God Reigns Supreme
God Reigns Supreme... BIBLE BASICS 101
The idea that Satan can create a culture (e.g. hip-hop, rock, rap, pop, etc.) is the same ludicrous argument that the Ku Klux Klan and White supremacists used to hang, enslave and lynch Blacks for decades; and a similar argument that Nazis used to murder over 6 million Jews during World War II. They compared Black culture and Jews to barbarians created and controlled by the devil and then used those teachings to kill and disenfranchise millions. It wasn't until Pastors, of all persuasions, came together and made it very clear to all of their people that God created us all and creates everything.
Here it is in a nutshell: "Satan can make nothing. Satan has never made anything and Satan never can make anything. All he can do is destroy what God has made." Satan can't make his own form of music (e.g. hip-hop, rock, rap, classical, pop, etc.). It's just not possible, atleast not if you are reading the Bible or following the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This basic understanding of Scripture is something that one should really ask for prayer and spiritual guidance to truly understand. The ludicrous statement that 'Satan created hip-hop' is a dangerous lie that is resulting in the Church, being continually disconnected with its youth - by not being able to speak the language of the people, as noted in Street Gospel 101 above. Each month, more and more Churches go bankrupt and into foreclosure, as their members grow old and gray, and youth are continually locked out, which plays right into the hands of the enemy.
Why?: Because Satan has never made anything because: God is the sole creator of the universe and no other. So, if you are a Pastor reading this, and some heretic has told you what God can not do, don't you believe it or fall prey to this trap, no matter what video they show you or record that they play backwards for you or web-site that they direct you to. Stick to the Word of God and not baseless rhetoric, as the sands of time are running out and if you do not connect with your young people (the Hip-Hop Generation), the future, then you will have nobody to blame but yourself. Holy Hip Hop is a tool that can help you bridge the gap and re-connect with the youth, the community and the time is right and the time is now. James 5:20.
Satan is not self-existent.
Satan was created by God . It can even been said that God created and uses Satan to his own ends (2 Corinthians 12:7).
Satan’s real nature
Satan is a Creature
The Scripture teaches us that there is only one eternal and self-existent God who is the Creator of all things. If Satan were not a created being then he must be eternal or self-existent, a dualism which is incompatible with what the Bible teaches about God and the world in which we live. The Bible emphatically declares all things were created by God through Christ, and there is nothing that was not made by him - John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17 with Psa. 148:1-5; Col. 1:16; Ezek. 28:13.
Satan is a Spirit Being
Hebrews 1:14 describes angels as spirits and demons are called unclean spirits - Matt. 8:16; 12:45; Luke 7:21; 8:2; 11:26; Acts 19:12; Rev. 16:14. Further, the fact we are told that “we do not wrestle with flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places” - Eph. 6:12 also suggest that Satan and his demons are spirit beings. Finally, the fact that Paul describes them as invisible also shows they are spirit beings - Col. 1:16.
Here it is clearly taught that the Devil and the other demons are spiritual or angelic creatures created by God in a state of innocence, and that they became evil by their own act. It is added that man sinned by the suggestion of the Devil, and that in the next world the wicked shall suffer perpetual punishment with the Devil.
Satan the destroyer
Satan's delight is to smash, to mangle, to twist, to mutilate, to disfigure, to darken and blast in every way he can. It does not make any difference whether it is bodies or souls, flesh or ideas, matter or spirit, the aim of the devil is exactly the same in every case: It is to distort, to blast, to twist, to destroy. That is why the devil can never offer anything positive to human life. He can make nothing. He has never made anything and he never can make anything. All he can do is destroy what God has made. His power is totally negative, completely destructive in every way. He deceives by lying, by distorting, by counterfeiting, by play-acting and masquerading, by illusion and fantasy. This is what Paul calls "the wiles of the devil." In the Bible there are many references of the work of the devil : the snares, the traps of the devil, the illusions, the stratagems, the wiles.
Satan is not omniscient
Satan is an angel and angels don’t know everything (1 Peter 1:11-12). There is no indication in Scripture that Satan can really read our thoughts despite it is a common belief. Because he’s an expert on human nature, he’s pretty good at predicting our behavior and can easily tempt and corrupt weak humans.
Satan is not omnipotent
Because of this limitation, many references to Satan or the devil include his whole kingdom. The person of Satan does not personally tempt each of us for he simply cannot do that.
