to be a Christian and point out all his flaws. But, who of us can say that we are without any flaws? In fact, the Bible puts it more bluntly than that. We are not simply flawed human beings; we are sinners. All of us.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

The above paragraphs are from our new tract, which will be distributing outside the Justin Bieber concert in Cape Town (17 May). See below for more details. The tract continues by explaining the Gospel. To read the rest of our Belieber? tract click here.

A Call to Pastors
The popularity of pop singers such as Justin Bieber and the fact that he can pack out stadiums for his concerts, is testimony to the fact that few pastors and youth groups are warning about the dangers of secular music and discipling their congregations in a Biblical Worldview.

How many church-goers are amongst those who will be attending Bieber’s concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town?

Artistic Relativism
Frequently one hears the opinion: The Bible doesn’t give any guidelines for music. It is all a matter of taste and preference. However, the Bible speaks to all areas of life and music is no exception. Just as ethical relativism is immoral, so too is artistic relativism. Whether we are talking about music, art, architecture, literature, or economics, God’s Word is our standard of right and wrong.

Glorifying Self and Sin
Instead of focusing on attractive, uplifting and beautiful sounds and themes, much of modern music glorifies self and sin.

Biblical Principles for Music
Ephesians 5:15-20 makes it clear that music is to be melodious. We are to sing as unto the Lord. It is to be wholehearted. The content is to be Scriptural, with the Psalms predominating. Music is to be in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and thanksgiving for all things to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ is to characterise it.

“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16

How does your music measure up to the Word of God?

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect Will of God.” Romans 12:2

Beleiber? Tract Available to distribute at Youth Groups or to Bieber fans: download here.

Cape Town Concert Outreach – Wednesday, 17 May

On Wednesday, 17 May Africa Christian Action will be sharing the Gospel with concert-goers outside the Green Point stadium from 3:30pm to 7:00pm. Please contact John if you would like to participate: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tracts will be provided for distribution at the outreach.

“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud.” Proverbs 8:1-3

See also:

Music in Life and Worship

Reforming Music

Sounds That Shape Society

Going Gaga?

That’s Entertainment!

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