Being compared and judged in Christian Hip-Hop

When I 1st performed in Church,

they compared me to KJ-52.

When I 1st performed in Oregon,

they compared me to Braille.

I was offended by these comparisons. Mainly, because I didn’t want to be labeled a white rapper. Unfortunately, if you are a Christian that uses Hip-Hop culture and Rap as a tool to share the gospel, love & life, you are going to be labeled forever more. I had to get over it.

I then studied these two individuals after the claim and found out this wasn’t an attack on my character or style. This was a compliment. Since 2006 both of these artists have been the hardest working emcess in the industry. They have been through a lot. They have paved the way. They have knocked down a lot of doors and walls in the music scene which I have unknowingly benefited from.

The thing I admire the most about these two artists is their business mind. How they share music and how they approach the industry just astonishes me. Not just because of their methods, but because they are successful in mostly every thing they do.

They impress me. They inspire me.

So the next time you are compared to someone else, don’t be quick to deny the claim. Instead, sit back and think about it for a minute. Realize, we are not in a competition. We are in a community. Let’s continue to build one another up!

Blessings family!

Chris Treborn | AnchorMEN

2 Corinthians 5:17

Are Pastors teaching Positive Gospel as opposed to preaching Prosperity Gospel?

Chris Treborn, Joel Osteen, Billy Graham.

Can these three preachers of the Gospel be in the same boat?

Are the lyrics of a Christian Rapper who never raps about sin or negativity considered “Prosperity Gospel”? Is he a false teacher?

If so, that would be me. But I am the kind of guy who knows sin is a discussion that must be had and we need to know that there is more to God and Jesus than streets of gold, white robes and perfect rainbows.

I quote THISL; “why would I rap about something that in through with” that’s so foolish. Yet, there has been this movement in Christian Rap which glorifies sin & our past mistakes. Not that I am against rappers speaking on what they have overcame through Christ and be saved FROM.  I think their approach is useful when sharing their music with unbelievers.  This is how the whole Christian that Raps versus Rapper thats Christian came into place.

This began around the time two of our greatest fell into sin. Confused I wondered what this meant since Lecrae always rapped about we are not slaves of sin, now we are slaves of righteousness. Well, a righteous did just sinned agains his wife, church, & God. Now what?

But whatever.  Let’s talk about False Teachers and the False Gospel they are pushing like blue-shirted people pushing fruit that begins with the letter A.

Read the original blog —> HERE! <— to understand what I am conflicted about.  

Here are my thoughts (in my opinion) concerning Osteen and his friends.

1. Saving a million people doesn’t mean they will continue the Christian walk or be discipled. 

2. Billy Graham too was pro Romney (even though he was Mormon) and he has been the same thing as Osteen for people. 

I went to a BGC event and was encouraged but wasn’t saved or discipled. It was pro-Christ but it wasn’t anything like what Paul did for the church. But I don’t recall if Billy Graham preached on confessing sin and all that. But I’m sure he was more anti-sin than Osteen is.

So compare apples and oranges.

I think it might be more about being able to point out false teachers and questioning preachers in love, but still questioning.

I think it’s more about being able to Point out false teachers and questioning preachers in love, but still questioning.

3. I rap about positive stuff and not about sin.

Am I in the same boat as Osteen?

4. Positive gospel yeah. But is it technically Prosperity gospel?

Are we talking blessings and gifts beyond salvation? Do we get money? Do we get health?

5. If we were preaching goodness and such. Shouldn’t we sell our mega church to feed the hungry or house the homeless?

What is Osteen doing in his community? What is his budget and where does his money go? Tithes and offerings.

In the same way OUR church should be resourcing their offerings to bless ministries in our ‘hood.

It’s all about stewardship as the shepherd of your church or leader of your congregation / team / pastors. Etc. Just like the father of a family. He is the captain of the ship and if it begins to sink, it’s all on him, right?

6. Philip’s blog was obviously defensive.

But he was never able to clearly point out the GOOD & POSITIVE messages Osteen supposedly preaches. He only said “don’t be haters”, funny because he is the one wanting people to preach positivity and what we are for – which for him is Osteen – instead of what we are against – oh you min like sin & false preachers?

He also never pointed out any negative statements made against Osteen besides “being controversial”. As if he was beating around the bush or the real subject of matter – which I mentioned in the above.

7. What is the point he is trying to make? Don’t hate on Osteen?

He says that haters hate without thinking first. As if we want to attack anyone that is cancerous to the body of Christ. But we can hate cancer right away without researching it first, can’t we? That’s what “haters” of Osteen are doing. I think.

They have seen “cancer” before and point it out because it looks familiar. Yes he looks like TD Jakes. Yes he looks like Paula White. Yes he looks like Joyce Meyer. Yes he looks like Benny Hinn. Yes he looks like Creflo Dollar. Yes, even Pastor Dollar.

He is in Texas where megachurches and high rollers exists. So the shoe fits.

Now if he mentioned specific attacks or attackers then we can debate him on it. But he mentioned nothing of significance.

Yes. We should question people like Osteen in love and in truth from a biblical standpoint.

I think the blog was more about, don’t talk ill about other Christians, which of course is true in itself. But we should be able to speak out against what we feel is not true in the body of Christ.

What Philip is talking about is “let’s speak about what we are for and not against”.

I feel like he used Joel as an example, but he didn’t actually point out what people hate him for, I don’t think that it’s because he preaches the “positive” gospel. I think it’s because he preaches the “prosperity” gospel. Which is NOT right! He is mistaking one for the other. He is calling it the wrong thing. People are calling it out because it IS wrong. Not because it is positive. People are seeing through it. Seeing the truth!