Satan must rely on the following agents to carry out his temptation: (1) his network of demons, (2) the world system which lies under his control (1 John 5:19), (3) carnal or ignorant Christians he is able to use as he did Peter (Matt. 16:22-23), (4) unbelievers under his influence or domination (Luke 22:1-6; Eph.2:2; Rev. 13). Therefore, he can be resisted and made to flee (Jam. 4:7), but only by the strength of God made available to believers in Christ (Eph. 6:10-18).
Satan is not omnipresent Demons cannot be everywhere at once and this is true of Satan. However, as the chief of his demons forces or as the “prince of the power of the air” (Eph 2:2), he is chief of a vast host of demons who are so numerous as to make Satan’s power and presence seem to be practically ubiquitous or everywhere at once (cf. Mark 5:9).
Satan is not sovereign
Satan has been exiled to the earth and the domain around it (Ephesians 2:2). Satan’s chain stretches just so far and God allows him to go that far and no farther. He operates completely within the sphere of God’s allowance (e.g. Job 1:12; 2:6).
It is written in the first chapter of Job that when the Satan presented himself before God, He asked him, "Whence commest thou?" Lucifer answers "From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."
God begins to boast to Lucifer about his servant Job, saying that there is no man like him, that he is a perfect and upright man. Lucifer cuts God off and asserts that Job is only a holy man because he enjoys God's blessings. He says he can make Job curse God to his face if God removes his protection. God takes the Devil up on this gentleman's wager, saying to Lucifer "Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thy hand." The events in the Book of Job are the result.
We may gather from this fable that Lucifer is not bound to hell exclusively, but is only bound not to injure those humans who are afforded the protection of God. A human being is protected by God for so long as he or she remains obedient. When a person defies the will and commandments of God, then he or she becomes prey for Lucifer.
Satan can be beaten by Jesus and Christian faith The truth is that "his infernal majesty" is bound and is powerless before the Son of God (Mark 3:27). Christ defeated Satan and all spiritual forces of evil at the cross (John 12:31; Colossians 2:14-15).
Under ordinary circumstances Lucifer cannot directly hurt persons under God's protection, which is why he needed a special dispensation from God to injure Job's property and family. However, we are able to gather from other hints in the Bible and in Christian and Jewish folklore that Satan is free to suggest to human beings that they voluntarily defy God. Once a person does so, he or she forfeits the protection of God. Then Lucifer is permitted to commit injuries upon the person. What is true of Lucifer himself applies to his agents, the demons.
Demons are tempters of men because they are forbidden to injure human beings who obey God. But if through the temptation of a demon a person can be induced to disobey God, that person is demon fodder. Effectively, they join Lucifer's army of apostate fallen angels, although at a very subordinate rank.
From a Fundamentalist Christian point of view, all those who fail to worship Christ are disobedient to God, and therefore prey for the demons who walk and swim and fly upon the earth. Much the same belief concerning those of other religions is held by Fundamentalist Islamics and Jews. We have the promise that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond our capacity (1 Corinthians 10:13). Those who are in Christ can overcome Satan (Revelation 12:11; Romans 16:20; 1 John 2:13-14). Christ keeps us safe and Satan cannot lay hold of the believer to harm him (1 John 5:18). Demonic powers cannot separate us from God’s love in Christ (Romans 8:37-39). If we use the armor of God, we have God’s promise that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:11,13).
Satan is a former angel
Mention is made of the Devil in many passages of the Old and New Testaments, but The authoritative teaching of the Church on this topic is set forth in the decrees of the Fourth Lateran Council (cap. i, "Firmiter credimus"), wherein, after saying that God in the beginning had created together two creatures, the spiritual and the corporeal, that is to say the angelic and the earthly, and lastly man, who was made of both spirit and body, the council continues:
"Diabolus enim et alii dæmones a Deo quidem naturâ creati sunt boni, sed ipsi per se facti sunt mali." ("the Devil and the other demons were created by God good in their nature but they by themselves have made themselves evil.")
As may be gathered from the language of the Lateran definition, the Devil and the other demons are but a part of the angelic creation and their natural powers do not differ from those of the angels who remained faithful. Like the other angels, they are pure spiritual beings without any body, and in their original state they are endowed with grace and placed in a condition of probation. It was only by their fall that they became devils.
So the next time someone asks you whether Hip-Hop can be Holy, just look at them, smile and remind them that: God Reigns Supreme. If they don't understand that, then bow your head and pray for them, as that is all you can do for their souls. it ultimately comes down to who one believes is the Creator. Holy Hip Hop Headz WorldWide acknowledge God as Sovereign over all. Amen. Psalms 146:10.