FEBRUARY 2007 - Recently, there was a little
bit of an uproar in "Gospel
Reggae" circles. With artists charging
sound systems up to £500 for a Dub Plate,
some people started to protest.
But is it the amount of money, or is it
the principal that should be addressed? An
A while ago, we published an article
wherein we exposed a so-called "Gospel
Dancehall" artist who blatantly
proclaimed how "Jesus Christ" was
going to make him some serious cash ("bling-bling").
After that, we reported
on the "Marlin Music Awards", and
their completely ungodly behavior and
mentality. "Gospel Reggae Super
Stars" worship each other and even
proclaim on the Dubroom message boards that
"it sure is nice (for a ministry) to be
honored on earth".
And just recently, the CRC released
wherein we reported how "Gospel Reggae
Artists" were boo-ed off stage in
Jamaica, and wrote about the reaction of the
so-called ministers who were shocked that
they were in fact judged rather than
worshipped by the audience.
Today, the CRC received a forwarded
email. It was the newsletter of the
well-known "Gospel Reggae"
"ministry". People subscribe to
this news letter because they want to stay
informed about the self-proclaimed
"ministry". But when you read the
news letter, it's only about business. Buy
this, buy that, buy such and buy so. And, oh
yes, we just opened a new office and hired
some more people so that you can buy even
None of these things seem to bother
people within the marketplace of the
"Christian" industry. It seems
like many of them are so spiritually
handicapped, that they are unable to see the
ungodly and even satanic principal at work
behind this all.
But now, something happened which may
serve as an eye-opener for some people who
find themselves caught in the claws of the
spiritual slave masters.
Maybe they don't have "eyes to
see", as Jesus Christ stated. But they
sure have money. And their love for their
money may now very well drive them into a
position wherein they can no longer fool
themselves and others into believing that
they are somehow involved in a
On the "Lion of Zion" message
boards, which by the way hasn't that much
participation anymore, someone posted
a message wherein (s)he expressed shock.
I have recently aproached several
artists for dub plates. Christian artists
have come back to me with prices ranging
from £200 to £500 PER DUB!!! Does ANYONE
pay this sort of money? How many Christian
sound systems are there? I am not talking
about record bag DJ's, but sounds, those
that own and maintain a sound system. It
is my strong conviction that we are in
this together as one body, to share the
Gospel. I am not after personal fame or
fortune and discourage artists from
calling my name in dubs, it is ALL about
His Majesty, JESUS!
Someone senses, that something is wrong.
Claiming to want to do something for Jesus,
let's call it a "ministry", the
person who wrote the above apparently seems
to think that there is a certain limit on
the amount of money a so-called
"Christian artist" can ask a
so-called "Christian Sound
So, obviously, one could ask: how many
dollars (or pounds, or euros) does it take
to cross from a ministry to a business?
Apparently, 500 pounds has gone over that
But what border are we talking about,
here? The amount of money someone has in his
bank account? Would 500 pounds be too much
when someone is a millionaire?
Obviously, that border is highly
speculative. And we don't need to go in that
direction either. For it is clear, that the
500 Pounds border has nothing to do with the
Christian message and everything to do with
someone's personal budget.
So, what is the real border?
Let's take a closer look.
We see, how the whole "Gospel Reggae
Industry" is patterned after the Reggae
Industry. And in that industry, we have
artists and sound systems who make deals
together about using Dub Plates. A Dub Plate
is a special track, wherein the artist sings
about the sound system or something else.
And only the sound system who bought the Dub
plate has the rights to play it.
500 pounds may be a lot of money, but
within the Reggae Industry this is not an
unusual price. After all, you have specials
for your sound system to make your sound
system special, too. And when you have a
special sound system, you will be invited to
play at dances and concerts, which can than
make you some money too.
It's an industry. And there's nothing
wrong with that Reggae Industry. For it is
an industry where Reggae Music is the
product. That's why it's called the Reggae
It's the same, and yet very different
too, in the "Christian Industry".
This industry has made the Christian faith
and the Christian faithful into their
product. That's why it's called the
All of this can easily be discerned by
asking the question: "on what basis
does the Christian Industry claim it's right
to existence?" You could also ask any
artist or worker in the Christian Industry,
what makes them work in that Industry. They
will all tell you, that it is on the basis
of their (in many cases: alleged)
But there are only a view who are able to
see, that this is a very principal issue.