8. Well, Lecrae (& Shai Linne) would totally disagree with Philip. We can’t preach Christ and then not teach Christ. 

Saving souls is not our mission.

Our mission is to make Disciples of all nations. Have we even made them in our own nation? Missions exists because worship doesn’t.

Many rappers (like KanYe) claim they are saved Christians yet they don’t worship the God who made them. As if God is cool with all the sin in their lives.

I can debate the entire blog with quotes from Lecrae songs if needed.

Speaking of quoting songs, if I wanted to I could quote Master P for Philip Wagner by saying “we ain’t never talk bout (others) on records!” or maybe not.

9. Loving thy neighbor. Yeah. Agree to disagree with our neighbor. 

If we want to love our neighbor we need to speak nicely of our Mormon neighbors first and foremost.

Most of them don’t know they are wrong! They are just living life. Even though their leaders are misleading them.

10. In conclusion of our discussion…

If a family member has a smoking issue and it’s hurting them or those around them, we should be able to approach them (in love of course) about the issue and point out that it’s hurting others.

They can say it relieves stress so it’s a positive thing. Yeah, well long term results are worse than temporary results.

We as a part of the body need to point out each other’s sin so they can correct their misguided ways. We want to build the body right?

I’m not saying cut off limbs. But cancer has to be addressed and dealt with.

In the same way dying limbs must be pruned so that they can grow again properly. Otherwise it will rot and eventually reach the core and rot the rest of the tree.

So we should definitely say to Osteen, “Hey bro. Good job being positive, but we need you to improve your discipline, theology and your Gospel! We can only boast in Christ crucified!”


✪ Review ✪ KSON’s Debut Album “Light In Me”

KSON stands for King’s Son which is an appropriate name for this PK known to his friends as AJ. KSON has been writing and rhyming since he was living in Modesto, California. His Father’s Church was in the heart of the city and it was the first Church I’ve been to in such a shady neighborhood. But this was the heart and intent of KSON and his father all along. They were right in it. I strongly believe this impacted KSON into the man he has become and I know this has had a huge influence on his powerful lyrics.

In 2006 KSON moved to Oklahoma and jumped into the hip-hop scene in the greater Tulsa area. He was blessed with the opportunity to open for KJ-52 and Group 1 Crew. A few of his songs got play on his local radio station as well. All of this just helped him prepare and build up his skill and craft.

Since the beginning of this project, KSON has faced diverse adversity. “I’ll Be Here” reflects just one of his troubling experiences. In the past few years, KSON has been surrounded by darkness, not by choice. It seems as if everything has been against him. But that hasn’t stopped him or slowed him down. He remains a light in a dark place. And although he could have faced harsh depression, he said he will “keep the Light In Me” and shine on like a K Kid should.

This album has strong lyrics backed by hard hitting production. His words hit you quick like jabs from a hard-spitting-emcee like Braille. And like Braille, he isn’t afraid of speaking the truth and attacking all issues he sees. KSON doesn’t just provide trunk rattlers, he provides some soulful music and I’m sure tobyMac would be proud of him. This is just the beginning of the progression of a true artist.

The only thing I dislike about this project is that it is only 9 tracks. But that is okay. We know that with the success from this project, KSON will continue shining from within and sharing the light with us all.

My favorite songs are all the ones with features coincidentally, but if I had to narrow it down, I’ll take; I’ll Be Here, K KID, & Victory as my top three favorite songs from Light In Me.

– Christian Treborn –


† Devo † Fervent Prayer #AnchorFAM #ParentingByDesign

As we tackle the details of life, we may neglect the most important thing; praying for our kids. Do you find yourself too distracted or exhausted to pray? Perhaps your prayers have become a bit routine? Paul gives us an example of a great prayer warrior in Epaphras. What does it mean to “labor fervently” in prayer? The Greek word used here is agoonizomenos (the English word is agonize) and describes the struggle of an athlete as he competes. It implores us to throw ourselves into prayer with persistence, discipline, and zeal.

Imagine if we invested as much time and effort praying for our kids as we spend on their sports activities–buying uniforms and equipment, going to their practices, and cheering them on at games!

Follow the example of Epaphras in praying fervently for your kids.

Epaphras, who is one of yourselves, a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. [He is] always striving for you earnestly in his prayers, [pleading] that you may [as persons of ripe character and clear conviction] stand firm and mature [in spiritual growth], convinced and fully assured in everything willed by God.

Colossians 4:12

† Devo † Power of Humility (Pt.II) #AnchorFAM #ParentingByDesign

Here we see how God accomplishes His will through a chain reaction of humble acts. First, Paul and Silas humbled themselves by refusing to run away after the earthquake opened the prison doors. Then the jailer humbled himself when he brought the very prisoners he was assigned to guard to his home where he washed their wounds and fed them! It must have been a powerful testimony because the jailer’s whole family believed in God and was baptized.

Where do you need to humble yourself today? Do you need to apologize to your kids for being sarcastic or harsh? Did you dismiss their feelings in order to defend your own point?

Let your example start a chain reaction of humble acts in your own home.

And he took them the same hour of the night and bathed [them because of their bloody] wounds, and he was baptized immediately and all [the members of] his [household]. Then he took them up into his house and set food before them; and he leaped much for joy and exulted with all his family that he believed in God [accepting and joyously welcoming what He had made known through Christ].

Acts 16:33-34