Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. 16 You'll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can't produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that doesn't produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So you'll recognize them by their fruit.
21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord!' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to Me, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?' 23 Then I will announce to them, 'I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers! (Matthew 7.15-23 HCSB)
Jimmy Swaggart Attacks ApologetiX?
April 4, 2012, 4:05 pm UTC
Here's an interesting email we received last week:
Recently, I happened to catch Jimmy Swaggart Ministries channel really attacking ApologetiX for an hour. Awfully narrow, their opinion.
Actually my wife corrects me here (She does this often.) It seemed like an hour. First 10 minutes at least featured you with video -- Enter Samson (no surprise).
They went on to go after Skillet, and even Hillsong United. But you and Skillet were the big targets -- the Satanic leading edge.
Hillsong was given the OK. They also had a panel of ministers bashing away. I think Swaggart's wife was with the panel.
Perhaps, since this is a recent attack, some response should be made on the website. It might be a mark of valor, after all.
Pastor Phil Baldwin
ApologetiX Responds to the Attack
April 5, 2012, 9:51 am UTC
As Pastor Phil suggested, we've written a response for Jimmy Swaggart's panel and anybody else who has doubts about what we do:
Over the past 20 years, we've played almost 1400 concerts for a wide variety of denominations, receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from pastors, youth leaders, and missionaries all over the world.
But you can't please everybody. Many of our detractors don't like Christian rock at all, even though it's been around for over 40 years.
Music can be used for good or evil, just like money or the Internet. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, "Music is as music does." If we judge people by what they say and do, we ought to judge songs the same way.
God created man and music. Satan corrupted them, but God can redeem them. A redeemed person may look the same, but his heart is changed. A redeemed song may sound the same, but its heart is changed.
In a sense, music is a language like Greek or Hebrew. The Greeks were pagans, but that didn't stop the writers of the New Testament from using their language, because they knew it would reach the most people.
Jesus said to judge a tree by its fruit. Countless people have told us our parodies have helped them in their walk with the Lord, inspiring them to pray, read their Bibles, memorize Scripture, and reach others for Christ.
Best of all, we know people personally who have come to Christ through this ministry. This reassures us that God can and does use what we do, even if not everybody understands why we do it or how God could use it.