New Hip Hop Church Opens with DJ instead of Organ
When we look at worship from the standpoint of God's people, it was holy and reverent. There are no examples of drums, dancing, and rapping inside the temple of God. Those kinds of activities were seen in pagan worship. (Exodus 32:17-19; 1 Kings 18:26-28). The shouting, dancing, jumping, rapping, and the entire club-like atmosphere was never God's plan for worship. Jesus said that we make "the word of God of none effect through your tradition" (Mark 7:13). The hip-hop music comes from the traditional African Congo drum beats. This is what we see in Israel's apostasy when they came out of Egypt, Africa (Exo. 32:17-19). In true worship, the priests (1 Chronicles 16:5-6) used sacred instruments. David played the harp, a slow, melodious, heavenly stringed instrument to drive away evil spirits (1 Samuel 16:23). Divine worship is sadly being replaced today with unholy, unconsecrated rhythms that come from pagan traditions. -Advent Messenger Commentary
Hip Hop church breaks through stereotypesWBTV.com | May 31, 2014
They're calling it a new way to do church. Saturday night, Generation One opened it's doors for the first time in Huntersville. You won't find a pipe organ, or even sit in a pew. Pastor Quinn Rodger's says Generation One is geared specifically towards reaching a younger and un-churched generation.
"We're trying to reach the un-churched, the de-churched, the folks who have given up on church and are looking for something different," Rodgers said.
The message is the same, but the medium is different. Traditional hymns are traded for DJ's scratching hip-hop beats and spoken word.
"We've taken the hip-hop culture and we've extracted all the negative connotations out of it and we've deposited solid Christian doctrine in there," Rodgers said.
According to a Pew Research study, Americans ages 18 to 29 are considerably less religious than their older counterparts. That's exactly what Generation One hopes to change.
"18 to 40, we can't get those people into church because the traditional stuff isn't working anymore," Juanita Rann-Scott said.
Some walked in skeptical, but left refreshed.
"I'm thinking church and hip hop, lets see how this combination is going to be," Ariel Culbereth said.
"Tonight, we heard something different, the songs were upbeat. They had more flavor," Jamevelyn Robinson said.
Generation One meets every Saturday evening at five p.m. They're located at 8519 Gilead Road in Huntersville.