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The Spirit behind songs are embedded in the words and not in the beats!

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It’s possible for many people especially believers to misunderstand my previous opinion as regards Nicki Minaj’s involvement in Tasha Cobb’s music. I have always come across Nicki’s videos in shopping malls and other public places, my reaction is always accompanied with frown and in fact her name have always represented “half nudity” to me because of what I see her do in her videos. Never in my right senses will I go out there to buy Nicki’s songs because I know it’s not a healthy music for me. What about Flavour, Beyonce and various other secular artists who has done musics that has somewhat of a Christian approach? I am not a fan of them too and I’ve not started being a fan just because they did songs that has Christian themes. I may enjoy their songs that makes meaning to me and I reserve the right to play them! It doesn’t make me less anointed and less Christian! It doesn’t make anyone better than me.

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Let me add, God can use anyone, anyhow without the permission of anybody! If through this single act many will come to know Jesus, it’s amazing! God who used donkey can use anything or anybody He chooses! There are particular audience Tasha may not have reached if God never brought Nicki her way! This is not the first time God is doing things His own way! He has been doing it and cannot be held bound by our own ideas, suggestions and standards. Some Christians won’t see this because their eyes are clouded with hypocrisy.

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But then whats my point?

My point is that so many Christians are full blown hypocrites who always hold on to a comfortable theology to make judgements. I personally think it’s not our business, it shouldn’t be a topic of sermon in our churches and it makes no sense to start debating those things. First of all, many Christians have always sing ‘happy birthday’ songs, ‘sweet mother’ songs, national anthems and many other songs! I don’t even mean the ones we sing outside the church, I mean the ones we sing inside the church and yet some people who wrote and even performed those songs we sing are not Christians. And since it seemed we can’t do without those, we avoid talking about it and then we hold on to easy and comfortable theology to insult and argue Nicki Minaj’s collaboration with Tasha Cobbs. How about many of R Kelly’s songs that we perform in Church and people cry, fall under anointing and even claim to feel a touch of God? Isn’t R Kelly a secular artist too? Doesn’t he have videos that aren’t welcomed by many Christians? It is hypocrisy to get ‘spiritual’ when storm is over is being performed in Church and then get furious because Nicki Minaj did a supposed “Christian song”. How about West Life’s “you raise me up”? Many churches make it their anthem these days and same people come out to vent their anger on Nicki and Tasha Cobbs.

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You see, this shows the level of hypocrisy in what we call Church today! I am not saying that Nicki has become born again or not! It’s not in my place to say that. My point isn’t about her being born again or not, my point is that we criticize her because we find it easy to do so and then we shy away from other cases simply because it has even been rooted in supposed Church traditions and we feel questioning them will make us odd. If you are furious about Nicki and have not gotten furious when National Anthem and other secular songs is used in Church occasions, then you’re a hypocrite! Some of the supposed Gospel songs you play were produced by those we have labelled “unbelievers”, they played the strings, the drums and even coached the performer! We shy away from criticizing them and we get furious about Nicki since that’s the easiest thing we can do. It’s hypocrisy!

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For some years now, Nicki has been a fan of Tasha Cobbs and she has one time said that most songs she listen to on her personal times are Tasha Cobb’s. When Tasha announced she is working on a new album in May 2017, Nicki publicly announced she would love to collaborate with Tasha. Are we the copyright owners of the name “Jesus”? Did Jesus called us to protect His name from being used by supposed unbelievers? No! We have been given a ministry, the ministry of reconciliation! It’s not in our place to start poke nosing who used the name of Jesus or who doesn’t! It’s jobless Christians who makes it a topic! It’s a pastor who don’t have a message that will start preparing sermons with ‘Nicki’ as a topic.

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Now, is it terrible for Tasha to have collaborated with Nicki to produce a gospel song? Who are we to start judging that? Why should we start arguing it in the first place? Do we know any story behind the collaboration? Do we even know anything about Nicki’s spirituality? It’s useless to argue about it. We’re just being distracted by nothing!

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Some argue that Nicki may start influencing Christians to dress nude, it is not true! What is the duty of Pastors? If an external character has more influence on Church members, then their Pastors aren’t really Pastors. How about the Holy Spirit? Isn’t He working in believers anymore? Those things are not excuse! Our duty is to preach Jesus and to preach Him alone and not to become militants who protects the use of the name of Jesus! 

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GOD IS NOT BOUND BY TIME, TIME IS BOUND BY GOD

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“There is a right time for everything, and everything on earth will happen at the right time.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 ERV

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You can’t put God into the confines of times and seasons. He decides what to do and how to do it and we follow suite. I am still a believer of God who takes the decisions while I walk and work according to His decisions. We do not function independent of God and that’s why we must always be attentive to what God is doing! God owns the times and they all respond to Him… It’s not Him who responds to times.

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The law thrived in its time, it was right at its time and it had a glory at it’s time! The ministers of the law at that time did awesome things! God used the law to achieve a purpose! At the time of the law, God used a donkey instead of a prophet! It was unconventional and unorthodox! But God is God! Then Grace and truth came through Jesus, from God! The time is presently responding to God’s grace and truth! This is the time of Grace & truth! 

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The only way revealed by which we can get people saved is by getting them to respond to God’s grace and truth! However, God has gone ahead of us to keep doing things the way He wants! We can’t subject God to our control and ideologies! No one preached the gospel to Paul, Paul was still an enemy of Jesus but haven seen how much he can be used for the expansion and spread of the Gospel with high revelations, Jesus reached out to Paul Himself! In fact, the Church at that time found it hard to understand how God works! Left alone, they would have rejected Paul! But today, Paul’s ministry has continued to spread the gospel! God doesn’t respond to times, times responds to Him. God is not bound by our standards, our standards are subject to God!

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God can use anything or anybody for His purpose. God is not bound by methods, arrangements, protocols and all of that! It’s not in our capacity to question how God uses whatever He chooses to use! The donkey He used in the Old Testament respects no law because it has no knowledge nor sense to even decode what it was used for! God can’t be changed nor caged! God can use ugly circumstances, he can use just anything He wants to use and you cannot question Him. God is God and our flesh and nature can hinder us sometimes to understand certain things! That is why there are much more to be known!

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However, God has chosen to make His ways known to His people and this is how we know that God is working out His own purpose! Even as we work, it is God who works in us! God is simply doing all the work and we owe no man any explanation of what God is doing!

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GLORIOUS GOD: DOING WHAT HE LOVES THE WAY HE WANTS

“What’s the point of making music, gospel music? So that many people can hear it and therefore hear about Jesus, right? Well, if Nicki Minaj is on your gospel song, and her fans are going to hear it, then I imagine a lot more people are going to hear about Jesus.” – Kevin Fredericks

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“My assignment with this song was for a particular audience. Some have never experienced God ever and she exposed that audience in her way, to the God that she loves.” – Tasha Cobbs

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“This is not an assignment that man gave to me. This is an assignment that God gave to me, and He prepared the way for me, as only God could,” – Tasha Cobbs 

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“The testimonies that have come because of this —I would absolutely do it again. I’ve had thousands of people say to me ‘This is the first time I’ve ever bought a gospel album. This is first time I’ve ever felt God. I didn’t believe in God until I heard this song.'” – Tasha Cobbs

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“Cobbs says she has already heard from people with personal testimonies of feeling God for the first after hearing the song.” – Christian Broadcasting Networks

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Glory to God!

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