If you have experienced the deep wounds, horrors, and damage of church hurt and church manipulation, it is important to be aware of certain vulnerabilities that can come with that.
We should be aware that deep wounds can begin to fester into a root of bitterness and can cause us to begin ally ourselves with the wrong vendettas and even assist in spreading those vendettas across the body of Christ. If our alliance to a cause is solely based on empathy because of what has happened to us in the past or even because of the abuse we’ve seen done to others and nothing else, we are in a place that is potentially dangerous!
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. -Hebrews 12: 14-16
One of the wisest responses to the resurfacing of Tonex , who has now changed his name to BSLADE, is that of Pastor Jason Nelson (See video below). Here is a short excerpt of what Pastor Nelson has to say:
“A whole lot of people who attend church do not read the Bible. As a result of them not reading their Bible, here is the real issue. If you’re not reading your Bible then your thought process is going to be led mostly by your emotion, one, other people’s opinion, two, (and they probably don’t read the Bible either) or false doctrine…The Bible says there will become a time where some will be swayed by “every wind of doctrine.”
Do we owe BSlade love? …Of course. Yet, we should not be distracted from the offering that was lifted from a church sanctuary for the whole world to see. Yes! This is how the church is distracted. This was a performance from a church called Love Center in Oakland, California not a club or arts center. Now if we were to read the lyrics of the new BSlade Song, we should also examine and even judge the fruit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” -Genesis 5:22-23
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. -Galatians 5:19-21
Now church, if the result of a song sung in the midst of the sanctuary results in dissension and also two or more”factions” within the body of Christ who will inevitably just start accusing one another, as it has these past couple of days, then you do the math.
On the other hand, Pastor Nelson points out, however, that the church should not shun adversity either but realize that adversity is a “great teacher” and an “impetus to action.”
In so many words within his public announcement, Nelson points out that this present adversity within the body indicates a very significant weakness in the church which is its poor understanding of what grace is. This is also reiterating the consequences of biblical illiteracy. Then he cleverly denounces the phrase “Only God can judge me.” as something that Tupac says and not Christ yet we go around repeating that as if it has some sacred validity.
Remember church, the purpose of music or a message lifted up in a church sanctuary is to glorify Christ and edify His bride not to produce a bigger fan base by rallying the hurt and persecuted into a resounding “Right On!” That doesn’t just apply to BSlade but to anyone who has decided generate some kind of faith base message that is allied to this event. Our offerings are either pleasing to God or they are “strange fire.”