Reggae Music is a product, even though the
producers and artists put their heart and
soul in. A Reggae Artist is someone whose
work it is to make Reggae Music. And an
industry is built around it, so that the
artists and others can actually do their
work and get some money so that they can
afford food clothes and shelter.
There's not a whole lot of difference
between a Reggae Artist and a Grocer, in
that respect. And sure, Reggae Artists can
be Christians, just like grocers can be
Christians. And sure, they have to express
their Christian faith in their entire lifes
so that would include their jobs or labour.
But a Christian who is a Reggae artist
should not confuse his job as his
"ministry". Just like a Christian
grocer shouldn't concern his grocery store
as his "ministry". They might both
be able to perform their ministry while they
are working on their job, but their job
would still not be their ministry.
The reason for this is, because money is
involved. We all must live, have some money
to provide food clothes and shelter for
ourselves and our families. And we must do
things in order to make a little money.
It's a principal, and we call it
But these very same arguments are used by
the self-proclaimed "ministers"
who are working in the Christian Industry.
They say: "but we have to live",
and that is the reason why they want money
for their so-called "ministries".
But because they work in the Christian
Industry, they think that they could look to
their work as a "ministry" as
well. And they think, that they can sell
their products because they "have to
live". So, the same arguments why one
needs money for his product, is applied to
the self proclaimed "ministers".
That's why you have
"ministries" telling you that they
will send you a book for a certain amount of
money. But don't you call it
"merchandize", for it is
But is that so?
The apostle Paul worked as a maker of
tents. The apostle Peter worked as a
fisherman. They had their ministries, too.
We can read all about it in the Bible. Some
even did not work for a living because they
received financial support so that they
could buy food clothes and shelter while
practicing their ministry.
Nowhere do you read, that an apostle
charged money for his ministry. When
people gave him money, it was because Jah
told them to donate money. So we see, that
the principal "work-money-trade"
which we apply to our lives and jobs, does
not fly in the Kingdom of Jah.
Yes, it is a principal. A principal that
says: I make a product, and I sell that
product because I need food clothes and
shelter". This principal is usually
called "work", or "job".
It is not our "ministry"!
But we seen this very same principal
applied in what is called the Christian
Industry. "Christian" artists make
"Christian" products which are
then bought and sold in the Christian
Industry where the faithful have become the
How obvious is this all? How obvious is
it, that we are speaking about spiritual
slavery? Jah people on the market place!
It starts almost innocently. And then it
continues as false prophets and slick
businessmen use false teachings and greed to
build themselves a name in what is now
called "Christian Industry".
The apostle Peter called them false
teachers with damnable heresies. and Jesus
Christ Himself told us to look at their
As we are closely monitoring the culprits
and their protégées behind the
"Gospel Reggae Industry", we see
how these fruits become more and more
obviously rotten. More and more people start
to "sense" that "something is
That "something", in this case,
is 500 pounds. Someone sensed, that it was
wrong to charge 500 pounds for something
perceived as a "ministry". And the
answer from the artists will without any
doubt be the very same argument: "but
we have to live, too".
And so they will debate to (literally)
Jah Kingdom come about prices, amounts of
pounds and dollars, without really touching
the principal sin that stands at the
foundation of the Christian Industry,
including her subdivision the "Gospel
For it's not about the amount of money at
The only reason why people started to
protest against the 500 pounds, is the fact
that they love their money too much to pay
500 pounds for something that others must
But they do not see the principal. Sure
500 pounds is a lot of money, but even if it
was only one dollar cent the same principal
would apply still. You do not charge for
your ministry. For if you do, you will make
the Christian Faith and the Faithful into
Jesus Christ said: "freely you have
been given, freely you shall give". He
did not say "charge no more than 500
pounds (or even one dollar cent)". He
took a whip and whipped the businessmen away
from the Temple Yard. He wasn't vexed about
the prices, he was vexed because there was
business going on in the House of Jah.
And now, it seems like some in this
"Gospel Reggae" industry are
starting to sense that "something"
is wrong. Let us all pray for these people,
that they will start to see the real
principal at work.
It's great to see the grace of Jah
towards these people, that He uses their own
love of money to show them that
"something" is wrong.
Let us pray for the Gospel Reggae Dot
Comers, that they will be able to open their
eyes and really start to see that they
themselves are just like the businessmen in
the temple in Jesus' days.
And lowering the prices won't solve that.
Only a repentance will solve it.
A repentance from building that Gospel
Reggae Dot Com Industry, or any other
so-called Christian industry for that