Editor's note: Last week, we ran a commentary titled "Secular, Sacred, or Both?", a thought-provoking essay by Kate Bowman on the topic of Christian musicians "crossing over" to the mainstream. Bowman argued that the line between the secular and sacred, at least in the mind of many artists, is a blurry one—if it exists at all. The article prompted many reader responses, some of which you can read on our Feedback page. One reader, Jim Pruitt, had some major concerns with the whole idea of "crossing over," saying such artists have sold out. We're running Mr. Pruitt's letter here, with a few minor edits, as a "counterpoint" commentary to last week's article.
Professing to be wise, they became fools (Romans 1:22).
It's amazing what we can convince ourselves of when it furthers our own ambitions.
The commentary "Secular, Sacred, or Both" perpetuates the sort of self-justifying tripe which has been spewing out of contemporary Christian music (CCM) for the past decade: That we can love the things of the world and Christ at the same time. That we can enjoy the all the benefits of being a "star" and still demand the approval of God which He bestows on his humble servants.
Where is the sound doctrine and biblical basis for this argument? Why is it that you always find lots of rhetoric but little (if any) Scripture quoted in support of their position (other than a complete misunderstanding of Paul's "being all things to all people" and Christ eating with the sinners)?
It's all just an attempt to justify their attempt to have the world and Christ, too. And the problem is not what they're doing but who they are. Their passion is for themselves and their self-expression because that's who and what they love. You can't expect their ...1
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