The Death of Hip Hop, Marriage, and Morals – Phanatik

Brady Goodwin, also known as The Phanatik of Cross Movement has recently written a new book called The Death of Hip Hop, Marriage, and Morals. For the past two years he has been out of the studio and has been in the classrooms of public schools of Philadelphia. He has been researching and taking the temperature of the culture and how believers can be wise, faithful evangelists of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This book is the fruit of his research. Buy the book at Urban Remix Project or Amazon.

The Natural Man Has No Sense of Spiritual Things

“Surely you must be aware that the vast majority of people in the world see nothing, feel nothing, and know nothing in religion as they ought. How and why is this, is not the present question. I only put it ti your conscience: Is it not the fact?

Tell them of the sinfulness of many things which they are doing continually; and what is generally the reply? ‘They see no harm.’

Tell them of the awful peril in which their souls are, the shortness of time, the nearness of eternity, the uncertainty of life, the reality of judgment. They feel no danger.

Tell them of their need of a Savour–mighty, loving, and divine, and of the impossibility of being saved from hell except by faith in Him. It all falls flat and dead on their ears. They see no such great barrier between themselves and heaven.

Tell them of holiness, and the high standard of living which the Bible requires. They cannot comprehend the need of such strictness. They see no use in being so very good.

There are thousands and tens of thousands of such people on every side of us. They will hear these things all their lives, They will even attend the ministry of the most striking preachers, and listen to the most powerful appeals to their consciences, And yet when you come to visit them on their deathbeds, they are like men and women  who never heard these things at all. They know nothing of the leading doctrines of the Gospel by experience. They can render no reason whatever of their own hope.

And why and wherefore is all this? What is the explanation, what is the cause of such a state of things? It all comes from this, that man naturally has no sense of spiritual things. In vain the sun of righteousness shines before him: the eyes of his soul are blind, and cannot see it. In vain the music of Christ’s invitations sounds around him: the ears of his soul are deaf,  and cannot hear it. In vain the wrath of God against sin is set forth: the perceptions of his soul are stopped – like the sleeping traveler, he does not perceive the coming storm. In vain the bread and water of life are offered to him; his soul is neither hungry for the one or thirsty for the other. In vain he is advised to flee to the great Physician: his soul is unconscious of its disease; why should he go? In vain you put a price to his hand to buy wisdom: the mind of his soul wonders, he is like a lunatic, who calls straws a crown and dust diamonds –he says, ‘I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.’ Ah! Reader, there is nothing so sad as the utter corruption of our nature. There is nothing so painful as the anatomy of a dead soul.”

– J.C. Ryle, Regeneration, p.23-25

Two of the Strongest Incentives to Evangelism

“Indirectly in these past verses the apostle indicated two of the strongest incentives to evangelism. He began by emphasizing that the revelation and the commission which had been given to him belong indissolubly together, for what had been made known to him he must without fail make it known to others. All revealed truth is held in stewardship. It is given to be shared, not monopolized. If men cannot keep their scientific discoveries to themselves, how much less should we keep to ourselves divine disclosures? Paul went to emphasize the valuable content of the message itself. He was convinced, as we should be, that Christ never impoverishes those who put their trust in him, but always immeasurably enriches them. Here then is the double obligation that Paul felt, first to share God’s truth and secondly to share Christ’s riches. So what is needed today for a recovery of evangelistic zeal in the church is the same apostolic conviction about the gospel. Once we are sure that the gospel is truth from God and riches for mankind, nobody will be able to silence us.”

– John Stott, The Message of Ephesians, p.120-121