Normally I wouldn’t speak on a topic like this, but I feel like the “church” is using his passing as a scapegoat for their platforms. I came across something yesterday that just frustrated me to no end! I became instantly angry! That’s really hard to do with me these days, so I am going to rant about it. Now for those of you that do not know who Craig Mack was, he was a popular rap artist in the mid 90’s that was co-signed to Sean ” Puffy/Puff Daddy/P.Diddy” Combs record label Bad Boy. He was most notably known for his song, ” Flava in ya Ear”. On 3/12/2018 at the age of 46 or 47 (depending on your source) the former rapper turned follower of Christ passed away. I am going to give a fair warning and say that I am not going to bite my tongue about what I am going to say. I am not going to sprinkle something with sugar that needs to be seasoned with salt. If you are easily offended this is your chance, please discontinue reading this post and exit stage left.
Here is my frustration with the church. The church has with their tongues and words put Craig Mack in hell. Everyone is spreading the word that he joined a cult and by joining that cult and dying while still associated with that cult he’s in hell. He’s been deceived. He listened to the wrong voice. He had the wrong pastor, he was out of line and therefore he’s in hell. Let me rephrase this to get my point across. The church has effectively with their mouths put Craig Mack in hell not based on his actions but based on his affliction. When asked who he was he didn’t say a member of The Overcomer Ministry or a follower of Ralph Gordon Stair. No! Instead, he said, “I am a child of God.” He was also as humble and humble pie when he said it and I believe him. The church is condemning this man based on another person’s actions! That’s not the way this is supposed to work! You judge a tree by its fruit – not another trees fruit! From what I know he was married to the spouse of his youth and had two children. He forsook the industry and turned his focus to serving God. When I look at his fruit I don’t see any reports of him being caught with a transvestite prostitute in private while living publically as a preacher (Ma$e). I cannot find anywhere where he converted to Islam and then three years after the conversion being extradited back to the US to serve a prison sentence of 14 years for trafficking Kilos of Heroin (Loon). No instead I can only find a man that was solely devoted to living a holy and righteous life.
However, the church ( and at this point I’m using the term real lightly) is condemning this man based on another man’s fruit- mainly head of the congregation he attended. Let’s be clear Ralph Gordon Stair is guilty of perversion. Ralph Gordon has been proven guilty in a court of law of molesting preteen girls – not Craig Mack. Let’s also be honest and say yes, by definition The Overcomer Ministry has all of the bells and whistles of being a cult but, so does Scientology and Jehovah Witnesses. “What is your point, Pooh? “, you may be asking. My point is we are forgetting the main fact: God can meet you ANYWHERE. If God can meet you high out of your mind while overdosing on heroin, cocaine or ketamine, then why is it so hard to believe that God didn’t meet Mack in his car while he was listening to the radio? I assume that everyone knows of someone or some pastor that can preach or teach a great biblical teaching, but as soon as they leave the pulpit or classroom they are off to serve their true father – Satan. Who are you to say, after looking at the fruit of Mack’s tree that he wasn’t Holy Ghost filled and able to eat the meat of what was being ministered to him and spit out the bones? It frustrates me to no end that we (figuratively speaking) have put him in hell, but meanwhile when Pookie and ’em or June Bug and ’em get killed while performing a drive-by you say “Rest in Peace”. Or when Bubba blows up himself and the entire trailer while cooking meth you say, “He’s in a better place”. Or when bonafide atheist Stephen Hawkins dies you say, “Rest in Peace”. No!! How disillusioned are you?!?
I take very serious. At the judgment, you will be held accountable for every idle/careless word you speak. When the church talks like this it’s dangerous and here’s how: When we say rest in peace to a tree that produced bad fruit we are effectively inadvertently teaching that a person can live a sin-filled life up until death and still go live an eternity in heaven after dying a physical death. We also on the flip side saying that people of a certain denomination or congregation are not or cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. My God is limitless, my God is boundless, meaning He can call ANYONE to Him from ANYWHERE. He knows the heart. Everyone’s processes are at different levels. Am I making excuses for false prophets, preachers, teachers and the like? Absolutely not, but I am saying don’t wrongly beat up Jesus’ sheep. Some of the same ones that have jumped on this Craig Mack soapbox to give themselves a platform or a “notice me” are the same one guilty of the things that Jesus said will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Allow me to remind you of what those things are:
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Now allow me to break this down:
To be unrighteous is to be unholy. If you are unholy you will not inherit the kingdom of God
Fornicators = having sex or sexual relations with someone that you are not married to.
Idolaters = anything you put in the place of God. It’s not just status and jewelry that one bows down to. It can be as simple as XBOX, Playstation, Cigarettes, Make-up, Food anything you give more time to than God. That’s an idol.
Adulterers = Having sex or sexual relations with anyone that is married and not to you. Having sex or sexual relations with someone that is divorced but the spouse of their youth is still living.
Effeminate = Man that is feminine, or unmanly – too much estrogen not enough testosterone.
Abusers of themselves with mankind: This has a double fold meaning – being in love with the world and homosexuals
Thieves = If you steal you’re a thief.
Covetous = You want something that doesn’t belong to you.
Drunkards = Alcoholics over indulgers of alcoholic beverages
Reviler= Berater, abusive, filled with hate
How many bells did I just ring with that one scripture? How many of the people pulling the mote out of Macks’ eye, but are divorced and remarried, closet alcoholics, sleeping with their boyfriend or girlfriend, liars, homosexual and neglecting to tend to that beam hanging out of their own eye? Bottom line, use discernment and judge a tree by its fruit.
May God Bless you in the name of Jesus!
King James Version (KJV)
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
New International Version (NIV)
36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.