JONATHAN WELTON AND KORN?!
I read a terrible blog the other day.
A Calvary Chapel attendee who was upset that Brian “Head” Welch, of the Rock Band Korn, was going to speak at a Calvary Chapel wrote the blog.
The argument went something like this. If Brian is a Christian, he should not work for Korn, and he should not think he is spreading the gospel by “partnering” with Korn, which is a super evil band because they say naughty words and have scary album covers.
Ok, maybe I am a little ticked off. But Brian is a friend of mine and I have seen the incredible effect that he is having behind the scenes of the music industry as a powerful Evangelist.
I have seen him go out to the sidewalk after concerts and jump up on benches and share his testimony of Jesus and do an altar call in the streets. I have seen people prayed for and supernaturally healed outside his concerts. I have sat with him as he brought in musicians from other bands for me to prophesy over. I have seen the backstage “meet and greets” where every third person has brought a copy of Brian’s book for him to sign and to tell him how they got saved because of his testimony.
Most of all, I have seen Brian’s homework over the last three years. Brian is a student in Welton Academy’s Online Supernatural Bible School and has faithfully used the material as his church while he is crisscrossing the globe on a tour bus. I know Brian’s heart. He is a really good man; he is a kind man that loves people and puts up with a lot of garbage from very judgmental Christians.
I love Brian and I am proud to stand behind him and have him in our school. I fully agree with Brian’s choice to work for Korn while reaching the hurting and lost.
How many Christians work for non-Christians? A lot. Do we give Christian mechanics a hard time for supporting their “secular” employer? No, because we are hypocritical.
In Acts 17 we find a mind-blowing story of the Apostle Paul reaching the pagan philosophers of Athens Greece in a way that most Christian bloggers would lose their minds over!
"Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. 'The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.'
‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ [From the Cretan philosopher Epimenides] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ [From the Cilician Stoic philosopher Aratus]
“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
Whoa, Paul! What the heck are you doing?!
He never mentions the name of Jesus, and he quotes from two pagan philosophers to share the Gospel!
In fact, he starts his gospel presentation with the example of their own idol!
Paul uses the popular pagan culture of his day many other times in his writings, for example in 1 Corinthians 6:12-13, ““I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”
Here Paul takes the pagan sayings of his day and adds his apostolic wisdom to them to make them accurate.
The idea of using the popular secular music and culture of the day to reach people for the kingdom has been used by everyone from the Apostle Paul to Martin Luther to John and Charles Wesley to Brian Head Welch.
I am honored to work with Brian and I believe that the Apostle Paul would have loved working with Brian Head Welch and if Paul were here today, Pharisees on the Internet would also stone him.