Lessons in Holy Hip Hop History from the Phanatik

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CHRISTIAN HIP HOP HISTORY: Did you know that there were THREE Cross Movements!!! There was the musical group, the Record Label and the Non-profit Organization. Even though, as a group, The Cross Movement came together in 1994 and started our record in 1997, the group was not fully supported by our traveling music ministry until about 2004! A lot of young artist are intent on being in “full time ministry.” But until the year 2000, all of the members of the group worked regular jobs even though we traveled almost EVERY weekend.

In 1997, aside from starting a label we also started a non-profit organization. In 2000, one of our board members gave a 6 figure donation to our ministry which freed most of us up to leave our jobs. But from 2000 to 2004 we, along with a small but dedicated staff (shout out to Tony BrunoJune Wilson and DJ Official, were supported by people like YOU. Many fans-turned-family from all across the country gave us monthly donations to keep our ministry afloat. And members of the group, unless they were in school or working for the label, worked every day in the ministry office playing various roles. Though we never charged for our ministry we did have a “suggested honorarium.” Around 2005, record sales began to add up and on top of that, the individual sponsors for our various shows began to consistently meet our $uggested honorarium. As a result, the rap group began to support the ministry and we stopped asking the public for donations.

So many things that we learned along the way I wish we could share with younger guys today. It is true that the world is much different, but the principles that we sat around for hours hammering out with open bibles, open hearts (and, contrary to what some might believe, open minds) are still worthy of some serious attention. Not the least of these principles is the need to be realistic about the fantasy of “blowing up.” We countered those visions of grandeur with a very practical application of balance between Matthew 6:25-34 and 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10″


I share this lesson from the Phanatik because people imitate what they believe to be successful.

A lot of holy hip hop is corrupted and not holy anymore because people are imitating what is successful in man’s eyes not God’s.

I encourage good and faithful servants to teach more and tell their story. They could save a lot of young ministers from spiritual destruction if they knew what they really should be aspiring too. Teach More and tell the Story Louder!

Now let’s look at the scripture sections that he referenced:

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away fromevery believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

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  1. Praise Jesus, Thank you for writing this!

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